The Color Of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide featuring author Meizhu Lui.
Lui, Executive Director of United for a Fair Economy, a national nonpartisan organization that campaigns against growing income and wealth inequality and inspires action to reduce economic inequality, makes the case that until government policy tackles disparities in wealth, not just income, the country will never have racial or economic justice. Recounting the asset-building histories of Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and European Americans, The Color of Wealth is a uniquely comprehensive multicultural history of American wealth.
This event was co-hosted by United for a Fair Economy, about which John Nichols wrote in The Nation, "United for a Fair Economy is the single most effective group in the country when it comes to publicizing issues of economic injustice and the racial underpinnings of the gap between rich and poor."
Meizhu Lui co-authored The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the Racial Wealth Divide, and UFEâ€™s annual â€œState of the Dreamâ€ reports. Her articles appear in the Wealth Inequality Reader and Inequality Matters.
Meizhu was a Boston City Hospital kitchen worker for 20 years, rising from the ranks to become President of AFSCME Local 1489. The local tackled tough issues likemaintaining affirmative action gains during lay-offs. In 1993 Meizhu became an organizer for Health Care For All, building a multi-ethnic coalition that challenged Bostonâ€™s hospitals to fund community driven health projects.
Meizhu serves on the Center for American Progressâ€™ National Initiative to End Poverty. She is a Trustee of the Hyams Foundation. Her work has been honored by the YWCA, the Immigrant Workersâ€™ Resource Center, Mass Senior Action Council, and the Boston Womenâ€™s Fund.
Meizhu is a long-time member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization, a national organization well known for its participation in struggles for fundamental social change, against racism, and for a strong left.