Monday, April 9, 2012

Economic Justice Conference -- 'Inequality Matters' to be held in Hamden

An Economic Justice Conference on combating "income inequality in the U.S. and Connecticut" sponsored by the Unitarian Society of New Haven will be held beginning with a light breakfast at 8:45 a.m. April 21 at 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden.  

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Author and activist Chuck Collins, shown in photo, from the Institute of Policy Studies in Boston, will deliver the keynote speech based on his new book, "99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We can Do About It," the statement said. Collins will also lead a breakout session on “Taxing the Wealthy.”

"David Amdur, from the CT Center for a New Economy (CCNE), will speak about a statewide grassroots organizing and advocacy campaign to achieve access to quality and affordable universal health insurance. Father David Blanchfield from CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New CT) will speak on Sol Alinsky-style community organizing around social justice issues in the New Haven area," the statement said.

The speakers will lead breakout sessions during lunch, the statement said.
"Pat Speer and Jamie Zereda from CONECT will walk people through the process of organizing" St. Rose of Lima’s "response to social injustice in their community," the statement said. "The USNH Immigration Task Force will lead its session on the Myths of Immigration and Lorella Praeli will talk about her experience as a “CT Dreamer” in the in-state tuition program."
 Troubadour Frank Panzarella will provide music throughout the day, the statement said.
 The public is invited to attend the conference free of charge, although a $5 donation is requested, the statement said. 
 A light breakfast will be available at the start of the conference at 8:45 a.m.  Lunch will be provided at  noon. The conference is scheduled to end at 1:30 p.m., the statement said.

Editor's note: All information and the photo in this post were contributed.

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