A People's Pathway to Equity
A Learning Guide
A People’s Pathway to Equity: A Learning Guide
Across the following four chapters, you’ll explore insights gathered by the 400 Years of Inequality Coalition from over five years of learning and organizing together. Here, you will engage with the ideas, tools, and activities that are most critical to understanding and dismantling inequity in the United States.
These key concepts and multimedia activities will introduce you to people from a range of places and backgrounds who have boldly embarked on the pathway to equity.
Throughout your journey you will:
Explore the ongoing ecology of inequality in the U.S.
Define moral fusion coalition
Understand the Seven Sins of Inequality
Discover what you are FOR
Start the path toward collective recovery
This site was designed by 400 Years of Inequality coalition members, an interdisciplinary group of scholars, activists, artist, and educators.
Use this guide to facilitate conversations about structural inequality and practices of community organizing and coalition building. These tools can be used in the classroom, at work, or in your community.
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Contemplating 400 Years
In order to critically engage with these last 400 years of inequality, you must be rooted and present.
Let Dr. Angel Acosta and flautist Margaux Simmons guide you in a contemplative meditation meant to prepare you for your journey.
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1. The 400 Years Timeline
It is tempting to view history as a description of what happened rather than what is. In order to form a moral fusion coalition and dismantle America’s long-running ecology of inequality, you must know its history.
Explore the 400 Years Timeline with its many reflections on these concepts.
2. The Seven Sins of Inequality
What does inequality in the U.S. look like?
Listen to Reverend Barber–an acclaimed civil rights leader–lay out the “Seven Sins” impeding equality in America. These strategies for structural oppression are rooted in slavery and still very present to this day.
3. Finding What You’re FOR
Action requires conviction. It is important to develop a clear vision of what you are FOR, rooted in what you love. Explore examples of folks fighting for what they love, all over the world.
4. A Moral Fusion Coalition is Collective Recovery
Inequality thrives in a separatist world. Learn how to form a moral fusion coalition and utilize collective recovery as a way to heal together as we organize for what we love.