Dear Mark Zuckerberg

Our friends at Resource Generation hit the nail on the head in this letter to Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook founder's recent $45 billion "gift."  Written by Jesse Spencer, this article can be read in full on the Huffington Post.

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Billionaire Bonanza

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This is one of the many eye-popping findings of a new report, Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us, released by the Institute for Policy Studies.

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An Open Letter Regarding Minnesota

Dear Supporters, Last night five black protestors were shot by alleged white supremacists in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  They were participating in a peaceful protest outside of the 4th precinct police headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

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Superglue, Pipelines, and a Clean Economy

I superglued my hands to a friend to stop the Keystone Pipeline. Our action along with the work of indigenous people in Canada, farmers in Nebraska and other resistors along the route and across the country forced Obama to stop the project. 

Credit: Elvert Barnes

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UFE on Labor Lines Radio

Postal banking gained more widespread attention when Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed it, but activists for economic equality and those fighting privatization of the postal service have long advocated its merits. Mike Leyba, director of communications for United for a Fair Economy and principal author of State of the Dream 2015: Underbanked and Overcharged discusses why some Americans don’t have access to major banks and how this will help them. 

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Big Banks' Worst Nightmare

From personal experience, I know that when you're outside of the banking system, things get expensive. I would cash a paycheck (for a fee), buy a money order at a supermarket to pay rent (for a fee), put money on a reloadable debit card (for a fee). When you're making every dollar stretch, fees make a big difference. 

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7 Reasons Postal Banking Just Makes Sense

Nearly 28 percent of U.S. households (or 100 million people) are either unbanked or underbanked. This lack of access to affordable financial services drives the working poor to rely on costly, and often predatory, alternatives. But what if a trusted, accessible, and secure government agency (that receives no tax dollars for operating expenses) with the world’s largest retail network existed that could help fill this void? It does exist. It’s the U.S. Postal Service.

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An Idea We Can Get Behind: Postal Banking

At the Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders famously suggested that the only way to fix our country was with a political revolution. He suggested that in order to get our country back on track, millions of people would need to take to the streets and demand that the government return to its mission of helping people, not corporations. And by all these measures, one of his ideas would revolutionize the way people interact with our economy: postal banking. 

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Elizabeth Warren's tribute to Black Lives Matter

"Economic justice is not - and has never been - sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won't stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn. Admission to a school won't prevent a beating on the sidewalk outside. But when Dr. King led hundreds of thousands of people to march on Washington, he talked about an end to violence, access to voting AND economic opportunity. As Dr. King once wrote, "the inseparable twin of racial injustice was economic injustice."

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Save the Date: Liberation Economics

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SAVE THE DATE | October 22 – 25, 2015

United for a Fair Economy is excited to premier LIBERATION ECONOMICS, an advanced training for experienced facilitators! 
For 20 years UFE has facilitated hundreds of workshops and trainings on Popular Economics Education around the country. This year UFE is honored to partner with the Highlander Center and Equipo Maiz from El Salvador to provide an advanced training for experienced organizers and facilitators.  It will explore the role of story telling and education in movement building, tools for facilitating conversations on capitalism in interactive ways, and the role of language justice in the fight for a fair economy.  Mark your calendars!
 
WHERE: 
The Highlander Center in New Market, Tennessee.
 
TRAINERS:
This Institute will be led by UFE's Education Team: Jeannette Huezo, Riahl O’Malley, and Steve Schnapp along with guest trainers from Equipo Maiz and Highlander Center.

The TOT Institute will be fully bilingual in English and Spanish.  Please contact us at the email below to inquire about participating in another language.
 
FOCUS: 
•  Exploring the intersection of class, race, and gender inequities and their relationship to our current economic system: capitalism.
•  Addressing the consequences of economic and social inequality through popular education and movement building.
•  Language justice as an essential piece of building a cross-class, multi-racial movement for economic equity.
 
REGISTRATION:
•  Online registration will open in August 2015. (Save the date and stay tuned!)
•  Institute fee is based on a sliding scale ($500 – $1,500), which includes all materials as well as room and board. Transportation to Tennessee is not included. 
•  Limited scholarship available, based on ability to pay.
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 Space is very limited and preference will be given to those who have previously attended one of United for a Fair Economy's Training of Trainers.
 
FOR MORE INFO:
Email Riahl O’Malley (romalley@faireconomy.org), Steve Schnapp (sschnapp@faireconomy.org) or Jeannette Huezo (jhuezo@faireconomy.org). 

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