UFE Brings "Economic Apartheid" Message to Shadow Convention

Press Release
August 10, 2000
For immediate release
Contact: Betsy Leondar-Wright, 617-423-2148 x13 (office)
Andrew Boyd, cell: 646-308-4433 (in Los Angeles 8/13 and 8/14)

United for a Fair Economy Brings "Economic Apartheid" Message as Convener of Shadow Convention "Poverty and Wealth Gap Day"
August 14 Program Challenges Parties' Neglect of Real Issues

UFE Co-directors Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel Demonstrate the Wealth Gap (8/2/00) An audio-visual demonstration using BBs. Requires RealPlayer.

UFE Co-director Chuck Collins at the Philadelphia Shadow Convention (8/2/00) Requires RealPlayer.

The BBs of Wealth Audio Demonstration of the Wealth Gap (mp3, 2 MB) Requires an mp3 player

United for a Fair Economy, the national nonpartisan organization that spotlights the growing inequality of income and wealth in the United States, and one of the six organizational sponsors of the Shadow Conventions, will convene a daylong program August 14th in Los Angeles on "Poverty and the Wealth Gap." UFE co-director Chuck Collins stated today that the day-long program in Los Angeles of speakers, panels and discussions stands as a direct challenge to the neglect of "real issues" by Republicans and Democrats. "We are organizing the Shadow Conventions because both major parties are forgetting about the substantial percent of the population that has been left out of the economic boom," Collins added.

UFE’s participation in the August 14th program will coincide with the release of Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (The New Press, 2000), co-authored by Collins and UFE co-director Felice Yeskel. Harvard University professor and author William Julius Wilson termed the new study a "clear viewpoint on the growing economic inequality in the United States and how to combat it."

The Shadow Convention’s "Poverty and Wealth Gap Day" will kick off with a 10:00 AM rally with confirmed speakers including Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Jim Wallis, Jim Lawson, Jonathan Kozol, Angelica Salas, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and former California Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa. Collins will moderate a roundtable on "Poverty and Inequality in the New Global Economy" from 1 PM to 2:15 PM. All the day's activities, which are being coordinated with fellow Shadow conveners Call to Renewal and the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support, will take place at Patriotic Hall, 1816 Figueroa St. (Cross street: Washington), the site of the Shadow Convention.

Chuck Collins is the co-founder and co-director of United for a Fair Economy. In 1997, he also co-founded Responsible Wealth, a UFE project, to bring together business leaders and investors to publicly speak out against economic policies and corporate practices that worsen economic inequality. In addition to Economic Apartheid, his publications include Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide To Giving Your Money For Social Change (WW Norton & Co., 2000) and Shifting Fortunes: The Perils Of The Growing American Wealth Gap (UFE, 1999).

To schedule interviews on site or via phone, contact Betsy Leondar-Wright at
617-423-2148 (Boston) or Chuck Collins (cell phone in Los Angeles) 617-308-4433.

For further information on UFE or "Economic Apartheid": www.faireconomy.org
Information on the Shadow Convention: www.shadowconventions.org

UFE Co-directors Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel Demonstrate the Wealth Gap (8/2/00) An audio-visual demonstration using BBs. Requires RealPlayer.

UFE Co-director Chuck Collins at the Philadelphia Shadow Convention (8/2/00) Requires RealPlayer.

The BBs of Wealth Audio Demonstration of the Wealth Gap (mp3, 2 MB) Requires an mp3 player

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