It’s Time to Vote!

As a 501(c)3 organization, Just Economics is nonpartisan and does not endorse or oppose any political candidate or party. We do; however, support everyone's right to vote! This year we're partnering with Jenna from Patton Ave Pet Company and Democracy NC to get out the vote!

Check out VoteAVL.org for all the voting information you need all in one place! You can look up your voter registration status, register to vote online, request an absentee ballot, look up your polling place, check out candidate guides and more - all in one easy location!

There, you can sign the individual pledge to vote and business owners can sign the business pledge committing to encourage employees to register to vote, provide non-partisan information about the candidates and issues that will be on the ballot, so that employees can make an educated choice, and allow each employee ample time to vote on Election Day!

In 2020, in-person early voting period begins Thursday, October 15, and ends Saturday, October 31. Check out the early voting sites here. You can vote early at any of the sites and register to vote on-site during early voting. There is no voter registration onsite on Election day and you must vote at your precinct. Look up your election day voting location here.

10 Easy Ways to Support Workers around Labor Day:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lrrvV9lvjjM5Zj5pk_3jVnr-SkoHIkWXtFBFjSPn8us/edit?fbclid=IwAR3jrE15r739RZ3phVoOFeSIKFm85KAoG0fpkYT1MbupdlfZiJfMCv4Bb-g

10 Things You Need to Know About Firefighter Pay:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13by4-c85CLHOfPx_DmsAnbKz80PNXDvIa-RxoaY1f_0/edit?disco=AAAAGjEfWMw&ts=5ec8164f&usp_dm=false

Better Buses Together--Problems with transit and our demands

Our drivers and riders have been facing many challenges during this pandemic and we are asking the city to do better.  Check out this document with issues and list of demands here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_XePUm49Oq0iWJ4HJhSGJMZ7XIuPaILe7v45URNozGI/edit?usp=sharing

Reflections for our Executive Director, Vicki Meath, on the Asheville City Budget

City, county, state and federal budgets are an important reflection of our values and include decisions about how our public money--the taxes you pay on property, income, and goods and services--are spent. We have a say in how these tax dollars are spent.

I consider myself a student of the City of Asheville’s budget. I have been attending budget worksessions, reviewing budget documents, and organizing on some aspect of the budget for a decade now. This budget is very different from any I have worked on in the past. Of course, economic uncertainty has an impact on the budget and City staff has been working hard to transition pre-COVID predictions to face current realities and the uncertain future.

Read the rest HERE.

COVID-19

Just Economics is continuing to hold our meetings on-line through the end of May at least.  Stay tuned to email and social media for updates.  Contact vicki@justeconomicswnc.org with any questions.

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COVID-19 Resources:

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Please consider filling out our Renters Survey: bit.ly/AVLRentersSurvey and Rate My Landlord Survey: bit.ly/RateMyLandlord

Grocery Workers, please consider filling out this brief anonymous survey to inform worker solidarity efforts: https://bit.ly/3eP9ObI

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Know-your-rights factsheets from the Justice Center

Articles on worker organizing during the 1918 influenza epidemic:

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND OUR RENTERS SURVEY

In 2019, the Voices for Economic Justice group decided to tackle some of the issues regarding affordable Housing. To gather information, we are currently asking all renters to participate in our renters survey. This will help us determine what challenges and concerns we all face in order to see where our work might most greatly affect change.  You can also fill out our Rate My Landlord Survey here.