The Destruction of the Black Middle Class

Left out of the commentary on race and class over the Gates affair has been talk of the increasing impoverishment — or, we should say, re-impoverishment — of African Americans as a group.

Structural Inequality: News Not Fit to Print?

President Obama’s address to the NAACP acknowledged that racial inequality is not an African-American problem, but rather a problem of our entire nation. So why didn’t the New York Times?

Playing the Hawk With North Korea

The Obama administration needs to recognize an aggressive policy toward North Korea is as ineffective now as it was during Clinton and Bush.

Panel Discussion: ‘Meltdown: Economic Collapse, a Peoples Plan for Recovery’

National and local political leaders will join a panel of esteemed economists and journalists for a town hall discussion of the economic collapse and how Detroit — and the country — can recover. Putting the needs of workers and citizens (not bankers and stock market speculators) at the center of the conversation, the panel will examine local solutions as well as the role of Detroit in the national economy.

The event marks the publication of Meltdown: How Greed and Corruption Shattered Our Financial System and How We Can Recover (Nation Books, 2009) by Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and other editors at the magazine.

Moderated by The Nation Magazine’s John Nichols, this discussion will feature:

Documentarian and activist Michael Moore (invited)
Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
Bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich
Detroit City Council Woman and Radio Host Jo Ann Watson
Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Elena Herrada, co-chair and founding member of the Committee for the Political Resurrection of Detroit

This event will also preview national and local organizing efforts leading up to the 2010 United States Social Forum (USSF), to be held in Detroit. The USSF is a convening of hundreds of thousands of social and economic justice advocates from around the country chartering a course for a reversal of inequality at home and abroad.

Discussion: Economic Crisis and Inequality

What does income disparity between the rich and the poor have to do with a faltering global economy? What’s being done about it?

The Servant Leadership School invites you to find out. Join them for dinner and a discussion on the economic crisis and inequality, led by Chuck Collins, a senior IPS scholar and director of the IPS Program on Inequality and the Common Good.

A dinner of soup, salad, and sandwiches will be provided by The Potter’s House for a suggested donation of $6 per meal. All are welcome to attend; you do not have to take a course to come to the speaker series. 

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White Recession, Black Depression

Nearly 30% of Blacks have zero net worth. We should remember racial inequality is most pronounced during economic hard times.

An Epoch Named!

The Nation announces the winner of its “Name our Epoch!” contest.