Forum screens ‘Inequality for All’

May 08, 2014
Robert Reich stars in the documentary “Inequality for All.”

Belfast — The acclaimed documentary "Inequality for All," which explores why the United States has the biggest gap between rich and poor of any industrialized nation, will be shown Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

The 2013 film asks crucial questions such as what has happened to the middle class? How did we go from a national economy that was lifting almost all boats to one where only the super wealthy are doing well? And what is going on and what can we do about it?

The award-winning film features Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary during the Clinton presidency. Reich entertainingly explains why almost all the income growth in the past two decades has gone to the top 5 percent, and especially the top 1 percent, while those in the bottom half of the income classes are barely able to pay their bills. Reich also explains how the massive concentration of wealth by a few hurts our economy, especially most working people, and describes what he sees as the erosion of our democratic system. However, Reich also sees bright spots and strategies for reversing these trends.

The film showing is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County and is part of its monthly community forum series. Admission is free, and a discussion will follow the film. For more information, call 525-7776.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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