Reich's 'Inequality for All' plays Keuka

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Inequality for All, the award-winning documentary featuring former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, will be screened Thursday, Feb. 20, at Keuka College.

The film will be shown at 5 p.m. in Jephson 104 and will be followed by a national webcast in which Reich will participate. It is free and open to the public.

Inequality for All "does for income disparity what An Inconvenient Truth did for climate change, according to Variety. It won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film is an intimate portrait of Reich, who has overcome a great deal of personal adversity and whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each of us.

"I want to help people understand the economic truth because they are stressed, angry, and frustrated, and the tide is only rising on that front," said Reich. "Their debt obligations are staggering, yet—if lucky enough to have a job—they're working harder and longer than ever before. People need to understand what's happening to them, because from their perspective, the picture looks pretty bleak."

Founding editor of American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause, Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. The author of 13 books, including the best-sellers "Aftershock" and "The Work of Nations," Reich's latest, "Beyond Outrage," is now in paperback. Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century.

"This movie is critically important," said Reich, "[as it] exposes the heart of our economic problem. I've spent most of my working life concerned about what's happening to American workers—their jobs, their wages, their hopes and fears.

"We're in the biggest economic slump since the Great Depression," added Reich, "and we can't seem to get out of it. Why? Because, exactly as in the 1920s, so much of the nation's income and wealth are going to the top, that the vast middle class doesn't have the purchasing power to keep the economy going."

Added Reich: "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."