Wealth

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.

Inequality and continued racial segregation create toxic soup

— Brian Miller
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The toxic mix of extreme inequality and continued racial segregation pushes people of color into communities of concentrated poverty. The "free-market" has completely failed these communities as they are by-passed by full-service banks, high-speed internet, grocery stores with healthy food, and jobs with benefits that pay a living wage. Bold action, led by a government accountable to working people, is required to break up such concentrated poverty.

Read State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? to learn more.

Black Wealth / White Wealth

— Brian Miller
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Because wealth is easily transferred from one generation to the next – in the form of inheritances, gifts, money to start a business or buy a home, various legs up, etc. – the inequalities of the past (and the present) remain deeply embedded in our economy decades after the original injustice.

Read State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? to learn more.

New Yorkers push for pre-k funding!

— Michael Young

Why History Matters: Obama Talks about Inequality

— Brian Miller
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Ezra Klein of the Washington Post calls it "perhaps the single best economic speech of his presidency." The folks on Fox News were whining about "redistribution." Picking up a cab in Baltimore the next morning, the first thing the driver asked me was whether I saw the President's speech… He loved it. However one ranks it, Pres. Obama's speech on Wednesday nailed it, calling economic inequality the "defining challenge of our time."

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