Symposium: The Role of Organized Resistance in the 2012 Elections

Monday, April 9, 2012
09:00 AM – 03:00 PM
American University Washington College of Law, Room 603
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

In the fall of 2011, the Occupy Wall Street protests captured the national and came just months after the historic Madison, Wisconsin protests, which focused on the repeal of collective bargaining rights and certain pension and health benefits of state employees. At the heart of these ongoing debates is the fate of the American worker.  This symposium will examine the critical role of political action, both formally through unions and informally through grassroots community organizing, in the ongoing fight for workers’ rights. The morning will feature a plenary session on the history of the labor movement and its intersection with politics, a panel discussion on the impact of the economic recession on the American worker and the impact of Citizens United on the 2012 political landscape. In addition, breakout sessions will examine how class, immigration status, race, and gender affect organizing while providing an opportunity for organizers and scholars to share ideas and develop strategies.

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