Host a parish or in home screening of "Inequality for All"
A passionate argument for the middle class. The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. “Inequality for All" explains why. Discussion guide and discussion leaders and assistance with promotion are available through Catholics for Peace and Justice. Contact us at info@Catholicsforpeaceandjustice.org
Inequality for All – Resource and Action Guide
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A Wisconsin Budget for All: Invest to Make Wisconsin Communities Thrive
Nearly $900 million in tax funding could result from doing away with just two wasteful tax breaks that powerful interests forced into the tax code. Learn about the issue and how that huge sum could be better utilized for the people of Wisconsin including education, earned income tax credit, abatement of lead in our water, and greater access to technical training. Read Here An analysis by the Wisconsin Budget Project shows that Wisconsin public schools spent 5.4% less per student than a decade ago, while the national spending increased 4.2% over the same period.
Poverty, Inequality and Economics: A Series of Short Films by Robert Reich
In MoveOn’s Big Picture video series on how to save the economy hosted on their website, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich lays out a series of economic principles and policy proposals that could create an economy that works for everyone. The series includes fight for $15, End Mass Incarceration, Help Working Families, Reinvent Education and more. Each of the videos is less than three minutes. View them here.
Protect Borrowers from the Payday Debt Trap!
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed a new rule to rein in payday and car title lending. The rule requires lenders to verify that the loan is affordable. This could protect millions of people from falling into the payday debt trap. However, there are some big loopholes in the proposed rule that must be closed. We cannot allow these exploitative practices to continue, making it harder for people in our communities to escape poverty. We must speak out!
More information: One-page summary of the rule's strengths and weaknesses from the Center for Responsible Lending. Federal Register listing for this rule with a summary, full text, and other information
Paul Ryan on Past Comments About the Poor: 'I Was Just Wrong'
"There was a time when I would talk about a difference between 'makers' and 'takers' in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits. But as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong. 'Takers' wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her family. Most people don't want to be dependent. And to label a whole group of Americans that way was wrong. I shouldn’t castigate a large group of Americans to make a point.
"So I stopped thinking about it that way—and talking about it that way. But I didn’t come out and say all this to be politically correct. I was just wrong." See more
A Few Things You Need to Know About Poverty in the U.S. Right Now
As Catholics, we strive for an economy that places people first. Everyone has a right to live in dignity, free from poverty, with decent work at just wages. Life in America is far from our Catholic understanding of a just economy. Read the article
Resources for Combating Poverty
Wisconsin Council of Churches
Building Thriving Community; Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee – Sunday, Oct 5
• WISDOM Affiliates – 11x15 Prison Reform
• Common Ground – Fair Play, Milwaukee Rising, Healthcare Coop
Citizens United/Campaign Funding Reform
Story of Citizens United www.storyofstuff.org
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities offers a succinct primer on the minimum wage
Economic Policy Institute Raising America’s Pay - educational tools to show the disconnect between minimum wage in comparison to inflation and workplace productivity.
Also see http://www.raisetheminimumwage.com/ for campaigns on raising the minimum wage.
Voter Registration - Milwaukee County Referendum