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.

Comparing Growth of U.S. Family Incomes

April 28, 2011 — Shannon M.
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INTERVIEW: Movement Building with Popular Economics Education

April 25, 2011 — Maz
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Emily Kawano, UFE board member and director of the Center for Popular Economics, and UFE's Steve Schnapp joined Cynthia Lin of WORT-FM in Madison, WI, the epicenter of recent GOP attacks on public workers, to explain the power of popular economics education in building a movement for economic justice. 

They also discuss the role of movement support organizations – like UFE – in supplementing, enhancing and amplifying the work of grassroots social and economic justice groups across the country.

Click here to download the interview (forward to 27:45 to hear from UFE's Steve Schnapp).

OP-ED: The American Promise Beckons

April 23, 2011 — Wanjiku Mwangi
The American Dream

The American reality may have been far from a dream for people of color in the 1940's, but upward mobility has since become even more difficult. The stagnation of wages for the lowest earners, depression-like unemployment rates among people of color and increased economic segregation have helped to create racialized pockets of destitution. As a result, people of color depend far more on unemployment insurance and other social safety net programs than do Whites.

New Website! • Obama A Psychic? • We Need Your Support!

April 15, 2011 — Maz
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It's the week before tax day, and there's been a storm of activity at UFE. We launched a shiny new website with interactive features. And, we jump-started our 2011 Responsible Wealth Tax Fairness Pledge. This year's slogan: 'TAX WEALTH LIKE WORK!'

Fair Taxation Means More Brackets Up Top

April 5, 2011 — Maz
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Some of the most affluent Americans actually pay lower effective tax rates than many middle class Americans.