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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Excellent New Video of Les Leopold’s Runaway Inequality Talk

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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 …


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 …

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