New York City, Friday & Saturday, November 13-14, 2009
Our country is in the throes of an economic crisis-the most severe since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Unemployment is at the disaster level. And even before the onset of our current, deep recession, chronic unemployment, low and stagnant wages, myriad unmet needs and unprecedented environmental degradation were endemic.
Current Job Crisis
- Nearly 30 million workers fully or partially jobless (June 2009)
- Most rapid job less of any downturn since the Great Depression
- 5 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy since the onset of the recession
- High unemployment expected to persist, even if the economy “recovers.”
- Many of the long-term unemployed will lose benefits, their savings, their homes and more
By the Administration’s own estimate, the economic stimulus will make up for a fraction of the millions of jobs lost since the recession began.
Nor will the Stimulus stem the continuing job hemorrhage.
“Good Old Days”
Even in “good” times: 5 million or more women and men were officially jobless; hidden unemployment afflicted many millions more; and poverty wages were rampant. Inequality reigned, our infrastructure was crumbling, and human services fell far short of needs.
We must not go back to those “Good Old Days.”
Instead, we should be guided by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933): We cannot be content, no matter how high the general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people … is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
Now is the time to organize and mobilize to create a just economy–one that assures living wage jobs for all, sustains the environment, and repairs our social and physical infrastructure.
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For more information, to make reservations, to participate in planning the conference and subsequent action: * Visit the website of the National Jobs for All Coalition, www.njfac.org *
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