Tuesday, July 8, 2014

7/9, WED >> Jobs for All: Building the Movement for Full Employment

Live Webcast >> July 9 from 10:00 - 12:30 PM 
Jobs for All: Building the Movement for Full Employment

National Jobs For All Coalition
Join us for a strategy briefing to help build a national movement for full employment.
In Conjunction With:
The Congressional Full Employment Caucus
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2226 Rayburn HOB
*This meeting will kick off two days of dialogue among national and grassroots jobs creation advocates, for the purpose of developing a coordinated national strategy. An afternoon session, the same day, will address activity moving the coalition forward---participation would be welcomed and appreciated!
The National Jobs for All Coalition is dedicated to the propositions that meaningful employment is a precondition for a fulfilling life and that every person capable of working should have the right to a job. The Coalition not only fights to make these propositions facts of life, but it publishes invaluable research by noted scholars to support them.

Jobs for All Strategy Briefing
Representative John Conyers, Jr. (MI)
Representative Frederica Wilson (FL)
Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH)  
Representative Barbara Lee (CA)
Rev. Rodney S. Sadler, Jr., Ph.D.
Moral Monday
Associate Professor of Bible
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Debby Szeredy
Executive Vice President, American Postal Workers Union
Kevin Bradshaw
President, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco, Workers
& Grain Millers Union Local 252G
Kellogg's Workers in Memphis, TN have been off the job since October 2013.
George H. Lambert, Jr.
President and CEO of the Greater Washington Urban League,
Philip Harvey
Professor of Law & Economics
Rutgers School of Law
Executive Committee, National Jobs for All Coalition
Josh Nassar
Legislative Director, United Auto Workers
Chris Horton
Worcester Unemployment Action Group (MA)
Voices of Unemployed Workers
Deborah Weinstein
Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg  
Chair, National Jobs for All Coalition
Professor Emerita of Social Policy, Adelphi University
Jessica Schieder
Policy Associate, Center for Effective Government
Lunch with Witness Wednesdays , the critical effort to renew extended unemployment benefits, will be at the Triangle on the Capitol Hill lawn.
Witness Wednesdays for July 9 will be hosted by Representative Barbara Lee (CA) and will feature the stories of unemployed African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.
Strategy Session A, July 9,  2014
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Chuck Bell , Facilitator
National Jobs for All Coalition
Robert Creamer
Democracy Partners
Miriam Pemberton
Institute for Policy Studies
Bill Barclay
Chicago Political Economy Group
Andrea Miller
Progressive Democrats of America
Local Reports
Kae Halonen
South East Michigan Jobs with Justice
Sheena Foster
Worker's Interfaith Network, Memphis, TN
Rev. Glencie Rhedrick 
Mecklenburg Ministries, NC 
Clinton Smith
Gray Panthers, Austin, TX
Joel Segal
Progressive Democrats of America, VA
Former Senior Legislative Assistant, Representative John Conyers, Jr.
Leonard Mell
National Jobs for All Coalition, VA
Larry Bresler
Organize Ohio
More, TBA
Thursday Morning  Panel, July 10, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2226 Rayburn House Office Building
Logan Martinez ,   Facilitator
Miami Valley Full Employment Council and National Jobs for All Coalition
Frank Peterson
Unemployed Veteran
Other panelists, TBA 
Thursday afternoon we will be meeting members of the US Congress  regarding  job creation legislation
Conference Host
National Jobs for All Coalition

Jobs For All Campaign 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Join National Sign-On Campaign in support of HR 1000!

Jobs for All Campaign
Sign-on Letter in Support of Rep. John Conyers’ Jobs Legislation - HR 1000   The “Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment & Training Act”Preliminary list of endorsers - list in formation
A Peace of Mind
Carmen Gray
Cleveland Ohio

United Clevelanders Against Poverty
Diana King Chair
Cleveland, Ohio

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) - New York City Chapter
Eduardo Rosario
New York, NY

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom –
San Francisco Branch (WILPF-SF)
Public Citizen, Congress Watch
Micah Hauptman, Financial Policy Counsel

Rick D’Loss, National Chair 
Social Democrats USA
Dr. P. E. Henderson Jr.
Corinthian Baptist Church
Dayton, OH

Helen Lachs Ginsburg
Co-Chair, Columbia University Seminar on
Full Employment, Social Welfare and Equity
Professor Emerita of Economics
Brooklyn College--City University of New York

Gray Panthers  (National)
Washington, DC

Clinton Smith,
Texas Gray Panthers
Austin, TX

Gray Panthers, San Francisco Chapter
San Francisco, CA

Rev. Les Stansbery
Columbus, Ohio

Philip Harvey, Associate Professor of Law & Economics
Rutgers School of Law
Camden, NJ 

Eldon R. Clingan,
State Organizer, Massachusetts Social Democrats
Dedham, MA

Coalition of Labor Union Women, South Florida Chapter
Tanaka Charles, President (AFSCME)
Opa Locka, FL 

Memphis Workers' Center  
Workers Interfaith Network  
Alfredo Pena, Executive Director
Memphis, TN

Greater Charleston AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
Erin McKee, President, and President South Carolina AFL-CIO
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Dee R. Wernette, Ph.D., Activist Researcher 
Chicago, IL

Georgia Citizens' Coalition on Hunger
Carolyn Pittman, Executive Director
Atlanta, GA

College Hill Community Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Pastor Robert E. Jones
Dayton, OH
Community Organizing Center
Mark D. Stansbery
Columbus, OH
Arkansas Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
Arkansas Interfaith Alliance.
Rev. Steve Copley
North Little Rock, AR  

South Eastern Michigan Jobs With Justice,
Kae Halonen, Jobs Committee
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Miami, FL; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA
Detroit, MI; Albuquerque, NM; Oakland, CA;
New Orleans, LA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; &
Philadelphia, PA
Britton Loftin, National Policy Coordinator
Washington, DC

Benjamin P. Peck, Senior Legislative and Policy Associate
Washington, DC

Chris Tilly, Professor
Department of Urban Planning, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

New York City Council Progressive Caucus

Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition
Rabbi Michael Feinberg,  Executive Director
New York, NY

National Jobs for All Coalition
Trudy Goldberg, Chair

Chicago Political Economy Group
Bill Barclay
Oak Park IL 60302
U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW)
Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator

Frank Stricker, Emeritus Professor of History and Labor
Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA

Organize! Ohio
Larry Bresler
, OH

Green For All
Kimberly Freeman Brown, DC Office Chief
Washington, DC

James C Clark, CEO
Rimson Development Corp (Detroit)
Detroit, MI

Association of UW Professionals (AFT Local 3535)
Bryan Kennedy, Ph.D. President, AFT-Wisconsin

Boston Democratic Socialists of America
Mike Pattberg, Boston DSA Exec Board
Boston, MA

People's Empowerment Coalition of Ohio
Lynn Williams, Contact Center
Cincinnati, OH

Coalition for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ)
Jesse Arms
San Francisco, CA & Belleville, IL 

Advocacy and Education Committee (Community Action Partnership)
Carole L. Grimes, Chairwoman
Dayton, OH

Miami Valley Full Employment Council  
Tiki Kai-Krismano, Exec Board
Dayton, OH

George Friday
North Carolina Activist

Dayton-Miami Valley AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
Charles Morton Executive Director

The Adam Project  
Rev. Jerome McCorry
Dayton Ohio

Virginia People's Assembly
Faber, VA

(To endorse the letter shown below, contact Logan Martinez -- loganmartinez2u [at] yahoo.com)

Jobs for All Campaign
Quality Jobs with a Living Wage and a Voice in the Workplace

Dear Friends,

US Representative John Conyers has reintroduced jobs legislation HR 1000. It is the most significant jobs creation bill in recent times. The “Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment & Training Act” is a comprehensive and innovative federal and local government job creation and training bill that would create millions of new jobs for the nation’s unemployed. It targets the long-term unemployed and poor communities that are being left behind. The bill will be funded by a financial transactions tax on stocks and bonds.
We are very exited by the legislation and its potential role in mobilizing a larger movement for jobs. Below is the sign-on letter in support of HR 1000, We are seeking organizational and individual endorsements. Our goal is to have as many local, state and national organizations as possible endorse the bill over the next several months. This effort is key in making job creation by the federal government a national priority. Please forward this e-mail to key contacts with a note of your support. Let us know of any endorsements you are able to secure.  Thanks.

For Jobs & Peace,

Logan Martinez           
Outreach Coordinator          
The National Jobs for All Coalition / Jobs for All Campaign
Email: loganmartinez2u [at] yahoo.com 

Please click here H.R.1000 for the complete text, summary and cosponsors for the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act.

Jobs for All Campaign

Sign-on Letter in Support of Rep. John Conyers’ Jobs Legislation - HR 1000  The “Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment & Training Act”

Dear Member of Congress,

We are writing on behalf of the members of our organizations urging you to cosponsor and pass into law Representative John Conyers’ bill, H.R. 1000, the Humphrey Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act. This legislation would create a national public jobs program to complement job creation by the private sector. Ultimately, it would ensure full employment, so that every American seeking work would have a job.
We're facing a severe jobs crisis. The economy is consistently failing to create sufficient new jobs to sustain the struggling recovery. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate was 7.5% in April. While 12 million Americans are "officially" unemployed, millions of others have given up looking for work entirely. More than 17 million Americans are currently unemployed, and millions more remain underemployed. 4.6 million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months, and more than 3 million have been out of work for at least a year.
Economists, as well as religious, civil society, political, and other leaders from across the political spectrum agree: Creating jobs is preferable to providing government assistance. Persistent joblessness devastates families, communities, and our economy, drives up our deficit, and weakens our nation. The Humphrey Hawkins Act would solve this crisis.
Philip Harvey, Professor of Law and Economics at the Rutgers School of Law, estimates The Humphrey Hawkins Act would provide resources to businesses, states and localities to directly create 3.1 to 6.2 million jobs, and 1 to 2 million additional jobs indirectly within two years. The National Full Employment and Training Trust Fund—supported by a modest levy on financial transactions—would finance creation of these new jobs.

New jobs would provide opportunity and security to millions of Americans who would also benefit from improved infrastructure including newer, safer, and better roads, dams, bridges, community facilities, schools, libraries, parks, and more. New hires would quickly begin work improving and repairing our dangerously distressed infrastructure, providing child and elder care, offering job training and other education. Communities could hire more police, first responders, teachers, and similar public servants.
We the undersigned strongly urge you to cosponsor H.R. 1000 and to work with your colleagues in Congress to pass this jobs-creating legislation into law as a top priority.
Thank you.

Endorsers [list in formation  - see above]

(To endorse this letter, contact Logan Martinez -- loganmartinez2u [at] yahoo.com)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Conyers forms Full Employment Caucus

Cross-posted from Detroit News

January 29, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Conyers forms Full Employment Caucus

Rep. John Conyers (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
Washington — Rep. John Conyers launched a new congressional caucus Wednesday aimed at cultivating ideas to put all Americans back to work.

The Full Employment Caucus was formed by the longtime Democratic leader with the idea jobs will solve the country’s poverty and crime problems, particularly in his hometown of Detroit.

“In African-American and Hispanic communities, unemployment is 30 percent or more,” Conyers said Wednesday, flanked by fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus who have joined Conyers in his effort. “... In our communities, we experience profound unemployment and, without a job, poverty is the only alternative.”

There are nearly 300 official caucuses in Congress that bring together lawmakers with similar interests or backgrounds. They range from political (Tea Party Caucus) to ethnic (Hispanic Caucus) and everything in between (Congressional Songwriter Caucus and the Bourbon Caucus).

Conyers, the dean of the Congressional Black Caucus and a leading liberal voice in Congress, said this caucus will meet regularly with economic experts and organize events in members’ districts to find the best solutions.

Fellow caucus member Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, noted President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday in which he pledged to move on economic initiatives even if Congress drags its feet. She argues the work of the caucus could formulate executive orders the president could sign without congressional approval.

“We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Jackson-Lee said. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.”

Conyers, the top Democrat on House Judiciary Committee, has long championed legislation to fund jobs and employment programs, known as the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act.

His legislation would create two separate federal trust funds. The first would grant money to communities and states for job-creating activities and the other for training people without skills.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140129/POLITICS03/301290102#ixzz2rwCqjaf9

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Aspirations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
By Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-authored by Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg and Sheila Collins
December 11, 2013, cross-posted from Huffington Post

On Tuesday, December 10 the world observed Human Rights Day, marking the 65th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is sometimes forgotten that this Universal Declaration has important roots in American soil. The Commission that framed the Universal Declaration was led by Eleanor Roosevelt who was deeply influenced by her husband, President Franklin Roosevelt's thinking, particularly regarding the interdependence of economic, political, and civil rights. As she observed at the time, President Roosevelt believed that freedom without bread was meaningless.
In his Annual Message to Congress in 1944, President Roosevelt went further in joining the vaunted American ideal of freedom and liberty to economic rights: by proposing an Economic or Second Bill of Rights. In this message, Roosevelt referred to the U.S. Constitution and invoked familiar words, phrases and ideals from the American Declaration of Independence:
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights.... They were our rights to life and liberty.

As our nation has grown in size and stature, however--as our industrial economy expanded--these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.....
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all....
Roosevelt's Economic Bill of Rights began with the guarantee of what he subsequently referred to as the "paramount right" -- the right to useful work. It was to be living-wage work that would "earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation." The Universal Declaration, for its part, further elaborated this economic right, calling, in addition to the right to work, the right for just and favorable payment, for equal pay for equal work, and for the right to form and join trade unions.
Unfortunately, this paramount economic right has not been accepted as self-evident, either in the United States or elsewhere. The failure to guarantee this right is not simply a consequence of the worldwide Great Recession. Also at play, is the divergence between productivity growth and wage growth, where gains have gone almost exclusively to the top earners -- exacerbating income inequality. An estimated 18 million people in the United States are working poor, meaning they are employed full-time, year-round for less than the four-person poverty level -- around $22,000 in earnings per year. Meanwhile, 10.9 million Americans are unemployed and an additional 5.7 million "missing workers" have completely dropped out of the jobs search and are no longer counted in the monthly Jobs Reports.
The rise in poverty in America underscores that it is time for Congress to act, to pivot away from austerity, and focus on creating jobs and economic growth for everyone, as it has done historically. Today, millions of American families are struggling to satisfy their basic needs. Our solution to this poverty and unemployment crisis is the "Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act" (H.R. 1000), a 21st Century New Deal proposal to put all Americans to work rebuilding and modernizing our communities.
The declared ideals of nations or united nations are important, for even though achievements fall short of aspirations, they can serve to urge humanity forward. Take the paradox of a Declaration by slaveholders that "all men are created equal." Even at the dark moment when too many of the gains of Civil War had been lost, the great African-American leader W.E.B. DuBois urged his people to "cling unwaveringly" to "those great words" of the Declaration. In observing Human Rights Day we must "cling unwaveringly" to the ideals of the Universal Declaration and its stirring American antecedents, but we must seize the opportunity to take stock of the gap between aspirations and achievements in order to urge ourselves forward.
Representative John Conyers, Jr. is the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, representing Southeast Michigan. Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg is Professor Emerita of Social Policy at Adelphi University. Sheila D. Collins is Professor Emerita of Political Science at William Paterson University. They are co-founders of the National Jobs for All Coalition, and editors/co-authors of the recently published, When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Murray-Ryan Budget Deal Fails to Extend Aid for Long-Term Unemployed Workers

More than 2 million unemployed workers will lose federal jobless aid by early 2014, if Congress allows Federal Benefits to shut down at year's end

Source: National Employment Law Project

Despite efforts by Democrats, the recent budget deal struck by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan failed to include extension of benefits for long-term unemployed workers.  See great issue brief from National Employment Law Project on the risk that Congress may cutoff aid to long-term unemployed workers:

"...In the wake of October’s harmful government shutdown, we now face another critical looming deadline – the shutdown of federal unemployment insurance for long-term unemployed workers at the end of December. As detailed below, with unemployment still unacceptably high, labor market conditions persistently weak and long-term unemployment remaining at crisis levels, Congress must act to avert a shutdown of federal jobless aid and swiftly renew the program for 2014.

If Congress fails to reauthorize the federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, more than two million unemployed job-seekers will lose federal jobless aid by the end of March 2014. In the week between Christmas and New Year’s, the 1.3 million workers currently receiving federal EUC willbe abruptly cut off. Another 850,000 workers will run out of stateunemployment insurance in the first three months of 2014, with no access to federal EUC..."

Read the NELP Issue Brief

Visit the National Employment Law Project web site: www.nelp.org

Sunday, October 20, 2013

An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century (webcast)


John Conyers @The Economic Bill of Rights for the...

Rep. John Conyers speaks at the An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century conference at Columbia University on October 18, introduced by Chuck Bell of the National Jobs for All Coalition

Morning sessions from the conference

Afternoon sessions from the conference

Webcast sponsored by ISOC-NY