Author: Jonathan Williams

Veterans deserve better than this from Congress. “By the end of June, an estimated 285,000 veterans will be going without long-term unemployment benefits because Congress allowed the program to expire, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).” Learn more:

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This is awesome: The city of Portland is beginning its “rollback” of its investments in Walmart. Said a city commissioner: “I’m hopeful other cities and states take note and adopt similar investment principles to hold companies accountable and align our investment policies with our values.” Learn more:

Oregon joins Philadelphia and Baltimore in refusing to hold people in jail without probable cause at the request of ICE. Congratulations Portland Jobs with Justice on this important victory!

42 senators turned their backs on one million veterans by voting against raising the federal minimum wage. Learn more:

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Photo via Atlanta Jobs With Justice

Fifty-four years after the historic lunch counter sit-ins launched the civil rights era, in which four black students sat down at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter and demanded to be served, North Carolina once again captured the nation’s attention with the launch of the Moral Monday movement last year. The… Read More»

Paying low wages is not a necessity, it’s a choice. When these guys opened their burger joint, they chose to do better. “We did this because, in our mind, it was the right thing to do. This is too hard a job to pay minimum wage. So far, we haven’t lost… Read More»

Downtown Louisville, KY. Photo via Wikimedia.

On March 13, 2014, the Louisville Metro Council voted 26–0 to pass the “Ban the Box” ordinance in Louisville. The unanimous vote is the culmination of two years of hard, persistent work by many community members, groups, organizations, elected officials and Kentucky Jobs with Justice. Read my email interview with… Read More»

Original photo via Wikimedia.

Last week, by a vote of 26-0, the Louisville Metro Council unanimously approved a measure to “ban the box” from job applications for positions with the city. Thanks to the measure, people applying for jobs with the city or its vendors will no longer be required to fill out an application asking if… Read More»