The month of August is going to be a bit quiet here at the NETWORK office. Many are going on much-deserved vacations and I myself am moving to Chicago. I can’t say enough about the wonderful staff who work at NETWORK and the importance of their work. The Mind the Gap! campaign has been one of my favorite projects to have ever worked on, and I am quite sad to leave!
The percent of American workers belonging to a
union has been in decline since the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.
The fall in union membership has contributed to increasing wage inequality and a
decline in civic engagement.
The PEW Research Center released a new report on the racial wealth gap this morning. The publications affirms that the gap between people of color and white people is widening- and is now at its largest on record!
Last night, President Obama and Speaker Boehner addressed the nation about the current impasse. A native Washingtonian, I have lived around political discord all my life. I have never seen it uglier. Read more
The Farm Bill’s food basket programs such as SNAP, WIC, and
Child Nutrition have obvious connections to the wealth gap. The other half of
the Farm Bill- dealing directly with farms and agriculture- may be less clearly
relevant to the Mind the Gap!