Plenary & Roundtable Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose for Plenary &
Roundtable Discussions

The World Courts of Women understands that any serious discussion of poverty, jobs, and education must be grounded in the 21st Century shift from a labor-based economy to a technology-based economy. The rapidly increasing corporate investment in labor-replacing computerized and high-tech production greatly reduces the number of good jobs available for the working class, and is a key cause of the rise in poverty in the U.S. Also, the corporate global economy’s thirst for the cheapest human labor possible means that U.S. workers are pitted against workers all around the world. Many are forced by the search for work to become migrants in the global economy, and a significant number are women. The global push for profit hurts workers all around the world. More and more of us in the working class depend on contingent work that does not include the job security (healthcare, benefits, etc.) that our old educational and economic system was structured upon. Many of us are pushed out of the economy completely, leading to unemployment rates of 40% or more among some populations in the U.S. and even more globally. Meanwhile the world’s super-rich claim an ever growing percentage of the world’s wealth. The 20th Century social contract of a decent wage for a decent day’s work has been shattered.

Society desperately needs a new vision of a social contract that will meet the needs of the 99%. We need a shift in education that supports collective understanding of the challenges to individual self-sustainability in this hostile, corporate-controlled world. We need the social and cultural literacy necessary for survival for those of us who now must rely on each other for the security that the economy has taken away from us.

Women are at least half of our collective society, and the violence and oppression they experience in today’s economy is a forerunner of the destruction spreading across our entire society. To focus on the experiences of women is not to exclude others, but to shine a light on the most glaring manifestations of poverty. The first step of healing is to bring out these stories, not separately from one another, but connected in our common cause. When we all work together to craft actions for change, women’s healing starts to reverberate throughout society as collective healing, allowing for rebuilding community, human healing & repairing & healing the planet.

The core issue is that when globalization is pitting workers against robots and against each other, continuing to allow our economy to be organized for private profit will no longer meet the needs of society. A new economic vision is imperative. The World Courts roundtable discussions will interweave this vision with the practice of women’s healing where we are able to share, be heard, and engage our experiences as survivors, resistors and those who have been greatly impacted by the violence of poverty. On this basis we are resolved to be architects for a new,safe, more just, compassionate, and economically secure future.

Consideration for Informing Our Vision & Recommendations in
Resolutions of Actions

WHAT WORK IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR COLLECTIVE SUSTAINABILITY?

1. Necessary commodities: technology, sustainable food production, water, construction/civil engineering, transportation.

2. Improved quality of life jobs: education, fitness & health, art, music.

WHAT JOBS BECOME LESS IMPORTANT IN A FUNCTIONING SOCIETY?

Justice system, military, insurance, investment banking.

WHAT WORK IS NECESSARY FOR SURVIVING AND THRIVING?

Care work, health/well-being, education, sustainable food production, arts, creativity.

WHAT HEALING/RESISTANCE MUST OCCUR IN THIS CONTEXT?

1. Resources for collective sustainability must be publicly owned & managed.

a. National, public education, healthcare, housing, etc.

b. Fostering of human curiosity, creation and innovation.

2. Creation of a new social contract.

a. Need to consider the historical production of society, work & work ethic, wealth & poverty.

i. How has wealth been acquired and held?

ii. How do we address the ways in which that has been accepted in larger society?

iii. How can we change government policies and laws that protect the accumulation of wealth over a collective sustainability?

b. Based on the new tools, not old ideology.

GIVEN THE OVERARCHING FRAME/ANALYSIS,

ROUNDTABLE FOR THE WESTERN REGION

World Courts of Women on Poverty in the US TRIBUNAL:

1. Poverty, Jobs & Immigration

2. Foreclosures, Homelessness & Property Rights

3. Environment & the Justice System

4. Healthcare for the 99%

5. Organizing for Quality Public Education – Education for the 99%,”

(Organizing Methodologies)

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