We also need to strengthen the labor movement. A recent study by the International Monetary Fund found that a "decline in union density has been strongly associated with the rise of top income inequality" and that "unionization matters for income distribution." We must provide health insurance for all, and ensure that all working Americans have access to the paid leave programs and other benefits found in other developed countries. We must expand initiatives for worker-owned businesses.
What's more, we need to do these things quickly, before income inequality -- and the loss of democracy that accompanies it -- grows so great that it becomes irreversible.
The Fourth of July has come and gone. But the scars of inequality are still here, depriving millions of us of the freedom to choose, to grow, and even to live. Our work has just begun.
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