The Equity Movement

| November 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment

At the core of MAHB is the challenge to envision and build and equitable and sustainable future for all. The recent global “occupy” movement has catapulted awareness of inequity and institutions which foster the widening gap between the rich and poor. Find out more about the Occupy Movement that is sweeping the nation.  The following articles, websites, and movie clips just scratch the surface of this new social movement.

 

Occupy the Future: Holding Our Institutions and Practices Accountable to Our Ideals

The Boston Review is publishing a series of opinion essays by Stanford University professors that explore the key issues raised by Occupy.  The editor states, “We have closely followed the Occupy movement and welcome both the attention it has drawn to societal problems and its potential to re-democratize American politics.”  This excellent forum hosts essays on many topics including racial inequality; how to broaden the movement; poverty and opportunity; political inequality; and inequality in education.

Ethics and Inequality by Rob Reich and Debra Satz

“Defending equality is based on the democratic imperative to create a community where every citizen has a fair chance at a decent life.”  This article is part of the series Occupy the Future.

Occupy Educated

OccupyEducated is a project launched by Occupy Wall Street’s Practical Change Working Group to educate, inform, and provide a forum for the Occupy Movement.  “Ultimately, this site will evolve to reflect the views of all who visit and want to participate in sharing what they feel should be base knowledge for all educated occupiers.”

Learn more about OccupyEducated by exploring their website: OccupyEducated.org

 

We Are the 99.9%. by Paul Krugman. The New York Times. November 24, 2011

This piece points at the inequalities between the 99.9% and the 0.1% as the true divide of concern.  The author points out why the 99.9% ought to, “ignore all the propaganda about “job creators” and demand that the super-elite pay substantially more in taxes.”

 

Poet-Bashing Police. by Robert Hass. The New York Times. November 19, 2011

University of California, Berkeley professor of poetry and former poet laureate of the US, Robert Hass,  recounts first-hand experience with violence at the Occupy Berkeley rallies.

 

How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests. by Matt Taibbi. Rolling Stone. November 10, 2011

Though the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement can seem frustratingly general for those who want to see specific changes occur now, this author outlines why this is actually central to the mission of OWS.  “Much more than a movement against banks, they’re a rejection of what our society has become.”

 

Occupy Wall Street: Civil society’s awakening. by Rebecca Solnit. Los Angeles Times. November 22, 2011

This focuses on how protesters are beginning to reclaim power for the people and begin creating a system that is respondent to their needs.  “Americans everywhere have realized that government and corporation depend on consumers, workers and ultimately citizens who may yet succeed in reining them in.”

 

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world. by Andy Coghlan and Debora MacKenzie. New Scientist. October 24, 2011

An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations reveals the disproportionate power that some companies have over the economy.

 

 

Video Clips 

MAHB also recommends the following video about the data behind the Occupy movement as a the 99% vs 1%:

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Here is a video by Stanford Professor of Political Science Robert Reich about OWS:

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Images

CNN On How The Bush Tax Cuts Made The Wealthy Even Wealthier:

 

If you have suggestions of other resources relating to the Occupy Movement, please leave them as a comment on this page!

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