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Economic and Social Justice

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Tim Carpenter and Rep. Barbara Lee at SNAP Rally Tim Carpenter and Rep. Barbara Lee at SNAP Rally

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 1000 (Conyers - D-MI-13) Humphrey Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act
  • HR 1579 (Ellison - D-MN-05) Inclusive Prosperity 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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Randy Shannon

Randy Shannon is a lifelong activist in civil rights, peace, youth, labor, and economic justice movements. His first political act was an editorial in the Darlington, SC High School newspaper supporting integration. A student activist in the late sixties, he withdrew from Duke University to work as an organizer for the Southern Student Organizing Committee. In the 1970's he was a national board member of the US Peace Council and the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. He was a leader of the rank and file movement in Local 327 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and a volunteer organizer for the Nashville, TN chapter of the National Welfare Rights Organization. In 1972 he ran as a progressive in the Democratic primary for Congress in the 5th CD in TN. In the early 1980's he led the Pittsburgh Youth Movement for Jobs and the Pittsburgh Society for American-Soviet Friendship. In Beaver County in the mid-1980's he helped organize Beaver County Fightback to stop foreclosures on the homes of laid off steelworkers. He organized the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign in two districts of western PA and later helped Dennis Kucinich win ballot status in PA. He is a long time activist in Beaver County Peace Links and helped organize the PA 4th CD Chapter of PDA. He is the treasurer of his PDA chapter and also serves as the western PA organizer for PDA. He is also a founder of CCDS - the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and a member of its National Coordinating Committee.

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Join "Countdown to Coverage" Share TPP with your Daily Newspaper

CWA devised a simple plan for which they were uniquely suited: drag TPP out of the shadows and into the light - one city at a time - using a medium they understand intimately: Daily Newspapers!

Two CWA members - Dave Felice in Denver, CO and Madelyn Elder in Portland, OR have started the ball rolling. We just need to keep up the momentum leading up to a big day of petition deliveries.

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Step 1 is to send an Op-Ed to your Daily Newspaper.

Sign the TPP Fast Track Petitions

MoveOn.org Petition - Congress Don't Renew Fast Track

Public Citizen Petition - Congress Must Reject Fast Track Authority

MoveOn.org Petition - Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership

CREDO Petition - Stop the Massive Corporate Power Grab

 

Hand Deliver a Letter to your Rep on Jobs

If your Representative is not currently a cosponsor of HR 1000 they may not completely understand how important full employment is to your community; click on your state at the bottom of this page to see all the cosponsors in your state. Nothing sends a stronger message to a Congressional member than a personal visit to a district office by a voter with a written request. Phone calls and emails are incredibly important but nothing gets attention like a personal visit. Our Educate Congress page has information and a sample letter. Print the letter, sign it, deliver it.

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