Mark your calendar for the upcoming Dinner Meeting to be held at 5 PM, Sunday, March 23rd. Instead of having a speaker this month, we will take the time for members to get reconnected or acquainted with those who have joined us in recent months.
Also, a thought provoking video of a PBS program will be shown in which Bill Moyers interviews former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, who had been involved with producing the documentary film Inequality For All that opened in theaters across the country last September. Bill Moyers did a great job in his interview of Robert Reich, as he raised pointed questions on the facts, the reasons, and proposed solutions to the problems of Income Inequality.
This video will sure to evoke lively discussion among the audience afterwards. Meanwhile, here are some points to reflect upon before the meeting:
Over the last thirty years before the latest recession, the U.S. economy doubled, but these gains went to the very few at the top
The top 1% of earners now take in more than 20% of all income—three times what they did in 1970
The 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined
Between 2009 and 2012 the incomes of the top 1 percent grew by 31.4 percent while those of the bottom 99 percent grew only by 0.4 percent
Today, incomes in the U.S. are more unequal than in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom
In this richest of countries, more than 40 million people are living in poverty
At some point in their childhoods, half of America's children will rely on food stamps to eat
The matter of raising the minimum wage and closing the tax loopholes that benefitted big corporations and the wealthy
See the attached document, entitled “Ten Reasons to Care about Economic Inequality”
We look forward to everyone attending this meeting, and to contribute their thoughts on the inequality issue.
Dinner and Socializing will be from 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM.
Program will start at 6:30 PM.
• Buffet $9.65 incl. tax (beverage extra except for hot tea)
• Order individual entrée from the menu
RSVP appreciated by email and/or on our Meetup website http://atheists.meetup.com/453 to provide an approximate headcount.
Join us for another evening of discussion and fun.
Jim Hong, Director
Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists
American Atheists Affiliate
"An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated."
…….Madalyn Murray O’Hair