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Economic Justice and American Values

Economic Justice and American Values

We believe that economic justice is not a liberal or conservative issue—it is an American issue.

The Declaration of Independence adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Since that day more than two centuries ago, our nation has struggled to realize the promise of those words—and still struggles. Inequality has been and still is a fact of life in America and is only growing. Millions of our fellow citizens have been and still are excluded from the fundamental opportunities to pursue happiness that millions more take for granted.

But even though the Declaration’s self-evident truths have yet to be fully realized, they still have great power and purpose. They demand our attention. They compel us to remember who we are as a nation and to ask ourselves whether our daily actions truly align with our deepest principles. Even in the darkest times, they still shine brightly, like the North Star, and can guide us in our shared mission to form a more perfect union.

The struggle for economic justice is about more than access to capital. It is about more than economics. It is about realizing the truth that we are all created equal and are all endowed with the right to pursue happiness.

We believe that economic justice is a deeply American value that all Americans, regardless of their political beliefs, party affiliation, race, religion, or gender, can embrace, and we are committed to building diverse partnerships and alliances to advance the creation of economic opportunity for everyone.

12.8%

Percentage of Americans living in poverty, 196801

11.8%

Percentage of Americans living in poverty, 201801

  1. Income and Poverty in the United States: 2018, U.S. Census Bureau, September 2019.