The focus of HAPA's Economic Justice Task Force is addressing the structural ways that economic inequality are perpetuated, towards a more level playing field for all.


Did you know . . .

From the film "Inequality for All" featuring former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.  

Nationally

 

The United States is the wealthiest nation on earth, but has the most unequal distribution of wealth of all advanced economies.

Despite economic upheavals in the U.S., the income of the top 1% has continued to grow.  

The wealthiest 400 people in America have more than the bottom 150 Million Americans put together.

 

 

 

 

Yet most people don't understand how wealth is actually distributed in the U.S.  

 

This video shows results from a Harvard study on how Americans think wealth is distributed, how they think it should be distributed, and the reality of how it actually is distributed.


Hawai‘i

Source: Economic Policy Institute. http://www.epi.org/multimedia/unequal-states-of-america/#/Hawaii

Source: Economic Policy Institute. http://www.epi.org/multimedia/unequal-states-of-america/#/Hawaii

 

Nationally, Hawai‘i has the 6th highest rate of poverty in the country.

Hawai‘i also levies the 2nd highest income tax burden on families in poverty.

Learn more from this report from the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.

 

 

 

Stay tuned for some exciting initiatives by HAPA and our partners to address Economic Injustice in Hawai‘i!