First “North Carolina Needs Unions” Town Hall Held in Durham, NC

This is the first post in our new series highlighting work being done in the South. Folks down here have been fighting hard, reclaiming the word “y’all” one campaign at a time. We aim to highlight and share their efforts with you.

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"On Thursday, June 14, 2018, workers, community organizers, current union members and candidates for state and federal office met together in Durham to discuss the need to make it easier for workers to join together in strong unions...."

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Stories of the South: A New Blog Series

Announcing New Blog Series: “Stories of the South”

All over North Carolina and in other parts of the southern U.S., workers, activists, and organizers are teaming up to take down the nastiest anti-worker legislation, standing up to big corporations, and fighting for their rights, fairness, and dignity. The South has always faced unique challenges when it comes to organizing for a fair economy that works for all, but we’ve never given up.

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"Healing the Racial Wealth Divide" UFE's own Training of Trainers

The training lasted 4 days.  It was a gathering of souls committed to economic justice and beyond.

One participant said this about the training: "This experience allowed individuals who are out there, working very hard for social justice, to come to a space to find healing.  And not just individual healing, but collaborative and collective healing.  I think that is very important, I think we need that more."

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Raising Wages NC visits General Assembly for Lobby Day - Report

On May 22nd, Raising Wages NC hosted a lobby day to raise our state's minimum wage.

The raising wages lobby day brought business owners and workers from across the state to Raleigh to talk to legislators about the need to raise the wage. Together they called for representatives to put North Carolina on the path to $15 an hour for all workers. Thanks to the efforts of organizers, faith leaders, advocates, and allies, over 300 people attended the lobby day.

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"Overworked and Undervalued" - Workshop at the United Methodist Women's 2018 Conference

Eight-thousand Methodist women leaders from around the country attended the United Methodist Women's national assembly.  There, UFE Popular Educator Riahl O'Malley co-facilitated the workshop, "Overworked and Undervalued: Gender, Race and the Economy," with our incredible executive director, Jeannette Huezo.

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Livestream with Alianza Americas

One week after US #TaxDay, the executive directors of Alianza Americas and United for a Fair Economy teamed up for a Facebook Live chat in Spanish.  They discussed who is paying taxes, how they're being spent, and what we can all do to hold our elected officials accountable to responsibly spending our hard-earned money.

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The Niña, the Pinta, and Hurricane Maria

As news of the complete devastation across the island of Puerto Rico is released, I find myself incessantly hitting refresh on my Internet browser. With each click, my emotions and tears overwhelm me. A deep feeling of desperation follows. This has become an unintentional daily ritual since “natural disaster" Hurricane Maria struck the island. 

I know I am not alone.

-Eroc Arroyo-Montano

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Our Workshops at UALE's 2018 Conference

UFE's popular education team held a series of successful workshops at the United Association for Labor Education's 2018 Conference.

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A Runaway Inequality Training in North Carolina

UFE’s support for the Raising Wages NC coalition continues with a series of popular education trainings on wages.  Raising Wages NC and the Communication Workers of America (CWA) are partnering to train individuals and organizations to become popular education trainers in the CWA Runaway Inequality curriculum.  After completion participants become trainers themselves, able to run their own Runaway Inequality trainings.

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Coalition of Living Wage Certifiers Announces New Living Wage Network

United for a Fair Economy is sponsoring the launch of the Living Wage Network. The network is composed of living wage certification programs that recognize employers who pay a living wage, significantly impacting the lives of tens of thousands of low-wage workers across the country. Currently, seven of the network’s members actively certify employers in locations nationwide. Go to www.livingwagenetwork.org for a list of programs and their locations.

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Statement re: annual State of the Dream report

A Statement from United for a Fair Economy Executive Director Jeannette Huezo regarding State of the Dream 2018 (Jan 14, 2018):

Every year, United for a Fair Economy (UFE) issues a “State of the Dream” report, in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that looks at the state of racial economic inequality in the US.  Each year, the report has a different theme (see http://www.faireconomy.org/reports for a compilation of past reports).  For 2018, we decided to focus on the effects of the recently-passed Trump/GOP tax bill, particularly the likely effects on different racial groups. While we believe this will be an important and under-reported aspect of the new tax legislation, we need more time to research the issue, find racial data, and learn more about likely Congressional budget decisions in the wake of the lost revenue from the bill.

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Responsible Wealth to Congress: Tax US!

More than 400 wealthy and upper-income taxpayers have signed a letter calling on Congress to reject the Republican tax plan that gives tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires, especially any plan that is not revenue neutral, which would lead to deep cuts in services and critical investments, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and education.  

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