Issues - Growing Divide

Today, the top one percent of our society holds 24% of the total wealth in the country. This is the most intense concentration of wealth at the top of the ladder since 1929. At UFE, we believe that the growing economic division between the super-wealthy and the middle class is bad for our communities, our democracy, and our future.

Why is Oprah the Only Black Person on the Forbes 400?

December 6, 2012 — Maz
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Oprah Winfrey is the only African American on the Forbes 400, a list of the wealthiest people in the U.S. In fact, she's one of only six known Black billionaires in the world, and she's the only Black woman with a fortune worth more than a billion dollars. Let's take stock of how truly remarkable it is that Oprah became OPRAH...

How Much Do You Really Know About Wealth Distribution?

August 8, 2012 — Hannah K.
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Most Americans are unaware of how extreme the distribution of wealth in the U.S. is. They do know, however, that their idealized economy would be one in which wealth is well distributed among the rich, poor, and middle class. How can we make their wish a reality, and spread the word about the inequality prevailing in our country?

Go Back to Mayberry?

July 25, 2012 — Maz
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This is a fun read and a great way to raise community awareness of the real story behind the economic crisis and racial inequality. A friend of UFE sent this letter to the editor of his local paper (The Winchester Star) in response to a misguided attack on immigrants. And it got published! If you grew up on The Andy Griffith Show, you'll enjoy this...

VIDEO: Reflections on Popular Economics Education

July 24, 2012 — Shannon M.
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Now THIS is how you create a movement. In this video, newly minted Popular Economics Educators offer reflections on their experience at UFE's most recent Training of Trainers Institute.

Eight Reasons You Should Agree With Will Smith on Taxes

May 11, 2012 — Maz
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"America has been fantastic" to Will Smith. The 43 year-old actor, who makes an average salary of $36 million and has an estimated net worth of $215 million, has "no problem" paying higher taxes for the good of the country. Here are eight reasons why you should agree that the rich should pay higher taxes.