San Antonio Area: Toxic Inequality – Confronting the Racial Wealth Gap

Join San Antonio Area AFN and renowned sociologist Dr. Thomas M. Shapiro to discuss the ideas and findings in his new book, Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future .

Since the Great Recession, most Americans’ standard of living has stagnated or declined. Economic inequality is at historic highs. But inequality’s impact differs by race; African Americans’ net wealth is just a tenth that of white Americans, and over recent decades, this gap has continued to widen. In our increasingly diverse nation, Shapiro argues wealth disparities must be understood in tandem […]

Why the Solutions to Economic Mobility Are Local


In 1940, 92 percent of kids in America could grow up to do better than their parents, economically-speaking. Today, that’s just 50 percent. The American Dream, in other words, comes down to a coin toss. This issue, it turns out, really comes down to the neighborhood inequalities.

“While this is a daunting national trend, its roots are really at the local level,”says Raj Chetty, an economist at Stanford University, speaking at CityLab Paris , an annual convening of city leaders. And because each locale has its own constellation of problems dragging down its residents, solutions need to be data-driven and […]

LSU gets millions in BP oil settlement money to study how to make drilling in Gulf safer

Billions at stake as latest phase of BP civil trial opens _lowres

Louisiana researchers are getting the lion’s share of $10.8 million of BP oil settlement money to figure out ways to make offshore drilling safer and prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced the distribution of the $10.8 million in awards on Thursday, with LSU engineering professor Wesley … ( continue reading )
Associated Press file photo — In this April 21, 2010, file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Louisiana researchers are […]

Wealth inequality has been widening for millennia

A flower seller looks for possible buyers at a seafront in Mumbai June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Arko Datta (INDIA)

Nothing new … the gap between rich and poor goes back hundreds of years, finds study The debate about social inequality across the world has intensified in the past few years.

In particular, the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States have been seen as outpourings of rage by the “left behind" communities that feel ignored by powerful “elites”.

The argument was reignited by a vote in the US senate on 1 December to pass tax reforms that include scrapping inheritance taxes for the wealthiest and reducing corporation […]

LSU gets millions in BP oil settlement money to study how to make drilling in Gulf safer

Billions at stake as latest phase of BP civil trial opens _lowres

Louisiana researchers are getting the lion’s share of $10.8 million of BP oil settlement money to figure out ways to make offshore drilling safer and prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced the distribution of the $10.8 million in awards on Thursday, with LSU engineering professor Wesley … ( continue reading )
Associated Press file photo — In this April 21, 2010, file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Louisiana researchers are […]

LSU gets millions in BP oil settlement money to study how to make drilling in Gulf safer

Billions at stake as latest phase of BP civil trial opens _lowres

Louisiana researchers are getting the lion’s share of $10.8 million of BP oil settlement money to figure out ways to make offshore drilling safer and prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced the distribution of the $10.8 million in awards on Thursday, with LSU engineering professor Wesley … ( continue reading )
Associated Press file photo — In this April 21, 2010, file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Louisiana researchers are […]

The BP Oil Spill Settlement Is Wrong For America!


To the Editor:

The BP Oil Spill Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL 2179") officially started on August 10, 2010. The Transfer Order issued on that date by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("JPML") clearly states: "…centralization may also facilitate closer coordination with Kenneth Feinberg’s administration of the BP compensation fund." From the very beginning, the purpose of MDL 2179 was to replace democratic adversarial litigation with a fund approach to compensating victims of the BP oil spill. The vast majority of BP oil spill victims will never have their day in court. Judicial economy, rather than justice, was the […]

LSU gets millions in BP oil settlement money to study how to make drilling in Gulf safer

Billions at stake as latest phase of BP civil trial opens _lowres

Louisiana researchers are getting the lion’s share of $10.8 million of BP oil settlement money to figure out ways to make offshore drilling safer and prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced the distribution of the $10.8 million in awards on Thursday, with LSU engineering professor Wesley … ( continue reading )
Associated Press file photo — In this April 21, 2010, file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Louisiana researchers are […]

LSU gets millions in BP oil settlement money to study how to make drilling in Gulf safer

Louisiana researchers are getting the lion’s share of $10.8 million of BP oil settlement money to figure out ways to make offshore drilling safer and prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced the distribution of the $10.8 million in awards on Thursday, with LSU engineering professor Wesley … ( continue reading )

LSU gets millions in BP oil settlement money to study how to make drilling in Gulf safer

Billions at stake as latest phase of BP civil trial opens _lowres

Louisiana researchers are getting the lion’s share of $10.8 million of BP oil settlement money to figure out ways to make offshore drilling safer and prevent disasters like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced the distribution of the $10.8 million in awards on Thursday, with LSU engineering professor Wesley … ( continue reading )
Associated Press file photo — In this April 21, 2010, file image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Louisiana researchers are […]