Liberation Economics

We are excited to introduce you to an amazing 2016 “Liberation Economics” class from across the nation – representing communities from Anchorage, Alaska to Washington DC, from Cambridge, MA to rural Kentucky.

This year we are offering more scholarship money than ever before.

We know the work for Economic Justice MUST be accessible to those who are the most deeply affected by economic inequalities. 

That's why we need you

As a small not-for-profit organization, we are asking for your support in assuring we can continue the vital work of education for movement building far into the future. We hope that you will pay your wisdom forward.

We are asking you to lead with us as you have so many times in the past: grassroots funding for grassroots movement building. 

Your donation is an investment in the leaders our movements need now more than ever

In Solidarity,

The Popular Education Team: Jeannette, Riahl, and Eroc

 

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A Victory for Postal Banking

A little over a year ago, United for a Fair Economy released State of the Dream 2015: Underbanked and Overcharged. This groundbreaking report looks at the banking industry from the perspective of low-wage workers and people of color. We are thrilled to be sharing a small victory that has happened partly because of this report and the policy solutions it proposed.

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Apply today for Liberation Economics!

Registration is now open for LIBERATION ECONOMICS. Liberation Economics is an advanced training for experienced facilitators that will provide participants with tools for facilitating conversations about capitalism, racism and sexism using fun and interactive activities. Join us!   

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The Art of the Steal: GE's Massive $270-Million-Dollar Massachusetts Megadeal

According to a recent quarterly earnings report, GE is doing fantastically well, bringing in $23.5 billion in orders and income during the first three months of 2016. It has done so well, in fact, it bought back $6 billion worth of stock, while also giving $2 billion worth of dividends to shareholders.

In the face of this incredibly profitable three months, it seems almost laughable that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston­­—spearheaded by Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh—have committed to shelling out over $270 million in public funds for the luxury of moving some several hundred white-collar workers to Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. 

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Sharing in the Solution: Responsible Wealth for Fair Taxes

In 2009, New York State was facing a $15-20 billion budget deficit, and nobody was talking about taxing the wealthy. Responsible Wealth (a project of United for a Fair Economy) wrote an open letter, signed by 100 upper-income New Yorkers, and suddenly the conversation changed. It was renewed in 2011, but now the temporary tax rates are set to expire again, and it's time for a permanent, more progressive tax on upper income New Yorkers. 

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Berta Cáceres, Presente!

We send our condolences to the family and friends from Berta Cáceres and the Honduran people who has fought by her side. Unfortunately in much of the US media coverage, there has been a glaring omission about Berta’s death.

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Letter: Supreme Court Nominee Should Reflect and Respect Nation’s Diversity

A national group of experts focused on building an inclusive society laid out a set of characteristics they are seeking in the next nominee for Supreme Court Justice. The Experts of Color Network calls for a constitutional visionary with a deep appreciation for the nation’s diversity and an understanding of how historical laws, policies and practices have shaped opportunity and adversity today.

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Upcoming Event: Breakfast with Kent Wong

1.jpgIn 2014, there were some 11.3 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. If you are, or have met someone from a mixed-status family, you likely know the constant stress and strain it can put on people. The recently published book, Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation, lifts the stories of the undocumented immigrants who are facing the injustice of deportation. 

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What Nobody Is Talking About in Flint

Governor Rick Snyder was inaugurated on January 1, 2010. Coming from big business and venture capital, he only took six weeks in office to propose a radical redistribution of the state’s shrinking tax base.

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Breaking the Poisonous Silence Surrounding Flint

Lead, racism and poverty poisoned the Flint water supply. Add in a tablespoon of media silence and a gallon of government denial, and you’ve got a two year crisis that Michigan Governor Snyder has called, “…his Katrina” – alluding to the Bush administration’s disaster of hurricane management.

Credit: Megan Kreger

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