You Need a Raise! Fight Growing Income Inequality and the Policies that Foster It

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7-9 PM
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
Metro: Orange Line, Ballston Station
Parking: Free Garage Parking in Building after 5 PM – Enter from Taylor Street
YOU Need a Raise! 
Fighting Growing Income Inequality and the Policies that Foster It 
A Public Policy Forum Featuring:
Hedrick Smith Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Who Stole the American Dream?”
Thea Lee Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO President’s Office
Dean Baker Co-director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Lori Wallach Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
Lawrence Mishel President, Economic Policy Institute
Solon Simmons GMU Interim Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Chair: Sandra Klassen National Affairs Committee, Fairfax County Democratic Committee

The incomes of most Americans have stagnated over the last thirty years while the incomes of the top 1 percent have shot up. In fact, almost all of the income growth since the recovery from the recession has gone to the top 1 percent. Recovery from the recession has been slow because most Americans have not participated in the recovery, and policies have not been implemented that reverse this trend.

This forum will: 1. Examine causes of growing income inequality including the interconnections and impact of corporate engineered laws and policies on labor, taxes and trade that redistribute wealth upward; 2. Illuminate the ever-widening drag on national economic growth and the social, financial, political costs to our democracy and quality of life resulting from income inequality; and 3. Propose policy corrections that would allow all Americans to enjoy the benefits of economic growth.

6 pm Pre Forum book sales and signing of “Who Stole the American Dream?” by Hedrick Smith
Host Sponsor: National Affairs Committee, Fairfax County Democratic Committee

Cosponsors: Virginia AFL-CIO, Economic Policy Institute Policy Center, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Northern Virginia Labor Federation, Virginia Progressive Caucus, Fairfax County NAACP, Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the National Capital Region, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Prince William County, 8th and 11th Congressional District Democratic Committees, PDA Virginia, NOVA MovetoAmend, and Herndon Voices
This event is free of charge


8th Congressional District Democratic Committee 20th Annual Kennedy-King Dinner

The 20th Annual Kennedy-King Dinner

Honoring the Legacies of Sen. Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King and Bringing Democrats together from Northern Virginia and from around the Commonwealth

  • Featuring Honorary Chair of the Dinner, Congressman Jim Moran
  • And our Keynote Speaker Congressman John Lewis
  • Hilton Alexandria Mark Center (5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311; map / directions, click here).
  • Friday, October 25, 2013  6:30 PM Reception 7:30 PM Dinner cash bar
  • Tickets, click here. $100 per person ($90 for YD’s or seniors); other contribution levels appreciated: $150 Benefactor; $200 Sponsor; Patron $250; $1000 Table (10 seats per table); $1500 Benefactor Table (10 seats per table); $2000 Sponsor Table (10 seats per table); $2500 Patron Table (10 seats per table)

“Some men see things as they are and ask why? I see things that never were and ask why not?” Robert Kennedy’s words, spoken in hope, mirror those spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial when he shared his dream with the world in 1963.

The annual Virginia Kennedy-King dinner, sponsored by the Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee, celebrates Robert Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision. It is an event to honor those Virginians who strive to make the hopes and dreams of these two great leaders a reality. It is a time to reflect on how both of these men continue to touch our lives as Democrats and live in our hearts as Virginians. The monies raised by the event go towards our effort to support Virginia’s Democrats.

Margo E. Horner, Eighth District Democratic Committee Chair; Charley Conrad and Dan Steen, Dinner Co-Chairs, and The Members of Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District Democratic Committee Cordially Invite You to Attend the Twentieth Annual Kennedy-King Dinner

Congressmen Moran and Lewis are appearing at this event as special guests. The Congressmen are soliciting funds or contributions only within federal limits and from federally permissible sources. Individuals may contribute a combined limit of $10,000 to all state, district and local party committees per calendar year. PACs may contribute a combined limit of $5,000 to all state, district and local party committees per calendar year. Contributions from unions, corporations, national banks, federal government contractors and foreign nationals not admitted for permanent residence are prohibited. Federal law requires EDDC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, address, occupation, and employer for individuals who contribute $200 or more in a calendar year. Contributions are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.