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.