Dear UCubed Leader:
In the next few weeks, the Union of Unemployed will pivot to a new campaign. Called America’s NOT Working Class, it will focus on the unemployed, underemployed and those who have left the workforce, yet still want to work. These jobless Americans are the core of a new working class that cannot find work.
But our view of America’s NOT Working Class is more expansive. It includes retirees whose pensions are now at risk and students whose loans act as sea anchors on their careers. It includes today’s working class – white, black and brown – because their fates are so closely intertwined with their friends and family members who still cannot find work.
An old friend once introduced me to his neighbors and quickly added, “They’re good people.” In a working class neighborhood, that was the highest compliment ever paid.
So, we seek to build a coalition of the good people who need jobs to match their skills, fair wages to feed their families, an even chance to live the dream and leaders who give a damn about their lives.
Over the next year, this broader coalition of America’s NOT Working Class will have but one goal: Make Democracy work again for all of us. It will emphasize the basic responsibilities of our Democracy to its citizens, including the right to a job, and the duties citizens have to our Democracy.
Active engagement and informed voting are but two of those duties. In an era where civic disengagement and vanishing voters present real threats to Democracy, we will be advocating for the exact opposite. More active engagement using social media and higher voter turnout, particularly in off-year elections, will be our answer to those who can win only when the good people remain silent and then stay home on Election Day.
You are good people. If we stick together, and work together, we can make our Democracy work for all of us.
In unity — strength,