Tragedy at the Boston Marathon: Who's Saying It Best

April 16, 2013 — Maz
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It's hard to know how to react in moments of great tragedy. It's in those moments, though, that community is of parmount importance. The bombings at the Boston Marathon has created one of those moments. Boston has been home to UFE since our founding 18 years ago. What happened on Boylston Street on Monday, April 15, 2013 at approximately 2:50 p.m. hit home.

5.2 Million Hits and Counting! (A Web Video)

March 29, 2013 — Maz
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This amazing web video, posted by YouTube user, politizane, animates research about the dramatic differential between people's perceptions and the reality of the wealth divide in the United States. Their findings suggest that Americans overwhelmingly want to live in a more equal society—like Sweden's, specifically—but also that too many people just don't know how bad the economic situation has gotten.

June 2013: UFE Training of Trainers in Boston

March 28, 2013 — Maz
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UFE is hosting our renowned Training of Trainers Institute this June in our own backyard in Boston, MA. We invite organizers, activists, educators, students, and others across the U.S. who want to join and advance the movement for greater equality.

Defending the Youth Economic Justice Movement

February 26, 2013 — Maz
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As banal as it sounds, young people kind of are our future. Peaceful protest has helped to generate positive change throughout U.S. history. Should we not encourage the youth community to be more engaged in this way?

MLK Day Report | State of the Dream 2013

January 21, 2013 — Maz
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UFE's tenth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day report was released today. State of the Dream 2013: A Long Way From Home outlines the state of the racial wealth divide in the U.S. and puts forward creative solutions for addressing persistent racial inequities.

Why is Oprah the Only Black Person on the Forbes 400?

December 6, 2012 — Maz
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Oprah Winfrey is the only African American on the Forbes 400, a list of the wealthiest people in the U.S. In fact, she's one of only six known Black billionaires in the world, and she's the only Black woman with a fortune worth more than a billion dollars. Let's take stock of how truly remarkable it is that Oprah became OPRAH...

Racism, Post-Racialism, and Election 2012

November 2, 2012 — Maz
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We can't expect to meaningfully address race and class inequities until we build a more cohesive national community. The sooner we accept not just our history of racial division but also the current racial divide, the sooner we can start working together to provide shared opportunity to all people.

Small Businesses: Self-Made or Built Together?

September 17, 2012 — Maz
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In follow-up to the national political sideshows conventions, MSNBC's Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry hosted a conversation about the 2012 RNC slogan, "We Built It," citing UFE's book, The Self-Made Myth. Small business owners discussed the role of government investments—funded by tax revenue—in bolstering entrepreneurialism and job creation by small businesses.

Save Oregon's Estate Tax!

August 10, 2012 — Maz
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Oregon's estate tax has been in place for 109 years without hurting Oregon businesses and family farms. It is a fair and sensible policy that provides the state with revenue for schools, infrastructure, and other shared priorities. And, it has the added benefit of helping to combat economic inequality. If you live in Oregon, please take action to vote down Measure 84.

Go Back to Mayberry?

July 25, 2012 — Maz
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This is a fun read and a great way to raise community awareness of the real story behind the economic crisis and racial inequality. A friend of UFE sent this letter to the editor of his local paper (The Winchester Star) in response to a misguided attack on immigrants. And it got published! If you grew up on The Andy Griffith Show, you'll enjoy this...

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