Created Equal links

Here are all the web links suggested in Created Equal, in the order they appear in the curriculum. Hope you find some of them perfect for your purposes!


Table of Contents

First Things First
1. What Makes People Happy? What Makes People Powerful?
2. Can Money Buy Happiness? Can Money Buy Power?
3. Why Do Some People Have More Money Than Others?
4. Can Everyone Achieve the American Dream If They Try?
5. What Is the Role and Responsibility of Our Government?
6. How Do Systems Advantage Some and Disadvantage Others Based on Class?
7. What’s Being Done About Classism?
8. What Can I Do? I’m Just a Teen”
9. What Do You Think?
10. What’s Enough?
For Adults in the Community

First Things First


California Teens Organize Against the ‘War on Youth’

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This article which analyzes the role of the media in the “tough on crime” campaign

1. What Makes People Happy? What makes people


Are You What You Wear? Take 2

Resources on Nikki Lee:

Photographs from Projects: This is a website for Lee’s gallery and features excerpts from Projects. You can click “Next” to move through the photographs available.

Other photos can be found on the website for the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago here or at ArtNet

Video interview with Nikki S. Lee    7:00

In this video, Lee describes her works, Projects, Parts, Layers and a fake documentary called A.K.A Nikki S. Lee.  She talks about Projects (1:00-3:00) while the rest of the video talks about her understanding of identity and the other work she has done to explore identity.

Mapping Your Neighborhood

Resources on Mark Bradford

His website:

Art21-Chapter 3: Collage and Decollage 6:58 (1:13-14:30)

The PBS video series Art21 features contemporary artists in episodes organized by theme. The segment on Mark Bradford features the artist discussing a wide range work including his collages, installations, and videos.  (Click on “watch now” on the left of the website.)       1:30

A short video made in response to the artist winning the MacArthur Award-a $500,000 fellowship (no-strings-attached) for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity. It provides a way to understand what kinds of materials he uses and how he uses them.

All I Want for Christmas is to Graduate

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2. Can Money Buy Happiness? Can Money Buy


The Story of Stuff

Phone Story

Available on Android for $.99

113: Windfall

Podcast: This American Life (
Episode 13

Bat Mitzvah Video Project Explores Class

Watch the entire 11 minute film here:

Hard copies of Enough andd the teaching guide, are available from Class Action. It is also included as a teaching resource in this curriculum.


3. Why Do Some People Have More Money Than


The Sound of Wealth

“YouTube video published on July 10, 2013 was inspired by United for a Fair Economy*”

To see the original video,

United for a Fair Economy


Mingle: Why do some people have more money than other people?

Based on the work of Training for Change*

*Training for Change has been increasing capacity around the world for activist training since 1992, helping groups stand up more effectively for justice, peace and the environment. They specialize in training trainers, to create a ripple effect in quality activist training and have lots of great activities on their website under ‘tools’.


Middle Schoolers Protest Trader Joe’s

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4. Can Everyone Achieve the American Dream If
They Work Hard?




Youth Lead Fight for Affordable Housing in New York

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5. What Is the Role and Responsibility of Our


Public Services: To Fund or Not to Fund

These organizations will be helpful if you’re interested in finding charts and graphs and other information in response to questions students might be asking.

National Priorities Project

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities



1. How state and local tax dollars are spent on public schools

Public schools are mostly funded through state and local taxes. To find out what your community spends for each student, each year in your public school go to the website of the National Center for Education Statistics*. Compare the data from your school’s expenditures with a community that spends more and a community that spends less. If you are teaching in an independent school compare your school’s tuition to the local public school per pupil expenditure.

Once you are at the site you will need to do the following five steps to access the data.

1. Choose expressTables and click on begin.

2. Agree to terms.

3. Select a Level by scrolling down to District.

4. Select a Table by scrolling down to School District Expenditures Per Pupil.

5. Enter: your State, your County, your Zip Code, Distance (distance allows you to compare data from public schools within a certain mile range, if you are in an urban area select 5 miles; if you are in a rural area select 10 or 20 miles), Year (choose the most recent), then click View Table.

Three columns will appear: Total Expenditure Per Pupil, Current Expenditures per Pupil, and Instructional Expenditures Per Pupil. The last column may be the most useful the column for a conversation about local public school funding (because it omits administrative costs). If you are comparing public school funding to the tuition at your independent school compare use Total Expenditure Per Pupil (the first column).


2. How federal tax dollars are spent

To explore how federal tax dollars are spent, the National Priorities Project**

( ) provides charts, graphs, and statistics so people can understand the U.S. budget.  Check out Visualize Your Tax Dollar, an interactive part of their site to explore how the federal tax dollars were spent and how students think federal tax dollars should be spent.

Once you are at the site you will need to do the following four steps to access the data.

1. Enter an amount in the box, Federal Taxes Paid (a typical amount is $3000).

2. Chose an Earnings Year.

3. Select Visualization.

4. Click Show My Taxes.

National Priorities Project hosts a national video contest, If I Had a Trillion Dollars which asks young people to make a video about how they would spend the $1 trillion dollars, the amount spent on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. All videos can be viewed at:


YouTube Video: The Story of Broke: Why There’s Still Plenty of Money to Build a Better Future


Latino Students Chain Themselves to the Chairs of the Tucson School Board

Students demonstrate to save the program:

Research results and testimonials:

From Yes Magazine, the board meeting where students chained them selves to chairs:


6. How Do Systems Advantage Some and
Disadvantage Others, Based on Class?

Facilitator’s Note: Unions have been systematically attacked and in some cases, dismantled by government and big business over the last 30 years. To help you understand that history, here is an on-line article that explains the decline of unionization:


Unions-The Folks Who Brought Us The Weekend

Minneapolis Truckers Make History (18 minutes)


Can My Boss Do That?

Additional resources:

American Labor Studies Center

Teaching About Labor: An Elementary and Secondary Curriculum

For more information on collective decision-making:


Governance Alive


Ten Chairs

Developed by United for a Fair Economy*

**Facilitators Note: For more of an understanding of how we got here so you can better facilitate this activity and the questions students might ask, check out these two videos which provide a 100 year overview, using 10 chairs. Created by Strategic Actions for A Just Economy (SAJE)**, the videos include information about racial differences and a global understanding. (FYI: They use guys when speaking about people.)

Understanding the U.S. Economy (1) 10 Chairs (5 minutes)

Understanding the U.S. Economy (2) 10 Chairs(5minutes)

**Facilitator’s note: Reliable economic data takes two to three years to be analyzed. We are using the most recent available, from 2009, data from these sites to come up with the 10 chairs break-down:

State of Working America

Economic Policy Institute (Research Ideas for Shared Prosperity)

United for a Fair Economy

Strategic Actions for A Just Economy (SAJE)


Taxes: Should Those With the Most Pay the Most?

Warren Buffett, the 3rd wealthiest man in the world, has called into question our tax structure that advantages the super rich in the U.S. Share these quotes.

“I pay taxes at a lower rate than my secretary.” (Source)

“While most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks.” (Source)

Then show this interview of Warren Buffet by Tom Brokow on YouTube. Buffet compares what he pays in taxes to the people who work in his office. (5minutes)

In order to understand the issues Buffet raises project from the internet or hand-out, How We Coddle the Super-Wealthy, a graphic created by United for a Fair Economy*.

An explanation of the information on the fact sheet can be found at:

Tired of Being Treated Like Ground Meat at McDonald’s

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The entire “Ballad of Macedon-i-o”:

History and issues involved in fast food organizing:

Overall situation with workers and unions today, how labor law works, and suggested reforms:


7. What’s Being Done About Classism>


What are organizations doing?

Bolder Giving

Center for Popular Economics

Center for Working Class Studies

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Citizens for Tax Justice 

Class Action

Education and Class

Interfaith Worker Justice

Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality and the Common Good

Jobs with Justice

Let Justice Roll

National Priorities Project

Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

Resource Generation

Spirit in Action

United for A Fair Economy

US Uncut

Wealth for the Common Good


What Are People Creating As Alternatives?

Bike Works

Buy local


CSA-community supported agriculture

Fair Trade

Farm to School

F.E.A.S.T. (Funding Emerging Art Through Sustainable Tactics)
For a great video:


Grameen Bank

Ithaca Hours (a website maintained by the founder since 1991)


Left Bank Books Collective

Living off the grid

Mosaic Coffeehouse



TimeBanks U.S.A.

Trade School

Urban Gardenshare

Middlle Schoolers Reform New Orlean’s Schools
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8. What Can I Do, I’m Just A Teen?


Mainstream and Margin/Learning to Be an Ally

Based on the work of Training for Change

Parallel Lines/Practice Being to Be an Ally

Alternatives to Violence


US Uncut a youth action group, targets big, profitable corporations that pay no taxes: Bank of America, Verizon, Fed Ex, GE, BP, and Apple. Their site provides all the information, action materials to join the campaign and take action against unnecessary and unfair cuts to public services.

For ideas about on-going labor solidarity campaigns that students can get involved, in see:

Jobs with Justice  (, click on “Campaigns”

Interfaith Worker Justice –

Youth Help Re-Build the USA

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9. After Exploring Classism, What Are You
Thinking Now?


The Facts?! Reading (And Critiquing) Visual Data

State of Working America

Low-scoring students from high-income families are more likely to complete college than  high-scoring, low-income students
Chart 1

Top universities still mostly the preserve of the better-o­ff
Chart 2

College Inequality

Hours Needed at Minimum Wage to Afford Rent

National Low Income Housing Coalition

Cost of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans since 2001

David McCandless

The Billion Dollar Gram 2009 (Billions spent on this. Billions spent on that.)

What are the Wall Street protesters so angry about? No.1


Tallulah Youth Change the Fate of Their Community

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10. What’s Enough?


Occupy Wall Street

We recommend the following videos to provide context:

A news story by RT News of NYC on the day the movement was born:

Consensus (Direct Democracy @ Occupy Wall Street) posted Oct. 13, 2011   8:26

An overview of how the protesters organized:

Where Do We Go From Here?posted Oct. 23, 2011 (3:12)

On the one-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, a videographer went to Liberty Plaza to find out what’s next.

Next show examples of the movement’s visual culture. You can show images from either (or both) of the projects below.

We are the 99%-a project of Occupy Wall Street
People submit on-line statements. There are new postings everyday. If you scroll  through them, you will find plenty of statements and images from teenagers.

Occupy Together-downloadable posters

You can download posters that have been donated by graphic designers that are free to  use. The posters come through, Occupy Together an unofficial hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Here are thumbnails of a few posters so you get an idea of  what you’ll find. Download larger versions and show them to your students. Ask them to identify the main points of the protesters. They should look at both the words and the             images the graphic designer uses.


Global Rich List


The Young and Wealthy Young Join Coalition to Save DC

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Activities for the Adults in Your Community


Unnatural Causes

aPBS series on health impacts of race and class inequality


In Sickness and In Wealth (56 min.)
How does the distribution of power, wealth and resources shape opportunities for health?

When the Bough Breaks (29 min.)
Can racism become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes?

Becoming American (29 min.)
Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way?

Bad Sugar (29 min.)
What are the connections between diabetes, oppression, and empowerment in two Native American communities?

Place Matters (29 min.)
Why is your street address such a strong predictor of your health?
(This episode is available as a stand-alone DVD for $49.95 and with English, Lao, Hmong, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese audio, as well as English and Mandarin subtitles.)

Collateral Damage (29 min.)
How do Marshall Islanders pay for globalization and U.S. military policy with their                               health?

Not Just a Paycheck (30 min.)
Why do layoffs take such a huge toll in Michigan but cause hardly a ripple in Sweden?

The series is available as a set on DVD from California Newsreel


Class Action’s Resources for Teachers and

People Like Us  – PBS series on class in America
Becoming versus Belonging, by Barbara Jensen, author of Reading Classes 
(available from Class Action,
Cognitive and behavioral distancing from the poor, by Bernice Lott, in American Psychologist, 2002.
Available online here.
Unnatural Causes (PBS series on health impacts of race and class inequality)

It is race or is it class that causes so much unnecessary illness and premature death? It’s race and class, with separate but interacting effects, according to the epidemiologists and public health researchers interviewed in this lively and enlightening series of DVDs. The website has many useful resources as well.
Economic Meltdown Funnies comic book, by Chuck Collins and Nick Thorkelson.\

The easiest and funniest way to understand the causes of the financial meltdown of 2008-2010 and the recessions that followed.
Training for Change
Training for Change has been increasing capacity around the world for activist training since 1992, helping groups stand up more effectively for justice, peace and the environment. They specialize in training trainers, to create a ripple effect in quality activist training. They have tons of great activities on their website under ‘tools’.
The Co/Motion Guide to Youth-led Social Change by Alliance for Justice

This user-friendly training manual is designed to engage young people in effective community action by giving them the tools, skills and strategies to solve problems and improve their communities. They are out-of-print, but you can get them used on line.

A DIY (Do It Yourself) site for projects of protest and creative dissent. Created in response to an era where traditional peaceful protest has become almost inconsequential in the United States, they collect and post tactics and methods to shake things up.