Combating Classism Resources 

Tackling classism

In many communities in the United States, class is not discussed. In different ways, both poor and wealthy people are discouraged from openly talking about money. This has to change. If we are ever going to address the root problems of why funding at Smith is so convoluted, we need to be able to have open, productive conversations about class (and how it intersects with race, ability, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, etc.) with the people around us.

People who have not experienced poverty are especially encouraged to read these resources in order to figure out their responsibility in fighting classism. Use these resources to educate yourself, your friends, your family, your communities, your professors, and the strangers you meet.

“Nowhere is there a more intense silence about the reality of class differences than in educational settings.” -bell hooks

**if you or your family is wealthy or has access to wealth or class privilege, act on what you have learned by returning money to those who have been historically exploited. Interested in talking with other people who are also trying to use money to fight classism? Add your name to this contact list, and reach out to others to do this necessary work together.

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What is classism?
Definitions of classism, Why classism matters, and more on race and class, gender and class, religion and class. Strategies for how to fight classism and survive through classism.

Poor News Network

Poor News Network is a multi-media access project of POOR Magazine, dedicated to reframing the news, issues and solutions from low and no income communities, as well as providing society with a  perspective usually not heard or seen within the mainstream media. Published weekly, PNN offers “all the news that doesn’t fit.”

Resources to think about your class background

A way to see where your family stands in terms of wealth distribution in the United States.

   Resources for those with class privlege
Resources come from the site - Responsible Wealth is a national network of businesspeople, investors and affluent Americans who are concerned about deepening economic inequality and are working for widespread prosperity. Their three primary areas of work are tax fairness, corporate responsibility and living wages. This is a place with wealthy individuals use their political clout and business ownership to work for a fairer economy. - More Than Money is a peer education network. They invite people with significant financial resources to explore the impact of money in their lives and to act on their highest values. More Than Money members interact via publications, the web, local groups, and conferences. Visit the “Resource Center” on their website. - The Inheritance Project (also known as Trio Press) was founded in 1992 to explore the emotional and social impact of inherited wealth.   Check out their ten publications for individuals with inherited wealth and professionals. - Sudden Money Institute calls itself a “reliable source for evolutionary thinking, wisdom and practical solutions to the challenges of a sudden change in your financial position.” - Threshold is a progressive foundation and a community of individuals united through wealth, mobilizing money, people and power to create a more just, joyful, and sustainable world.