Inequality

MP3 Audio from the Birmingham Unitarian Church Escalating Inequality Series

4/20/2017 Part 1: The Fall and Rise of Income Inequality — Charles Ballard, Professor of Economics, Michigan State University.  Part 2: Jobs in a Second Machine Age — Lou Blazer, President, Michigan Future, Inc.

Part 1: In the first half of the 20th century, the U.S. economy experienced a “Great Convergence,” with incomes of low- and middle-income Americans growing much more rapidly than the incomes of those at the top. Since the 1970s, income inequality has moved in the opposite direction, resulting in a degree of inequality at least as great as a century ago in both Michigan and the U.S. as a whole. Neither happened by accident. Prof. Ballard will discuss the economics and policy behind this shift. Part 2: Smarter and smarter machinees are increasingly able to perform, better and cheaper, functions that have traditionally been done by humans. That makes jobs, occupations and even industries less stable today than yesterday and, almost certainly, less secure tomorrow than today. What skills and jobs will make Michigan more prosperous and more equal in the future, or less so if we don’t prepare to have those skills and jobs?


3/16/2017 Saving our Health Care in an Anti-Government Environment
presented by Marjorie Mitchell, Executive Director, Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MichUHCAN)

20 million Americans have gained access to health care under the Affordable Care Act; 618,000 in Michigan. How will the new administration address it? Calls to repeal the ACA, privatize Medicare, block grant Medicaid and privatize veterans health care are prevalent themes. Marjorie will discuss the impact of such policy changes.


2/16/2017 Gilda Jacobs, President & CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy –

Gilda gives an historical perspective and lead a discussion about the future of public schools in Michigan.


9/29/2016 Chuck Collins: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality

Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies, Boston, kicked-off our 2016 Winter Speaker Series last January and now returns to Michigan in September with his new book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home and Committing to the Common Good . (Recorded at the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation)

1/21/2016 Chuck Collins Presentation (85 minutes)


Peter J. Hammer: 150 Years Later: The 13th Amendment – Has Justice Come To Michigan?

Institutions like slavery do not end. They mutate and transform themselves. This process involves the dynamic interaction between “belief systems” and “institutions.” Peter Hammer’s presentation postulates an evolutionary transformation from slavery to Jim Crow segregation to the “spatial racism” that defines Southeast Michigan, and will explore its policy implication in light of the promises of the 13th Amendment.

3/17/2016 Peter J. Hammer Presentation (55 minutes)

3/17/2016 Peter J. Hammer Questions & Answers (46 minutes)


2/18/2016 Hon. Marilyn Kelly: Has America Fulfilled It’s Promise of Equal Justice for All?

Marilyn Kelly discusses the shocking facts about how poverty strips our citizens of their constitutional rights of access to justice and equal protection under the law, and encouraging news about steps being taken to do something about it.

2/18/2016 Marilyn Kelly Presentation (71 minutes)


1/21/2016 Chuck Collins: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It

We’re living through a period of extreme inequality, where the gap between rich and poor is at its greatest level since the Gilded Age a century ago. But our national conversation about how to address this challenge is equally polarized. Why is inequality growing? Why does it matter? What can we do about it? Chuck Collins will discuss the impact of inequality on all that we cherish — and the path forward to an economy that works for everyone.

1/21/2016 Chuck Collins Presentation (55 minutes)

1/21/2016 Chuck Collins Questions & Answers (46 minutes)