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Inequality For All

Inequality for All
A Showing & Discussion of the Robert Reich Documentary
Where: UU Parish of Monson; 177 Main Street, Monson MA
When: Friday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.

On Friday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Parish of Monson will be showing the documentary, Inequality for All, a "humorous and enlightening expose on America's widening income gap." The 90 minute, 2013 film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Dr. Laura Hansen, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Western New England University. Based on Robert Reich's book, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, Inequality for All is a chance to engage in reflection and action as prompted by this former U. S. Secretary of Labor. Suggested donation is $2.

The film offers statistics and analysis of the economic forces and political decisions that have led to a present condition where the top 1% of income earners make one out of every four dollars while middle class people struggle to pay bills. By highlighting the growing unfairness and the threat such inequality poses, Reich puts it plainly, "Who is working to improve the well-being of the American workforce? Nobody."

"Along with global warming, inequality is the defining issue of our times," says Roy Brown, the church's Social Action Committee chairman. "History tells us that in its extreme it eventually leads to civil unrest. Hyper-capitalism cannot go unchecked forever." Laura Hansen, who will lead the discussion afterward, has taught courses dealing with inequality and has seen in her research the way shrinking opportunity impacts struggling communities, the school systems, and the criminal justice system. "Reich explains the origins of the current problem and ways we can begin to address it," says Hansen. "Anyone who is concerned about a society divided between the 'haves' and the 'have-nots' should join us on March 28."

The Social Action Committee of the UU Parish of Monson is currently petitioning state legislators to support proposed legislation to increase the minimum wage. In the past year, its members have addressed a wide range of issues related to solidarity, hunger, health, and safety. All are welcome to join the committee and its work whether or not they are an active member of the church.

Mr. Roy Brown; Chairman, UUPM Social Action Committee
Email: rsba85@yahoo.com; Ph#: 413-596-2360
Dr. Laura Hansen; Asst. Professor, Western New England University
Email: lauralynn.hansen@wne.edu

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