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A Bill of Economic Rights for the 21st Century

A conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare & Equity 

Co-sponsors:  Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare & EquityThe Roosevelt Institute, The Nation, The National Jobs for All Coalition, DemosWorkers Defense League, Modern Money Network, Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition,  The Worker Institute at Cornell, ILR School, The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, City University of New York (CUNY),  and Union Theological Seminary

The Columbia Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare and Equity:  Founded in 1987, this Columbia University seminar focuses on the analytical and policy issues related to full employment, social welfare, and equity. These include crossnational perspectives, primarily in other industrialized economies. The purpose is to identify and clarify the more difficult and central intellectual questions which relate to and affect the national commitment and capability to assure full employment, social welfare, and equity over long periods.  The seminar is co-chaired by Helen Lachs Ginsburg, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Brooklyn College, City University of New York;  Gertrude S. Goldberg, Professor of Social Policy Emerita, Adelphi University, School of Social Work; and Sheila Collins, Professor of Science Emerita, William Patterson University.  For more information, visit the seminar page at: http://universityseminars.columbia.edu/seminars/full-employment-social-welfare-and-equity/

The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all.  For more information, visit http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/

The Nation is a weekly  journal of opinion, featuring analysis on politics and culture, founded in 1865.  For more information and to subscribe, visit www.thenation.com

The National Jobs for All Coalition was founded in 1994 and is committed to building a new movement for full employment at livable wages. This goal unites a diverse group of otherwise divided, single-issue constituencies. The Coalition includes individuals and organizations with a wide range of interests–workers’, women’s, children’s and seniors’ rights, civil rights, and economic justice. Others work on health care, the environment, economic conversion, are academics, social workers and lawyers, artists or simply concerned individuals. The goals of all of us would be easier to reach if there were jobs for all at decent wages.  For more information, visit www.njfac.org

Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.  Demos’ work is guided by three overarching commitments:

  1. Achieving true democracy by reducing the role of money in politics and guaranteeing the freedom to vote,
  2. Creating pathways to ensure a diverse, expanded middle class in a new, sustainable economy, and
  3. Transforming the public narrative to elevate the values of community and racial equity.

For more information, visit www.demos.org

Workers Defense League (WDL), founded in 1936, is a nonprofit workers’ rights organization that specializes in helping people who have been denied unemployment insurance.   For more information, visit www.workersdefenseleague.org

The Modern Money Network (“MMN,” pronounced “Ma-Mo-N”) is a transdisciplinary learning hub, dedicated to improving the function, design, operations and legal regulation of money. It is student-conceived and student-run, and combines insights from a range of fields, including law, political economy, finance, history, sociology, anthropology, technology and systems theory.  For more information, visit www.modernmoneynetwork.org

The Greater NY Labor-Religion Coalition unites faith, labor and community in a powerful movement for economic justice. We take on campaigns that address: living wages, fair share taxation and subsidy, and strong democratic process.   For more information, visit http://www.labor-religion.org/local-coalitions/

The Worker Institute at Cornell, ILR School engages in research and education on contemporary labor issues, to generate innovative thinking and solutions to problems related to work, economy and society.  The new Institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to confront growing economic and social inequalities, in the interests of working people and their families.  A core value of the Worker Institute is that collective representation and workers’ rights are vital to a fair economy, robust democracy and just society.  For more information, visit http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/workerinstitute/

The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies offers higher education programs for working adults and union members, and serves as a resource center to labor, academic, and community leaders seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.  The Institute provides higher education programs in three general categories: Labor Studies, Urban Studies and Workforce Development/Union Specific programs.  The Institute also conducts research, organizes forums and conferences, offers leadership development programs, and publishes a national journal, New Labor Forum.  For more information, visit: http://sps.cuny.edu/institutes/jsmi

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is a seminary and a graduate school of theology established in 1836 by founders “deeply impressed by the claims of the world upon the church.”  Union prepares women and men for committed lives of service to the church, academy, and society.  A Union education develops practices of mind and body that foster intellectual and academic excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom. G rounded in the Christian tradition and responsive to the needs of God’s creation, Union’s graduates make a difference wherever they serve.   For more information, visit:  http://www.utsnyc.edu

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