I am an outgoing Board member and have been connected to the project in various ways since 1996. First as Education Director for the North Carolina Council of the American Postal Workers Union, then as Workers School Coordinator for the Black Workers for Justice and more recently as Outreach Coordinator for the Workers Rights Project at the North Carolina Justice Center. All of the collaborations have used popular education to highlight income and wealth inequality or problems of disparities with the tax system in states and in our country. As a popular educator I can't remember doing any workshops or facilitation that didn't include exercises or materials created by UFE. As recently as last month their research and materials were part of my workshop on Black Workers, Jobs and Climate Justice. The current focus on strengthening the work of low wage workers and people of color organizing is on time and represents an excellent grasp of what it is we need to facilitate meaningful and lasting change.
I am a donor to UFE because it is an effective change agent. We empower organizers at many levels to confront the intentional racism present in our economic system and to build a fair economy which values and provides enrichment for all.
If you have not taken a look at www.faireconomy.org I encourage you to see for yourself. I am proud to be a volunteer and a donor. UFE represents my vision for a better, more inclusive society.
UFE educates and equips national and regional leaders with tools to call out the harmful economic policies that further the racial wealth divide in the US. For more than two years I have served as a board member and I am profoundly energized to see the impact UFEs leadership is making. This is an organization worthy of your support. As treasurer I can only ensure donors that we take our role as a board--and your generosity--very seriously. Our finance team meets monthly with an eye to efficiently investing every dollar entrusted to us - to create needed change. And I should say that I am a donor and though my pockets aren't deep, this organization is at the top of my list!
I am proud to serve as a Board member for an organization that is addressing the fundamental economic inequality of our society. Employing a language justice approach in our popular economic education reflects our commitment to empower all voices as we work - together - to build a better world.
I've served on the Board for two years now. The staff - and Board - are comprised of intelligent, hard working women and men who are trying to educate people about the extreme economic inequality and racial injustice that is prevalent in our society. But more - they are supporting grass-roots movements that will change people's lives!
I have been a regular supporter of UFE for most of the past 15 years. I have been a member of the board for the past 4, and current am serving as chair. Simply put, UFE is a member of the growing chorus of voices calling out to shift the dominant paradigm of wealth concentration (and the associated undemocratic power concentration) towards a more sustainable, resilient, and humane expression of the broad social economic contract.
To quote Louis Brandeis: "We can have concentrated wealth in the hands of a a few, or we can have democracy, but we can't have both."
UFE is a complex entity. We are a diverse group of individuals, coming from a wide array of backgrounds. The challenges we face internally are a reflection of the challenges that we face in the broader society around us. And we are "leaning into" those challenges with a shared desire to gain strength from our efforts. Our relationship with money (both as individuals and as a society) is at least as complicated as our relationships with gender, race, and sexuality. The whole damn mix comes into play when it comes to our national "economy"...
This is important work... in more ways than can be listed here. We do it on a shoestring budget. Your support, in whatever form, will help to move us towards a day when those with money do not have ALL the power.
I have worked for over 40 years in the fields of social and economic justice, much of that time as a Supervisor or ED. Now I am devoting my time to actively participating on several national boards that share my values.
UFE is serious about supporting worker and community led efforts toward a more just economy. To accomplish this we need analysis, avenues for promulgating it, constituents who are able to build power and allies of wealth who oppose the rapidly increasing economic inequality. We need to work with all of the groups marginalized by economic inequality with particular attention to women, people of color, immigrants and low wage workers. I am so proud that UFE is doing just this.
The diversity of our donor base reflects their trust in our programmatic commitment.
Working with Robert Reich to preview his recently released film, is an example of the high regard with which UFE is held by nationally known critics of the economic status-quo.
Developing tax fairness legislation supported by former President Jimmy Carter and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin speaks volumes for our capacity to leverage support from people who command national attention.
And being of critical support to the Occupy movement by providing easy to understand economic information via popular education methodologies is but one example of the breadth of our reach.
I am proud to be a member of such a diverse board who bring vision, experience, progressive values and commitment to our shared goals.
UFE is the real deal!
As a UFE board member for the last year and a half, I have been continually impressed by the far-reaching impact of this GREAT non-profit group! UFE has a multi-pronged program that would be ambitious for an organization with a much larger budget. Nevertheless, donors, allies, and constituents (like the union members who utilize its popular education services) get enormous bang for their buck.
At a time when millions of Americans are questioning the impact of economic inequality, gross abuses of corporate power, and the unfairness of our current tax structure, we need two, three, many UFE's to educate, inform, whistle-blow, and help unite diverse foes of the status quo.
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