Upcoming Educational Program
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October 4th & 6th
Educational Program with Chuck Collins
Thursday, October 4th, 6-8 pm
Fort Lewis College Ballroom
REVERSING INEQUALITY: What is the Path Forward?
Thrive! Living Wage Coalition and Fort Lewis College Life Long Learning present author and activist Chuck Collins, as part of Thrive!’s 2018 Education Program. Collins is a “one percenter” whose life work addresses wealth inequality. Collins authored Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion including state and local leaders.
In his presentation, Collins will describe the historical inequality of our time, why inequality is growing, why it matters, and what we can do to address it. The panel discussion will include local and state leaders including bank CEO Kent Curtis, Reverend Katie Kandarian-Morris, economist Sarah Wilhelm, Durango City Council Member Dick White, and Bob Mook from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.
Collins’ work on inequality has been covered by The Nation, The Guardian, Forbes, International Business Times, Wired, Los Angeles Times, Politico, CNBC, Black Enterprise Magazine, and other national and international media outlets. His previous books include 99 to 1, Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.), and The Moral Measure of the Economy. He co-founded Wealth for the Common Good (now merged with the Patriotic Millionaires), United for a Fair Economy, and Divest-Invest.
Saturday, October 6th, 1-2 pm
Pine River Library, Bayfield
BORN ON THIRD BASE: Engaging Wealth & Power to Reverse Inequality
Thrive! Living Wage Coalition and Pine River Library will host author and activist Chuck Collins, as part of Thrive!’s 2018 Education Program. At this event Collins will discuss his book Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.
With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, inequality expert Chuck Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide. A divide that, for the first time in recent history: locks the nation’s youth into a future defined by their class and wealth at birth; limits our ability to address crises like climate change; and creates a world that no one, not even the rich, will ultimately want to live in. In Born on Third Base, Collins busts the myths that define our views of rich and poor, and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide and re-engaging the wealthy in rebuilding communities for a resilient future.
Saturday, October 6th, 4-6 pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango
INEQUALITY AND THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: A Faithful Response to Extreme Wealth Inequality
Thrive! Living Wage Coalition will host author and activist Chuck Collins, as part of Thrive!’s 2018 Education Program. At this event, Collins will explore how people of faith can respond to the extreme inequalities so pervasive in America. His presentation will be followed by a light meal and conversation.
The extreme inequality of income, wealth, and opportunity in America undermines everything we care about. The imbalance of wealth and power tears our communities apart, undermines trust and faith in democracy, supercharges the racial divide, and destabilizes the economy. How can we as people of faith respond to the challenges of a polarized economy and the resulting polarized politics? What are the cultural stories that justify inequality and how can we shift them? How can we crack open hearts and minds to come together to build an economy that works for everyone?
Welcome to Thrive!
Thrive! is a broad-based and diverse coalition of citizens in La Plata County, Colorado who care about the long-term economic health and social well-being of our community.
Our Mission is to enhance the quality of life in La Plata County through fair and just wages for all.
We envision La Plata County as a place where all workers are paid a living wage, enabling individuals, families and the community to thrive.
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