To promote awareness of how widening inequality threatens the average person and the health of the economy, The Lake Street Church Peace and Justice Committee and Rev. Steve Van Kuiken will host a screening of the documentary, Inequality for All, on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at the church’s MacLeish Hall, at 607 Lake St., Evanston.
A half hour discussion for action will immediately follow the screening.
The film, by Jacob Kornbluth, features the insights and work of best-selling author, economist Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at University of California Berkeley, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, and frequent broadcast commentator.
The film includes interviews with Reich, workers and business people, graphics of declining middle and working class income while leaps in wealth and economic power accrue for few people, along with the laws, practices, rulings and deregulations that have led to the situation.
In its review of the film, USA Today noted, “eerie parallels between the financial crashes of 1929 and 2008, where a widening gap between rich and poor helped destabilize the economy.”
Low wages in the fast food industry, for example, cost taxpayers $7B annually in public assistance programs for these employed workers, according to a study cited recently in the Chicago Tribune’s “Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry.”
Reich and others suggest remedies that require policy changes and legislation that will demand increased citizen involvement and volume.
Lake Street Church has invited area civic leaders to attend, and is joined by the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, The St. Nicholas Parish Peace and Justice Committee, the Unitarian Church of Evanston's Peace and Justice Committee, area universities and other groups in inviting members, students and friends to attend and discuss the issues and next steps.
A $3 donation is suggested to cover the cost of leasing the film, although not required to attend.
Doors open at 1:40 p.m. with over 100 people expected to attend.
For more on the film, visit www.inequalityforall.com. For more information on Lake Street Church, its prgorams and mission, visit www.lakestreet.org or call 847-864-2181.