Economic inequality is approaching historically unprecedented levels. As former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich argues in the film Inequality for All, the shrinking middle class and the growing ranks of the poor are not the only people affected by income disparity. It also threatens the overall stability of the American economy.
In modern times, the years of widest economic inequality in the United States were 1928 and 2007 — two years before the greatest economic crashes.
From 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, Policy Matters Ohio, Common Cause Ohio, ProgressOhio, the American Friends Service Committee, and Ohio AFL-CIO are hosting a free screening of this award-winning documentary on the 31st floor of the Vern Riffe Building, 77 South High Street in Columbus.
"The growing inequality documented in this film is not only harmful to our economy but lethal to what remains of our democracy," said Greg Coleridge of the American Friends Service Committee. "Fewer people gaining greater wealth translates into more massive political contributions, which drowns out the political voices of the majority of people."
"Now is the time for Ohio's policy and advocacy community to have this discussion," said Kalitha Williams of Policy Matters Ohio. "The widening income gap urgently requires that we all get involved and take new action."
Sam Gresham from Common Cause Ohio will moderate a discussion following the film. He encourages as many people to attend as possible. "This is America's greatest unfinished business," Gresham said. "That 800-pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to talk about, that hovers over everything that is America."
The event is free and everyone is welcome. Please RSVP by email to i4aOhio@gmail.com.