Guaranteed Living Wage. Right to Employment.

Over the last few decades, an increase in the cost of living coupled with stagnant wages has led to a decreased quality of life for a significant portion of the U.S. population. The United States currently spends approximately $1 trillion in government assistance programs, yet this figure is ineffective at sustaining livelihoods without a greater solution to systematically eliminate poverty.

The large-scale public works developments of the Green New Deal would create a federally funded workforce of millions of new green-collar jobs. A human being’s right to productive employment should be a primary goal for any highly industrialized and civilized nation. We must strengthen and streamline our social safety net, ensuring every individual the right to live a life of security beyond poverty.

One in six, or 47.5 million Americans currently rely on food stamps. The staggering number of people at the lower end of the economic bracket struggling with housing and food security reveals a glaring reality: most workers do not have the sufficient tools to meet the basic needs of their families. With the majority of wages going towards paying for rent and food, this leaves very little for necessities like transportation, medical care, childcare and education.

As capital cannot exist without the labor, resources, and collective productivity of the population, the right to a living wage must become a civil and human guarantee. A decent standard of living in every household allows for every child and adult to flourish with equal opportunity towards a dignified future without limitations.