On Saturday, Progressive Needham, Progressive Newton, and the Wellesley and Needham Democratic Town Committees sponsored a screening of Robert Reich’s Inequality For All, which explores how the middle class and working poor are being systematically squeezed by an economic system ruled by privileged elites and corporations, and abetted by politics corrupted by money.
Over 80 people came to watch the film, and participate in dialogue afterward with Mac D’Alessandro, about the scale of the problem and how we start mobilizing to make changes. (take a look at the Storify of the event!)
Three hours seemed like enough time when we first started organizing, but it wasn’t nearly enough to get to everything we needed. We hope to continue the conversations, now and into the future, because we know that these problems weren’t invented in a day, and will take our long-term attention and organizing to resolve.
Do you want to be part of community discussions about how we move forward? Let us know you're interested, and let’s see what we can pull together!
Mac D'Alessandro leading discussion after "Inequality for All"
A good next step is meeting up again at the Progressive Mass “Shared Prosperity” Policy Conference on April 6. The topic couldn’t be a better follow-up to Inequality for All -- the morning panels feature policy experts addressing root causes and solutions to inequality, and the afternoon focuses on legislative strategies, and features State Reps and Senators.
In the meantime, let’s take that outrage we felt after the movie, and channel it into making sure we get the best minimum wage bill possible (one that includes indexing) because it will dramatically improve the lives of half a million people in Massachusetts!
Tools to help make your call -- including script and reporting form are available here.
RESOURCES (last update 3/28):
Handouts from screening
- What would a LIVING wage be, in your Massachusetts town? Find out here: http://livingwage.mit.edu/
- Explainer on Indexing: progressivemass.com/indexing
- Main 'Raise Up' page on Progressive Mass: progressivemass.com/raiseup
- Raise Up call script: progressivemass.com/raiseupcall