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"Inequality for All" community screenings

Event Dates: February 20, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Local collaboration hosts Toledo Area screenings of Sundance award-winning documentary INEQUALITY FOR ALL on income inequality, our shrinking middle class and how this has affected America’s economy and democracy

Free debut community screenings of Inequality For All to be held on
Thursday, February 20, 2014

University of Toledo Scott Park Campus Auditorium - 5 PM
2225 Nebraska Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43607
(followed by a local discussion panel)

Owens Community College - 7 PM
30335 Oregon Road Perrysburg, OH 43551,
Audio Visual Classroom Center (adjoining Library) Room AVCC 125-128
(followed by a live webcast by Dr. Robert Reich)

Partners collaborating on this project include The University of Toledo Social Work Program, Owens Community College Student Government, Toledo Area Jobs with Justice, and Toledo Move to Amend.

As Americans, we’ve been taught that there is a basic bargain at the heart of our society: work hard, play by the rules and you can make a better life for yourself. But over the last 35 years, this bargain has been broken. Middle class incomes have stagnated or dropped over the same period during which the American economy has more than doubled. So where did all that money go? The facts are clear – it went to the top earners. In 1970 the top 1% of earners took home 9% of the nation’s income. Today they take in approximately 23%. The top 1% holds more than 35% of the nation’s overall wealth, while the bottom 50% controls a meager 2.5%. The last time wealth was this concentrated was in 1928, on the eve of the Great Depression.

What’s the big deal, you may ask? Didn’t the wealthy earn it? INEQUALITY FOR ALL is happy to acknowledge that. There is no vilifying of the rich here. The problem is that wide income divisions threaten the health of both our economy and our democracy.

When middle class consumers have to tighten their belts, the whole economy suffers. We saw this in the years before the Great Depression just as we see it today. The middle class represents 70% of spending and is the great stabilizer of our economy. No increase in spending by the rich can make up for it.

The debate about income inequality has become part of the national discussion, and this is a good thing. INEQUALITY FOR ALL connects the dots for viewers, showing why dealing with the widening gap between the rich and everyone else isn’t just about moral fairness.

The issues addressed in this film are arguably the most pressing of our times. The film alternates between intimate, approachable sequences and intellectually rigorous arguments helping people with no economic background or education better understand the issues at stake. INEQUALITY FOR ALL allows viewers to start with little or no understanding of what it means for the U.S. to be economically imbalanced, and walk away with a comprehensive and significantly deeper sense of the issue and what can be done about it.

This event is free. Please RSVP & invite friends via the following Facebook event links:

"Inequality for All" Community Screening - Owens CC AVCC 125-128

"Inequality for All" Community Screening - UT Scott Park Campus Auditorium

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