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Trump Supporters: Why Our Attitude Towards Them Matters

Not Stupid. Not Crazy. Those are the two most important things for progressives to remember about rightwing people, says Chip Berlet. He has tracked U.S. far-right populist movements for the past 30 years, including going to the events of white nationalist groups and the Tea Party. If you want to understand them, and even more if you want to change their minds, you need to remember that they are sane people of normal intelligence who hold a different ideology than you do. Chip’s message advances Class Action’s mission of reducing classism, because stupid and crazy are two common stereotypes about... Read More

Trump One Year Later: Most of Us Live in Dread

I had a discussion with my doctor late spring 2017. I was having gastrointestinal issues, and I said to him that I kept wondering whether the anxiety that I felt about the Trump regime was affecting me physically. My doctor responded very seriously and with a straight face. He replied that many of his patients had been saying exactly the same thing ever since November 8, 2016. So, the first thing to acknowledge about one year into the Trump regime –and I use the word “regime” to convey that this is not just about Trump the individual – is that... Read More

President Trump, One Year Later

After 12 months that have felt like an eternity, Mr. Trump remains as greedy and volatile as ever. Donald Trump campaigned on the pledge to “Make America Great Again,” but he never did specify exactly who he wanted to make the country great for. After a year in office, we can deduce from his actions that Mr. Trump was really only concerned about helping his greedy billionaire peers. A year of Trump’s rule has done little for the well-being of working-class families. Meanwhile, the gap between the rich and poor has reached record-highs and are on track to continue to... Read More

Trump’s First Year: Did the Working-Class Benefit?

Donald Trump ran for president on a populist and inclusionary platform. As he campaigned across the country, he appealed to increasingly larger numbers of Americans who felt forgotten by the country’s policies and politicians. Despite the fact that he lost the popular vote by three million, there’s no doubt that he tapped into the visceral anger and disappointment of the working-class. When he and his top aides detailed his proposed plans, they promised that more Americans would share in what’s been characterized as the American dream – stable and dependable incomes, high-quality health care and education, and the ability to... Read More

“Homeless People Not Wanted Here”

They are all addicts, criminals, on drugs, mentally ill, dangerous and have made bad choices, unlike us.  That was the general sentiment of the people who showed up to protest a new homeless shelter in the community where I live. They might as well have put a sign out that read, Poor People Keep Out. It was so disheartening and sad for me to hear what privileged white people believe about people who do not have homes. I do not own a home, either. Is this what they think of me? Is my value as a human being solely based... Read More

Andy’s Story: Class and Homelessness

Before the year 2004, the word “classism” was not in my vocabulary. As a music teacher at a prestigious private elementary school and a private teacher of piano and voice, I schmoozed comfortably with those who could afford such high-quality education for their children. The fact that many of them lived in million dollar homes in the Bay Area suburbs of Hillsborough and Atherton, while I was only a renter, never seemed to enter the picture. But then, a misdiagnosed medical condition, mistreated by an ill-prescribed medication, cost me my job, my car, my rented room and every penny of... Read More

Let’s Dial Back 2017’s Extreme Classism

Classism Continued to Spin Out of Control in 2017 Again in 2017, Class Action asked people from across the United States to vote for the Most Classist Comment of the year. The “contest” is an extension of our work to raise awareness of the classism that is spinning out of control in the United States. U.S. Senator Charles (Chuck) E. Grassley’s comments denigrating average Americans (R-Iowa) was the “winner,” receiving 35.7% of the vote. During the first weekend in December, Iowa’s senior senator stated, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those... Read More

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s Statement Voted 2017 Most Classist Comment

For Immediate Release: December 31, 2017 Contact: Anne Phillips, 617.477.8635; Denise Moorehead, 781.608.4608 BOSTON – For the eighth consecutive year, Class Action has asked people from across the United States to nominate and then vote for the Most Classist Comment of the year. With 35.7% of the vote, U.S. Senator Charles (Chuck) E. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) comments denigrating average Americans is the 2017 top vote-getter. During the first weekend in December, Iowa’s senior senator stated, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have,... Read More