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Mind the Gap! Petition delivery to the White House

Jul 28, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

Petition for a White House summit on the wealth gap

NETWORK staff delivered the petition for a White House summit on the wealth gap to the White House on Monday July 25. We met with Jon Carson, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, who actually was very engaging! We presented him with the petition, the list of 6170 names of people who signed the electronic version, including their comments, and the paper petitions signed by another 200 people. We had signatures from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.

Jon Carson's office in West Wing

In our conversation with Mr. Carson, we were please to see the he understands the importance of this issue.  We talked about how the wealth gap relates to the current debate on the debt crisis, and he was very interested in what we were hearing from people around the country. He stressed how important it is for constituents to make personal contact with their elected representatives. Even if elected officials won’t always admit it in public, constituents do have an influence on their behavior. 

One of the nice surprises was that Lauren Dunn joined us in the meeting. Lauren was a NETWORK associate in 2006, and is now working with the White House Domestic Policy Council. She told us that the people in her department are working to increase opportunity for people at the low end of the wealth gap.

We will follow up with Jon Carson and Lauren and others at thNETWORK staff at White Housee White House on the idea of a summit on the wealth gap. We still intend to meet our goal of 10,000 signatures on the petition, and we will deliver all of them in future meetings, as we continue to educate elected officials as well as the public on the causes and consequences of the wealth gap in our country, and advocate for responses.

If you haven’t signed the petition, please do so at http://www.networklobby.org/petition-white-house-summit. If you have already signed, please forward the link to others and ask them to sign.

 

Comments

Still the Parito's rule of

Still the Parito's rule of 80-20 prevails in our society. the wealth gap is the result of our economic planning and profit driven policy. So government must do something about this. Otherwise in future, it may create social imbalance and conflict between the 80 and 20 group. how to overcome social anxiety

budget

WE see that the most stable and wealthy counties of Europe, Germany and Norway for example, have high tax rates on corporations AND the corporations do not lay off workers, they adjust and the pople take salary cuts for th time being, End oil subsidies:the companies have become obscenely rich profiting from exploiting the natural resources ofthis country, while wrecking the environment. THEY SHOULD PAY FOR THE PRIVILEDGE OF DOING BUSINESS. The oil belongs to everyone.

Mind the Gap

Please work to insure that the chasm between 'rich' and 'poor' is narrowed.

Mind the Gap

Very well done. Congratulations on taking the lead in doing this study and presentation.

Everyone laments the state of this or that and it takes leaders to get soemthing going. What a lot of work. Thank you.

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