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Inequality in Silicon Valley Salon

For this salon we will base our discussion in a very interesting report called "life in the valley economy- saving the middle class: lessons from silicon valley 2012" which highlights the inequality as highlighted by occupy.

We will focus on the Summary and Intro, the report is online for download at http://www.wpusa.org/LIVE

See you there!


Some key findings

- from 2000 to 2012 real median household income fell by 19.5%
- latino and african american household fared even worse - each experienced a drop of 29%
- the portion of silicon valley households in the secure middle class dropped from 62 to 55%while the number of households making less than$10,000 more than doubled
- by[masked] out of 3 households in santa clara county had an income too low to meet the basic standard of self sufficiency

- inequality is now reaching levels that threaten silicon valley's famed engine of growth. the region has not added a single new net job in 16 years  (not to mention it is wrong and unfair)

recently san jose passed a new minimum wage

 

 

 

Occupy Salon

From the ancient Greek symposia to Gertrude Stein's famous Paris gatherings, salons have always been the incubators of provocative-at times even dangerous-ideas: the frontiers of cultural change. People who might elsewhere have been socially ostracized were included in salons, welcomed for their wit, intelligence, charm, and insight. And passionate conversation often led to passionate action.

This salon is ongoing on a weekly basis, Tuesdays at 7:30pm. This will be a space for all community members, Politically Inspired book clubbers, and Occupiers to come together to get to know one another, engage in meaningful dialogue, learn collaboratively, and create a shared vision for the future. Each week may have a different theme, question, or reading that we wish to discuss together.

 


What is a salon?

A salon is a gathering of people from living rooms to bookstores, they ar held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase knowledge through conversation.

These gatherings often consciously followed Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently, in urban settings, among like-minded people.

Salons were at 'the very heart of the philosophic community' and thus integral to the process of Enlightenment. In the past, present, and future!

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  • Jules B.

    We're meeting at the Red Rock Cafe

    December 3, 2012

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