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Summer is finally here; the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and we are seeing smiling faces in person once again! Here at UFE, Spring was full of listening, learning, and leadership development. Together, our communities have worked to create systems of mutual aid, advocate for policy changes, and educate ourselves about the historical causes of inequality highlighted by this pandemic. UFE’s popular education method has helped inspire and develop new leaders across the country in the fight for economic and racial justice. We have seen the communities and grassroots leaders most impacted by inequality lead the way. Read more about our work below!
Supporting Organizers in Everett, MA
UFE supported a series of popular education facilitations in January to build a more equitable city of Everett, MA. Everett’s first Justice Summit, led by UFE training participant Allie Rojas, was guided by the idea that “you can’t break a stick in a bundle.” Organizers and community members from across backgrounds joined together to discuss shared values and build a framework for “not only coming together, but working together” to build a more equitable community and city. Learn more about this amazing summit and read Allie’s reflections on our blog!
Watch Now: “War for Truth” & "Education Justice"
Two recordings from our new webinar series, “Voices for Fair Economy," are available now. This series brings in movement leaders from around the country to speak on critical topics. By uplifting these voices, we support an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.
In the first webinar, "War for Truth," labor activist/educator Mark McDermott and UFE’s David Dixon explored how disinformation is being used as a tool to spread hate and division. Then in our "Education Justice" webinar, panelists (Merrie Najimy, Shira Cohen, & Letha Muhammad) discussed the history of education & racial inequality in the US, the impacts of COVID-19, and how equitable education connects with economic justice.
North Carolina Introduces Bill to Raise Wages
UFE is proud to be a member of the Raising Wages NC coalition. On Thursday April 22nd, sponsors of a newly introduced bill to raise North Carolina's minimum wage hosted a press conference to discuss the proposal, which would increase the state's minimum wage to $15 by 2023. This progressive legislation indexes the minimum wage to the cost of living, ends the subminimum wage for people with disabilities, and phases out the tipped minimum of 2.13/hr. Watch the livestream of the press conference by clicking below.
Criminal Justice Reform Panel
Over the past year, Eroc Arroyo-Montano, our Director of Cultural Organizing, says he has “seen more people recognize the impact of a police system powered by white supremacy and anti-blackness.” Eroc recently took part in a community discussion about police reform at a virtual panel sponsored by Boston College. Read more in the article linked below.
Wealthy New Yorkers are Asking: "Raise our Taxes!"
For over 20 years, United for a Fair Economy's Responsible Wealth project has been organizing upper-income individuals to use their unique voice to support a variety of groups working on economic, racial, and social justice issues.
The campaign to raise taxes in New York is gaining ground! Back in March, 51 wealthy New Yorkers (organized by Responsible Wealth and others) signed an open letter to NYS leaders, advocating higher taxes on the rich. We're very happy to see that things are progressing. Click below to learn more.
2020 Impact Report Now Available
Thank you for being a part of the UFE community and making a difference! We want to share with you our 2020 impact report, available now in Spanish and English. This year, the report comes in the form of a beautifully illustrated map. View it on our website today!
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We've posted a ton of other updates recently...
Judy Pigott, author and UFE donor, recently wrote a new article on philanthropy, “What Might Foundations Do?” In it, she explains that when we face inequities, and understand how marginalizing anyone weakens us all, we can move from fear to action. We have shared it on our website.
You can now watch all our recent webinars in one place!
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