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Support HR 1000 to Create Jobs

Please write and call now to urge your Congressperson to cosponsor H.R.1000 "The Humphrey Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment And Training Act!"

We are facing an employment crisis. There are currently 28 million Americans who are either unemployed, under-employed, or have given up looking for work. PDA National Board Member Congressman John Conyers, Jr. introduced H.R. 1000 "The Humphrey Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment And Training Act," which would fund direct jobs creation and jobs training so anyone who is willing and able to work could have a job. Please write and call now to urge your Congressperson to cosponsor H.R. 1000. Use your own words, adapted from the talking points below. Repetitive form letters are often ignored. Share this link with your friends to help mobilize the grassroots.


  • High levels of unemployment are unacceptable and immoral in the wealthiest nation in the world.
  • It is critical that the federal government empower states, local governments, non-profits, and small businesses to create jobs during an economic downturn.
  • The Humphrey Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment And Training Act would allow local government officials to work with community leaders to come up with an effective job creation program, based on each community’s respective needs—infrastructure, housing, energy efficiency, education, or health care, child care, elder care and more.
  • We need this comprehensive and innovative federal and local government job creation and training bill that would create millions of new jobs.
  • This bill would establish the National Full Employment Trust Fund to create employment opportunities--a national public service jobs program to complement exosting job creation efforts.
  • Local jobs would be created through a partnership between the Department of Labor, state, and local governments, non-profit community organizations, and small businesses.
  • Jobs would be created in the fields of construction, infrastructure repairs, green jobs, education, health care, child care, elder care, neighborhood renovation and more.
  • The Act’s Full Employment Trust Fund would provide federal funding for local community-based job creation and training initiatives until full employment is reached in the United States.
  • Today, there are millions of Americans who want a job, but can’t find one. The inability to find meaningful and sustainable work strips our fellow citizens of their basic right to have access to food, housing, health care, freedom of movement, and perhaps, most importantly, the ability to pursue life with a sense of dignity and meaning.
  • The private sector will also benefit if millions of new jobs are created through improvements in our nation’s aging and crumbling infrastructure. New orders for brick, concrete, steel, aluminum, and plastics mean new jobs in America’s plants and factories and a rebirth of American manufacturing.
  • This legislation will not add a dime to the federal debt. The Act is fully funded through a modest fee--like a sales tax--on certain investment transactions.
  • Wall Street was responsible for the financial crisis that began in 2008 and continues to affect us today. Having already received over $1 Trillion--that's a thousand thousand thousand thousand or $1,000,000,000,000--from the taxpayers, it is only fair that Wall Street now pay Main Street back by helping to put America back to work.

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