By Andre Walton & Joella Striebel
We are living in a sensitive time. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in record levels of economic inequality across our country and has shone a light on existing disparities. Millions are at risk of losing their homes, family members, and way of life. While the pandemic rages through the country, billionaires are making record profits and increasing their wealth as millions struggle to make ends meet. This is simply unacceptable in the wealthiest nation on earth.
While the pandemic has certainly exacerbated economic inequality, this issue is not new. Working people have been devastated by bad trade deals, union busting, and the financialization of our economy for decades. It’s time for us to fight back and create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.
To learn more about issues of economic injustice and their solutions, Our Wisconsin Revolution is hosting a virtual Economic Justice Townhall on Saturday, February 13, at 7 p.m. Panelists include Milwaukee area activist Noel Ray-Ortega, Our Wisconsin Revolution Executive Director Mike McCabe, Author and Co-founder of The Labor Institute Les Leopold, and Founder, President, and CEO of Real Progressives Steven Grumbine. Speakers will discuss personal economic impacts of COVID-19, the destruction of Wisconsin’s family farms, the connection between Wall Street and economic downturns, and the application of Modern Monetary Theory to funding social programs.
Join Our Wisconsin Revolution to discuss how economic inequality has impacted working people in Wisconsin, and to learn more about how we can create an economy that works for all of us.
RSVP for virtual townhall link: Economic Justice Townhall – Action Network or watch live on Our Wisconsin Revolution’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OurWisconsinRevolution/posts/
Andre Walton and Joella Striebel are regional organizers for Our Wisconsin Revolution. Andre covers Southeastern Wisconsin; Joella covers the Northwestern region.