NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO CREATE LIVING-WAGE JOBS, MEET HUMAN NEEDS, SUSTAIN THE ENVIRONMENT

National Jobs Conference Set For Nov. 13-14 in New York City!

NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO CREATE LIVING-WAGE JOBS FOR ALL, MEET HUMAN NEEDS SUSTAIN THE ENVIRONMENT

Friday, Saturday, November 13-14, 2009
New York, NY

Friday, Nov. 13: Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY

Saturday, Nov. 14
District Council 37, 125 Barclay Street, New York, NY

Confirmed speakers include:

Bill Quigley, Legal Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Bill is a law professor on sabattical from Loyola University, and is the author of Ending Poverty As We Know It: Guaranteeing A Right to A Job At A Living Wage (2003) and Storms Still Raging: Katrina, New Orleans and Social Justice (2008).

Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY, and Professor of Religion, Columbia University

Peter Knowlton, President of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), Northeast Region, and Vice-President on the General Executive Board of the UE National

Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Lillian Roberts, Executive Director, District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO

James Thindwa, labor and community activist, and former Executive Director of Chicago Jobs With Justice. James recently joined the American Federation of Teacher’s Strategic Campaigns Team, a national campaign to organize charter school employees. He writes for, and is a board member of In These Times magazine, and serves on the board of directors of Illinois Labor History Society

Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs, Washington, DC

Barbara Arms, Treasurer and Community Organizer, Coalition for Economic and Social Justice, Belleville, IL

Bill Barclay, Chicago Political Economy Group

Charles Bell, Conference Chair, Vice-President, National Jobs for All Coalition, and Programs Director, Consumers Union

Sheila Collins, National Jobs for All Coalition co-founder, Professor of Political Science, William Paterson University

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, Chair, National Jobs for All Coalition, and Professor of Social Policy, Adelphi University

Philip Harvey, Professor of Law and Economics, Rutgers University School of Law

Melvin Rothenberg, Chicago Political Economy Group

Invited speakers include:

Bill Fletcher, Jr., Executive Editor, BlackCommentator.com, and co-author of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and the Path Toward Social Justice (invited)

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, US House of Representatives, 8th District of New York (invited)

TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED during the two-day conference include:

— the current crisis in unemployment and underemployment;
— faith and community perspectives on the need for living wage jobs and decent work;
— America’s “other deficit” of underinvestment in physical infrastructure and public services, and opportunities to create jobs that fix America and put unemployed people back to work;
— the struggle to defend and expand public sector jobs as a pillar of a strong economy, and enduring source of permanent, diverse, useful, dignified work;
— policy options to promote green jobs and environmental sustainability;
— developing a transformative legislative program for job creation and economic renewal; and
— organizing and building a broad-based social movement to create living wage jobs for everyone who wants to work, and achieve full employment.

CONFERENCE CALL TO ACTION

Our country is in the throes of an economic crisis—the most severe since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Unemployment is at the disaster level. And even before the onset of our current, deep recession, chronic unemployment, low and stagnant wages, myriad unmet needs and unprecedented environmental degradation were endemic.

Current Job Crisis

* Nearly 30 million workers fully or partially jobless (June 2009)
* Most rapid job less of any downturn since the Great Depression
* 5 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy since the onset of the recession.
* High unemployment expected to persist, even if the economy “recovers.”
* Many of the long-term unemployed will lose benefits, their savings, their homes and more

Weak Stimulus

By the Administration’s own estimate, the economic stimulus will make up for a fraction of the millions of jobs lost since the recession began. Nor will the Stimulus stem the continuing job hemorrhage.

“Good Old Days”

Even in “good” times: 5 million or more women and men were officially jobless; hidden unemployment afflicted many millions more; and poverty wages were rampant. Inequality reigned, our infrastructure was crumbling, and human services fell far short of needs. We must not go back to those “Good Old Days.”

Instead, we should be guided by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933): We cannot be content, no matter how high the general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people … is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.

Real Reform

Now is the time to organize and mobilize to create a just economy–one that assures living wage jobs for all, sustains the environment, and repairs our social and physical infrastructure.

JOIN A COALITION of LABOR, RELIGIOUS, ANTI-POVERTY, COMMUNITY ACTION ORGANIZATIONS & CONCERNED PEOPLE

– ATTEND SUPPORT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
– HELP TO ORGANIZE SIMILAR CONFERENCES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES
– PLAN A MASS DEMONSTRATION FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE IN WASHINGTON

The conference registration is $60 and $40 for students. If you register prior to October 1, the registration fee is only $50.

To register for the conference, visit: www.jobsconference.org and the registration page at: www.jobsconference.eventbrite.com If you need more information or have suggestions for the program, please email us at JobsConference@njfac.org

INITIAL ENDORSERS OF THE CONFERENCE — [list in formation]

Americans for Democratic Action, Darryl Fagin, Legal Director
Ron Baiman, Chicago Political Economy Group, Director of Budget and Policy Analysis, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Chicago
Bill Barclay, Chicago Political Economy Group, Oak Park Citizens for Truth and Justice, Progressive Democrats of America
Charles Bell, National Jobs for All Coalition, Conference Chair
Center for Constitutional Rights, Bill Quigley, Legal Director
Coalition on Human Needs, Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director
Coalition for Economic and Social Justice, San Francisco & Belleville, IL, Barbara Arms, Community Organizer
Sheila Collins, National Jobs for All Coalition, Professor of Political Science, William Paterson University
DC 37 AFSCME, Lillian Roberts, President
Bill Fletcher, Jr., Executive Editor, BlackCommentator.com
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, Riverside Church of New York, Pres., Healing of the Nations Foundation
Helen Ginsburg, National Jobs for All Coalition, Professor Emerita of Economics, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition, Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Director
Philip Harvey, Professor of Law & Economics, Rutgers School of Law
Haydar Kurban, Chicago Political Economy Group, Associate Professor of Economics, Howard University
Garth Mangum, Max McGraw Professor Emeritus of Economics and Management, Univ. of Utah
Logan Martinez, Miami Valley Full Employment Council/Organize Ohio
National Jobs for All Coalition, Trudy Goldberg, Chair
Jeanette Mott Oxford, Missouri House of Representatives, State Representative, 59th District
Joseph Persky, Chicago Political Economy Group, Professor of Economics, University of Illinois, Chicago
Robert Pollin, Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Presbytery of New York
Elce Redmond, Chicago Political Economy Group, South Austin Coalition, Chicago
Marguerite G. Rosenthal, National Jobs for All Coalition, Professor Emerita of Social Work, Salem State College
Frank Stricker, Emeritus Professor of History, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Rev. Marcel Welty, Conference Coordinator
Mel Rothenberg, Chicago Political Economy Group, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of Chicago
June Zaccone, National Jobs for All Coalition, Associate Professor Emerita of Economics, Hofstra University

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