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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This is an organization whose time has come. Every day more and more people(even the media) are noticing and talking about the out of control growth of income inequality. The poor and middle classes are getting poorer, and the already wealthy and corporations are getting much much richer! But UFE and Responsible Wealth have been teaching us about wealth inequality for a couple of decades and doing a splendid job of it. I've recently had to cut my annual donations dramatically. and UFE/Responsible Wealth is one of organizations I feel saddest about letting go of. If there's a windfall in my future, UFE will surely be one of the beneficiaries.
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