Betsy Leondar-Wright

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Betsy Leondar-Wright

Betsy Leondar-Wrightgrew up in an upper-middle-class family in a mixed-class New Jersey suburb. Her book, “Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures” (Cornell University Press, 2014), grew out of her PhD dissertation research on 25 social justice groups. She is an assistant professor of sociology at Lasell College. A long-time activist for economic justice, she was the Communications Director for nine years at United for a Fair Economy, where she co-authored “The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the US Racial Wealth Divide” (2006). Since writing “Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists” (2005), Betsy has led over 200 workshops all over the US on classism, cross-class alliance building, class cultures, the racial wealth divide, and economic inequality.

Before coming to UFE, Leondar-Wright directed two organizations, the Massachusetts Human Services Coalition and the Anti-Displacement Project.

Betsy Leondar-Wright is Board President of Class Action.[1]

How Class Works

At the How Class Works - 2002 Conference, panels included; 2.6 Class and the Economy

“Class and Armed Robbery”

“Class and the Changing Distributions of Income and Wealth”

“Financial Markets: The Class Angle”

UFE report

In 2004 Racial inequities in unemployment, family income, imprisonment, average wealth and infant mortality are actually worse than when Dr. King was killed, according to a report by United for a Fair Economy.

"The State of the Dream: Enduring Disparities in Black and White," was written by Dedrick Muhammad, Attieno Davis, Meizhu Lui and Betsy Leondar-Wright.

"Inequality Matters"

In 2004 United for a Fair Economy, a Boston "economic justice think tank", co-sponsored a national conference on inequality. Some of the conference papers were published as "Inequality Matters: the Growing Economic Divide in America", which also included suggested public policies to counteract it. Among the contributors were Betsy Leondar-Wright, William Greider, Meizhu Lui, Bob Kuttner and Christopher Jencks.[3]