Felix Adler established America’s first free kindergarten for working families in the late 19th century. In the early 20th century, he led the first successful national campaign against child labor and came very close to achieving his egalitarian vision in the mid-20th century. Recently, we have moved in the completely opposite direction with the widening of the wealth gap making inequality in this country too obvious for anyone to ignore. How can we best turn things around? As Adler puts it, how can we tax away “pomp and pride and power”?

We are thrilled to have Sam Pizzigati, currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies Associate and former Director of Publishing at the National Education Association, answer these questions as our special guest for this All-Societies Platform. Sam will explore some of the fascinating new approaches to addressing inequality both here and abroad by demonstrating how the best way to chip away at this issue is to start locally.

We will also be joined by AEU Board President Khandra Sears, Vice President  Jé Hooper, and Philadelphia Ethical Society Leader Hugh Taft-Morales who will be our MC! Khandra will kick off this event with opening remarks and Jé will lead us through an interactive libations ceremony. Click on the links below to RSVP for what will be an amazing event. See you there!

About Our Speaker:

Sam Pizzigati is currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-editor of Inequality.org, an online portal that has been tracking global inequality for over 20 years. He was the Director of Publishing at the National Education Association, our country’s largest union, for over ten years. Sam is also an esteemed labor journalist with his op-eds appearing in outlets across the globe from The New York Times to Le Monde Diplomatique. He has written multiple books on inequality as well, exploring Adler’s story in his 2012 book, The Rich Don’t Always Win. To read his latest work, check out The Case for a Maximum Wage.