The US Constitution, one of the most influential documents in human history, begins with the words “We the People, in Order to form a more perfect union...”
The Middle Class Movement (MCM) believes that it is time for a global constitution that reads “We the People,
in Order to form a more perfect world...”
Thanks to social media, “We the People” have never had more influence in the world. It is time to use this power to make the world a better place to live in! When it comes to reducing financial and educational poverty, “We the People” are not liberal or conservative, male or female, black or white or gay or straight. “We the People” are citizens of the world committed to leaving society better off for the children of the world. The Middle Class Movement is focused on bringing “We the People” together to improve global society in a measurable positive way.
We are asking you to help the Middle Class Movement by Endorsing and/or Supporting us:
Most jobs around the world are found in local independent businesses and nonprofits who are willing to hire local residents. The best way to ensure that local communities are economically healthy is to support public policies that incentivize these businesses to hire more and more local residents. An increase in private sector jobs frequently leads to a stronger local economy, lowers the crime rate, increases the health of residents and results in a cleaner environment. Our Private Jobs Index (PJI) measures the percentage increase or decrease in the number of private and nonprofit jobs in a municipality. We are encouraging our supporters to advocate for public policies and politicians that support efforts to increase private jobs by empowering and incentivizing local businesses to hire local residents.
Governments around the world underestimate financial poverty because they use income measures that do not represent what a household needs to make to survive in today’s world. Politicians seem to ignore the fact that financial poverty is simply when a household does not earn enough money to pay their bills. For example, in most cities in the US, the Living Wage Index (LWI) is 65% or less. This means that that 35% or more of the households in urban communities do not make enough money to pay their bills. This is unacceptable in a country as wealthy as the United States (US).
The LWI measures the percentage of households in a municipality that are able to pay their bills. Typically, the higher the LWI percentage the higher the quality of life for residents (better schools, cleaner environment, lower crime rates, etc.) The Middle Class Movement is using our influence to measure the success of political leaders by the increase or decrease of the LWI in the municipalities they were elected to represent.
We are advocating for the wide-spread use of this measure because we think that it is essential to hold political, business and community leaders accountable (in a measurable way) for their success (or failure) in increasing (or decreasing) the LWI in the communities they represent.
One of the reasons that there has not been a wide-spread global reduction in poverty is that programs focused on this problem are dedicated to reacting to existing adult income-based poverty instead of preventing future poverty by ensuring that 9 and 10 year olds are able to read at grade level. Governments around the world underestimate educational poverty because they do not publicize 9 and 10 year old reading levels. For example, in most cities in the US, the Reading Level Index (RLI) is 20% or less. This means that that 80% or more of the 9 and 10 year olds (4th graders) in US cities do not read at grade level.
The RLI measures the percentage of 9 and 10 year olds in a municipality that are able to read at grade level. This is an important statistic because according to the report Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who are not reading at grade level in 4th grade are likely to struggle in school and life. The study confirms that students learn to read by third grade and read to learn after that. If they are not reading at grade level in 4th grade they are more likely to drop out of school and experience financial poverty.
We are advocating for the wide-spread use of this measure because we think that it is essential to hold political, education, business and community leaders accountable (in a measurable way) for their success (or failure) in increasing (or decreasing) the RLI in the communities they represent.
The Middle Class Movement is asking you to consider donating money to our nonprofit partner Work for Peace, Inc. to enable them to support programs focused on reducing financial and/or educational poverty.
Please consider donating to Work for Peace, Inc. – a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support programs that reduce poverty by increasing employment and literacy.*