Barry’s Gleanings: “Separate and Unequal: Chuck Collins on how wealth divides us”

Not only was his great-grandfather Oscar Mayer, of hot-dog fame, and thus Chuck Collins had four generations of stable wealth in his family, but Collins also came to realize as a white male American born into a family in the wealthiest 1 percent, he had great privileges while his neighbors in Detroit dealt with grave racial and economic and societal  challenges and inequities.

Among other ideas, Collins sees, “The wealthy need to care about other people’s kids, too.  If your kid is getting a debt-free college education because of your family’s wealth, then you should fight like hell for every other kid to have the same opportunity.  If you don’t, you’re perpetuating the cycle of inequality” (10).

In the following interview with Megan Wildhood, published in The Sun, (February 2018, Issue 506, p. 6-14), Collins shares why we must recognize that we are all completely intertwined in ways we haven’t even begun to understand – and take personal action to support equality and justice – in nature , in community, with other sentient beings.

Please read the following link for Chuck Collins insights and good ideas:

“Separate and Unequal” 

https://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/506/separate-and-unequal>

Also, the most recent issue of Yes magazine focuses on affordable housing.  It’s a fabulous collection of examples of what is actually being done.  Included is Collins’ commentary:  “Make Them Pay:  The Global Wealth-Hiding, Ultra-Rich Elites”

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Chuck Collins

“Collins is a director of the Program on Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of several books, including 99 to 1 and Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good. His latest is Is Inequality in America Irreversible? (Polity Press).”  – from Yes! Summer 2018, No. 86, p. 37.

Yes! Affordable-Housing issue:  

Communities Creating Economical Homes, Protecting a Renter Nation, a Different American Dream:

 

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Images from “YES!” :

Read this fabulous issue for multiple solutions to the housing crisis.

What can you do to support and promote equality and justice where you live?

Aloha, Renée

Banner photo – http://issues.yesmagazine.org/issue/affordable-housing/theme.html

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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

One response to “Barry’s Gleanings: “Separate and Unequal: Chuck Collins on how wealth divides us””

  1. Rosita says :

    it’s pretty sad to know 😩 I hope things get better very soon, ‘cause no one deserves to live on streets. we all deserves decent places to live and call home. I hope USA’s government pay more attention to da unseen crisis..
    With love,
    R

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