1. Background
  2. Economic Justice

Economic Justice


We believe that God dwells in each human soul. Each person has the right to live a life of dignity with access to basic necessities in a safe and sustainable environment.

People should have equal opportunity to fulfill their own potential and to contribute to their communities. This challenging vision can be achieved if it is embraced by all: the public, the government and the private sector.

We seek to eliminate poverty at home and abroad through economic policies that expand opportunities for all people to have adequate resources to maintain health, dignity and economic security. We call for policies to reduce economic disparities including income and wealth inequality.

Domestic Economic Life

We urge that the federal budget allow for spending to meet the actual needs of the nation, including assistance to individuals, communities and states. Resources should be refocused from military spending to human needs and environmental stewardship.

Taxation and Spending

We support progressive taxation so that tax burdens are related to financial resources and ability to pay. Except in the case of economic recession or long-term investments,

ongoing federal programs and activities should be paid for with current revenues.

Employment

We affirm the right and responsibility of all to contribute to society through paid and unpaid work within their capabilities. It is a public responsibility to ensure that each person has the opportunity to develop skills, to work under nonexploitive conditions and to earn a living wage with adequate benefits.

Employers, educators, and government should partner to provide training and connect job seekers to employment needs in the community. We believe in strengthening laws that guarantee all workers, regardless of immigration status, the right to organize unions and to bargain collectively.

Corporations

Concentrated corporate wealth exerts excessive control over society. We seek policies that ensure corporate responsibility, independent and accountable boards of directors, and balanced emphases on long-term investment and profits

We support strong regulation of the financial industry to curb excessive risk-taking. A key role of the federal government is to strengthen and enforce antitrust, fraud and securities oversight laws.

Supporting People and Building Viable Communities

Education, housing, health care, recreation and access to functioning infrastructure are public goods to which all have a right, including individuals who cannot afford to pay for them. We call for a national commitment to help states and local communities meet the needs of each person. Local residents, businesses and tribal governments must be involved in the design and implementation of community development programs.

Education

Education that provides sound basic knowledge and skills and fosters critical and creative thinking establishes a foundation for individual development, good health, satisfying employment and responsible participation in democratic society. A strong public education system depends on substantial resources, equitably distributed. The federal government has an important role to play in addressing the educational needs of underserved areas and disadvantaged populations.

We support lifelong access to high quality, affordable education. We encourage the development and expansion of high-quality educational and vocational programs accessible without burdensome debt. We support programs that promote peace, conflict resolution and global awareness. We oppose military recruitment in schools and military training of minors.

Food

No person should go hungry or experience food insecurity. Full and equitable access to safe, affordable, nutritious food and clean water is essential. Agricultural policies must be designed to support healthy and diverse foods, not to provide disproportionate profits or degrade the environment.

Housing

Housing that is affordable, energy-efficient and located in healthy and diverse neighborhoods, coupled with supportive services for those who need them, is the right of all.

Health Care

Universal access to affordable, effective, comprehensive health care is necessary to allow all people to fulfill their potential. Our country can only maintain and improve the physical and mental health of its population with affordable health care that covers the entire life span, from prenatal to end-of-life care. Public health services, which protect us all, require robust federal support.

Families and Homes with Children

Well-designed tax policies, social welfare policies and flexible employment policies are critical to assuring adequate care for children. We must pursue an expansion of high-quality, affordable, safe childcare and early childhood education.

Access and Transportation

Affordable, reliable and accessible transportation connects people to people, jobs, schools and resources. To build viable communities and regions, more energy-efficient public transit services are needed, requiring federal funds and compatible land use policies.