Summit for a Fair Economy Conference took place at Southwest High School, 3414 West 47th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410.
8:50 – 9:30 am: Professor john a. powell addressed the Summit for a Fair Economy conference; full speech here.
Director of the Kirwan Institute for the study of Race and Ethnicity, powell noted, “We are in the midst of the most extreme corporate realignment in 100 years. We are not only experiencing corporate welfare, low taxes but also undue influence of our political systems and our lives. This movement threatens our democracy, our environment our civil and human rights. This may be one of the greatness challenges facing our country in the 21st century. But I believe we can rise to the challenge.”
Watch powell explain how corporations are good servants but lousy masters:
11:15 – 12:15 pm: Former U.S. Labor Secretary and Author Robert Reich delivered the keynote address to the Summit for a Fair Economy; full speech here.
Reich called for a broader set of policies and a grassroots movement to win them. Watch Reich debunk 6 big lies about the economy:
Labor activist Stephen Lerner, an architect of the groundbreaking Justice for Janitors campaign, closed the summit; view his full remarks here.
Lerner implored the audience to create a crisis for the banks and mega rich. Watch the highlights of his presentation addressing the need to create a crisis for the super rich:
Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and his most recent book, Aftershock.
Professor john a. powell is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty and democracy. He is Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University and he holds the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law. Previously, he founded and directed the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota.
Stephen Lerner is an architect of the groundbreaking Justice for Janitors campaign. He has spent more than three decades successfully uniting hundreds of thousands of janitors, farm workers, garment workers, and other low-wage workers into unions and lifting entire communities out of poverty. Lerner is a frequent contributor on national television and radio programs and has published numerous articles charting a path for a 21st century labor movement focused on growth and meeting the challenges of a global economy.
The Summit for a Fair Economy was a one-day conference is focused on rebuilding an economy that will work for everyone in Minnesota by addressing growing income & wealth inequality. The conference was co-sponsored by Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, CTUL (Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha), ISAIAH, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Service Employees International Union, TakeAction Minnesota and United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1189.
Over 500 people attended.