How COVID-19 and Police Brutality Protests Could Change America’s Criminal Justice System (Video)
The crises of America’s broken criminal justice system and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic were on the minds of a distinguished panel during “Crises of the Common Good and Public Health,” a June 5 forum co-sponsored by the Kalmanovitz Initiative and Georgetown’s Prisons and Justice Initiative.
Heather Booth Film Leaves GU Inspired and Hopeful
A screening last week of Heather Booth: Changing the World left a crowd of students, faculty, and community members stirred to action, and more committed than ever to working for social justice. H
Category: Women Innovating Labor Leadership
Scholars, Formerly Incarcerated Citizens Discuss Reforming Prison Labor
Chaired by Marc Howard, Professor of Government and Law, this timely gathering touched upon an enormous segment of the workforce whom are largely hidden from public view. Besides cleaning, cooking, and doing the laundry within prisons themselves, many are leased out to state owned or private companies where they may be manufacturing a highly diverse array of products including clothing, processed foods, office supplies, license plates, and even American flags, often for less than $2 per day. During the recent California wildfires, as many as forty percent of the firefighters that were drafted in to beat back the flames would have listed a prison as their present residence.
KI Luncheon Shines Spotlight on Workers’ Retirement Security
On Tuesday, July 18, the Kalmanovitz Initiative hosted a luncheon discussion on a fundamental challenge facing working people in America: retirement security. More specifically, the event focused on the enormous fees paid to Wall Street fund managers who invest workers’ pensions in risky alternative assets such as private equity and hedge funds.
Categories: Bargaining for the Common Good, Events
KI Fellow Launches Podcast on Work and Wealth
Dawn is the creator and host of the podcast, which she developed as a KI Practitioner Fellow and doctoral candidate in liberal studies at Georgetown University. The show is produced by KI undergraduate research assistant Sonia Adjroud.
Categories: Events, Our Staff, Practitioner Fellows
KI Fellow Amy Goldstein Discusses “Janesville: an American Story”
One day after the release of her new book, Janesville: an American Story, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and KI Practitioner Fellow Amy Goldstein returned to campus for an intimate discussion with Dr. Sherry Linkon and members of the Georgetown community.
Categories: Events, Practitioner Fellows
Sugarcane Workers in Nicaragua & Human Rights
Sugarcane workers in Nicaragua have struggled for more than two decades for safer working conditions. They are fighting to receive medical treatment and compensation for a deadly kidney disease believed to be caused by their work in the sugarcane fields.
Rerum Novarum: Worker Justice in the Church and on Campus
This year marks the 125th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum (new window), Pope Leo XIII’s pivotal 19th century encyclical that laid the foundation for Catholic teaching on labor and the dignity of work. More than a century later, these principles remain profoundly relevant to our society and our campus community on the Hilltop.
Categories: Events, Just Employment Policy
KI Visiting Scholar John Russo to Speak on the Gig Economy
The Labor and Income Inequality Team at Our Lady of Queen Peace Church is hosting a presentation where KI Visiting Scholar John Russo will share his insights on the gig economy. Join this timely discussion about what the new economy is and how contingent contract workers can build power and secure pay and benefits to support themselves and their families.
Categories: Events, Visiting Scholars
Kalmanovitz Initiative Hosts Discussion on Women, Work, and Globalization
The Kalmanovitz Initiative was honored to host a panel discussion among four of Georgetown’s most esteemed faculty members about the experiences of working women whose lives are impacted by globalization. After a brief introduction by KI’s Executive Director Dr. Joseph A. McCartin, each scholar presented on their research and shared stories from their respective field work.
Categories: Events, Uncategorized, Visiting Scholars