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As debate heats up over interest rates, progressive movement mobilizes behind a pro-wages, racial equity agenda

*Fed Up Jackson Hole Schedule Below* As the Federal Reserve’s interest rate debate heats up, a national coalition of workers, activists and economists is stepping up advocacy for a pro-wages, racial equity agenda. On a conference call today, Fed Up campaign members previewed the coalition’s upcoming visit to Jackson Hole, Wyo., where dozens of workers and allies from all 12 Fed regions will mobilize and hold teach-ins as the Fed holds its annual symposium. Fed Up will present the Fed with a clear demand: Let Our Wages Grow.

Following the call, participants released the following statements:

Dawn O’Neal, teaching assistant and member of Rise Up Georgia: 
Atlanta, Ga.

"When the Fed meets in Jackson Hole to discuss inflation, they will be almost 2,000 miles away from South DeKalb County. Here, the lines of people desperate for even a temporary job at the local work pool stretches around the block – those people include my husband. Together, despite our hard work and best efforts, we still struggle at the end of the month with health and household bills. That’s not just our story, but that of our neighbors and our community. For members of the Fed looking to slow down the economy, I’d invite them to come here to East Atlanta. It’s not easy to live here; for some people the economy means our very survival.”

Keesha Moore, intern, job seeker, and member of Action United: 
Philadelphia, Penn.

“I have been searching for employment for 7 months now. I am 36 years old and I have a family to provide for and a house to maintain. I know I’m not alone when saying that the way the economy is today my household needs dual income in order to maintain and stay afloat. In Philadelphia, mine is a story all too common: We need more jobs available and fair wages. I don’t think that people who do not live here or pay taxes here should be able to take our jobs away from us with the stroke of a pen. At Jackson Hole, we will remind them that our communities also deserve a say in this debate.”

Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute

“The recovery will never reach workers’ wages if the Federal Reserve prematurely slows the recovery. The Fed should at least keep short term rates low until we reach a genuine full recovery from the Great Recession. At a minimum, this means waiting until wage growth is consistent with the Fed’s overall inflation targets and the labor market is back to pre–Great Recession health. And since the pre-Great Recession labor market was likely not at genuine full-employment, we can probably be even more aggressive in that in letting unemployment decline.”

Ady Barkan, campaign director for the Fed Up at the Center for Popular Democracy

“Members of the Fed Up coalition across the country have rallied for a more inclusive Federal Reserve that prioritizes wages and promotes a recovery in all of our communities. Our members have shared their stories with regional Fed Presidents and informed them why raising the rates prematurely would be disastrous in our communities, where many are still mired in a Great Recession. In Jackson Hole, we will put a faces and stories within reach of the Federal Reserve. Before they can have a real discussion of raising interest rates and slowing the economy, they should understand first-hand who it would affect.” 

The Fed Up campaign, anchored at the Center for Popular Democracy, will hold a number of teach-ins in Jackson Hole, Wyo. during the Federal Reserve’s symposium from August 27 to 29 to convey why it does not make sense to stop the recovery for America’s families. The teach-ins will be led by workers, economists, and Fed Up allies and will cover an array of topics like the Fed’s role in full employment, the intersection of Black Lives Matter and the Fed, the selection process for regional bank presidents, a historical look at inflation, and more.


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