Issues - Growing Divide

Today, the top one percent of our society holds 24% of the total wealth in the country. This is the most intense concentration of wealth at the top of the ladder since 1929. At UFE, we believe that the growing economic division between the super-wealthy and the middle class is bad for our communities, our democracy, and our future.






VIDEO: Reflections on Popular Economics Education

July 24, 2012 — Shannon M.
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Now THIS is how you create a movement. In this video, newly minted Popular Economics Educators offer reflections on their experience at UFE's most recent Training of Trainers Institute.

Eight Reasons You Should Agree With Will Smith on Taxes

May 11, 2012 — Maz
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"America has been fantastic" to Will Smith. The 43 year-old actor, who makes an average salary of $36 million and has an estimated net worth of $215 million, has "no problem" paying higher taxes for the good of the country. Here are eight reasons why you should agree that the rich should pay higher taxes.

OP-ED: Thirty-Year Forecast Shows Deepening Racial Inequalities

April 9, 2012 — Maz
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The Trayvon Martin case illustrates that we still have a hard time dealing with issues of race in this country. The issue of racial injustice, coupled with economic injustice, is not likely to fade away. If current trends continue, we will witness widening gaps in income and wealth, as well as in education and incarceration rates.

11 Ways the Federal Government Contributed to the Racial Wealth Divide

March 1, 2012 — Shannon M.
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Black History Month may have come to an end, but the fight against racial injustice is hardly over. In order to close the racial economic divide, we must first take an honest look at the policies and practices that created and perpetuate racial disparities. Here are 11 ways federal government giveaways gave an economic headstart to white people while excluding people of color.

Uprooting Inequality and Its Ideological Underpinnings

February 26, 2012 — Brian Miller
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In the past few months, we’ve heard more than ever about economic inequality. This increased awareness is a breath of fresh air, but it’s not enough by itself. We can’t just point out the existence of inequality. We must uproot the ideological underpinnings that support it.