In addition to leading the Paid Family Leave Campaign, JUFJ is a supporting partner in many other coalitions in DC. We appreciate the hard work done by the leaders of these coalitions, and we are always ready to back them up when they call on us.
Some of these coalitions are actively pushing specific legislation right now, and some work on ongoing advocacy for economic justice in the District.
If you would like to get involved with JUFJ’s portion of the work in any of these coalitions, email the organizers listed below.
Active Legislative Campaigns
One Fair Wage/Initiative 77: Tipped workers in DC earn only $3.87 an hour from their employers. Because they rely on tips for the rest of their wage, there is pervasive on-the-job discrimination. Two thirds of tipped workers are women, and women of color regularly receive significantly smaller tips than white male servers; 90% of tipped workers report being harassed on the job.
That is why the Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROCDC) ran a ballot measure campaign (Initiative 77) to establish one fair wage for all District workers. JUFJ endorsed the ballot measure, as did 54% of voters in the 2018 June primaries. The council is now working to overturn the will of the voters and preserve an unjust status quo for workers at the behest of the wealthy and powerful restaurant lobby.
To help protect Initiative 77 and/or to testify at the Council about it, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decriminalize Fare Evasion: Currently, failure to pay Metro fare in DC is a crime that can result in arrest, jail time, and/or a fine of up to $300. Fare evasion arrests disproportionately hurt poor residents who have the highest reliance on public transportation with the least ability to afford it, and particularly hurt poor residents of color, who face greater risks of being fined, arrested, and jailed for violations of minor offenses like fare evasion.
The “Fare Evasion Decriminalization Act of 2017” would make fare evasion a civil offense (rather than a criminal offense) punishable by a fine of no more than $100. This is a smart, sensible, and necessary reform recognizing that no one should have to face arrest or jail time for not paying a fare.
To join the coalition to pass this important criminal justice reform, email email@example.com.
Put a Price on It DC: Climate change threatens the health, homes, and pocketbooks of everyone in DC. The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, or “Clean Energy DC Act,” would make DC a world leader on climate change. It would transition the District to 100% clean electricity by 2032 — the strongest renewable energy bill in the country — while investing in energy efficiency, creating groundbreaking building standards, and funding local programs to help low-income residents and make the city a sustainable place to live.
To put our city at the forefront of the fight against climate change, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Close the Carried Interest Loophole: DC’s income and wealth disparity is growing. By passing the Closing the Carried Interest Tax Loophole Act of 2018, the District could bring in millions in currently untaxed revenue from a handful of ultra-wealthy investors. Current estimates conservatively predict that DC could raise $152 million by closing this loophole — giving money back to DC to invest in programs like the Birth to Three for All Act or ending long-term homelessness in the District.
To learn more about this absurd and wonky policy that serves only millionaires, email email@example.com.
DC Fair Elections: DC’s current donor class is whiter, wealthier, older, and male-er than the District’s population. More than 60% of campaign contributions come from either individuals who don’t live in DC, or from corporations and PACs, while only 5% come from voters giving $100 or less. That’s why the Council passed the Fair Elections Act of 2017. This law will promote a system that better represents the people who live and vote here, especially women and people of color — but only if it is implemented.
To make sure that our elections are open to all candidates, not just those with big money backers, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rent Control: Over 90,000 individuals and families in DC depend on rent control to avoid unaffordable rent hikes. JUFJ is part of a coalition advocating for legislation to limit rent increases and to make sure that housing can be affordable, safe, and stable for everyone in our city. There are multiple bills in committee right now that would protect low-income tenants, but they won’t come up for a vote unless we raise our voices.
To raise your voice against raising the rent, email email@example.com.
Ongoing Advocacy Coalitions
Just Pay: The Just Pay Coalition, led by DC Jobs With Justice, brings together unions, legal service providers, advocacy organizations, and worker centers to ensure strong enforcement of local labor laws. Members of the Just Pay Coalition fought hard to increase the minimum wage, ensure access to paid sick days for all workers, ban hiring discrimination for returning citizens, and pass comprehensive anti-wage theft legislation. However, worker rights are still regularly ignored or trampled. It is not enough to simply pass laws; we must also work to ensure these laws are made real.
To support Just Pay know-your-rights trainings or demand government accountability for enforcing labor rights, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair Budget: Since its founding in 1994, the Fair Budget Coalition (FBC) has brought together human and legal services providers, community members directly impacted by poverty, professional advocates, faith organizations, and concerned DC residents to advocate for a District budget and public policies that address poverty and human needs. Now comprising over 60 member organizations, FBC was born out of the value that everyone stands to benefit when organizations working to alleviate poverty come together to promote a shared agenda.
To help make sure that public money is used for public good and not private profit, email email@example.com.