Festival of the Book – Update

Local Organizations to Address Economic Inequality!

Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace (CLUJP) is an organization committed to building a just and peaceful society. For the past year, we’ve studied the issue of economic inequality and are ready to move to the next level.

This group, in collaboration and partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book, will be addressing the issue of economic inequality in the spring of 2017. Nobel Laureate, Joseph Stiglitz will be the featured presenter and a panel of authors will speak to various issues related to the challenges of inequality that we face as a nation – be they low wages, health care, education/training, jobs, physical health or life expectancy.

Action will follow the Festival of the Book!

Movement toward a more just community is our primary goal! Partnering with similarly motivated organizations in the Charlottesville area, CLUJP will engage in dialogue with groups currently concerned about facets of inequality, searching for ways to support their work as well as to create other needed actions. We acknowledge that long-standing problems will not be solved easily or quickly. It will take concerted effort over time on the part of many individuals and organizations to make changes that will have an impactful and lasting effect on our community.

What you can do

We invite you to attend the economic inequality programs at the Festival of the Book on Friday, March 24, 2017, including a Friday afternoon program with authors in an engaging conversation moderated by award-winning journalist, Frank Sesno, followed by a presentation that evening by Joseph Stiglitz, author of The Great Divide and numerous other books. In the months following the Festival, we invite you to join members of the Charlottesville community as we explore local solutions to the reality of economic inequality.

Ticket information for the Stiglitz program

 “Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger”               From the Spirit Level   by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett