Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore and Elizabeth Warren, union leaders and other activists will talk about the unprecedented U.S. inequality in a live, town hall meeting called, "The Rise of the Oligarchy and the Collapse of the Middle Class."
Bernie Sanders, current Vermont Senate, and a 2016 independent presidential candidate says in The Guardian, "The rapid rise of oligarchy and wealth and income inequality is the great moral, economic, and political issue of our time. Yet, it gets almost no coverage from the corporate media."
Sanders wants to draw media coverage to U.S. inequality by live-streaming a discussion on U.S. economic and social inequality tomorrow night from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET. TeleSUR English will live-stream the event on its Facebook handle, @telesurenglish.
With Senator Sanders as host, panelist - who include Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, social documentarian Michael Moore, and Vice President of the United Auto Workers Union, Cindy Estrada - will, according to Sanders discuss how mainstream U.S. networks such as ABC, CBS, and NBC, avoid talking about the way that corporate billionaires manipulate the U.S. political system and legislation to their advantage, enabling these wealthy few to maintain their riches while 40 million Americans live in poverty.
Sanders says, "The corporate media has failed to let the American people fully understand the economic forces shaping their lives and causing many of them to work two or three jobs, while CEOs make hundreds of times more than they do."
The Vermont senator and advocate of socialist policies says he wants to use non-traditional media "to create an economy that works for everyone and not just the one percent."
He and the forum panelists are teaming with The Guardian, NowThis, The Young Turks and Act.tv to broadcast this town-hall meeting that will take place at the Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
At least 50 million people are expected to tune in to the online event.
Sanders tells The Nation, "Everyday there are very good and important articles that appear in The Washington Post and The New York Times, on CBS News and everywhere else. ... The problem is that, to a very significant degree, corporate media ignores, or pays very little attention, to the most important issues facing working people. … You will see very little discussion about poverty in this country. “Poverty” is just not a word that is used on television very often."
Sanders has long advocated for a state-funded healthcare system in the United States and Senator Warren is an author of The Fragile Middle Class (2000). She was instrumental in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government watchdog agency meant to protect a mortgage, credit card, and student loans holders.