Race

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.

The Ceiling Can’t Hold Us — Low Wage Workers Organize

— Brian Miller
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At United for a Fair Economy, we believe that low-wage worker organizing is at the forefront of the fight for economic justice. As spelled out in our guiding principles, "Jobs with dignity and living wages, where workers have the democratic right to organize and share the wealth produced by their labor" is at the core of a fair economy.

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.

Education is Not Enough to Close Racial Economic Divide

— Brian Miller
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Racial disparities in unemployment are not just the result of differing education levels. Even when limiting the data to college graduates alone, significant disparities of unemployment remain indicating that race still matters in America.

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

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