There’s a lot being talked about when it comes to income inequality, from the national work of Robert Reich’s Inequality for All to local efforts to pass a $15 minimum wage. Here in Washington, elected leaders, business owners, workers and neighbors are working together to craft policies that strengthen the economic security of working families and grow our economy as a whole.
This week, there are great opportunities for the public to learn more about current efforts to take on income inequality through public policy. On Wednesday evening, EOI is hosting a community forum on economic inequality, focused on local proposals for subsidized early learning, paid leave and a $12 statewide minimum wage.
The forum will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the 2100 Building (24th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144). Tickets are free but registration is required. You can reserve your spot here.
On Thursday, the City of Seattle, Seattle University and KUOW are hosting an all-day symposium on income inequality. Panelists and speakers include: San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos; Philadelphia City Councilmember Wilson Goode; Chicago Alders Roderick Sawyer, Toni Foulkes, John Arena, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Nick Licata Lori Pfingst, Center for Budget and Policy; Dorian Warren, Columbia University; Michael Reich and Ken Jacobs, Berkeley; Marieka Klawitter and Bob Plotnik, University of Washington, Paul Sonn, National Employment Law Project, as well as local business leaders and other stakeholders.
The symposium will take place at Seattle University’s Campion Ballroom (914 E. Jefferson St. Seattle, WA 98122). The event is free and open to the public, but registration is also required. Learn more and register here.
It’s an exciting time for progressive economic policy. Join us to talk about how we can work together to end economic inequality and build shared prosperity.