Economic Disparity

United With Ferguson: Racial Divides and Wealth

— 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.

Servicio de cobro de cheques de Walmart es otra forma de aprovecharse

— Mike L
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N AUG. 5 editorial elogió a Walmart para proporcionar opciones bancarias no tradicionales para los "bancarios" en tiendas selectas. Mientras que la oferta de servicios financieros simples como lowcost comprobar cheques parece una buena idea, sólo nos queda preguntarse lo que está motivando el minorista más grande del mundo para entrar en este negocio.

En la superficie parece que Walmart está proporcionando un servicio necesario a la comunidad, pero no hay que cavar profundo para ver que esto es otra estrategia para incrementar las ganancias.

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

— 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.

¡DE COSTA A COSTA, UFE LLEVA A CABO CONVERSACIONES DURANTE LA SEMANA DE IMPUESTOS!

— Brian Miller
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¿Qué significó el 15 de abril para usted? Bueno, por un lado, era el día límite para rendir su declaración de impuestos. Aunque para muchos pueda representar el muy común ritual norteamericano de entregar (a regañadientes) al gobierno sus ingresos, los que se ha ganado trabajando duramente, para nosotros en Unidos por una Economía Justa (United for a Fair Economy – UFE), es una oportunidad. Muy simplemente, es una oportunidad de hablar acerca de por qué los impuestos (y el crucial sector público, para el cual proporcionan una base y un sustento constante) son importantes.

UFE hosts Tax Week conversations coast-to-coast!

— Jamie Goldring
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What did April 15th mean to you? Well, it was Tax Day, for one thing—and though it may, for many, represent the very ordinary American ritual of (reluctantly) handing your hard-earned income over to the government, for us at United for a Fair Economy, it’s an opportunity. Very simply, it’s an opportunity to talk about why taxes (and the critical public sector for which they provide a foundation and ongoing sustenance) are important.

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