They are perhaps the least understood, most diverse group of workers in America today. They are non-salaried workers, the heartbeat of the “gig economy,” and they constitute a full third of the U.S. workforce. Their diversity is testimony to the limitless potential of entrepreneurship in America – but it is also their Achilles’ heel. While op-eds and media profiles have been quick to vaunt and vilify their workstyle, the tremendous variation of interests, incomes, and affiliations among independent workers has made it problematic to forge a unified voice that compels U.S. policymakers’ attention. The time has come to right that wrong.

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