2016 Global Economic Justice Workshops

Building Transparency in the World’s Second-Most Powerful Institution

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 1:45 pm

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is one of the most influential institutions in the world, but few Americans know what it does or how it works. Transparency at the IMF is critical. In some of the world’s poorest countries, not only does the public not know the details of loan contracts – that may contain harmful austerity measures – often even the country’s parliament doesn’t have the details. We can build transparency in the international financial system and the IMF can help lead the way. “Let There be Light.”

Speakers:

  • Eric LeCompte - Executive Director, Jubilee USA

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Rights, Development and Democracy

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 1:45 pm

Co-Sponsored by Africa, Eco-Justice, and Global Economic Justice Workshop Areas

Many countries have looked to the extractive industries and large-scale investment projects as economic drivers of development. But often this “development” locks out the voices the people affected, violates the rights of local communities and leaves large scars on the face of the earth. Hear stories from activists globally and in the U.S. who are opposing large scale investment projects and working for democratic solutions and a rights-based approach to development that serves God’s people and Creation.

Speakers:

  • Conrado Olivera, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Joining Hands Against Hunger
  • Aniedi Okure, Africa Faith and Justice Network
  • Sister Mary Pendergast, Ecology Director for Sisters of Mercy of the Northeast
  • Gretchen Gordon, Coalition for Human Rights in Development

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Corporate Tax Avoidance – How Global Tax Rules Steal from the Poorest

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

Each year, the U.S. loses tens of billions of dollars to corporate tax avoidance, and the world’s poorest countries lose hundreds of billions more. This loss is a theft from the poorest and most vulnerable communities, paid for through decreased services and even increased taxes on the poor. Learn more about how we can stop offshore tax haven abuse, how religious communities in the Caribbean are preventing both corporate tax avoidance and austerity and how you can get involved.

Speakers:

  • Andrew Hanauer - Campaigns Director, Jubilee USA
  • Stefanie Ostfeld - Deputy Director, U.S. Office, Global Witness
  • Ken Zinn - Political Director, National Nurses United

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Another Trade Agreement that Promotes an Economy of Exclusion & What You Can Do to Defeat It

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

In November 2015, the Obama Administration reached an agreement on a new trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), involving twelve countries, representing about 40% of the world’s economy. The agreement, negotiated in secret, will be voted on by Congress later this year. While the Administration has touted it as the “most progressive” trade agreement in history, the text reflects a different, darker reality. The TPP agreement – like its predecessors the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) – reveals that the central interest promoted in the negotiations are those of large multinational corporations, not civil society.

Join us to hear first-hand testimony about how U.S. trade policy has impacted vulnerable communities in Peru, learn critical information about the agreement, and share ways the faith community can work with environmental, labor and other civil society leaders to stop Congress from passing the TPP.

Speakers:

  • Stephanie Burgos, Economic Justice Policy Director, Oxfam
  • Conrado Oiviera, Joining Hands Against Hunger Network in Peru
  • Phil Dahl-Bredine, Center for Integral Campesino Development of the Mixteca and the Collective for the Defense of Indigenous Territories

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Building an Economy of Inclusion: Lifting All Voices in the Marketplace

Sunday, Apr 17, 2016, 2:00 pm

A movement is building in cities and towns in the U.S. and around the world to counter a growth-driven model of development that exploits people and God’s Earth for the profits of a few. This economy of inclusion is driven by workers, residents of marginalized communities, and people of faith seeking to apply their values to the marketplace. Hear about worker cooperatives, financial institutions serving low-income neighborhoods and locally-driven renewable energy projects, and leave with ideas about how you can get involved through policy or practice in your own community.

Speakers:

  • Nicole Barden, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • John Duda, Democracy Collaborative and Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies
  • Phil Dahl-Bredine, Center for Integral Campesion Development of the Mixteca and the Collective for the Defense of Indigenous Territories

Moderator: Chole Schwabe, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

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