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United With Ferguson: Racial Divides and Wealth

August 27, 2014 — Mike L
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For the past few weeks, the nation’s attention has focused on an unlikely epicenter of race relations, a Quik-Trip convenience store about fifteen miles north of St. Louis. It was there that 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was gunned down by a white police officer, and it is there that a groundswell of sympathy and frustration has prompted the community, and nation, to act. The town of Ferguson was rocked by this tragic event, and has responded in an incredible way – by organizing.

Walmart’s check-cashing service is another way of preying

August 15, 2014 — Mike L
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AN AUG. 5 editorial praised Walmart for providing nontraditional banking options for the “underbanked” in select stores. While offering simple financial services such as low-cost check cashing sounds like a good idea, we are left to wonder what is motivating the largest retailer in the world to enter into this business. On the surface this looks like Walmart is providing a needed service to the community, but we don’t need to dig deep to see that this is another strategy to increase profits.

October 2014: UFE Training of Trainers at Highlander

July 25, 2014 —
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Our Popular Economics Education Team is co-hosting UFE's renowned Training of Trainers Institute in October 2014 in New Market, TN, with the Highlander Center. We invite organizers, activists, educators, students, and others across the U.S. who want to join and advance the movement for a just economy, to attend.

A Victory for Rights in Massachusetts

July 25, 2014 —
UFE at Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Signing

On Wednesday, July 2, the UFE team joined our sisters at MataHari: Eye of the Day – an organization of women of color, immigrant women and families that works to end exploitation and gender-based violence – at the Massachusetts State House for a momentous occasion: the signing of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.

A View from the Field

June 19, 2014 — Riahl O'Malley
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“We’re stronger if we work together.”  The resolve in her voice was palpable.  What began as a conversation about the hazards of over-exposure to pesticides in farmwork turned into something much more.  In revealing common experience among farmworkers and examining root causes of their struggles this small group began to speak about the necessity of immigrant communities working together to make real change.  It became education for movement building.

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