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.
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.
“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.
As the chair of the board at UFE, I am writing today to share some important news about leadership transitions happening this spring, including the departure of our Executive Director, Brian Miller, and the formation of a new interim leadership team consisting of two senior members of UFE’s staff, Jeannette Huezo and Mike Lapham. Together, Jeannette and Mike bring over 30 years of collective experience at UFE, and I am excited about the insight they will bring in helping the organization navigate the change in leadership. Indeed, their experience and passion for the work, combined with the commitment and talents of the rest of the UFE team, makes me extremely optimistic about the organization’s future as it enters its third decade this fall!