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
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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I attended UFE's Training of the Trainers Conference last Spring and walked away inspired, with new skill sets, and with a deeper understanding about the fight for economic justice in our country. I am amazed at the way UFE gets at the root causes - the issues from which all other issues stem - and how they use incredibly creative activities and visuals to communicate and convey their message. More people need to hear UFE's message and attend these trainings - because economic justice is an issue that affects us all, regardless of how much we make or how much we have in the bank. UFE was transformative for me, and I hope it can continue to be transformative for many others so that together we can transform society.
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