We’ve Updated the Trainers Map

More than 550 people have signed up to be Runaway Inequality trainers, helping us organize local training sessions across the country. See where they live! (Right click and click Show Image in New Tab for a bigger version.)

A letter to the editor about an improved minumum wage.

The writer, Dorothy Krahn, cites Les Leopold’s Runaway Inequality while it makes the case why an improved minimum wage is an antidote for inequality. She says: “A minimum wage below survival levels creates a false economy, increasing our taxes due to the help the working poor need. Sadly, minimum-wage jobs are no longer the province of the young and uneducated. Have you gone into a fast-food establishment and noticed how many people at or near retirement age are working there?” Read the whole letter by clicking here.

Some Democratic Party leaders believe they have discovered a new winning formula. Les Leopold explains.

Some Democratic leaders think the party’s future success relies on suburbanites, women and minorities, and forget about the white working class. Wall Street Democrats love this. Les’s new article explains why, and why this is a problem that could be exploited by a savvier politician than our current president, to the detriment of us all. Read it here.

Tell Us About Your Runaway Inequality Events!

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_layout=”light”] We’ve made a Google form so you can easily report to us about your upcoming or past Runaway Inequality event. We want to add these to our new Events calendar, to help people find out about talks and trainings that are coming up, and to learn about events that occurred in the past. (The calendar currently only has a fraction of the past events listed. We’re working to show all of them.) Click here to fill out the form.   [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Tell Us About Your Event: The Alliance for Economic Justice in Wilmington NC

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_image _builder_version=”3.0.92″ src=”https://runawayinequality.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/buffington0521-2.png” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” force_fullwidth=”off” show_bottom_space=”on” /][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.92″ background_layout=”light”] Who Sponsored the Event?: Alliance for Economic Justice Date: Saturday May 19, 2018 Zip Code: 28403 Describe your event: On Saturday, May 19th the Alliance for Economic Justice held its first Reversing Runaway Inequality workshop for 13 community allies. The workshop was facilitated by Sarah Daniels and Daniel Buffington (perhaps the first husband and wife team to lead one together?), with help from master trainer Cesar Leyva. Most of the people who attended expressed an interest in joining the Alliance or one of its 4 working …

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Oregon Needs A State Bank

A Runaway Inequality activist, Tim Cates, sent along an article from his local shopping paper, the Ashland Sneak Preview. In the April 2018 issue, the publisher, Curtis Hayden writes about reading Les Leopold’s book Runaway Inequality. Mr. Hayden does a great job of laying out the problem with wealth and income inequality, and settles on the creation of a public bank in Oregon as a good and doable first step. He called Tim Cates, who had already investigated some with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. There are hurdles to get past, but they’re working on it. As Mr. Cates …

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The Incorruptibles Launch Online Learning Program

They’re calling it The Incorruptibles Academy, the place to go to learn to take back your government. There is a Reversing Runaway Inequality course, beginning on May 31. Other courses are “Strategize Your City,” “Participatory Democracy,” “Raising Small Dollar Donations,” “Convincing Coalition Partners,” and there are many more, with new courses being added every couple of months this year. Visit the Incorruptibles Academy website for more information.  

Inequality Watch: 2018 Promises Record Stock Buybacks

JP Morgan says S&P 500 companies will buy back $800 billion of their own shares this year, up from the $530 billion spent in 2017. Read the whole story here. Read about financial stripmining, the extraction of wealth from companies for the benefit of the wealthy, and how it crushed the middle class, here.