West Virginia Economic Justice Project

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Logan Child Poverty Community Forum

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Kyra and Jaylin

At Kids and Families Day at State Capitol ready to speak up about poverty

Addiction? Incarceration? Unemployment? Obesity?  All these issues stem from vulnerable families trying to get by on a wage that is not live-able or in communities where jobs are scarce.  In 1970, the median job paid roughly $20/hour. Today, it's less than half that.  Our country can thrive when people have the means to rise out of poverty.

A Future Fund: Paying it forward in West Virginia

West Virginia stands at a crossroads, and the American Friends Service Committee is working hard to help create a plan for the future.  The state is facing a natural gas boom similar to that of the coal industry in the last century.  After 90 years of working in West Virginia, AFSC knows that shared prosperity and natural resources extraction don’t necessarily go hand in hand.  How can the state beat the “resource curse”?

Upper Big Branch families plead for Congressional action on mine safety

Carrying enlarged photographs of their lost loved ones, family members of three of the 29 miners killed in the 2010 explosion at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine spent June 6-7 in Washington, D.C., pleading with lawmakers to take action to improve mine safety and to stiffen penalties for mining companies that knowingly, willingly, and recklessly place miners’ lives at risk.

Good News from West Virginia

Dear Friend,

AFSC is excited about our role and Tuesday’s announcement of the record federal settlement in the wake of Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, which killed 29 West Virginia coal miners in April 2010.

Read more about AFSC's response to the settlement.

Rockefeller at odds with Obama on heating-bill help

President Obama and House Republicans want to make significant cuts in federal funding that helps low-income families pay their heating bills this winter. Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller doesn't like that idea.

West Virginia's senior senator wants them to reverse their plans to cut funding available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. AFSC's Rick Wilson weighs in. 

Read more.


Charleston Gazette:Thousands of West Virginians face benefits cutoff


Nearly 11,000 West Virginia workers will lose their unemployment benefits before Christmas unless Congress passes legislation to extend them.

Nationally, more than 2 million Americans could lose unemployment benefits, which began to run out on Wednesday, this month.

Charleston WV Gazette Op-Ed: Helping unemployed helps everyone

When Carte Goodwin was appointed to temporarily fill the seat held by the late Sen. Byrd, he had the good fortune of being able to cast a vote right away that made a real difference for millions of Americans.

West Virginia's newest senator, Joe Manchin, might have a similar chance in the lame duck session of Congress. Rick Wilson explains.

Charleston (WV) Gazette op-ed: Rick Wilson: W.Va. made smart changes on unemployment

The AFSC"s Rick Wilson writes:

We're used to hearing bad economic statistics about West Virginia and bad comparisons to other states, but when it comes to unemployment insurance, we're actually ahead of the pack.

By Sept. 2010, 32 states had to borrow money from the federal government to the tune of almost $40 billion when their unemployment insurance systems went bust. West Virginia is one of the few, and the only one among surrounding states, to avoid that fate so far.

WV Public Broadcasting: WV supporters of health care law mark 6-month anniversary

Thursday was the six-month anniversary of the nation’s new health care law. West Virginia supporters of the Affordable Care Act marked the day with comments about provisions of the law that are now in effect.  Among the members of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care speaking out yesterday was Rick Wilson of the American Friends Service Committee. 

Charleston WVA Gazette opinion by AFSC's Rick Wilson: A different kind of economy

AFSC's Rick Wilson writes, "You might not have noticed this, especially if you are one of the almost 15 million unemployed, but the economy is blazing away for the fortunate few.

The St. Louis Federal Reserve recently reported that after-tax corporate profits are at record levels, hitting an all-time high of $1.37 trillion in the last quarter. Corporate cash reserves are somewhere around $2 trillion.

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