Grassroots Voices for
Economic Justice

a project of the Center for Community Change Action

A national campaign to protect and strengthen retirement security. Part of a National Economic Justice Campaign. Read more at PutFamiliesFirst.org

 

We need to catalyze a serious debate pertaining to the daily economic struggles of American families, and what we must do as a nation to assure that everyone has access to a good job.

The agenda we propose has five primary elements:

  • Building a Clean Energy Economy. Using the large-scale investments required for transition to a clean energy future to create millions of good jobs that are accessible to workers of color, women, and economically distressed communities.
  • Valuing Families. Ending the systematic devaluation of care work, which disproportionately keeps women in poverty, by making high quality child care available to all working parents, raising the quality of jobs in the early childhood education and care fields, transforming homecare and providing financial support to unpaid caregivers.
  • Guaranteeing Good Wages and Benefits. Requiring every job in the United States to meet a minimum standard of quality – in wages, benefits, and working conditions – and offer unhindered access to collective representation and a real voice for workers.
  • Unlocking Opportunity in the Poorest Communities. Investing resources on a large scale to restart the economy in places where racial bias and sustained disinvestment have produced communities of concentrated poverty.
  • Taxing concentrated wealth. Funding new investments in job creation, care, and economic renewal by taxing those who benefit most from the current economic model – investors, financiers, wealth managers, and individuals in the highest income brackets.