Fiscal Crisis through the Lens of Class - 2003 (March 28-29, 2003)
A conference to help develop a coherent working-class presence in New York City life
people in New York are facing two burdens: the fiscal crisis, and the absence
of a coherent working class politics to respond to the deep suffering
the fiscal crisis will entail.
This conference will bring together people from the labor movement – both public and private sector workers - and people from many different community organizations. We will explore class implications of the fiscal crisis - how does the existence of classes in the United States shape public finances? What do recent budget experiences tell us about how class works? How can knowledge of class help us develop solidarity and shape the social movements we need to redirect public finances towards the interest of working people? We will begin to develop strategies and connections so that our respective organizations can build rather than undermine a united working class response to the powers that are now shaping our future in the interests of large corporations and the capitalists who run them. We hope this conference will contribute to the creation of a coherent working class social force to determine the future of New York.
Speakers include: Larian Angelo; Stanley Aronowitz; Barbara Bowen; Hon. John Conyers, Jr.; Jeff Faux; Hector Figueroa (tentative); Seth Klein; Frances Fox Piven; Roger Toussaint; Bill Scheuerman; and Michael Zweig
Center for Study of Working Class Life – SUNY Stony Brook
Center for Study of Culture, Technology, and Work – CUNY Graduate Center