Economic Justice


We know that voracious predatory capitalism is a threat to the safety, well-being, and survival of our communities and our planet. As wages stagnate and intergenerational wealth is concentrated in the hands of the few, pathways to opportunity are becoming less and less accessible to the rest of us. At YP4, we are uniquely aware of the importance of challenging our system of predatory capitalism and working towards a set of institutional arrangements which allow us all to access the necessities of life — from housing, food, sustenance, and healthcare. In that spirit, we are committed to supporting the work of organized labor, cooperative economists, and those organizing against politics of austerity, both in the US and abroad. We believe in leveraging the power of our network to support Fellows engaged in this work — from those doing worker organizing to those providing direct services to under-resourced communities and researching tax justice issues.


An example of economic justice work can be seen in 2013 Fellow Zach Komes Blueprint Bank On DC, which pushes universities to reinvest in their local communities. Read more about the project on USA Today.

Many thanks to Karl Kumodzi ’11 and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo 2014 Fellows discussing how to build a more equitable economy at the 2014 NYC Regional Training.


Bank on DC

Attending school in the District of Columbia, Josh has a unique perspective on the role anchor institutions such as universities
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Worker Equity at Pomona

Rachel’s Blueprint addressed inequalities along lines of race, class, and gender created by the U.S. educational system, immigration procedures, and
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Women of Color Lead

Christine’s Blueprint addressed the decline in applications for leadership positions and opportunities within the Black and Latina communities at Bryn
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The Pantry

Shinna Kim mobilizes in the movement against hunger through her UC Davis student-run food bank, The Pantry. Shinna has worked
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Revitalize Millheim

Elody’s Blueprint focused on countering the effects of rural decline in Millheim, PA. She worked to revitalize the community, moving
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Olaoluwa worked create a campus division of Philos — the youth led division of the non-profit SADA, which works to
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Just Consumption

Alyssa’s Blueprint addressed the lack of social responsibility within the food and clothing procurement policies at Michigan State University. In
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Justice For Chicago

Micaela’s Bluepritn helped create a community-based institution and program to change the lives of her community members by serving the
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Fair Labor at Baylor

Dannie worked to ensure the commitment to and promotion of fair labor practice at Baylor University by raising awareness amongst
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Ex-Offenders University

Jamira organized a series of Ex-Offenders University workshops, with the goal of engaging youth who were ex-offenders reentering society and
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Diversity at Middlebury

Jay co-authored a thesis, The Analyst and the Activist: Discourse Surrounding Wall Street Recruitment and Resistance at Middlebury College, which
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Countering Coca-Cola

Isaiah’s Blueprint dealt with getting Dickinson College to sever its relationship with the Coca-Cola Company. Lack of regulations by the
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Computers for Quito

Marlene worked to enhance the quality and sustainability of a computer lab in Quito, Edcuador to increase the computer technical
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Class in Columbua

Andrea worked to raise awareness as to how class divides activists and organizations and creates unneccessary barriers that prevent cooperation
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