Talk by author Chuck Collins, author of “Born on Third Base”



    “Collins, author of “Born on Third Base” gave away his family fortune at age 26 and now works with, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation.
    In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.”

    Sponsored by Progressive Democrats of America
    and PDoSA Democratic Club

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    Address: 750 S. Tucson Blvd.-IBEW Hall
    City: Tucson
    Zip: 85716

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 45 people in attendance to hear Chuck speak tonight, how he gave away his inheritance (from Oscar Mayer grandfather) while working with mobile home park owners to collectively purchase the land (using their life savings). He spoke of his white privilege, and how right after that his home burned down but he got help from these same mobile home owners. His talk tonight was about the “extraordinary inequality” existing today in America, where the billionares, the “100 richest white people have as much as the entire African American population in US.” We are creating an “apartheid society”, with regressive populism (scapegoating) and polarized populism. Unfortunately a barrier is that people believe that wealthy deserve their wealth by working for it. Need to put effective estate tax on the rich, with a moral responsibility for wealthy to pay back society.Questions/statements from the audience were about effectiveness of raising minimum wage, obligation to pay redress to African Americans slaves?, an American Spring, how change Trump supporters (status quo vs. disruption), philantropy by Foundations, media bias, the upcoming National General Strike, lack of power of labor (low wages) in global economy vs. American labor pay scales. Read his book to find out more. Ward 3 Council candidates Felicia Chew and Paul Durham both in attendance, spoke briefly before Chuck’s talk.


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