We've seen the way that corporations, big banks, insurance companies, and oil companies have run the economy and the government over the last decade, and now we're living with the results. We think it's time that the American people once again called the shots, and we're asking you to do something about it. We're counting on you to help draft a people-powered Contract for the American Dream. We want YOUR ideas - no idea is too big or too small. Thousands of people all across America just like you will submit ideas and reflect on plans submitted by others. Each day this week, we'll roll out a different topic area for ideas. Today, it's good jobs. In the coming days, we'll talk about education, taxes, and labor rights, to name a few. And on July 16 and 17, thousands of us will meet in homes, churches, and community centers to talk face to face about the best of the ideas that have been submitted. The final draft will be a truly awesome document created by a community of friends and neighbors throughout the country, powered by the hopes and dreams of thousands of Americans and tempered by the wisdom of your collective experiences.And don't forget to share the Contract for the American Dream with your friends and family! The more people who share their ideas and rate those submitted by others, the stronger the Contract will be. Click through to the Contract, share your ideas, and reflect on what other people have submitted. Share it with friends, and ask them to do the same.If you need a little inspiration, noted economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has a short video for you about how public investment can help create jobs:Thanks in advance for sharing!
"You are my brothers and my sisters," Reverend Tim McDonald told the crowd. "Some years ago, they told people like me we couldn't vote. We did what you are doing today. We are going to send a message to the powers that be ... that when the people get united, there is no government that can stop them. Don't let them turn you around."The events of this weekend are part of a kickoff for a Human Rights Summer in Georgia. Immigration activists have organized a boycott/buycott in the state, where immigrants and allies refuse to buy from stores that cooperate with the new law. Instead, they will only buy from stores that signal their unwillingness to cooperate with law enforcement that harasses customers and employees over their suspected immigration status.Immigrants have also pointed out that they are being demonized while the real problems in the state are continually being ignored. The foreclosure crisis and continued job crisis haven't been addressed with any serious efforts, while the legislature found plenty of time to crank out a harsh bill that attacks immigrants and anyone who has regular contact with them, potentially even nuns driving a van full of immigrants to Mass.
We've also got Van's charts on rising income inequality in America. Even though American workers have been increasingly productive over the last few decades, incomes have remained stagnant for most Americans while they've more than tripled for the top 1%, a result of the conscious effort of corporations and the superrich to take control of our government at all levels.
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A lot of you have been asking us, "What's the next step? How can we get started rebuilding the American Dream?" Luckily, you don't have to travel far or wait long. On July 16 and 17, we're asking all Dreamers to meet face to face in house meetings in your very own neighborhoods.These house meetings will serve as a place to create and hone a powerful agenda to rebuild the American Dream. We'll talk to each other about what the American Dream means to us, and about what should be done to take it back. And just as importantly, we will commit to each other to stand together to make it happen.We're pleased to announce that because of your enthusiastic response to Van Jones' livestreamed presentation, we already have
905 907 meetings scheduled across the country! To find the closest one to you, please click the link and enter your ZIP code. If there are no house meetings scheduled in your area, or if they are already full, no worries! We'll help you host your own meeting, giving you all the materials you'll need to lead the meeting. If you don't think your home is a great place to meet, you can find a coffee shop, community center, church, or other public space.What's most important for all of us to remember is that we are in this together. Van Jones can give us a spark, but it's in our hands to keep the movement going forward. The next step is July 16 and 17.