John Conyers to keynote New New Deal Forum in Chicago

by Bill Barclay

Congressman John Conyers

The New New Deal Project will host a forum on “A New New Deal:   Defending the Public, Our Families, and Our Communities.”  The forum will be April 9, 2011 at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, Chicago IL, from 3 – 5:30.

U. S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI), the author and chief sponsor of the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act will be our keynote speaker.

The political landscape following the November 2010 elections adds new challenges to the already difficult tasks facing progressive activists.  We are
all struggling to find strategies and tactics to work under these new conditions.  We need to defend the public sphere and social and economic
programs for the people.  We need to defend public sector workers and create public sector jobs for millions currently unemployed.  We need to redirect spending from the military to align federal, state, and local budgets with human
needs.

In addition to Rep. Conyers, we will have a panel of political activists.  The panel will address questions such as

  • What is the present balance of forces for and against progressive social change?
  • What are effective political strategies for progressives in this newperiod?
  • What are the best tactics of struggle?

Can we push Congress to enact a serious jobs program?  How can evictions and foreclosures be resisted?  How can working people regain their right to organize? How can we win a fair and rational immigration policy?  These are just some of the issues we want to address.

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