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  

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.


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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!



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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.
Steve Early
747 Lobos Avenue
Richmond, CA. 94801

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find the funding to double its budget!

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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!

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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!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger!

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