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Economic and Social Justice

Written by  Randy Shannon

The enormous wealth disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America is an unsustainable economic and social injustice. We are committed to an economic recovery that employs all those willing and able, that houses all those needing shelter, and that imposes the cost based on the ability to pay.

The Economic and Social Justice Team is part of the following PDA platforms: We the People NOT We the Corporations, Tax Wall Street, Jobs and Fund Human Needs/Cut Pentagon Waste. We work on the following issues:

  • Living Wage Jobs
  • Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • Student Debt
  • Tax Wall Street (Financial Transaction Tax aka Robin Hood Tax)
  • Affordable Housing/Mortgage Relief/Homeowner Protection

Economic and Social Justice Statistics and Facts

  • Oct. 2008 - fewer than 14 million households received Food Stamps – in Dec. 2012, 23 million households did
  • In the same period, benefits per household have dropped from $295 per month to $274, while food prices have escalated
  • 5 years growth of disposable personal income hit a high of 25% in 1965 and has plummeted to -5% currently
  • In 2000, corporate profits were about $500 billion and 66% of the population was engaged in civilian employment
  • In 2013, corporate profits were nearly $2 trillion and fewer than 59% of the population was engaged in civilian employment
  • Banks are holding record amounts of cash

Legislation Our Team Has Endorsed

  • HR 377 - (DeLauro - D-CT03) Paycheck Fairness Act
  • HR 1000 (Conyers - D-MI-13) Humphrey Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act
  • HR 1579 (Ellison - D-MN-05) Inclusive Prosperity Act
  • HR 1617 (Schakowsky - D-IL09) Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act
  • HR 3892 (Wilson - D-FL24) Student Loan Borrowers' Bill of Rights Act 
  • S2292/HR 4582 (Warren - D-MA/Tierney - D-MA06) Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act
  • S567/HR 3118 (Harkin - D-IA/Sanchez D-CA38) Strengthen Social Security Act

Team Accomplishments

How You Can Get Involved

Coalition Partners

National Nurses United (NNU), Communications Workers of America,  Public Citizen Global Trade Watch, Public Banking Institute, Citizens Trade Campaign, MoveOn.org Regional Organizers and Councils

Issue Team Leaders

Randy Shannon

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ESJ Calls

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