MIND THE GAP! Blog
Our entire nation suffers as the gap between those with enormous wealth and most of the rest of the nation continues to widen. Learn more about the causes and consequences of this huge wealth gap -- and give us your input!
Last week, I attended a United for a Fair Economy
“Training of the Trainers” workshop in Baltimore. In one of my favorite activities, we participants brainstormed a list of the values, images, and ideas that we
envision for a just economy. We were then asked to come up with new “frames”
that capture the collective vision.
The Mind the Gap! campaign is born out of our belief that wealth inequality reduces everyone’s quality of life, divides our communities, and threatens our democracy—In other words, this issue affects everyone negatively!
Joseph Stiglitz- "The top 1 percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live."
Father John S. Rausch is a guest blogger over at NETWORK this week! His piece, The Budget Relects Our Values, discusses growing inequality, taxes, and budget policies in the context of faith, community, and the common good.
The United States is one of the richest nations on earth, yet, according to the CIA, it ranks 97th in family-income equality.
In fact, the US has greater income inequality than than Egypt, the UK, Nigeria, Sweden, Vietnam, China, India, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, France, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Greece.[i]
To learn more about America's income gap, check-in tomorrow for our newest video!
"We’ve talked about what wealth is literally, but wealth is much more than just the amount of money you have left over after you’ve paid your bills. It’s relative. It’s social. It’s abstract. It’s political. Point is, wealth is much much bigger than just what you own minus what you owe. Wealth is power."