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The enormous wealth disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America is an unsustainable economic and social injustice. We are committed to an economic recovery that employs all those willing and able, that houses all those needing shelter, and that imposes the cost based on the ability to pay.

The United Nations recognizes that a living wage job is a human right. We support the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act and the 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act. They provide for direct Government intervention in the depressed labor market.

Stable home ownership is fundamental to a stable economy. The banks that profited from the massive housing fraud must make restitution by reducing the principal on underwater mortgages by a minimum of $600 billion.

Tax breaks for the top 1% must be rolled back to ease tax burdens on the middle class. A financial transaction tax on Wall Street speculation will stabilize financial markets and fund a full employment economy and national health care. The income cap on payroll taxes must be raised to ensure funding for Social Security.

The economic crisis has thrown millions out of work. The immoral level of poverty, which disproportionately impacts communities of color and women, must be eliminated by instituting a living wage for all workers, extended unemployment benefits, expanded earned income tax credits, food assistance, childcare assistance, and housing vouchers.

Protecting the right of workers to form and join unions in the U.S. is essential to preserving our democracy and our standard of living. We oppose “free trade” and support fair trade agreements that protect workers' rights and the environment.

Today, perhaps more than ever, women need a Constitutional guarantee of equality. Recently Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated that he believes the Constitution does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. His assertion reaffirms the need for an ERA to ensure equality for women in all areas of their lives. 35 of the required 38 states have ratified the ERA; we support the 3 state strategy.

We oppose efforts to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, which established that women are legal persons.

Comprehensive immigration reform must insure a fair attainable path to citizenship and the rights of undocumented workers in the workplace, affirming the dignity and integrity of immigrant families.

PDA’s Brown Bag Lunch Vigils—with partners California Nurses Association, Healthcare-NOW!, Democrats.com, Job Party, and New Priorities Network—aim to educate the public and our elected representatives about the costs of the U.S. wars of occupation and the better uses of our tax money for social benefits and programs, such as job creation and Medicare for all.

 


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