May 6, 2015: Racial Wealth Gap Webinar; Tax Code and Inequality; and Equity Summit 2015

WEBINAR: The Racial Wealth Gap: Why Policy Matters

Join the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) and Dēmos for a webinar on Thursday, May 7 (10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m. ET) for an introduction to the Racial Wealth Audit. This new tool prepares advocates and policymakers to reduce the racial wealth gap through policy analysis and design. Webinar speakers include: Tom Shapiro, Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy and Director of IASP; Catherine Ruetschlin, Senior Policy Analyst at Dēmos, and Anne Price, Managing Program Director and Chief Asset Building Officer at Insight Center for Community Economic Development.

Learn more about this webinar and register.

VIDEO: How Much Does the Tax Code Reduce Inequality?

Recently, David Wessel of Brookings released a three-minute video, using legos, to illustrate just how unequal the U.S. is before taxes and how much the tax code changes that. According to Brookings, “the government takes more from best-off than from those at the bottom. The average after-tax income of the top quintile ($229,360) is about 17 times that of the bottom ($13,809.) In other words, the U.S. tax system does reduce inequality, but there’s still a lot of it left after taxes.”

Watch the video.

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Equity Summit 2015: All In for Inclusion, Justice, and Prosperity

Join thousands of committed advocates and leaders from Ferguson to New Orleans, Minneapolis to New York, and all points in between, for Equity Summit 2015 — your chance to craft and fortify the next wave of strategies and actions to achieve just and fair inclusion. Be part of the multiracial, multigenerational, multisector movement for equity that is spreading across the country. Come to Los Angeles, October 27-29, 2015, to meet and gain new insights from local leaders at the forefront of change. Register today.

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Join us today and every Wednesday in lifting up solutions, strategies, and new research by tweeting and sending the Access team news, research, infographics, and any related information for us to share via social media and on our website. We hope that you can join us in using the hashtag #wealthgapweds as you tweet out your messages on financial security-related issues.