The work of the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs in the area of economic justice is guided by the belief that eliminating extremes of wealth and poverty is a requisite for peace and prosperity. It is also premised on the understanding that there is an inherent moral dimension to the generation, distribution, and utilization of wealth and resources. The focus of the Office is on contributing to the advancement of national-level discourse on economic inequality in the United States in ways that build unity while centering justice. The Economic Justice Discourse Officer collaborates with a wide range of organizations, research centers, and U.S. government agencies to facilitate constructive dialogue and contribute to the evolution of public opinion and policy.
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“The welfare of any segment of humanity is inextricably bound up with the welfare of the whole. Humanity’s collective life suffers when any one group thinks of its own well-being in isolation from that of its neighbors or pursues economic gain without regard for how the natural environment, which provides sustenance for all, is affected. A stubborn obstruction, then, stands in the way of meaningful social progress: time and again, avarice and self-interest prevail at the expense of the common good. Unconscionable quantities of wealth are being amassed, and the instability this creates is made worse by how income and opportunity are spread so unevenly both between nations and within nations. But it need not be so. However much such conditions are the outcome of history, they do not have to define the future, and even if current approaches to economic life satisfied humanity’s stage of adolescence, they are certainly inadequate for its dawning age of maturity. There is no justification for continuing to perpetuate structures, rules, and systems that manifestly fail to serve the interests of all peoples. The teachings of the [Baha’i] Faith leave no room for doubt: there is an inherent moral dimension to the generation, distribution, and utilization of wealth and resources.” – 1 March 2017 letter of The Universal House of Justice to the Baha’is of the World