Tear Down the Walls People’s Power Assembly, Scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at 8:30 to 11:15 A.M.
In the last thirty years, worker productivity in the United States has soared while worker wages have stagnated or decreased with the profits going to the owners and stockholders. In the US, in 2010, the top 20% of households controlled 95% of financial (non-home) wealth with the bottom 80% holding only 5%. If the federal minimum wage had been adjusted for inflation and increased productivity since 1960, it would now stand at over $21, instead of the current $7.25. The jobless rate for African Americans is twice as high as the overall rate and gets half the attention. Young people are saddled with tens of thousands of dollars of school debt for educations that do not ensure them of a job with a living wage that will enable them to pay back what they borrowed. Free trade has meant a race to the bottom throughout the world with the gains going to the multi-national corporations. Those same corporations use their profits to buy our supposedly “democratic” elections and, through control of the corporate media, convince much of the public that the corporate model is the only possible model for life in the 21 century.
The Economic Justice Peoples Power Assembly will bring together economic justice, new economy, labor rights, union, anti-sweatshop, occupy, poor-people’s campaigns, and fair trade groups to strategize on how to work together across movements to build a stronger, more unified opposition to corporate rule and economic inequality and to push for a different model that would provide a decent life for all. The People’s Power Assembly participants will commit to one or more joint actions during the next year including at least one [inter]nationally coordinated day of local action.