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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
Alexis Tsipras, a member of the Hellenic parliament, president of the Synaspismos political party since 2008, head of the SYRIZA parliamentary group since 2009, and leader of the Opposition since June 2012. SYRIZA currently leads in Greek opinion polls. Listen to the audio here.
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Posted Jan. 23, 2013
Interview with Tim Sullivan, policy coordinator with UFE and co-author of his group’s report “State of the Dream 2013: A Long Way from Home", conducted by Scott Harris
The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and work this year coincided with President Obama’s second inauguration on Jan. 21. Because Obama is America’s first African-American president, King’s lifelong struggle for racial equality was prominently discussed in the coverage of the day’s events. But while not as much focused on by corporate media and mainstream politicians, King was also very much active in the fight against economic inequality. In fact, in his April 4, 1967 speech, “Why I oppose the War in Vietnam,” delivered exactly one year before his assassination, King discussed the urgent need to battle the “giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation.”
In a new report published on this year’s Martin Luther King holiday, the group United for a Fair Economy focused on King’s unfinished work addressing economic disparity. Their report, titled, “State of the Dream 2013: A Long Way from Home," assessed the impact of “The Great Recession,” with its string of foreclosures and crash of home values, on the growing racial wealth divide. The report found that “the average white family holds significantly greater wealth than the average black or Latino family, and housing wealth comprises a far greater share of total assets for black and Latino families than for white families.”
Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Tim Sullivan, policy coordinator with United for a Fair Economy, and co-author of the “State of the Dream” report. Here, he discusses the conclusions of the report and summarizes some of the recommendations made for changes in public policy as they affect housing and strategies for building wealth in communities of color.
Visit United for a Fair Economy at faireconomy.org.