Voices from the Edge on 09-29-11 The Fraying of Oregon's Middle Class
The Fraying of Oregon's Middle Class
Good wages, benefits and a better life for your children were what most Americans expected in return for their hard day's work. But these pieces of the American dream are fast disappearing as living wage jobs disappear, hard-won benefits are lost and earnings remain flat. When Oregon's middle class starts to unravel, what happens to the rest of the economy?
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave speak with Jason Gettel, a policy analyst with Oregon Center for Public Policy that recently co-authored the report "The Fraying of Oregon's Middle Class" with Demos, a New York City-based research and advocacy institute. After years of economic pressure, has the middle class reached a tipping point from which it can't recover? Join us in the conversation.
Coming up: On Oct. 6, Voices from the Edge speaks with long-time organizer Eric Mann about his new book, Playbook for Progressives. On Oct. 20, award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast throw a light on the corrupt links between big oil and high finance that led to tragedies like the recent Gulf oil spill. And to hear from Palast about high-level wrongdoing, come to a special evening with Greg on Nov. 13, a benefit for KBOO and other community media (more about that to come).
Don't forget to follow Voices from the Edge on Facebook!