July 24th is the anniversary of the last time the federal minimum wage was raised. As we approach this date we reflect on our need to raise the wage floor and we celebrate all of the organizations, individuals, and businesses using a variety of strategies to bring about a more just and sustainable economy. The week of July 2oth we join with allies across the nation to celebrate all the people doing work to bring about a more just economy. We acknowledge the need to continue to raise the wage floor and we celebrate the victories for living wages!
Join us for WAGE WEEK Activities:
**Use the hashtag #wageweek and follow us on facebook and twitter
**Join us for a BUYcott on Thursday July 23rd at noon at Creperie Bouchon. A BUYcott is the opposite of a boycott and an opportunity to consciously choose to spend our dollars at businesses that are supporting the type of community we want to live in and are Living Wage Certified! It is a way to ‘vote with our dollars’.
**July 23rd at 6pm –Humanizing Poverty, a People’s Advocacy and Action Group event at the United Way. Celebrating how stories and the brave people who share them, help to raise the wage floor and create community change. Our People’s Advocacy and Action Group for July will be a chance for people to share their stories and participate in a new film project with Just Economics and leaders from our last Voices for Economic Justice class. Stories can help transform people, transform decision makers, and transform our communities….join us….FREE and dinner is provided
**July 24th at Noon starting at Pritchard Park-WAGE WEEK WALK— We will walk together downtown with signs celebrating living wages and hand out information about Wage Week and Living Wage Certified Employers. Meet at 11:45 in the United Way parking lot or at noon at the metal statue in Pritchard Park.
Contact Amy Cantrell with any questions at 828-505-7466 or email@example.com
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.
WHAT’S NEW WITH JUST ECONOMICS:
Just Economics has many things going on….we would love for you to join us.
–Our bi-monthly meeting are the second Tuesday @ 6:30 of every other month and open to anyone that would like to participate with us or learn more about our work. Our next one is August 18th. On the opposite months we host our People’s Advocacy and Action Group, a way for people to get engaged with issues. Our last one was around public budgets and ways to engage with the City, County, State, and Federal budget.
–We have an active campaign to improve the bus system in Asheville through people who ride the bus out of necessity being engaged in the process. We regularly meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the United Way at 4pm with an orientation for folks new to the campaign at 3:30. Contact Amy to get more involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
–We are working to deepen our commitment to living wages by strengthening our network of Living Wage Certified Employers. To learn more about the program or share your thoughts about this network (the largest network of living wage certified employers in the country!) contact Vicki Meath: email@example.com
We are excited about Sunday Bus Service and other improvements that we have been advocating for, and we are continuing to work to include the public voice in changes to the Asheville bus system–ART. We would love for you to join us. Contact Amy to get involved at 828-505-7466 or Amy@justeconomicswnc.org
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
Want to learn more about Just Economics, check out this 6 minute video about what we do: