Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: WVPT WHTJ WCVE PBS

Hosted by: Economic Hardship Reporting Project


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Alissa Quart (Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America), discusses her reporting, research, and personal experience covering the financial pressures on American families stemming from rising medical and childcare costs, harsh employment policies, underemployment, and more, in conversation with Allison Pugh. Quart will also discuss her work with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Barbara Ehrenreich has had to cancel her participation in this program.

Why should you attend?

“The issue is overwhelmingly structural and social, not individual or moral. We haven’t failed; Capitalism has failed us. As Quart reminds her reader—and as every story in the book is meant to illustrate—the economic bind we find ourselves in cannot be solved by personal discipline or better financial decisions.” —New York Times Book Review

“It’s not often that you can call a densely reported work of literary non-fiction about economic inequality a riveting page-turner, but Squeezed is just that.” —The Guardian

“The stories of a falling down middle class reflect a felt experience of anxiety that is often lost in data-driven tales of recession and recovery.” —Financial Times