In the months since the pandemic began, the wealth of the world’s 651 billionaires increased by over $1 Trillion. Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk is each worth over $100 Billion.
Meanwhile, nearly half the American population can’t afford one $400 emergency.
If the U.S. billionaires were feeling charitable, they could contribute their gains since March 2020 toward repairing America. Just imagine the number of vaccinations, the amount of food, rent and utilities they could cover!
Consider where their wealth is coming from, and maybe pause for a moment to consider participating in its increase. There are alternatives. Green America is a good resource for them Bookshop.org is one if you buy your books on Amazon. Thinking about how we spend our money is a way of being charitable without necessarily writing checks.
In 2017 Rev. Dr. William Barber revived the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC), originally led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. PPC and Sr. Simone Campbell both do excellent work around wealth disparities in the U.S., and are good resources if you’d like to learn more.