Ahead of Labor Day, BlueGreen Leaders in Michigan Support Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President

Leaders allied with the BlueGreen Alliance in Michigan today announced their support for former Vice President Joe Biden for president and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris for vice president, following on the BlueGreen Alliance’s August endorsement of Biden and Harris.

September 4, 2020

“We are enthusiastically supporting Joe Biden for president,” said Frank Houston, BlueGreen Alliance Regional Program Manager for Michigan. “As the nation celebrates Labor Day, we believe Joe Biden has put forward ambitious and achievable plans to tackle the pressing issues facing workers in Michigan—including the health and economic disaster caused by the coronavirus, climate emergency, and the profound racial and economic inequities that the pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated. And he is ready to deliver for Michigan.”

Leaders from the group cited Vice President Biden’s plans to provide relief to working Americans struggling from the economic chaos caused by the Covid-19 virus and put America’s economy back on a path to recovery; efforts to rebuild and retool America’s manufacturing sector and repair and modernize the nation’s infrastructure and create good-paying, union jobs; and his forward-thinking vision to tackle climate change at the scale science demands as reasons for choosing to endorse his candidacy.

“Workers and environmentalists are natural allies because we all want good jobs and healthy workplaces and communities,” said James Harrison, Director of Renewable Energy for the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA). “We are proud to stand with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. We look forward to working together to build a future that ensures a clean, healthy environment, and good, union jobs for all of our workers in Michigan.”

The group said Biden’s manufacturing, environmental justice, and sustainable infrastructure and clean energy plans align well with the BlueGreen Alliance’s Solidarity for Climate Action platform. The platform presents a plan to tackle the climate crisis and deliver an economic recovery for working people by retooling and rebuilding the American manufacturing sector and repairing and modernizing the nation’s infrastructure—creating good-paying jobs with benefits and access to training, addressing racial and income inequities, protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, and ensuring health and safety on the job.

“Joe Biden and Kamala Harris recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and are committed to protecting our communities from air pollution and toxic chemicals in our drinking water,” said Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. “In contrast, President Trump has demonstrated a complete and total disregard for our air, land, water and public health, rolling back more than 100 critical rules that protect human health and the environment. The Biden-Harris ticket is the clear choice in November.”