We are living through a crisis of democracy, opportunity and equality.
Despite rapidly increasing productivity, workers are earning less and are increasingly insecure. Meanwhile the combined wealth of just four of the WalMart heirs is greater than the combined wealth of the bottom third of all Americans (about 100 million of us).
Wall Street bankers pushing predatory products have created a debtor nation and the economic collapse they triggered in 2008 has caused a staggering loss of accumulated wealth and security for working class homeowners and communities of color.
Decades of steady progress in expanding access to the ballot box have been undermined by Shelby County v. Holder and Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which encourage retrograde assaults on the participation of people of color, young people, and the elderly, while throwing open the gates to massive private spending on elections.
Key pillars of a strong society such as public education, social insurance, and quality and affordable health care are facing relentless attacks from pro-corporate “reformers” while a for-profit prison system expands to profit off the incarceration of the least powerful – most often young people of color – left behind as those strong pillars are weakened.
In crisis, however, lies opportunity. There is growing appetite to challenge this status quo, driven by the people who are most marginalized within it : low-wage workers, young people of color, immigrants, and those whose wealth and future were stolen by Wall Street bankers, among others.
Together we are fighting for a future characterized by opportunity, equality, and inclusion. Together we are taking Action for the Common Good.
Action for the Common Good is a sister organization of Center for Popular Democracy. You can find out more about them and their wealth of programs also aimed at increasing opportunity, equality, and inclusion by clicking here.
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- Tami Calliope commented 2013-12-09 17:05:45 -0500I just posted a very long comment! I thought it through very carefully. I am sorry if it was lost, but I’m not going to write it again. Let me just say that I am with you all the way and believe in the principles you lay out with passion and profundity. Education and the lifelong curiosity and desire to learn more that it engenders are the keystone to fulfillment both individually and as a society. Count me in!
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