Biden may have retreated on this or that promise, but the coalition instrumental in electing him – save a few like Reverend Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign – has gone on an extended vacation since the election. Everyone needs a vacation, but in this case the timing couldn’t be worse. Its public, demonstrable presence in the deliberations going on in Washington is urgently needed.

This would be a great opportunity for the new leadership of the AFL-CIO to fill this vacuum of inaction and passivity. 40 years ago, it did when it organized Solidarity Day I and II in the early Reagan years.