Reversing Inequality Workshop Set for September 8 in Wilmington NC

Its no secret that the rich are getting richer while the rest of us are finding it harder to make ends meet. Why do the top one percent get all the breaks while others struggle to find a good job, live in fear of a major health crisis, and get buried under growing debt? Many of our country’s problems are getting worse because of one major issue: inequality. Our economic and political systems currently serve the wealthy, but is this inevitable? We invite you to an interactive workshop in Wilmington, North Carolina, designed to help everyday people understand the rules …

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We’ve Updated the Trainers Map

We’re putting together a database of Train the Trainer sessions held since Reversing Runaway Inequality started in 2015. What started out with just a few T4T events our first year has gained momentum. We’re now up to 486 people on our Trainers Map (there are two not shown in Hawaii), and more than 3,500 people having participated in a training. We’ll have a more precise number and more details when we finish the database. Who Wants To Be A Trainer? And Where Are They?  

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=”” 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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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.

The 18th annual Social Justice Symposium at UC Berkeley: A Report

“Economic Inequality: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Get Out?” University of California Berkeley – Social Justice Symposium       Jan. 27, 2018 After hearing Les Leopold speak in Berkeley, Debbie Notkin and Emily Wheeler were inspired and signed up for the Runaway Inequality Train-the-Trainer session held Sept. 10, 2017 in Oakland. So when Debbie and Emily heard about the 18th annual  Social Justice Symposium planned for January, she submitted a proposal for a 90-minute workshop. The Social Justice Symposium, offered free to the public every winter, is planned and run by students at UC Berkeley’s School …

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Link: How things are going with the big tax cut.

Very well for the wealthy.

SIUnited! What We’ve Been Doing

A group called Sustainable Staten Island organized a conference on the anniversary of the first Women’s March of a coalition of grassroots community groups and organizations. Under the #SIUnited2018 banner, they gathered to build a strong progressive movement in New York City’s most conservative borough. Visit the conference website for more. Runaway Inequality’s Les Leopold spoke to the impressive gathering in the afternoon, and said it was “quite the event.” Read the Bill of Rights they formulated: SUSTAINABLE STATEN ISLAND BILL OF RIGHTS  WE THE RESIDENTS OF STATEN ISLAND ARE COMMITTED  to reaffirm our faith in our inalienable rights, in …

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Reversing Runaway Inequality – SF Bay Area Tues. Feb. 6, 2018 6-7pm PST Dear Movement Builders, You are invited to join the first Monthly Call for the SF Bay Area educators network. Calls will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. The agenda for the call is attached. Ideas for Future Workshops We are pleased to have as guest speaker: Steve Lawton, Pres. CWA Local 1102 in New York. Steve will share how he planned and conducted the one-day “silo-busting” conference: Staten Island United 2018 with 15 progressive groups and 140 attendees. The conference featured break-out sessions (Labor Rights, Immigration …