Imagining a World Without Runaway Inequality

San Antonio, Texas

Runaway inequality comes at a steep price. The money that enriches the few is extracted from all that we hold dear: our public life, our incomes, our health, our environment, and the education of children. What would the world look like if we were able to reverse this? How is your vision different from the world we live in today?

Make a map or drawing of what your community could be like in a world without runaway inequality and send a photo of it to . Even better, get together with a few friends and imagine that world together.


Organizing in Staten Island

Jane LaTour spent some time visiting activists on Staten Island, the most conservative of New York City’s five boroughs, and finds a progressive culture among the union organizers and peace advocates there. She visited a Runaway Inequality forum on June 22nd, and reports about what she learned.

“On June 22nd, Sustainable Staten Island held a public forum on economic inequality, with expert speakers from a range of community organizations. “Over 50 Staten Islanders from diverse backgrounds filled the room to discuss Runaway Inequality. Whereas Les Leopold wrote the book, CWA Local 1102 is putting it into action. There is a political renaissance happening and the epicenter is Staten Island, New York,” said Lawton. We had an opportunity to talk to many of those in the room, and to listen to the remarks of the panelists.”

Read the article here.

The Reversing Runaway Inequality Petition is Live!

For the past few weeks we’ve been testing the wording and delivery methods for the Reversing Runaway Inequality Petition, a program of policy ideas designed to reverse runaway inequality.

Now the test is done and we’ve gone live. The petition is going out first to the Runaway Inequality Education Network, and the hope is other groups will support our goals and distribute the petition through their networks. Our goal is to demonstrate that progressive ideas are in the mainstream of American political thought, and in the interests of the vast majority of American people.

The Petition is addressed to the American Political Establishment.

You can read the whole thing here, and sign and share if agree!

The People’s Summit: June 9-11 in Chicago

Les Leopold is speaking at the People’s Summit this weekend, at 1:30pm on Saturday June 10 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Here’s what the organizers say about the People’s Summit:


At a time of tremendous turmoil and progressive opportunity, we invite you to participate in a historic convening of organizations and individuals committed to social, racial and economic justice.  On June 9-11 2017, in Chicago, we seek to bring together activists committed to a different kind of agenda: a People’s Agenda that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold all elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality and freedom. We envision this Summit as further deepening the relationship between participating organizations rooted in principled anti-corporate politics, development of community leaders, direct action not based on partisan identification, and strategic organizing to build power. The Summit itself will include plenary and workshop sessions devoted to key issues such as the Fight for 15, mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, voting rights and expanding democratic participation, a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund human needs and jobs, climate justice toward a sustainable economy, improved Medicare for All, the fight for free and debt-free higher education, secure retirement through expanding social security, ending HIV/AIDS, achieving Constitutional pay equity for women, and ending deportations and support for DREAMers, among others. We will take action in Chicago against the big money system of politics that expands the power of the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the people. We will also celebrate with music and a “festival of joyous rebellion.” We hope to see you in Chicago, June 9-11, at McCormick Place.



Dear RI: Who Is Working to Reverse Runaway Inequality?

A photo from a recent session in Cleveland, of people figuring out how to reverse Runaway Inequality.

A note from David Bitter:

May 13, 2017

I wanted to thank-you for inviting me to attend the May 2017 “Reversing Runaway Inequality” workshop in Cleveland, Ohio. After pondering the experience for a while I would also like to share some thoughts from my perspective.

At this unique point in time we face significant challenges associated with not only our desire for various forms of social justice but we also face environmental challenges that, unless satisfactorily resolved, may determine whether human beings face extinction in the not so distant future. Faced with such a dilemma I have asked: what should I do? …what can I do?… what will I do?

I know from my own past experiences that people will go to great lengths to avoid very stressful problems especially when their implicit world view (and how they see themselves) is threatened and even more when there appears to be no way to “fix” whatever caused the stressful problem. And when you add to the mental brew the creative talents of humans to imagine ways in which such a dilemma might magically go away, then charting a viable course of action seems even more distant.

And so I offer thanks to Les, and his CWA partners, in offering his book “Runaway Inequality –An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice” (and the associated workshop/training) as a way to connect the dots of many disparate “causes” through the theme of “Runaway Inequality”.

The Guide and associated training offer an approach that is non-threatening and thus could be used with, for example, the majority of Christians or Muslims, unions members or business owners…even Democrats or Republicans! Additionally, by organizing around the issue of economic justice, any human with a wallet or purse will find a common bond to the call for action and will find a common cause with the proposed solutions. I look forward to being a part of the growing of the populist movement envisioned and know that we can, individually and united, change the world!

With High Regards,

David Bitter – Student of Life