Symposium comes before unveiling of King memorial to highlight today’s struggle for good jobs
Washington, DC – The AFL-CIO and the King Center will host a national symposium on jobs, justice and the American Dream on the Friday before the unveiling of the historic memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The symposium will feature notable civil rights activists, modern day worker activists, elected leaders, academics and young people. The first panel on “Jobs and the American Dream” will detail the current economic crisis and the need for a comprehensive jobs agenda. The second panel on “Justice and the American Dream” will discuss the contrast between Dr. King’s vision of a just America and the current challenges around economic and social justice.
“At a time of record unemployment particularly in communities of color and a lack of jobs all across the country, Dr. King’s struggle for economic justice is more relevant than ever,” said AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker. “This weekend is much more than the opening of a historic memorial, it’s about highlighting the needs of struggling working families – the same families that Dr. King devoted his life to fighting for.”
“One of the last acts of my father’s life was advocating for the sanitation workers in Memphis,” said Martin Luther King III. “He firmly believed that workers’ rights were an essential element of civil rights. Moreover, unions and their members were steadfast allies in the movement for human dignity that my father championed. Following his death, my mother remained deeply engaged with labor struggles as a realization of my father’s legacy. I am honored and humbled by labor’s continued support to realize the dream.”
National Symposium on Jobs, Justice and the American Dream
Friday, August 26, 2011
815 16thSt. NW DC
9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Arlene Holt Baker, Exec. VP AFL-CIO
Richard L. Trumka, Pres. AFL-CIO
Martin Luther King III, Pres., CEO, The King Center
9:20 – 10: 45 a.m. JOBS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM
Moderator: Bob Herbert
Panelists: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Harvard Professor Bruce Western, Sarita Gupta – Exec. Dir. Jobs with Justice, Davon Lomax – Painter, Kathleen Hoffman – Music Teacher,
Michele Dorn – Verizon Worker
11:00 – 12:20 p.m. JUSTICE AND THE AMERICAN DREAM
Introduction of Moderator: Elizabeth Shuler, Sec. Treas. AFL-CIO
Moderator: Maria Elena Salinas, Univision
Panelists: Dr. Mary Frances Berry, Mahlon Mitchell – Firefighter, Isabel Castillo – DREAM Student, Kurston Cook – Young Worker Coordinator, Rea Carey – Exec. Director National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce
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