economic justice Clerk: Steven Aldrich Aldr…@gmail.com

Guidelines for the Work of the FCWPP Economic Justice Working Group

The FCWPP Economic Justice Working Group assumes primary responsibility to identify, research, and recommend ways in which FCWPP might most effectively address issues concerning economic inequity, economically or physically challenged individuals, and programs needed to maintain good physical health in Washington State. The overall mission of the Working Group is to bring Friends’ testimonies to public policy on these issues in Washington State. Individual members of a Working Group may deal with only one of the issues involved.

Goals:

  • Protect the safety net for economically or physically challenged state residents, permitting them to be healthier contributors to their communities
  • Prevent levels of disparity in wealth and opportunity that lead to social dysfunction and increased criminal activity
  • Create and maintain programs, systems, and institutions required to keep people in good physical health

Objectives will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Maintenance of the social safety net
  • Maintain or increase access to health care by supporting Medicaid expansion and the Basic Health Option
  • Maintain or increase support for women’s health and family planning
  • Create a more equitable tax system that provides adequate revenue to support education, health care, and other needs, particularly for those unable to provide for themselves

The Economic Justice Working Group will:

  • Organize and make available research documents related to best practices and reform initiatives concerning economic justice
  • Consult with the FCWPP Legislative Committee and the Legislative Advocate, providing the working group’s research materials to the Committee and the Advocate and seeking direction from the Committee and the Advocate about new issues of concern on a timely basis
  • Provide a medium for hearing from those who may be disadvantaged either economically or with respect to health care under current laws

Normally, Friends will constitute the primary membership of the Working Group, but other may be included for their expertise. The Clerk of FCWPP and the Clerk of the Legislative Committee will be ex officio members of the Economic Justice Working Group. The Clerk of the Working Group will be an ex officio member of the Legislative Committee and have the option of being a member of the Executive Committee.

Meetings can be face to face and by conference call. Meeting Notes will be kept and circulated within the Working Group and to the Legislative Committee.

The Economic Justice Working Group will conduct an annual evaluation of its mission, practice, and effectiveness each spring or early summer.

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