Brandon S. Castro

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About Brandon S. Castro

Brandon spends most of his time thinking about food, and the rest of his time thinking about how New Jersey could be a better, kinder place to live. Organizer, workshop facilitator, and chronic nerd for working class activism.

Recovery for All: Jersey Renews Releases Roadmap for a Just, Green Recovery to Guide Planning

Jersey Renews, a diverse coalition working toward state-based policy solutions to address climate change, has laid out 10 core principles that must be the foundation for any just, green economic recovery. The report, A Roadmap Toward a Just, Green Recovery, was released and distributed to the co-chairs of Governor Murphy’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, [...]

By |2020-06-26T15:24:11-04:00June 26th, 2020|WEC in the News|Comments Off on Recovery for All: Jersey Renews Releases Roadmap for a Just, Green Recovery to Guide Planning

COVID-19 is our World War II – to fight it, we need to reconnect to our sense of social responsibility.

Coronavirus is an existential threat that could inspire individuals, businesses, and governments to act like they haven’t since World War II. In 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt planted a “Victory Garden” on the White House’s lawn, with the intention of encouraging Americans to grow their own vegetables, to reduce food and labor shortages as a result of [...]

By |2020-04-14T11:55:50-04:00April 14th, 2020|Opinion Pieces, WEConnect Newsletter|Comments Off on COVID-19 is our World War II – to fight it, we need to reconnect to our sense of social responsibility.

WEC in the News! Press Release from Andy Kim’s Office: Congressman Kim Votes to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) voted to pass bipartisan legislation that would protect health care and social service workers from workplace violence, which has increased by 69 percent over the past decade according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. “Our health care and social service workers do amazing work every day, but too [...]

By |2019-11-22T12:57:05-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on WEC in the News! Press Release from Andy Kim’s Office: Congressman Kim Votes to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

Murphy Establishes “Implementation Board” for Public Banking.

This week, Governor Murphy signed an executive order to create an “implementation board” with the intention of establishing a public bank in New Jersey.  This is an incredible, bold step for the state to take towards economic justice.  Currently, in New Jersey, our tax dollars are kept in private banks. The same private banks responsible [...]

By |2019-11-14T15:36:50-05:00November 14th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on Murphy Establishes “Implementation Board” for Public Banking.

On Sandy Anniversary Labor, Environmental Groups Warn State Officials of Toxic Threat

Seven years after Sandy, are we better prepared for a chemical spill,  fire or explosion if a superstorm hits? TRENTON, NJ—Labor, environmental and community organizations are urging state leaders to plan for toxic chemical spills and other emergencies associated with natural disasters to mark the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The worst natural disaster in [...]

By |2019-10-28T10:28:14-04:00October 28th, 2019|Highlights, Press Releases|Comments Off on On Sandy Anniversary Labor, Environmental Groups Warn State Officials of Toxic Threat

WEC Divests from Wall Street

WEC Divests from Wall Street In 1981, the Reagan administration enacted a slew of financial deregulations and tax reforms which made private equity and hedge fund activity significantly more profitable. This included cutting the tax on capital gains, and legalizing stock buybacks – a practice previously considered illegal stock manipulation. In 1982, U.S. Secretary [...]

By |2018-03-30T11:33:42-04:00March 28th, 2018|Highlights|Comments Off on WEC Divests from Wall Street

Public Need Over Corporate Greed at Rutgers University

Public education is under attack, including at higher education institutions; at Rutgers University, tuition is increasing, our professors and campus workers are paid less, and top administrators seem to be the only ones benefiting. Join the New Jersey Work Environment Council, Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops, and other partners on December 16, 2017 to engage in [...]

By |2017-12-05T11:58:38-05:00November 6th, 2017|Highlights|Comments Off on Public Need Over Corporate Greed at Rutgers University

HPAE Runaway Inequality Trainings

Working people can't seem to get ahead. As we watch the news, organize and engage around issues in our communities, it becomes more apparent that we are operating in a rigged economy, which works for a privileged few. Unfortunately, Wall Street's power and influence thwarts progress on our most basic needs, on issues like public [...]

By |2017-10-13T15:42:48-04:00October 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on HPAE Runaway Inequality Trainings

Apply Now to Help Build a Movement!

Working people can’t seem to get ahead. As we watch the news, engage in our communities, and organize around our respective issues, it becomes more and more apparent that we are operating in a rigged economy, which works for the privileged few. Wall Street’s power and influence continues to thwart progress on our most [...]

By |2017-08-01T17:25:44-04:00August 1st, 2017|Highlights|Comments Off on Apply Now to Help Build a Movement!

Public Bank Event: Friday, May 5

As the gross inequality between the top 1/10th of 1% and ordinary working people worsens, our state and municipal governments often turn to privatization to combat budget shortfalls due to shrinking tax bases. These efforts often put control of public services in disadvantaged neighborhoods into the hands of corporations, and only offer a short-term [...]

By |2017-04-26T16:19:34-04:00April 26th, 2017|Highlights|Comments Off on Public Bank Event: Friday, May 5