LIVE with the League: Income Inequality - The Real Social Dilemma

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Event Date: 
November 18, 2020 - 11:30 am
Event Location: 
United States

Hear from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, a lawyer and grassroots activist, an education and community innovator, and a researcher from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Let’s talk about the real social dilemma, income inequality. Many of us would rather not think about the way income is divided here in the country as long we feel we are getting our fair share. But what if there were mechanisms in place to increase access to better incomes? Or better understand how policies prevent or enable your ability to accumulate wealth here in the US? Especially now, in such uncertain times, how has the pandemic impacted income inequality, if at all? Moderated by League member Joni Halpern, who has served low-income families and individuals throughout San Diego County as a staff lawyer for the ACLU, the Legal Aid Society, director of a grassroots nonprofit, and now as a sole practitioner. Featured speakers include:

Michael Hiltzik Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author for the LA Times. Michael’s latest book, Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America, covers the nation’s history during the Gilded Age of the last 19 th Century.

Tess Thorman A research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California with a research focus on community health, immigration, and social and economic equity. PPIC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.

William T. Oswald, Ph.D. Associate Executive Director of the Global Action Research Center that serves as an intermediary between universities and communities for the purpose of creating “Bi-directional Learning Systems” that facilitate community residents and university scientists identifying and defining community issues and co-creating applicable solutions. His work is focused on supporting communities in finding their voice, becoming civically engaged, and inserting that voice into the public dialogue.

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