February 2015 Enews

DM NATIONAL STUDENT SUMMIT...CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...IDEA OF THE MONTH...MONEY ON MY MIND...FIGHTING BACK AGAINST BIG MONEY IN POLITICS...FACTS YOU CAN USE THE DEMOCRACY MATTERS NATIONAL STUDENT SUMMIT The fantastic Democracy Matters Summit drew activists from California, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and more. We spent two exciting days strategizing, sharing ideas, networking, and learning from experts and each other. A few highlights included a talk by DM founder Adonal Foyle, a luncheon keynote address by Fordham University Law Professor Zephyr Teachout who ran for NY Governor in 2014, as well as interactive workshops on lobbying, using social media, organizing S.M.A.R.T events, and building great DM chapters. Everyone left inspired to bring all the creative ideas that they had learned back to their campuses and continue to build the movement to get ... Read More

To Whom are They Listening?

The most important domestic issue facing the United States is the inexorable growth in income inequality. Calculations provided by Emmanuel Saez reveal that over the two decades from 1993 to 2013, the top 1% of the income distribution experienced a 62.4% increase in income. Everyone else saw their income grow by only 7.3%. Nearly three-fifths (59%) of the overall growth of income that occurred in these years was received by a tiny fraction of the country’s population. 1. Insight into what Americans think about this growth in inequality is provided in a poll taken by the Pew Research Center in January 2014. 2. It reported that 69% of respondents agreed that the government should do “a lot” (43%) or “some” (26%) to reduce the gap between the rich and the rest of the population. What is even more telling, 67% thought that the government can do “a lot” (38%) or “some” ... Read More