Economic Justice

Economic Justice is the basic concept in which the fairness in official policies must be equal to all participants in an economy.

PLAN’s Economic justice campaigns includes: Fight for $15, Payday lending, and Supporting social safety net programs (e.g. Medicaid).

Header photo credit: Erik Verduzco. Photo caption: Monique (Center) getting arrested because she refused to leave Senator Dean Heller’s office until he commit to voting NO to repeal and replace the ACA.

Fight for $15

The fight for $15 began in 2012 when two hundred fast-food workers walked off their jobs to demand $15/hr in New York City. Here in Nevada, PLAN supports this movement because the minimum wage fight is not a new fight, and we fight for $15 because workers deserve a livable wage.
Photo caption: Fight for $15 protest

Payday Lending

Payday lending was created as a means to help consumers pay their bills until their paychecks arrive. However, in return for the loan the consumers have to pay a post-dated check for the amount borrowed plus a fee. This fee can have a high influx rate thus trapping hard working Nevadans into debt. It is important that the money remains in the pockets of hardworking Nevadans and out of the the pockets of wealthy corporations.
Photo caption: PLANista’s rally and march to nearby payday lender to call attention to predatory lending. Photo Credit: La Firma.

Social Safety Net Programs

Social safety net programs are for those who are in poverty which disproportionately impacts communities of color, immigrant communities, and low income households. Until the fight for livable wages and healthcare for all is achieved these social safety net programs are needed.
PLAN is a part of Nevadans Together for Medicaid (NTM). NTM is a coalition of healthcare advocates working to protect and support Medicaid and CHIP for all children and families in Nevada. View the related reports recently published.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) aka Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)  aka Trumpcare and President Trump’s budget are shameful attacks on the most vulnerable Americans. Slashing billions of dollars from social safety net programs like Medicaid and SNAP that benefit children, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

We must stand together to protect Medicaid! PLAN is committed to stopping any negative changes to Medicaid and reinforce that all Nevadans–especially children–will be devastated if there is a vote for a healthcare program that would negatively impact Medicaid.

If Trumpcare wins, thousands of children and Nevada’s most vulnerable populations will lose.

The Culinary Union with community partner, the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), released a new video asking Senator Dean Heller to protect Nevadans and Medicaid. The new video highlights 10 Nevadans who are on Medicaid and who are urging their Senator to represent them in DC and do the right thing for Nevada.

As the GOP try to save their health care bill, some Americans say Obamacare is the difference between life or death


The numbers say it all: The CBO projects that 138,100 Nevadans would lose health insurance coverage by 2026 — including 81,100 Nevadans who rely on Medicaid (more than 65 percent of them are children). The plan would also shift $5 billion in costs onto our already tight state budget, forcing state leaders to make tough choices between providing coverage for our most vulnerable citizens or funding schools, roads and public safety programs.

Read the rest of the Op-Ed here.

Amanda Khan

Economic Justice Organizer, PLAN

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