On June 18, the Poor People's Campaign and thousands of supporters will rally on the National Mall for a Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. You’re invited.

 
INEQUALITY.ORG
THIS WEEK
“This pandemic has caused almost incomprehensible loss in our country,” argue Institute for Policy Studies executive director Tope Folarin and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber Il, co-chair for the Poor People’s Campaign, in the latest issue of Newsweek. “One thing we must never lose is our determination to treat its pre-existing conditions.”

Those pre-existing conditions — greed, excess, and the political choices that perpetuate these two menaces — have left over 140 million of us living below the poverty line. This outcome has been a policy decision.

To address this policy decision, we need a multiracial, moral movement to make the voices of real people heard over the rustling of dollar bills. This coming June 18, to elevate these voices, the Poor People’s Campaign and thousands of supporters will rally on the National Mall for a Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. You’re invited. Hope to see you there!

Chuck Collins and Rebekah Entralgo,
for the Institute for Policy Studies Inequality.org team
 
INEQUALITY BY THE NUMBERS
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FACES ON THE FRONTLINES
Working to Hold Union Busters Truly Accountable
With union organizing surging across the country, a new watchdog group has organized to protect the right to organize! LaborLab, co-founded by labor communications professional Bob Funk, fills a critical information gap within the worker rights movement by collecting traditionally inaccessible data on the union-busting industry and making that info available to activists, media, and policy makers. Employing everything from databases and interactive trackers to press outreach and activist engagement, LaborLab is shining a spotlight on an industry that has escaped meaningful accountability and regulation for half a century. Check out the LaborLab tool tracking union-busting tactics below.
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WORDS OF WISDOM
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PETULANT PLUTOCRAT
OF THE WEEK
The Twitter Wrath of the World’s Second Richest
The latest loudmouth on Twitter? That may be Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, who went after President Joe Biden a week ago for linking the fight against inflation to making sure “the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.” Bezos dubbed that linkage “misdirection.” Two days later, he tweeted out that West Virginia’s Joe Manchin “had saved” the Biden crew “from themselves” when he blocked White House programs to help average families. Pushback to Bezos, also the owner of the Washington Post, came quickly. What other media owners, asked The Lever’s David Sirota, tweet out both their own political ideology and “the pundits they pay who echo that ideology”? Why is Bezos suddenly tweeting so confrontationally? Elizabeth Lopatto at The Verge has one take: Elon Musk has been “getting what he wants using Twitter,” she notes, “and Bezos has a weird complex about Musk.” Another take: Bezos blasted Biden right after his White House welcomed Amazon union organizers.
 
BOLD SOLUTIONS
Finally, Long-Overdue Equal Pay for Equal Success
Three years after the U.S. Women’s National Team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, the women’s and men’s national teams have come together for a groundbreaking collective bargaining agreement. The new pact creates equal pay structures for matches and mandates that the U.S. Soccer Federation share World Cup prize money equally between both the men and women’s national teams. This agreement, the first of its kind for any soccer federation, will hopefully provide a roadmap for equality in other sports. Inequality research analyst Brian Wakamo has more.
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GREED AT A GLANCE
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TOO MUCH
In Politics, Big Money Will Always Talk. Unless…
Our major political parties today, to compete effectively, must either enlist wealthy people as their candidates or enlist the wealth of wealthy people on behalf of candidates the wealthy find credible. In this political environment, the wealthy can essentially veto ideas that might discomfort great wealth. And what about those among us who support ideas that discomfort people of means? Our current electoral order distorts our behavior as well. Inequality.org’s Sam Pizzigati has more.
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MUST READS
What's on Inequality.org 

Omar Ocampo, Debunking the Myth of the Fleeing Millionaire. As it turns out, high-earners won’t exit in a huff if you increase their taxes.

Elsewhere on the Web

Lisa Pelling, Sweden’s schools: Milton Friedman’s wet dream, Social Europe. How “freedom of choice” has wrought a vicious circle of inequality and underperformance.

Timothy Noah, Is the Typical CEO Really Worth $15 Million? New Republic. Of course not. But that’s what they make as they profit from the inflation that’s hurting the middle class.

Matt Stoller, The Cantillon Effect and Stock Market Crashes, BIG. We deform the very essence of how we run our society when we accept a policy framework that prioritizes get-rich-quick monopolization, speculation, and cheating over the ability to, well, do anything else.

Sol Picciotto, Socialism, Progressive Taxation and the Fiscal State, SSRN. An analysis that runs from the revolutions of 1848 to contemporary campaigns for tax justice. 

Jimmy Moorhouse, Are billionaires to blame for the climate crisis? Mancunian Matters. The luxury lifestyles and continued plundering of the planet by the world’s richest people are placing us all in ever graver peril.

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, The Rich Are Not Who We Think They Are. And Happiness Is Not What We Think It Is, Either. New York Times. New sources of data have given us insights into what makes people happy — and money turns out to be an unreliable path.

Nathan Robinson, Make Billionaires Republicans Again, Current Affairs. The news that Elon Musk doesn’t want to be a Democrat anymore reminds us that a party that encompasses both billionaires and workers will stand for nothing.
 
 
A FINAL FIGURE
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