This Week’s Recommended Reads—and Listens—Expand our View of our World

Article published on august 26, 2022

This week, we’re sharing thoughtful reads from a range of sources that help us understand the issues and ideas that shape our Union world.

Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together and one of the architects of the Race Class Narrative, has a new podcast.

Our recommended episode features Terrence Wise, a black McDonald’s employee, and Bridget Hughes, a white woman working at Burger King; neither saw a way out of their dead-end jobs until they joined the Fight for $15 movement for a living wage. These improbable modern-day labor leaders share the story of their friendship and how they came to see racism as the common enemy in the battle against poverty in America

Click here to listen to The Sum of Us podcast.

We’re all aware of the headlines surrounding President Biden’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act. It has the potential to impact many of the working families across the nation. Those headlines include expanded Medicare benefits, lower energy costs, and reduced health care costs in the ACA marketplace, among others.

The benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act are many, and this week we’re providing some links to White House Fact Sheets that offer details:

Fact Sheet: read about lower healthcare costs (state by state)

Fact Sheet: read about support for Black and Latino communities

Fact Sheet: how the Act benefits working families of all races

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