We hope you will join us on Monday, April 12th from 4pm – 6pm, for a discussion about community- based policy solutions to racial inequity. Our discussion will center around a new book from Tom Shapiro - Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future.
The book tells the story of nearly two hundred families of different races and income levels as Shapiro follows their lives across a twelve year period. The book documents the recession's toll on parents and children, the ways families use assets to manage crises and create opportunities, and the real reasons some families build wealth while others struggle in poverty. The personal stories, highlighted in the book, show how the structure of our neighborhoods, workplaces, and tax code-much more than individual choices-push some forward and hold others back. A lack of assets, far more common in families of color, can often ruin parents' careful plans for themselves and their children.
Despite our current state of toxic inequality, the book explores ways race-conscious reforms can move us toward a more just society. On April 12th, we’ll dive into some of these race-conscious reforms and discuss how they could be implemented here in Chicago.
Join us on Monday April 12 from 4pm - 6pm at Grace Place.
The event is open to the public, but in an effort to get an accurate head count, please RSVP and send any questions to Lucy Mullany – firstname.lastname@example.org.
A panel of distinguished thought leaders will discuss race and racism in the United States at the seventh annual Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America.
The Symposium is intended to explore new attitudes, opportunities and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. The event will touch on individual, cultural, institutional and structural causes of racial problems, looking towards new and viable solutions.
*This event is by invitation only*
The Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality & Opportunity, to be held on March 16, 2017, is a one-day gathering in Washington, DC dedicated to nonpartisan dialogue about the widening opportunity gap in the United States. We will convene 400+ policymakers, thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and practitioners from all over the country for a day of ideas, exchange, and inspiration.
The central tenet of the American dream is that if you work hard, you will be able to support yourself and your family, save for retirement, and invest in your children’s future. But in today’s economy hard work does not guarantee economic stability. Working people are faced with lower and less stable earnings, anemic benefits, and a frayed social safety net, making it difficult for them to save and guard against economic risks. Working people and their families are struggling to find steady ground, let alone ladders to climb.
On the eve of the Aspen Summit on Inequality and Opportunity, the Economic Opportunities Program and the Financial Security Program are pleased a discussion on work, wealth, and the dissolving link between the two. Panelists include academic experts in labor and financial markets, as well as leaders of organizations striving to expand opportunities for people to work, save, and build the foundation for their American dreams.
The event will begin with a brief networking reception, followed by opening remarks and a panel discussion.