National Conference to Create Living Wage Jobs For All, Meet Human Needs & Sustain the Environment
Friday, November 13, 2009 at 8:30 AM - Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 5:00 PM (EST)
NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO CREATE
LIVING-WAGE JOBS FOR ALL,
MEET HUMAN NEEDS &
SUSTAIN THE ENVIRONMENT
Friday & Saturday, November 13-14, 2009
Friday, Nov. 13: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY
Saturday, Nov. 14: District Council 37, 125 Barclay Street, New York, NY
Note: Registration includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch for November 13 and 14
CALL TO ACTION: Our country is in the throes of an economic crisis—the most severe since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Unemployment is at the disaster level. And even before the onset of our current, deep recession, chronic unemployment, low and stagnant wages, myriad unmet needs and unprecedented environmental degradation were endemic.
Current Job Crisis
- Nearly 30 million workers fully or partially jobless (June 2009)
- Most rapid job less of any downturn since the Great Depression
- 5 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy since the onset of the recession.
- High unemployment expected to persist, even if the economy “recovers.”
- Many of the long-term unemployed will lose benefits, their savings, their homes and more
By the Administration’s own estimate, the economic stimulus will make up for a fraction of the millions of jobs lost since the recession began. Nor will the Stimulus stem the continuing job hemorrhage.
“Good Old Days”
Even in “good” times: 5 million or more women and men were officially jobless; hidden unemployment afflicted many millions more; and poverty wages were rampant. Inequality reigned, our infrastructure was crumbling, and human services fell far short of needs.
We must not go back to those “Good Old Days.”
Instead, we should be guided by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933): We cannot be content, no matter how high the general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people … is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
Now is the time to organize and mobilize to create a just economy--one that assures living wage jobs for all, sustains the environment, and repairs our social and physical infrastructure.
JOIN A COALITION of LABOR, RELIGIOUS, ANTI-POVERTY, COMMUNITY ACTION ORGANIZATIONS … & CONCERNED PEOPLE
- ATTEND & SUPPORT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
- HELP TO ORGANIZE SIMILAR CONFERENCES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES
- PLAN A MASS DEMONSTRATION FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE IN WASHINGTON
INITIAL ENDORSERS OF THE CONFERENCE -- [list in formation]
When & Where
Conference Organizing Committee, c/o National Jobs for All Coalition
Our conference organizing committee is in formation and includes a broad range of community, religious and labor groups, and groups that work to meet infrastructure and public service needs. (See list of initial endorsers in conference description.) We welcome other groups to support the conference as co-convenors or supporting organizations.
The National Jobs for All Coalition, the conference's initial convenor and sponsor, is committed to building a new movement for full employment at livable wages. This goal unites a diverse group of otherwise divided, single-issue constituencies. The Coalition includes individuals and organizations with a wide range of interests--workers', women's, children's and seniors' rights, civil rights, and economic justice. Others work on health care, the environment, economic conversion, are academics, social workers and lawyers, artists or simply concerned individuals. The goals of all of us would be easier to reach if there were jobs for all at decent wages.
National Jobs for All Coalition Web: www.JobsConference.org
c/o Council on International & Public Affairs [CIPA]
777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 3C
New York, NY 10017
National Jobs for All Coalition