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May 2015: Popular Economics Training at the Walker Center

— Mike L
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Our Popular Economics Education Team is co-hosting UFE's renowned Popular Economics Training of Trainers in May 2015 in Aurburndale, MA. 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.

President Obama & Congress: Tax US!

— Mike L
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In the State of the Union address, President Obama called for strengthening tax benefits for middle class and low-income working families, and for investing more in child care, early education, and higher education, including making the first two years of community college free. Responsible Wealth is gathering signatures in support of the President's plan.

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.

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