“What Happened to the American Dream?” A Discussion with Les Leopold about Runaway Inequality
As part of its effort to conduct educational outreach in the community, the Southeastern North Carolina Central Labor Council (CLC) teamed up with the Wilmington Progressive Book Club and UNCW Departments of Sociology & Criminology, Psychology, and Communication Studies to welcome labor activist Les Leopold to Wilmington, North Carolina, in September.
Les Leopold came to Wilmington to give two presentations about his most recent book, Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice, which documents the now well-established pattern of growing income and wealth inequality in the United States since 1980.
During his presentations just as in the book, Leopold connected growing inequality to some of the most pressing social issues of the day – from mass incarceration to environmental degradation to lack of access to affordable health care – making the case that runaway inequality is the ultimate culprit in the demise of the American dream, as well as our current economic and political crisis.
Thanks to volunteer videographer Bryan Kupko, you can now watch the full video of Leopold’s presentation at the International Longshoremen Local 1426 union hall!
In addition to being co-founder and executive director of The Labor Institute, Les Leopold is an author of four books and numerous articles for outlets such as The Huffington Post, Truthout, Alternet, In These Times, and Common Dreams.
Visit https://runawayinequality.org/ for more information about the book and how you can join the fight against runaway inequality.
For more information about how you and your union can become involved in the Wilmington AFL-CIO chapter, contact Southeastern North Carolina CLC President Herb Harton at (910) 791-3643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.