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Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America

The following are video highlights of symposium presented by the Economic Justice Forum of PACG on November 22, 2014 at Augustana College.

Keynote presentation by journalist David Cay Johnston

Remarks by Davenport, Iowa Mayor Bill Gluba

David Cay Johnston – Press Conference on November 21

David Cay Johnston Will Keynote the Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America – November 22

Who is David Cay Johnston?

He’s a prolific Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author writing for Newsweek, Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Common Dreams, Democracy Now, The National Memo and several tax journals. He wrote for the New York Times for over 13 years along with the Detroit Free Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the LA Times. He’s a regular contributor on many of MSNBC’s programs. Among his books are:

Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality (2014)

The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use “Plain English” to Rob You Blind

Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense and Stick You With The Bill (2007)

Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super-Rich–and Cheat Everybody Else (2003)

Temples of Chance: How America Inc. Bought Out Murder Inc. to Win Control of the Casino Business (1992)

Event Schedule

November 21st, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM: David Cay Johnston Press Conference/Editorial Board Interviews/Meet & Greet with QCA business and giving communities

Location: Fresh Deli at the Freight House 421 W River Dr. – Davenport, Iowa
Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba welcome to Quad Cities, David discusses Impact of Wealth Disparity on Business and Philanthropy

November 22nd, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM: Symposium on the Impact of Wealth Disparity on America

Location: Augustana College, Olin Hall – Rock Island, Illinois
Moderated by Morning News Anchor Emily Scarlett (TV4) and featuring Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston, Keynote Speaker. Break-out sessions with Augustana College Dean Dr. Pareena Lawrence, Rev. Dwight Ford, Dr. Christopher Whitt, Mayor Bill Gluba, Dr. Keri Manning with other thought-leaders from the greater QCA community.

11:00 AM: Concurrent Break-out sessions
Topics include:
– Political and Governmental Elements of Wealth Disparity: Government has long been seen as playing an integral role in alleviating poverty. Political efforts have had different effects on government over time.
– Poverty on the Community Level: What is the “big picture” in the QCA
– Poverty Issues in K – 12 Education: How do our schools deal with poverty? What are they seeing?
– Long Term Inter-Generational Poverty: What is it’s grip on our society? What do we need to do to break that grip?
– The Economy: What is the impact of wealth disparity on business? On the Gross Domestic Product? On the overall direction of the economy?
– Poverty Consciousness: What is the psychology and sociology of wealth disparity? What is the relationship with the legal system?

12:30 – 1:30 PM: Roundtable/Closing Discussion

There is limited seating for a dinner with David Cay Johnston on Friday evening, November 21st. Start Time will be 6:30 PM. Tickets are $15. Contact Bob Babcock at PACG.EJF@gmail.com for tickets.

Dick Fallow Endowment for Social Justice

Grant Applications are Now Being Accepted!

Each year, we will open up a one month period for accepting grant applications, beginning October 1st and ending October 31st. The first year, we will issue one grant for $700. In subsequent years, as the endowment grows, we shall issue three grants per year, one in each of the following categories: Labor/Economic Justice, Environmental/Sustainability, and Democracy/Human Rights.

Once grants are submitted, beginning November 1st, a grant selection committee composed of people selected by the Dick Fallow Fund Grants Subcommittee will evaluate all applications. They will develop a rubric for decision making and make their decision no later than November 15th. In the first year (2014) only one grant will be issued. In subsequent years, three grants will be issued in each of the following categories: Labor/Economic Justice, Environment/Sustainability, and Democracy/Human Rights.

The Dick Fallow Fund Grant Subcommittee will forward their decision to the Board of Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) for final approval.

More Information and Grant Application:

Grant Structure

Grant Application

PACG Picnic Information

PACG Message to our membership

Are you ready for some R&R? Then you must have marked this coming Saturday, September 13, 12-3, on your calendar. We’ll be at Garfield Park in Davenport, 1224 E. 29 St. Here’s a link to a park map:


We’ll be in the shelter next to the Collins House.

We still need volunteers and pie donors (see info in last week’s e-mail–below).

We also hope you’ll use this link to send the flyer to individuals and organizations that you think would like to join us:

PACG Picnc flyer 2014

See you on Saturday!

Karen Metcalf

Great March for Climate Action Rally After Action Report

PACG Environmental Forum
LeClaire Park, Davenport

Great March for Climate Action
climate march bake auction

Cheers and jeers

There are many, many people to thank for the warm and open-hearted welcome that the Climate Marchers received on August 24 when they trod their way into the Quad Cities; our community was but one stop of many on their mission to walk coast to coast to raise awareness of the deepening climate crisis.

The good news is that members of the PACG Environmental Forum were able to solicit dozens of volunteers and organizations to provide lodging, food, transportation, speaking venues, a lunch and a rally, and finally, an early morning send off, all of which we hope served to make the Marchers’ stay both productive and memorable.  Special thanks go to Alice Traylor and Anne Corbi, whose hard work and organizational skills made all of this possible.


We offer our heartfelt thanks to all the other volunteers and organizations that helped. We also want to let everyone know that, along with many good memories that the marchers took with them, they also took about $2,200 in donations, which helped get them to Chicago. In addition, thanks to those of you who reached out to individual marchers to help them with personal needs like shoes and clothing.  We can indeed be thankful that we live in such a generous and kind community.


The bad news, for me, is that even though we had a nice turn-out (150 or so) for the rally on a blistering hot day, the baseball stadium next to us had a game at the same time with perhaps three or four thousand people in attendance.  Why do I say this is bad news?


Because time is running out! The warnings from our scientists become more dire and urgent by the day. We do not have hundreds of years or even decades to take meaningful action on climate change. Those thousands at the ball park who believed that they were being responsible parents by taking their kids out to a great family pastime must be made to understand that while they go about their daily routines, the future is being stolen from their children. And it is becoming clearer by the minute that this may include the very survival of the people they love the most. Neither in my lifetime, nor in the lifetime of any human being that has ever lived, has anything posed such a clear threat to our survival–not nuclear weapons, not pandemics, not meteor strikes–and here’s the deal: the laws of physics do not care what your political or philosophical beliefs are.  If we continue to add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, the planet will warm past the point of being able to sustain life. It really is that simple.


Join us!

Bill Sherwood
PACG Environmental Forum Facilitator