Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. We demand our right to a Living Wage Job!!

Fast food workers, healthcare workers and their supporters shout slogans at a rally and march to demand an increase of the minimum wage in Los Angeles, Calif. on Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)
Fast food workers, healthcare workers and their supporters shout slogans
at a rally and march to demand an increase of the minimum wage
in Los Angeles, Calif. on Dec. 4, 2014.  Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

"…Where, after all, do universal rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he or she lives in; the school or college he or she attends; the factory, the farm or office where he or she works.
Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, and equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world…"
--Eleanor Roosevelt (1968) commenting on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

:"...It is the purpose of the Humphrey Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act (HR 1000) to expedite progress to fulfill the right to useful work at living wages for all persons seeking employment, as promptly as possible and at the earliest practicable date by establishing a Full Employment Trust Fund to fund  and operate a national program of public service employment and to provide additional labor market opportunities to complement those offered by the existing private, public, and nonprofit sectors."   -- HR 1000 (Full Text), introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) with 57 co-sponsors

December 10 is International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the day that the Universal Declaration was adopted in 1948.  This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.

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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

Rodney S. Sadler, Jr., Ph.D, Associate Professor of Bible
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Moral Monday / Charlotte NAACP 

State Representative Barbara Cooper
Tennessee District 86 

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

Gray Panthers, San Francisco Chapter 

Rev. Jerome McCorry

Dayton Ohio

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
Cleveland, 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]

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] 

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]