Titel: Ending Poverty As We Know It
Autor/en: William P. Quigley
Guaranteeing A Right To A Job.
Temple University Press,U.S.
1. Juni 2003 - kartoniert - 240 Seiten
Across the United States tens of millions of people are working forty or more hours a week and living in poverty. This book argues that language that insures those who want to work can do so and at a wage that enables them to afford reasonable shelter, clothing, and food has to be added to the Constitution.
Acknowledgments Part I: Introduction 1. Why a Right to a Job at a Living Wage? Part II: Reeducating Ourselves about What It Means to Be Poor 2. Myths and Facts about Poverty and Work 3. Our History Shapes Our Thinking 4. Current Official Definition of Poverty 5. A New Definition of Poverty Part III: Poverty and Lack of Work 6. The Extent of Unemployment and Underemployment 7. The Cost of Unemployment and Underemployment Part IV: Work and Poverty 8. The Working Poor 9. Low-Wage Work Part V: A Constitutional Right to a Job at a Living Wage 10. A Constitutional Amendment 11. Support for a Right to a Job 12. Support for a Right to Living Wages 13. How Might a Constitutional Amendment Work? 14. The Way to End Poverty as We Know It Notes Suggested Web Resources for Further Reading Selected Bibliography Index
William P. Quigley is a Professor of Law and Director of the Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center at Loyola University, New Orleans. He has been an active public interest lawyer for over 20 years, and served as counsel for a wide range of public interest organizations on issues including public housing, voting rights, death penalty, living wage, civil liberties, educational reform and constitutional rights. Quigley has litigated numerous cases with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., and has been General Counsel for the ACLU of Louisiana since 1985. He has served as Chair of the Louisiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and with many other local, state, and national legal and civil rights organizations. Well known in Louisiana, this winter he helped push through a measure that raised the income of many New Orleans residents by one dollar an hour.
"Bill Quigley draws on the common sense of Thomas Paine, the moral inspiration of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the political wisdom of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to issue a bold challenge for our society: to guarantee people who want to work the right to a job at a living wage. In a brave and witty book that is both visionary and practical, Quigley reminds us that if once radical ideas like social security and the abolition of slavery can become realities, then the current partnership between poverty and work can be upended too." - Lani Guinier, Professor of Law and co-author of The Miner's Canary "Bill Quigley's book makes us believe that America can really change for the better and provide a decent job and a fair wage to hard-working families. This is a very important book. Bill brings a lifetime of knowledge and commitment to this; and he really shows us, step by step, how it can be done." - Sister Helen Prejean, social activist and author of Dead Man Walking "Quigley, an active public interest lawyer and law professor, makes a good case for a constitutional amendment that requires a living wage job for everyone. The living wage is currently about double the level of the current minimum wage, and would, with full-time employment, provide enough income for a family's basic needs. The living wage would thereby lift the working poor above the poverty level. Quigley discusses both the present poverty definition and his proposal for revising it to a higher level. While eliminating poverty is a utopian ideal, he believes it is possible. The author thoroughly discusses why his plan is needed and reports on public support for the living wage and for guaranteed employment opportunities. He does not discuss how political opposition to his plans can be overcome, however. While he believes that the US economy can be redirected to produce a maximum number of jobs, this reviewer is skeptical that the political will to implement the plan exists. Liberals will applaud the plan, while conservatives will oppose it because it expands government's role in the economy and reduces the need for personal responsibility. Nevertheless, a timely and interesting topic that makes for good reading. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - Choice "While it will not solve America's poverty crisis, Quigley's book stands as a call to arms to the American public to act, to think, and to consider his proposal not just for the sake of charity, but for the sake of the country." - Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law