Fear < Hope: A Letter from our Board Chair

December 31, 2014
People Power
Dear Friends and Supporters of UFE,

You and UFE know that 2015 is going to be a challenging year. But all over the country people are rising up - workers, young people, artists, activists and educators - challenging economic and racial oppression and building grassroots power. 


Here's what's in the works just for January. Drumroll please! 

Coming right up on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we'll be releasing our 12th annual State of the Dream report, entitled "Underbanked and Overcharged." This year's report examines the racial aspects of the 93 million adults and children that live in unbanked and underbanked households, and who collectively pay out $89 billion in service fees and interest - over $2,000 per household - to payday lenders, check cashers and other predatory lenders.  We also explore potential solutions to this crisis, and we will announce a major organizing effort that will begin to work toward this ambitious change.  

And in 2015, with your support, we'll be devoting a major part of our resources towards Popular Economic Education and partnerships with low-wage worker organizers. 

The first weekend inJanuary our Popular Economics Education Team will be in Florida to lead our intensive Training of Trainers for the Rural Coalition/Caucus of the Equal Voice for Florida Families Network, a coalition of low-wage workers and tax fairness organizers that includes the Farmworker Association of Florida, Farmworker's Self-Help, the North Florida Education and Development Corporation, the Young American Dreamers. 

This is just a sampling of the many ways that you and UFE will be challenging the current economic and political power structure and working with allies all over the country to build a more sustainable, resilient and equitable economy. 


Thank you! 

Monique Nguyen
Board Chair, United for a Fair Economy
 

P.S. Here's what your gift can do: 

$25 = 1 hour of translation of UFE racial wealth divide workshop materials

$50 = 250 bilingual cards handed out highlighting the concentration of wealth inequality and what we believe a Fair Economy should look like

$100 = 50 of UFE’s annual State of the Dream Report in the hands of local economic justice organizers with resources on how to incorporate it into their work

$500 = Intensive Training of Trainers scholarship for low-wage grassroots organizer

$1000 = Full scholarship for attendee of Raise the Roots national organizing conference

$5000 = Make the Raise the Roots Conference fully accessible, regardless of language

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