United For A Fair Economy, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Human Services

Location: One Milk Street, 5th Floor Boston MA 02109 USA

Mission: United for a Fair Economy (UFE) challenges the concentration of wealth and power that corrupts democracy, deepens the racial divide, and tears communities apart. We use popular economics education, trainings, and creative communications to support social movements working for a resilient, sustainable and equitable economy.
Results: For almost two decades, UFE has engaged in state and federal policy debates, provided trainings and support for organizers across the nation, and published illuminating reports, such as our annual State of the Dream highlighting the true consequences of economic inequality and the racial wealth divide. Our unique popular economics education trainings and curricula provide essential resources and tools for grassroots organizers. And our creative communications engage people through culture, values, storytelling, and art. Our national Tax Fairness Organizing Collaborative (TFOC), convened in 2004, is a network of 22 state-based groups working to advance progressive tax policies at the local and state level. We are also known for organizing wealthy progressives – those in the top 5% of income and assets in this country – to use their influential voices in the fight for a fair economy through the Responsible Wealth project (RW). One of UFE’s and RW’s most notable accomplishments is the Responsible Estate Tax in late 2012 that resulted in the first increase in the federal estate tax rate in 28 years. This was the culmination of almost 10 years of advocacy, beginning during the Bush administration, to preserve and return some progressivity to the federal estate tax.
Target demographics: We work with a broad range of constituencies – racial and social justice activists, people of wealth, immigrants, human services advocates, faith-based groups, labor unions, and others – to create a vibrant and effective grassroots movement for economic justice.
Geographic areas served: National
Programs: UFE’s Popular Economics Education workshops and trainings make the ‘rules’ of the economy visible using people’s livedexperiences. Our Pop Ed team develops English- andSpanish-language curricula that explain economic circumstances and policies inaccessible terms. Through dialogue and participatoryactivities, we engage people in thinking critically about their relationship tothe economy. Each workshop concludes with action steps for creating change. In ourTrainings of Trainers (ToTs), participants learn and practice popular educationmethodology to use in community education projects.  Each of the following UFE workshops areavailable for free in English at www.FairEconomy.org and Spanish at www.EconomíaJusta.org:

  • Closing the Racial Wealth Divide. This workshop helps participants critically examine the ways that race shapes the distribution of resources and privileges in the U.S. We use participatory activities and dialogue to analyze the role of government in supporting (for people of European descent) or blocking (for people of color) economic well-beingn on a variety of indicators. We review strategies, campaigns, and actions that will help close the racial wealth divide and create greater economic equality in general.
  • Fair Taxes for All. This workshop reviews federal tax cuts, explores the impacts on families and communities, and exposes the political and social agendas behind them. It provides participants with opportunities to suggest strategies and specific steps for both defensive and proactive efforts for fair taxation. Many custom versions have been created to support partner groups’ state-specific fair tax education and policy change campaigns.
  • Bankers, Brokers, Bubbles & Bailouts: an Economic Crisis Workshop. Our newest workshop reveals the economic structures and recent policy and consumer lending trends that have caused the current economic crisis.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a development intern at UFE I had the valuable experienece of channeling my skills towards a noble and important cause. As a student, I was looking for an internship experience that would transform me as much as it did my resume. UFE did that. While meeting dedicated and amazing people, I also developed my research skills and polished my presentation skills. I was given independence to develop my own ideas, but still had an involved and supportive supervisor in the person if Jamie Goldring. It was great to be able bond with the other interns, eating lunch together everyday and sharing our indvidual experiences together. The UFE staff truly believes in the fight for equality and it shows in everything they do; work-related or not.

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2013

 
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As a volunteer with UFE for the past 18 months I have come to know, admire and respect these hardworking, dedicated people. Their energy and compassion for the plight of the less fortunate and promotion of progressive policies from state and local governments should be emulated across the country. Kenton Rhoades, Boston Ma

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2012

 
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I just found this site! Hoping to use the data to help with my water cooler wars! Thanks for the hard work in producing the data!

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UFE has worked for almost 20 years to achieve greater economic fairness in our country. Their work includes grassroots organizing, organizing within states for state tax fairness, and organizing nationally. And, finally, they work on the Federal level, trying to undo the Bush tax cuts and make our tax structure federally more fair as well. All of this through a strong democratic movement, empowering people. We are gifted to have this organization.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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