Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

“Inequality for All”

"Of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of income, and we're surging toward even greater inequality." 
- Robert B. Reich

Economic inequities and disparities are human rights issues we often discuss at Stowe Center Salons and programs, in particular the 2011 Call to Action programs planned in conjunction with Congressman John B. Larson and other community organizations. Hartford is a microcosm of the Untied States in the quote above: it is one of the wealthiest cities in the country as the Insurance Capital, yet has widespread social and economic inequities and poverty. 

Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Secretary of Labor under President Clinton, recently released "Inequality for All," a film about the economic inequalities across America. Reich stated that "One of the best ways to help people understand the challenges we face, is with a movie that can grab an audience and move them to action. And this movie will do exactly that." Check out the preview for his film below:

InequalityForAll.com shares more information about Reich's work and the film, and features an interactive "Take Action" page which helps you determine the best way for you to take action around issues of economic inequality. Which step will you take to make change? Share your comments below!

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