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S/W Ver: 9E.03.39RWHAT’S NEW WITH JUST ECONOMICS:

VOICES FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE

8 week community organizing and leadership training for low-income people….Monday evenings…Set to begin March 30th….FREE but registration is required.  We provide food, transportation, and childcare for attendees during the class.  Want to sign up or know someone that would like more information?  Call Just Economics at 828-505-7466.  Learn more about VOICES here

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Plans are underway for JUST BREW IT 2015!  At the Wedge on May 23rd

If you would like to attend…save the date and stay tuned…we will let you know when the site is ready to reserve your spot.

If you are a brewer and would like to enter…contact Mark Hebbard at markhebbard@justeconomicswnc.org for a brewer application.

If you are a business that would like to sponsor Just Brew It, we’d love to have you on board…lots of local business exposure that supports the work of Just Economics…contact vicki@justeconomicswnc.org

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bus pictureThe People’s Voice on Transportation Equality

Join Us in our Campaign to Improve the Bus System

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

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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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