On Monday, April 30, the Kalmanovitz Initiative sponsored the final event of its 2011-2012 “Labor Lab” series. Titled “99% Spring: Whose Streets? Labor, Civil Disobedience and Social Change,” the discussion featured Stephen Lerner, a leading organizer and one of the planners of the 99% Spring, and Michael Kazin, Georgetown professor of history and an expert in 20th Century social movements. [Read more…]
Thousands of people trained this spring to engage in massive direct actions to protest rising inequality. What was this movement about, and what did it mean? How had—and should—the labor movement engage with the 99% movement? Stephen Lerner, a leading organizer and one of the planners of the 99% Spring, shared his thoughts on the origins and directions of the movement, in conversation with Michael Kazin, Georgetown Professor of History and co-editor of Dissent.
Joanna Foote (SFS ’13), a participant in the Kalmanovitz Initiative’s Day Laborer Exchange Program, was selected as one of 54 students nationwide to win the Truman Scholarship. Click here to read a profile of Joanna in The Hoya.
Please join the Lecture Fund for the Michael Jurist (SFS ’07) Memorial Lecture honoring former Lecture Fund Chair Michael Jurist and featuring Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley. A prominent philosopher, writer, and intellectual, Dr. West is a renowned commentator on poverty and race theory. Dr. West is widely cited for his scholarly work, and has authored numerous books on the topics of class, race, and gender. Tavis Smiley, a celebrated television personality, currently hosts The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS. In addition to his work in the broadcast world, Mr. Smiley has authored several works with his friend and colleague, Dr. West. In their new, game-changing book due this April,”The Rich & the Rest of Us” they challenge all Americans to re-examine their assumptions about poverty in America—what it really is and how to eradicate it. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and book-signing.
When: Tuesday, April 17, 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Lohrfink Auditorium
Sponsored by the Jurist Family Additional Co-Sponsorships from The Lecture Fund, The Kalmanovitz Initiative, and the Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action
On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, the Economic Policy Institute sponsored a forum titled A Closer Look at Apple and Foxconn: Labor Practices in China and Brazil. The panel was comprised of Debby Chan, Project Officer at Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM); Larry Cohen, President, Communications Workers of America; Scott Nova, Executive Director, Worker Rights Consortium; Luis Carlos de Oliveira, Vice President, Metalworkers Union of Jundiai, Brazil; Li Qiang, Executive Director, China Labor Watch. Ross Eisenbrey, the Vice President of EPI, moderated. Panelists shared their varied expertise and offered a detailed portrait of Foxconn’s practices in Asia and South America.