On Start of Year 2 of Occupy Wall Street
A National Teach-In from Leading American Scholars and Writers on Solutions to America’s Critical Inequality Crisis
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NEW YORK CITY: Occupy, the movement that raises the alarm around the growing income, power and wealth disparity crisis, starts its second year on Sept 17th. To mark this occasion a National Teach-In and Press Conference will be held, in conjunction with direct actions taking place around NYC.
The national teach-in call will explain why inequality is a critical problem and the prospects for Republicans and Democrats to address it through policy. The expert panel includes economists, historians and journalists who have written extensively on the threats of income disparity in the U.S., a condition now so extreme that it is comparable to Third World dictatorships.
“Although there will be direct action events and art protests happening around New York City,” said one of the event organizers, “we want to be a place where reporters and others can call in, get quotes and learn more about:
-Why is growing inequity a problem?
-How big is the problem?
-Are elected Republican and Democratic political leaders likely to do anything about this problem without a movement like Occupy to keep raising the issue?”
The calls will be co-hosted by renowned peace advocate Cindy Sheehan, members of the Occupy movement and allied activists. The conference call experts will appear in hour-long segments throughout the day starting at 9am.
Featured speakers on the national webinar include:
- Gar Alperovitz is Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, co-founder of The Democracy Collaborative and a Director of the New Economics Institute (formerly the E.F Schumacher Society). Gar has written many articles on future alternatives to our failing economic systems as well as the book America Beyond Capitalism (2011).
- Dean Baker is co-founder of the Center of Economic and Policy Research and former senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute. Dean’s books include The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive and The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Get Rich and Stay Richer.
- Heather Boushey is Senior Economist at the Center for American Progress. Her research focuses on employment, the economics of working families and policies to promote job creation. She co-edited The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything (2009) and was lead author of “Bridging the Gaps,” a study of low- and moderate-income families.
- Robert H. Frank is the H.J Lewis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. An expert on the effects of income inequality, Robert’s books include The Winner-Take-All Society (with Philip J. Cook) and The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition and the Common Good..
- Richard B. Freeman is Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Considered one of the leading labor economists in the country, Richard’s publications have explored a wide range of issues, among them the patterns of growth of labor unions, the effects of globalization on labor standards and the economics of crime. His most recent book is America Works (2007).
- Hazel Henderson is President of Ethical Markets Media and producer of the TV series Transforming Finance. Her work has focused on the creation of sustainable, interdisciplinary approaches to economic and social problems. Her books include Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, Beyond Globalization and Planetary Citizenship.
- Michael Hudson is research professor of economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. A former Wall Street analyst, Michael has written extensively on the global crisis in financial capitalism. His books include Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire and, most recently, The Bubble and Beyond: Fictitious Capital, Debt Deflation and Global Crisis (2012).
- Stephanie Kelton is the founder and editor of New Economic Perspectives and an associate professor of Economics at University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her research expertise is in Federal Reserve operations, fiscal policy, social security, health care, international finance and employment policy.
- Jeff Madrick is an Emmy and Page One Award-winning economics journalist. He is the editor of Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs and director of policy research at The New School Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. Jeff’s latest book is Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America (2011).
- Craig Unger is a political reporter and contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Exploring the connections between wealth and political power in contemporary America, Craig’s books include House of Bush, House of Saud, The Fall of the House of Bush and currently Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power.
- L. Randall Wray is a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, professor of economics and director of the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Wray has authored, edited and contributed to several books on the relationship between money and the health of financial and economic systems.
For schedule, updates and media clips, see ows2.org or follow @ows20 on Twitter.