Inequality: An Introduction
- By one measure, U.S. income inequality is the highest it’s been since 1928. (1)
- For every $1 earned by men of the same race, white women earned 77¢, African-American women earned 69¢, & Latinas earned 58¢ in 2007. (2)
- A single top income could buy housing for every homeless person in the U.S. (3)
- For every one dollar of assets owned by the typical single black or Hispanic woman, a member of the Forbes 400 has over forty million dollars. (4)
Don’t believe it? Want to help make a change?
1. Learn more by attending a free screening and discussion of Inequality for All, a documentary by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. Check out the trailer and join us on your campus to see the film and discuss with faculty, students, and, on the NYC campus, Robert Reich himself!
2. Read about the experience of Pleasantville’s Rachel Aviles, who asked students on campus for their opinions on income inequality.
3. Volunteer! There are tons of opportunities that address the income gap and the issues it creates, including hunger, education gaps, child abuse and domestic violence, among others. If you are on the NYC campus, join the CCAR on Friday, February 28th to volunteer at the Food Bank of NYC; on both campuses, contact the CCAR (firstname.lastname@example.org in NYC, email@example.com in PLV) to find out about upcoming events or how you can find an opportunity that works for you.
4. Follow us here on the blog and other social media sites for facts, articles, and opportunities throughout the month and the rest of the year.
5. Take Action! Sign a petition, invite a friend to the film screening, start a discussion – take what you’ve learned and share it in ways that will make a difference. Stay tuned to us on social media for more ideas!