Challenges to Social and Economic Justice

Despite a win that drew heavily upon working class, the Trump administration has advanced policies that harm its prime electorate.  His agenda caters to the wealthy and businesses, funneling concentration of wealth to the top—(even while eight men have as much as 3.5 billion worldwide and Americans disapprove of record national inequality). Trump’s  spokespeople have tried to mask the damage to his voters with swift changes in topic and an attempt to make a foil of immigrants and minorities, contrasting them with whites.

Yet these minority groups, ironically, have never held substantial power, thus how could they have made America “not great”? The overall threat is enormous: Trump seeks to reverse decades of progress won by broad-based diverse coalitions, to ignore our most pressing challenges, and to shy away from any reconciliation of the administration’s proposals with prized American values of equality, justice, and opportunity.

Frustratingly, Trump’s cabinet appointees don’t actually believe in government. They represent a potential onslaught against programs that advance the vital public interests—a sustainable climate, clean air, a strong public education for all, and living wages.

The first 100 days can be viewed as trail of broken promises, with considerable damage to our Republic:

  • The American Healthcare Act of 2017 did not pass within the first 100 days. And, while not scored by the Congressional Budget Office yet, it probably represents an enormous wealth transfer and harm tens of millions of Americans. Numerous healthcare and public interest groups have come out against it.
  • Executive Order 13769 (01/27) denied entry to many individuals from seven nations—Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria (delayed indefinitely) and Yemen—despite no immigrants and refugees from these nations having been tied to even one fatal terror attack. Most recently, Hawaiian and Maryland federal judges blocked a revised order, and court challenges continue.

Progress comes only through the ardent pursuit of truth, which requires a functional democracy. In these times of unprecedented challenges, we must strive not to turn back the clock, but to advance progress through wins that champion justice and equality.

Veena Trehan, Chair
Social and Economic Justice Task Force


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