"Now more than ever, we must work hard to preserve everyone's shot at the American Dream," Biden said of the foundation on Twitter. "We cannot yield an inch on all the progress we have made on civil rights and human rights."
In a video that accompanied the announcement of the Biden Foundation, the former VP said, "My dad used to have an expression: 'It's a lucky person who gets up in the morning, puts both feet on the floor, knows what they’re about to do and thinks it still matters.' Jill and I have been very lucky these past decades. We look forward to this new chapter where we will continue our work to ensure that everyone — no matter their income level, race, gender, age or sexuality — is treated with dignity and gets a fair shot at achieving the American Dream."
The foundation will also aim to continue Biden's work in the area of domestic violence and campus rape, with Biden promising to ensure the Violence Against Women Act is fully realized.
While Donald Trump's administration has wasted no time testing the limits of equal rights, Biden said in the video that a sweeping and positive change should soon arrive.
"This millennial generation is the most open, the most tolerant, the most generous generation in American history," he said. "These kids are ready to change the culture."
Barack and Michelle Obama also recently announced their next endeavor, the Obama Foundation. "More than a library or museum, it will be a living, working center for citizenship," Barack Obama said.