Coinciding with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, on Monday, Feb. 12, NJ 11th for Change will present a free talk by Les Leopold, founding partner of The Labor Institute and author of four books including "Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice."

The event, hosted by NJ 11th for Change’s Wayne Town Team, will be at the Wayne Public Library (461 Valley Rd., Wayne, starting at 7 p.m.

As recent tax legislation is predicted to expand the paycheck gap between CEOs and workers, runaway inequality continues to be one of America's most alarming trends. “More than most of the other high-profile books on inequality in recent years,” says  Salon, “Runaway Inequality doesn't just explain where the U.S. economy went wrong; it also explains how American citizens can organize to get it back on track.”

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Mr. Leopold will speak from 7 to 8 pm. Admission is free but seating is limited, so reservations are required. To secure a seat, register at For additional information, email Sal Schifano at

NJ 11th for Change members are also invited to stay afterwards for the group’s Wayne Town Team meeting, from 8 to 9 pm, to discuss 2018 “Get Out the Vote” efforts.

A grassroots, unaffiliated organization, NJ 11th for Change is dedicated to advocating for all citizens of the 11th Congressional District, and promoting political transparency and accountability. The organization is rooted in the belief that decency and fairness is the public's right, and is committed to advancing common sense policies that are in the best interests of all.

About Les Leopold

After graduating from Oberlin College and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (MPA 1975), Les co-founded the Labor Institute (1976), a non-profit organization that designs research and educational programs on occupational safety and health, the environment and economics for unions, worker centers and community organizations. In addition to his current book, "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice" (Labor Institute Press, 2015), he is the author of "How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Financial Elites Get Away With Siphoning Off America's Wealth" (John Wiley and Sons, 2013); "The Looting of America: How Wall Street's Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It," (Chelsea Green Publishing, June 2009); and "The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi" (Chelsea Green Publishing, June 2006). The Mazzocchi story won the Independent Publisher Award for best biography. He is currently helping to build a national education network,, linking together unions and community groups.