Creating a Sustainable Economy for All: Common Sense Economics

The vast majority of immigrants in this country are working people. And although our economy’s productivity has increased over the last few decades, working people are earning less and less in real wages and struggling to make ends meet for their families. At the same time, we are witnessing the largest redistribution of wealth in our nation’s history. This interactive workshop will implement an organizing tool called Common Sense Economics (CSE) built in the shape of a curriculum for mass education that helps participants understand how the economy affects their lives, and more importantly, how we can all work to build an economy that works for everyone. CSE is intended to be shared, modified and flexible. It’s designed to help people understand why this economy is not working for working people and that the economy is not inevitable, but is shaped by policy. The tool’s main goal is to immediately connect people to action and put workers in the driver’s seat to start changing the direction of this economy. Facilitators:

  • Yvette De La Cruz, AFL-CIO
  • Juliet Ovalle, CLEAN Carwash Campaign
  • Claudia Bautista, National Day Laborer Organizing Network