United for a Fair Economy
The mission of United for a Fair Economy as stated on their website is,
- "UFE raises awareness that concentrated wealth and power undermine the economy, corrupt democracy, deepen the racial divide, and tear communities apart. We support and help build social movements for greater equality."
UFE works in five major program areas. Each area draws on their popular education methodology, critical analysis, innovative messaging research and media capacity:
Popular Economics Education
This program runs workshops on different aspects of economic inequality with labor, immigrant communities, youth, religious groups, colleges and non-profits across the US. The goal is not merely to educate, but to move participants to action.
UFE helps local, state and national groups defend progressive taxation, and influence tax and budget issues. We help strengthen the capacity of state coalitions that have a strategic opportunity to affect tax reform. We continue the fight to keep a reformed estate tax, and actively participate in building a permanent national movement infrastructure to address the assault on progressive taxation at all levels.
Racial Wealth Divide
UFE is undertaking educational and outreach efforts to address the racial disparities of wealth. In 2006, they published The Color of Wealth, a book about the racial wealth divide aimed at a wide audience.
Their Spanish-language programs include workshops, media work, and web-based materials. Several of the Economia Justa projects deal with immigration, remittances, and how the U.S. economy is tied to the world economy.
Responsible Wealth is a national network of businesspeople, investors and affluent Americans who are concerned about the deepening economic inequality in the U.S. and are working for widespread prosperity.
Staff as at Dec. 30, 2009:
- Brian Miller, Executive Director
- Maz Ali, Communications Coordinator
- Jen Douglas, Grants Coordinator
- Lee Farris, Senior Organizer on Estate Tax Policy
- Jeannette Huezo, Education Coordinator
- Karen Kraut, Coordinator, Tax Fairness Organizing Collaborative
- Anneka Landgraf, Administrative Assistant
- Mike Lapham, Responsible Wealth Director and Acting Development Director
- De'En Tarkpor, Financial Coordinator and HR Associate
- Steve Schnapp, Education Coordinator
- Tim Sullivan, Associate Director of Development
Board as at Dec. 30, 2009:
Partner organizations as at Dec. 30, 2009:
- Americans for Fairness in Lending
- Center for Budget & Policy Priorities
- Class Action
- Common Good Bank
- Good Jobs First
- Economic Policy Institute
- Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
- Highlander Research and Education Center
- Insight Center for Community Economic Development
- Institute for Policy Studies
- Jobs with Justice
- National Community Reinvestment Coalition
- National Urban League
- Neighbor to Neighbor
- Progressive Communicators Network
- Project South
- Public Citizen
- United Association for Labor Education
- United Methodist Church Women's Division
- Western States Center
- Women of Color Resource Center