Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Silent vigil/potluck dinner/screening of film on poverty/The Jaw-Dropping Realities of Our Widening Economic Divide

There is usually a silent peace vigil on Fridays, from 5 to 6 PM, sponsored by Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings, outside the Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St.  The next scheduled vigil is on May 6. Black Lives Matter.  Since this is a First Friday, there will be a potluck dinner afterwards, followed by a DVD showing.

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES.  The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday. At 7:15 PM, from January through June, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow.  There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. The series theme is CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.  

On May 6 see BUBBLE [USA, 2006]. Steven Soderbergh's film delicately examines the everyday life of three Ohio factory workers. To cast his film, Soderbergh used actual blue-collar workers from the Parkersburg, West Virginia / Belpre, Ohio area, and structured their performances and the plot, but remained open to their real lives.  We see the desperation of working poverty, in which you work double shifts, stare at the TV and collapse. Martha (Debbie Doebereiner), who cares for her father, has enough money to own a car; Kyle (Dustin Ashley), who lives in a mobile home, depends on her for rides to a doll factory. Then Rose (Misty Dawn Wilkins) gets a job in the factory. She's younger and prettier than the overweight Martha, but is Martha jealous? No, she doesn't want Kyle's love but his dependency on her. How this pays off is completely unforeseen but sort of inevitable, and it illustrates the bleakness and poverty of imagination of their quietly desperate world. Call 410-323-1607 or email mobuszewski at

Robert Reich. (photo: unknown)
Robert Reich. (photo: unknown)

The Jaw-Dropping Realities of Our Widening Economic Divide

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page

03 May 16

 Chuck Collins from the Institute for Policy Studies has new data showing the majority of Americans now have less than $1,000 in their savings and checking accounts combined. If they slip on the sidewalk or have a problem with their car, they can be left penniless.
On the other side of the widening economic divide is an equally jaw-dropping reality: The 400 wealthiest Americans now own more wealth than the entire GDP of India, a nation of nearly 1.3 billion people.

   The problem isn’t inequality per se. It’s the consequences of the degree of inequality: a shrinking middle class that’s increasingly frustrated and angry, a politics that as a result has become polarized and shrill, fewer opportunities for the poor to ascend into the middle class, and a democracy that’s overrun with money from the wealthy. The trend is unsustainable, politically and economically.

   Bernie’s campaign is a start. But regardless of whether he’s elected president, we must be mobilized and organized to reverse this.

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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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