An Open Letter to the Prosecutor in the Case of Jordan Davis

Rinku Sen, president and executive director of Race Forward, wrote an open letter to the prosecutor, Angela Corey, and the legal community in connection with the Jordan Davis killing. The Alliance for a Just Society is proud to be among those adding their names to the list of signers in support. Please click the link at the end of the letter and add your name:JD km crop

We write this letter out of our deep commitment to racial equity, as well as to the principles of fairness upon which this country was built. The trial of the People of Florida v. Michael Dunn underscores the need for our legal system to understand and address racial bias. We are not all attorneys, so we will not offer a detailed legal analysis here. What we can offer, as veterans of racial equity efforts nationwide, is some reflection on the racial dimensions of the case and how they can be addressed constructively. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the Prosecutor in the Case of Jordan Davis”

Hall and Smedley in USA Today: Provide Data, Expand Medicaid to Close Racial Health Divide

On the opinion pages of USA Today, LeeAnn Hall, executive director of the Alliance for a Just Society, and Dr. Brian Smedley, with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, call on on HHS to release full data on who is enrolling – and who is being missed. They also call on states where lawmakers have turned their backs on their poorest families, to accept federal fund for expanding Medicaid.

Little girl Medicaid CropThe health disparities associated with race, ethnicity, culture and language in America are vast. Minorities and the poor suffer more, and die sooner, than the general population.

The ACA is an unprecedented opportunity to shrink the racial gap in health coverage and end inhumane disparities. How do we know who is being reached if Health and Human Services isn’t providing enrollment data by race and ethnicity?

Data or no data, these disparities demand action. If every state expands Medicaid, it could cut the uninsured rate for people of color in half. Instead, lawmakers in 19 states have rejected the funds, and six states are still debating.

Read the full article in USA Today here.

Get Real on Job Growth and Expand Medicaid

 A new op-ed in the Bangor Daily News, written by Maine People’s Alliance executive director Jesse Graham and Alliance for a Just Society executive director LeeAnn Hall, lays out how the Maine legislature could build more and better jobs simply by accepting federal funds for Medicaid expansion.

By Jesse Graham and LeeAnn Hall
Special to the Bangor Daily News

Expanding Health Coverage in Maine with Federal Funds Will Boost the Economy

Expanding health coverage with federal funds will create economy-boosting jobs in states that most need them, according to a new report by the Alliance for a Just Society. The report comes as state legislators debate adopting the Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act.

“This report shows that Medicaid expansion will not only expand health coverage to more residents and create jobs, but also the jobs we’ll create through Medicaid expansion are living wage jobs that support families and boost the state’s economy,” said LeeAnn Hall, executive director of the Alliance for a Just Society. “For lawmakers who care about boosting the economy and creating good jobs, this report shows Medicaid expansion should be common sense.”

Read the full report here.

State of the Union Has the Right Themes, Action Must Follow

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night: low-key compared to other addresses, determined and occasionally defiant.

He touched on many of the priorities being worked on by the Alliance for a Just Society this year, including mentioning that nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage. He didn’t mention that 23 states have not accepted Medicaid expansion for their most vulnerable residents.

The President called for immigration reform to be passed, a solution for college graduates trapped by student loan debt, he pushed for a federal minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour.

“Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty,” he said.
Private businesses shouldn’t wait for a government mandate, but instead follow the lead of giant Costco and much smaller Punch Pizza and give employees a raise. Continue reading “State of the Union Has the Right Themes, Action Must Follow”

Alliance On Stage With Pelosi and Raise the Wage

Alliance for a Just Society Lobbyist Bill Daley (far right) attended a Washington D.C. press conference in support of raising the minimum wage. Pictured in the front row are Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, Congressman George Miller, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.
Alliance for a Just Society Lobbyist Bill Daley (far right) attended a Washington D.C. press conference in support of raising the minimum wage. Pictured in the front row are Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, Congressman George Miller, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

The work of Alliance for a Just Society was very much in evidence earlier this month when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Labor Secretary Tom Perez held a press conference calling for passage of legislation to raise the federal minimum wage.

The legislation, endorsed by the Alliance, would bring the hourly minimum wage up to $10.10 per hour over three years, then index future wage increases to inflation.  Federal minimum wage is now $7.25 per house.

Bill Daley, the Washington D.C. lobbyist for Alliance for a Just Society and Main Street Alliance, advocated for the increase, sharing the Alliances latest job and wage gap study: America’s Changing Economy which notes that minimum wage is a “barely surviving” wage and an actual living wage in many parts of country is closer to $16 an hour.

 

2013 Reports

2013 Reports

national-report-cover-artAmerica’s Changing Economy 2013 Wage and Job Gap Study

http://thejobgap.org/national-report/

Reports by state: Connecticut, Florida,  Idaho,  Maine, MontanaNevadaNew York City, Oregon, Virginia, Washington

 

 

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Screen shot 2014-05-19 at 5.30.46 PMWasted Wealth – Racial Inequity in the Foreclosure Crisis

 

 

 

 

 

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http://allianceforajustsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Bad.Medicine.Report.Alliance2013.pdf

 

 

 

 

The Maine Partnership Bank

 

Screen shot 2014-05-14 at 5.54.53 PMSurvival Denied: Stories from Alaska Native Families Living in a Broken System

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Hooked on Pharma – Get Pharma’s Hooks Out of Congress

 

 

 

 

Broken Bootstraps: Falling Behind on Full-Time Work

 

2012 Wage and Job Gap Report

 

Past Due: Predatory Lending in Idaho

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New York Must Do More to Address Health Disparities

2014-06_Addressing-Health-Disparities-Through-the-Marketplace-Print-1Building on New York State’s success in enrolling nearly a million New Yorkers in health insurance, a new report makes recommendations on how to continue improving health care by aggressively addressing health disparities in the coming years.

New York State of Health, the new health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is off to a good start addressing health disparities. However, much more needs to be done quickly – within the next few years – says a “white paper” released today by the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, Make the Road New York and the Alliance for a Just Society.

“One million people enrolled is an extraordinary accomplishment,” said Bob Cohen, PPEF Policy Director and one of the report co-authors.  “However, given that almost 60 percent of those without insurance are non-white, we need to build consensus on an action plan to assure that the needs of those traditionally shut out of the health insurance marketplace are met.”

The report, “Addressing Health Disparities Through the Marketplace: An Action Agenda for New York State of Health,” applauds NYSOH for steps it has already taken to reduce disparities, then outlines distinct actions to further develop the strategy.

Read the full report here: http://allianceforajustsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/2014-06_Addressing-Health-Disparities-Through-the-Marketplace-Print.pdf

Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Everyday Life.

In the past four decades, mass incarceration and immigration control in the United States has skyrocketed. Today, the U.S. incarcerates more of its population than any other country in the world – at rates unmatched in modern history. Alliance.for.a.Just.Society_Pushing Back_FINAL

More than seven million people are under control of the criminal justice system. The U.S. has less than five percent of the world’s population, but we have almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. China, which has four times more people than the United States, is a distant second in incarceration numbers, with 1.6 million people in prison.

With the increase in private prisons – driven by making profits for their investors – we are seeing an increase in the criminalization of everyday life.

Read our new report –

Communities Under Attack: Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Everyday Life.