Just Economics of Western North Carolina

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joshcathytawnyaJust Economics works to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable local economy that works for all in Western North Carolina.  We organized around the Asheville Buncombe Living Wage Campaign and began making a name for ourselves after our first victory in 2007, successfully advocating that the City pay all of their full time employees a living wage.

From there we have continued to work on promoting living wages in the public and private sector, initiating what is now the largest Living Wage Certification program in the country.  We continue to educate the community on issues of economic justice and we see ourselves not as people of privilege advocating on behalf of low-income people but rather, people of privilege and low-income people advocating together for a better economic community.  We welcome participation in our work from all members of our community.

We often talk about our three areas of work:  Policy Advocacy, our Living Wage Employer Certification Program, and Community Education and Leadership Development.  Our latest active campaign is an effort to improve the bus system by including the voice of people who ride the bus out of necessity in changes, The People’s Voice on Transportation Equality.

We also work to promote living wages and economic justice in Transylvania County with the Living Wage Coalition of Transylvania County. 

Just Economics is a small, but mighty organization that has accomplished a lot in our short organizational life.  We are able to make steps toward a more just and sustainable local economy because of our members, volunteers, and leaders that work with us.  We invite you to join us….  Take our volunteer survey below, come to our next meeting, contact our staff, or donate to Just Economics.  Our next bi-monthly meeting is October 21st at 6:30 pm at the United Way in Asheville and is open to anyone interested in participating.  Feel free to call us (828-505-7466) or e-mail if you have questions (info@justeconomicswnc.org).  Finally, we have a small staff and a modest budget and can only continue to do the work that we do with the support of generous people who are able to contribute.  Every financial contribution is appreciated.  Please go here if you are able to make a donation.

Volunteer Survey

In building a movement for a more just and sustainable local economy, we are working hard to involve interested people, and we are gathering information about how our members and supporters would like to participate with us.  Our general meetings (every other month), our campaign meetings, and our committees are open to anyone and we invite you to participate, but individuals not able to attend meetings can still help support Just Economics’ mission. Please take this quick, 4-question survey if you are interested in engaging with Just Economics. We want to involve passionate people in our work in a way that feels right for them. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2CXYJRS


bus pictureJust Economics’ Voices for Economic Justice Leaders

People’s Voice on Transportation Equality!

This is a campaign designed by people who ride the bus out of necessity to advocate for the voice of regular bus riders in transportation reform in Asheville.  This group has been meeting and working together for over a year to develop the People’s 19 Point Agenda on Transportation Reform.  We publicly launched the campaign this January in an effort to encourage more community engagement

To join our campaign or for questions about our campaign, contact Amy Cantrell at the JE office 828-505-7466 or amy@justeconomicswnc.org.


Take a look at the following video about wealth inequality:

Wealth Inequality in America


Want to learn more about Just Economics, check out this 6 minute video about what we do:

Just Economics Video 2012


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