Jim Jontz Memorial Fund
Jim Jontz was the President Emeritus of Americans for Democratic Action. Jim was the former director of the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment, the American Lands Alliance, and the Citizens Trade Campaign. Jim served in the Indiana House of Representatives (1974-84), Indiana Senate (1984-86), and U.S. House of Representatives (1986-92).
He was a member of the Jobs with Justice National Workers Rights Board, and the National Writers Union, UAW 1981. In 2003-04, he coordinated the “Regime Change 2004” and “Stop Outsourcing Our Future” campaigns of Americans for Democratic Action to raise the visibility of economic globalization issues in the 2004 Presidential election.
The great success of those projects led to the creation of Jim's lasting legacy, ADA's Working Families Win project.
Working Families Win, a non-profit and non-partisan organization, works to change the economy in favor of working families, provides education about economic decisions made in Washington and the impacts within our local communities, and engages individuals through neighbor to neighbor communication to hold our elected officials accountable.
Background: Working Families Hit Hard Times
Americans are feeling the squeeze of hard economic times. Wages are stagnant, good jobs scarce, health care and energy costs are on the rise. Too many of our nation's public policies have contributed to the growing gap between the rich and everyone else, rather than shared prosperity. Those policies can be changed.
New trade rules can distribute the benefits of a globalizing economy more equitably to workers here and abroad. Health care for all Americans would address a major burden facing working families today. A real "living wage," investment in jobs, producing clean energy, and stronger rights for workers to join unions and bargain collectively would all help maintain and rebuild our nation's middle class.
Now is the Time for Change
Our nation is at a critical point. The Presidential and Congressional election outcomes will shape the direction of our country in the foreseeable future. Will the important issues facing working Americans be addressed by the Congress and the Presidential candidates? Or will corporations and lobbyists set the agenda? Join Working Families Win in making sure the voices of the people are loud and clear.
Jim Jontz (1951-2007)