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MIND THE GAP! Blog
Our entire nation suffers as the gap between those with enormous wealth and most of the rest of the nation continues to widen. Learn more about the causes and consequences of this huge wealth gap -- and give us your input!

A "Goodbye" Message

Jul 28, 2011 | By Page May

The month of August is going to be a bit quiet here at the NETWORK office. Many are going on much-deserved vacations and I myself am moving to Chicago. I can’t say enough about the wonderful staff who work at NETWORK and the importance of their work. The Mind the Gap! campaign has been one of my favorite projects to have ever worked on, and I am quite sad to leave!

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How Did We Get Here: Decline of Labor Movement

Jul 27, 2011 | By Page May

The percent of American workers belonging to a union has been in decline since the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. The fall in union membership has contributed to increasing wage inequality and a decline in civic engagement.

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Infographic: Race and Gender in the Food Chain

Jul 26, 2011 | By Page May

Last week we focused on the food system as it relates to the wealth gap. However, we missed this one great infographic!

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Racial Wealth Gap in the News

Jul 26, 2011 | By Page May

The PEW Research Center released a new report on the racial wealth gap this morning. The publications affirms that the gap between people of color and white people is widening- and is now at its largest on record!

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Debt Talks and the Wealth Gap

Jul 25, 2011 | By Page May

As debt talks envelop Washington, we must all remember the importance of the wealth gap in this conversation.

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UNITE HERE comes to NETWORK

Jul 22, 2011 | By Page May

On Wednesday a group of housekeepers with the UNITE HERE union visited the NETWORK office. We listened to their stories of exploitative working conditions at various hotels around the country. Several of the women discussed the long hours working at backbreaking speeds for no overtime pay; high stress conditions; the lack of appropriate work tools for housekeepers which has led to chronic pain; and an unsafe environment.

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Fact Sheet: The Food System and the Wealth Gap

Jul 21, 2011 | By Page May

The Farm Bill’s food basket programs such as SNAP, WIC, and Child Nutrition have obvious connections to the wealth gap. The other half of the Farm Bill- dealing directly with farms and agriculture- may be less clearly relevant to the Mind the Gap! conversation.

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Food in Our World: Recommended Resources

Jul 20, 2011 | By Page May

I am drawn to the centrality of food in both daily living and human development. In fact, studying the domestic and global food systems has become a passion of mine. In my own learning, I have come to conceptualize food as a nexus of the world’s forces, systems, and histories that both embody inequalities of the past and perpetuate those injustices today: Food connects to hunger, inequality, oppression, agriculture, sustainability, power, violence, political economy AND the hopeful possibilities for future societies.

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Executive Pay- About to be a Secret?

Jul 14, 2011 | By Page May

Executive pay has exploded in recent history. Today, corporate executives make up three-fifths of the richest 0.1 percent of U.S. earners! Recent activity in Congress is pushing to repeal requirements for companies to disclose executive pay as well as the new rules that would require the disclosure of executive to median worker compensation ratios.

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Paper Petition Option

Jul 13, 2011 | By Jean Sammon

Get your group to sign a paper version of our petition to President Obama, calling for a White House Summit on the wealth gap.

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