A friend writes: “I have a small book club reading Runaway Inequality as part of our Indivisible Suffragists Group. We will finish the first week in November. What should our next steps be? There are four of us.”
We asked some Reversing Runaway Inequality trainers for their suggestions.
Margarita Hernandez said: “There is a huge tax fight right now that folks should plug into. It’s not enough they learn about runaway inequality but now it’s time for them to step up to fight back. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders talk about the plan in a video here.
She should try to do short presentations at her local community groups about runaway inequality and ask folks to plug into the tax fight.”
Cesar Leyva added: “I agree with Margarita about the Take on Wall Street. It’s a very clear and easy ask of folks.
She should try to spin off an umbrella group in her town that deals with economic justice and the fight to reverse runaway inequality. She can hold monthly meetings, potluck, movie nights, lobby visits, etc.
We should also get her the one-hour video of your demo in Wilmington, NC. (Here it is.)”
Michael Merrill said: “Yes, of course, action. Plugging into fight back efforts is good and, fortunately, there seem to be a lot right now. Our Revolution. The Resistance.MoveOn.org. Etc.
But reading is also taking action. I think that she also needs to keep her book club reading. If we are going to have a better future, we need to imagine it. And there are few better ways to do so than engaging in serious reading and thinking about it. There are lots of books out there right now. Matthew Desmond, Evicted. Elisabeth Rosenthal, An American Sickness.Jane Mayer, Dark Money. Etc. And these are only the ones I have been looking at recently. The list goes on and on. People who read together, resist together!”
There’s a training going on right now in Woodbury Heights NJ, with CWA Local 1038. There’s another session scheduled for tomorrow.
The CWA is a major partner of runawayinequality.org. Their help has been essential to spread the word and conduct trainings around the country.
Here’s a link to their update about what’s going on. Click here to read.
The North Carolina State AFL CIO is hosting a professionally shot video of Les Leopold’s talk in Wilmington NC on September 19th.
Les starts talking at about 9 minutes in. Click here to watch it.
We have 26 new members who would like to participate in Train the Trainer sessions to Reverse Runaway inequality. They’ve signed up from across the country.
New to the map!
Meanwhile we’re working with local groups and Trained Trainers to bring trainings to areas with enough interest across the country. Here’s the full map of interested trainers on the continental US.
419 Potential Trainers
When: Thursday, October 19th. 12:30 PM to 2 PM
Where: HOW Space. 182 Howard St., Boone, North Carolina 28608
What: Facilitated by Les Leopold, co-founder of the Labor Institute in New York, this nuts and bolts workshop provides an opportunity to learn more about developing successful grassroots campaigns for social and economic justice.
+ learn skills to create effective campaigns and actions
+ explore the historical context for social justice movements and contemporary organizing
+ develop concrete tools you can use in your own work
Leopold is a veteran activist with over 40 years of dedication to labor rights as well as social and economic justice causes. His current book, “Runaway Inequality: An Activist Guide to Economic Justice”, is a solutions oriented guide to the wide ranging problems associated with economic inequality in the US. He is currently helping to build a national economic educational train-the-trainer program with unions and community groups. All proceeds from his current book go back into this campaign.