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Income inequality in the U.S. is the highest of all the G7 nations, and the wealth gap between America’s richest and poorer families more than doubled from 1989 to 2016. This hierarchy of power gives control to the rich, while leaving the rest to fend for themselves without support or voice. ALOUD’s Power and Value series will kick-off with a program that unpacks America’s income gap with professor, author, and political commentator Robert Reich and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, an American Protestant minister and political activist. From elections to media and entertainment, how does the imbalance of income and representation impact our society?  Join us for a change-making conversation with these two powerful voices about how to create a more equitable democracy.

Robert Reich

Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into twenty-two languages, and the best sellers The Common GoodSaving CapitalismSupercapitalism, and Locked in the Cabinet. His articles have appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and he writes a weekly column for The Guardian and Newsweek. He is co-creator of the award-winning film Inequality for All, and the Netflix original Saving Capitalism, and co-founder of Inequality Media. He lives in Berkeley and blogs at robertreich.org.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Sr. Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: Bishop with the College of Affirming Bishops and Faith Leaders; Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the author of three books. Rev. Dr. Barber is also the architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement, and on February 11, 2017, he led the largest moral march in North Carolina history, with over 80,000 people calling on their elected officials to embrace a moral public policy agenda.  A highly sought after speaker, Rev. Dr. Barber has given keynote addresses at hundreds of national and state conferences, including the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Rev. Dr. Barber currently sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors. A former Mel King Fellow at MIT, he is Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary and is a Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. He is the 2015 recipient of the Puffin Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award.

Event image: Robert Reich’s “The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It” book jacket.
Photo credit: Robert Reich © Delaney Inamine

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