After reading Runaway Inequality, what next?

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 RevolutionThe 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, EvictedElisabeth Rosenthal, An American Sickness.Jane Mayer, Dark MoneyEtc. And these are only the ones I have been looking at recently. The list goes on and on. People who read together, resist together!”

We’ve Updated the Trainers Map!

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

Activism 101—Les Leopold in Boone North Carolina, October 19th.

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.

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 info@runawayinequality.org . Even better, get together with a few friends and imagine that world together.