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We at United for a Fair Economy are devastated by the tragedy that occurred in Atlanta, GA, on March 16th. We must address root causes of hate that has left eight dead, including six women of Asian decent. They include white supremacy, misogyny, sexualized racism, and sexual violence against Asian and Asian American women.
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. The report is usually released around the time of Dr. King's birthday.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have been busier than ever working with organizers and activists to help build and sustain movements for economic, racial, and gender justice. Now is the time to come together - while remaining physically distant - to build even more powerful movements for justice and fix the broken systems harming our communities.
UFE is not fighting to get back to business as usual; together, we're redefining usual. We are demanding a world capable of providing real health and safety for all, and daring to imagine bold visions of what this world can look like. Learn more about our work below!
There's a new home for UFE's webinar and event recordings!
Have you attended a UFE webinar yet? UFE's Sara Sargent recently coordinated two informative webinars (the war on workers and voter suppression) with economic justice and labor educator Mark McDermott. And last month, UFE's David Dixon was part of a webinar about living wages in North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh. Ready to explore our content? Click below!
This is about so much more than just another election. While the media focuses on the presidential race, the stark reality of our country and its current crises are ignored. This election occurs at one of the most crucial points in the last century. We are asked to weigh the decision of who should lead our nation out of this crisis during a time when all our communities are simply, and quite literally, just struggling to survive.
“A democracy cannot thrive where power remains unchecked and justice is reserved for a select few. Ignoring these cries and failing to respond to this movement is simply not an option — for peace cannot exist where justice is not served." —John Lewis
UFE doesn’t just do trainings. With our Training of Trainers and workshops, we use popular education to equip participants with the tools needed to be trainers themselves, encouraging everyone to go forth and change their communities. In this way, we work with leaders from all backgrounds and are creating a powerful, multiplying effect for economic justice!
UFE planted many seeds this summer. We are continuing to develop leaders and build movements across the country with our popular education program. We recognized the need to infuse more healing justice practices into our work, so we're building spaces to deal with the traumas of a racist and broken economic system. And we're supporting the development of new living wage certification programs, while promoting livable wages in communities nationwide.
We don't want to get back to business as usual; we’re working together - while remaining physically distant - to redefine usual. Learn more about our recent and ongoing work in our latest newsletter! As always, if you'd like to connect with us, please reach out.
What does virtual popular education look like? How do you facilitate a meaningful conversation about anti-blackness, cooperative economics, or the impacts of COVID-19 over Zoom? These are some of the questions the UFE team has been asking for the past couple of months.
Beloved UFE community,
It is with great sorrow and fond memories that we share that frequent UFE collaborator and close friend Elandria C. Williams has transitioned to ancestor at the age of 41.
Elandria's impact on the movement for economic and racial justice cannot be understated. We are so grateful that we were able to connect and collaborate with Elandria on many occasions. We are grieving and we are grateful for Elandria’s spirit, energy and vision.
Elandria was the proud Executive Director and trainer at the PeoplesHub, a grassroots training organization that UFE has collaborated with and will continue to in the future. We wanted to share their words for our Beloved Elandria, and ask that if possible you join us in supporting their mission in Elandria's memory.
Doing this kind of work there are many people that touch your life, but Elandria touched my soul. There are few people like that, and I am thankful to have known them. They will forever be with me. Elendria PRESENTE!
In love and community,
PS: Please read the full statement from PeoplesHub in the Facebook post below--
Our country is built on stolen land and our democracy has never represented the voices of all. Our movements have done much to make our democracy more fair; but this progress is threatened by big donors, corporations and white nationalists. Our democracy is at risk.
Can you give 1%?
Responsible Wealth and UFE have joined One for Democracy, which is asking wealthy people to sign the pledge before election day to move their resources to groups organizing for democracy.
Two of our staff, Sara Sargent and Mike Lapham, have recorded a video about the pledge. Click through to watch!
Imagine this scene: books are being thrown up in the air, classrooms are humid because of the broken air conditioning, students are yelling at the top of their lungs, and teachers are too frustrated to teach. This was the scene of my eighth grade class because the school down the street from mine closed. My school days had not always been this way. A few years prior, class sizes were small, there were enough books, students enjoyed the fruits of learning, while teachers enjoyed teaching...