Free Screening: Documentary ‘Inequality For All’
The Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center, a non-profit grass-roots organization, will be screening the powerful documentary film ‘Inequality for All’, free of charge, at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School Street, Bennington, Vt. An unexpected hit at the 2013 Sundance film festival, the film won rave reviews and the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.
Although it was shown earlier this year at Mount Anthony High School, the Peace and Justice Center believes that the film’s message – that US economic policies have abandoned the middle classes while making the super-rich richer – needs to be heard again. For most Americans, in inflation–adjusted terms, incomes are back to the average income of 1966. Shockingly, from 2009 to 2011, the top one percent got 121 percent of the income gains while the bottom 99 percent saw their income fall.
Starring Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, ‘Inequality for All’ describes what’s going on, how it happened and why the super-rich, the “one per cent”, take more and more of the nation’s wealth. It shows how the middle classes have come to have a smaller and smaller portion of the economic pie while half of the total US assets are now owned by just 400 people. Reich argues that these conditions have been getting worse and worse for over 30 years and that this is not just a threat to the economy, but also to democracy.
The GBPJC is committed to working to advance peace and justice both locally and globally, and meets at 6:15 PM on the first Thursday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 108 School Street, Bennington.