Here are the transcripts for tonight:
For our October Media Night, we will be talking about income inequality in a student-focused #MacroSW chat. Social work students (and everyone else) from across the country are welcome to participate in a student-focused chat about income equality.
Join us for a live, interactive event in which social work professors Jimmy Young (@JimmySW) of California State University San Marcos (@csusmnews) will facilitate a live discussion about the documentary film Inequality for All on Thursday, October 27th at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST).
Our host is Dr. Jimmy Young, an Assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at California State University San Marcos. He graduated with his PhD in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MSW & MPA from Eastern Washington University. His main focus is around social work education and nonprofit organizations, and his research is centered on these two areas as they relate to the use of technology and specifically social media.
Our #MacroSW Partner facilitating the chat is Laurel Hitchcock (@laurelhitchcock).
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with social work students, educators and practitioners from around the world. To participate:
- Watch the documentary Inequality for All. See below for information on how to access the movie.
- Your instructor may ask you to write a brief statement about your reaction to the movie.
- Participate in the live Twitter chat using the hashtag #MacroSW. Tweet any questions or responses directed to the moderators and social work professor Jimmy Young (@JimmySW) and Laurel Hitchcock on the #MacroSW Official Twitter handle @OfficialMacroSW. Include #MacroSW in all of your tweets.
- Following the live chat, your instructor may also ask you to write a brief self-reflection essay about your experience of participating in this event.
The written parts of the assignment are optional and are not required to participate. However, we do encourage you to take some time to reflect upon what you learn from the film and the topics that are discussed in the chat. How might they inform your future social work practice?
To Access the Film: Click on the following link and use the password bernie2016:
Inequality for All runs 1 hour and 29 minutes, and is also available for streaming from iTunes and Amazon Prime. You can still request the DVD from Netflix. Alternatively, you can watch this interview between Bill Moyers and Robert Reich discussing the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-rpkZe2OEo
About the Film: Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, Inequality for All is a 2013 documentary film that examines the widening income gap in the United States. Using the stories of real people and real lives, the narrative explores the effects this increasing gap has not only on the U.S. economy but also on democracy itself. Presented by American economist, author and professor Robert Reich, the film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking.
Questions for the live chat:
- What is happening today in terms of distribution of wealth? Why is it happening? What do you see happening and what are the causes?
- When do you think inequality becomes a problem?
- If the government sets the rules for how the market functions, who do these rules benefit or hurt?
- Who is looking out for the American worker? Who do you think should be and what could be done?
- After watching the film, do you agree/disagree with the idea of equal opportunity and the American Dream?
- What do you think most Americans don’t realize about income Inequality?
- What single word best describes how the film made you feel?
- What’s next? How do we as social workers address inequality or move forward?
If you are an educator wanting to incorporate this chat as an assignment in your class, please click here for details. We hope you can join us! Please contact Jimmy or Laurel if you plan to have your class or maybe student groups participate in the chat. They will also welcome your questions.
#MacroSW is a collaboration of social workers, organizations, social work schools, and individuals working to promote macro social work practice. Macro social work practice focuses on changing larger systems, such as communities and organizations. It encompasses a broad spectrum of actions and ideas, ranging from community organizing and education to legislative advocacy and policy analysis. The chats are held weekly on Twitter every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST). Click here for a list of chat partners. For information about how to participate in the #MacroSW chat, view our FAQs. For chat schedule and chat archives check out: http://macrosw.com.
About #MacroSW Media Nights:
Tune in for our once a month #MacroSW Media Night to talk about different social problems highlighted by the press. We’ll feature a video, podcast, blog post or article that features a hot topic. These chats are ideal for class assignment or extra credit opportunity. For the chat schedule: https://macrosw.com/special-events/.