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A Huge Thank You to all the people that attended and all the businesses that contributed to the

Just Economics’ 2014 Annual Celebration!

‘Putting the Pieces Together’

We had a lot of fun celebrating with members, friends, local business owners, and community partners….Thank You!

A big thank you to our sponsors: Altamont Brewing Company, Charlotte Street Computers, the French Broad Food Coop, Oskar Blues, The Thread Exchange, and United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County.

Please consider supporting the work of Just Economics with your financial contribution.  Click here to donate

 

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bus pictureSunday Bus Service To Begin January 2015

One of the major points on the 19 Point Agenda for Transportation Reform, the product of the People’s Voice on Transportation Equality, is to provide Sunday service.  While many people have been advocating for this for many years, and City staff have continually been reviewing the opportunity to provide this, our advocacy efforts during the last City budget process helped to make this happen.  We would love to see full Sunday service but we are encouraged by this important step, as well as some other positive changes that are a part of our agenda (such as changes to the C route).  Thank you City Council, City Staff, and Transit Committee members for listening.  We look forward to more work together in the new year.  BETTER BUSES TOGETHER!

Learn more about our campaign and our 19 Point Agenda for Transportation Reform here

Learn more about Asheville Transit here

Learn more about the new bus schedules here

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Take a look at the following video about wealth inequality:

Wealth Inequality in America

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More about Just Economics…

Just 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. 

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

Just Economics Video 2012

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

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