Happy Holidays! If you are lucky enough to have a job or access to education and the opportunity to have some winter vacation time, I would encourage you to take an hour to increase your economic and political literacy. We are in a time of severe stratification and economic crisis, yet our government continue to misrepresent the needs of the working class, deny the rights of people facing race, gender, class, sexuality, age, and ability-based oppression, blame our unions for the problems rooted in corporate greed, and pathologize low-income families and unemployed folks. If you are not outraged, check out the resources below to learn more. We must educate ourselves on what matters because our education system and mainstream media are NOT going to do it for us. If ever there has been a time to raise some hell, the time is now! Complacency is not an option.
The Working Group on Extreme Inequality has released a new report on the nature of economic inequality in the United States, why it matters and what we can do about it. A couple examples; 23.5% of total US income goes to the top 1% of American households (this stratifaction has been INCREASING since 1976) and the income gap between white and black Americans has decreased only 3 cents on the dollar since 1968., putting us on track to achieve racial income equality in 537 years…
Check out the blog “Poverty and Policy” for regular analysis on how US policy affects working class and unemployed Americans.
Watch a short video to understand why official unemployment numbers actually miss millions of unemployed workers.