Thursday, January 30, 2014

Join 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) 

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 and 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
Quality Jobs with a Living Wage and a Voice in the Workplace

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]

Coalition of Labor Union Women
President Tanaka Charles (AFSCME)

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

Greater Charleston AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
Erin McKee, President

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

Georgia Citizens' Coalition on Hunger
Carolyn Pittman, Executive Director

Pastor Robert E. Jones
College Hill Community Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Dayton, Ohio

Community Organizing Center
Columbus, OH
Mark D. Stansbery

Arkansas Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
Arkansas Interfaith Alliance.
Rev. Steve Copley

South Eastern Michigan Jobs With Justice
Jobs Committee, Kae Halonen

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

Benjamin P. Peck
, Senior Legislative and Policy Associate

Chris Tilly
Professor, Department of Urban Planning, UCLA

New York City Council Progressive Caucus

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

National Jobs for All Coalition
Trudy Goldberg, Chair

Chicago Political Economy Group
Bill Barclay

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,

Organize! Ohio
Larry Bresler 

Green For All
Kimberly Freeman Brown, DC Office Chief

Rimson Development Corp (Detroit)

James C Clark, CEO

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

People's Empowerment Coalition of Ohio
Lynn Williams

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

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

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

George Friday
North Carolina Activist

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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:

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