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Washington Newsletter: Building a Just Economy

February 10, 2017

In the richest country in the world, everyone should be able to eat three meals a day, have a roof over his or her head, and access health care. In addition, everyone should have opportunities to learn, work, and grow. A just economy is built on this foundation of economic stability and opportunity.

Our country’s wealth and abundance can go to support our communities, prevent people from falling deeper into poverty, and give everyone a foundation for opportunity. How our government helps people who are in need is a measure of our nation’s character, our moral grounding, and our commitment to justice for all.

Background Economic Justice 

We still have a long ways to go toward a just economy—but Congress could make the problems worse. Congressional leaders want to change programs and policies that ensure basic living standards for tens of millions of people, keeping them from falling into, or deeper into, poverty and economic turmoil each year.

Background Keeping Food on the Table 

As a nation, we should be talking about to learn from and strengthen effective programs such as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, not how to cut them.

Background Race and Economic Justice 

People of color have often been excluded—explicitly or implicitly—from the paths to economic prosperity in our country. These systemic disparities are also a factor in why people of color disproportionately live in poverty, when compared to white Americans.

Background Block Grants Cut Holes in the Safety Net 

Congress is considering detrimental and long-lasting changes to the ways our society helps people with low incomes pay for food, medical care, and other necessities.

Background Protecting Health Care for All 

Affordable health care should be available to everyone. Yet congressional leaders propose to dismantle the network of federal programs that defray health care costs for millions of families, including some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.