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