Targeting the Corporate Giants that Target Communities of Color to Extract Wealth

By | May 19, 2017

A new organization based in Chicago, the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE), aims to support groups pushing for structural change in our economy by targeting the “financial elite responsible for pillaging communities of color, devastating working class communities and harming our environment.” In this interview, the co-founders of ACRE, Maurice BP-Weeks and Saqib Bhatti, talk about how labor unions can leverage their bargaining power to improve communities, fighting Wall Street and how racist policies also hit white working-class communities.

The idea behind ACRE is that there is lots of really great economic justice work being done looking at the role that Wall Street plays in everyday people’s lives. But what we do is work that goes after Wall Street and corporations that we all know are extracting wealth from communities, with an explicitly racial justice lens. (Moyers & Company)

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