2017 Global Economic Justice Workshops

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Militarism, Materialism and Racism in our Food and Finances – and Tools for Resistance

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

Large-scale land investments, driven by the products in our pantries, the fuel in our gas tank, and the money in our retirement accounts, are causing deforestation and conflict in indigenous communities. Learn about a grassroots campaign targeting TIAA-CREF retirement funds that fuel illegal land grabs in Brazil, palm oil plantations in Guatemala, and soaring land prices in the United States…. 

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Speakers:

Maria Luisa Mendonça, Network for Social Justice and Human Rights, Brazil; Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau, ActionAid USA; Moderator: Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Hunger Program.

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Promoting an Anti-Racist, Creation-Friendly Vision of Trade

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

While much of the narrative in the media on the impacts of trade agreement has focused on the devastating harm on white, working class industrial workers, trade has also harmed people of color in the U.S., our neighbors in the global south, and creation. As President Trump seeks a renegotiation of NAFTA, who stands to benefit and who stands to… 

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Speakers:

Ben Beachy, Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program; Manuel Perez-Rocha, Institute for Policy Studies; Representative of Movement for Black Lives; Moderator: Chloe  Schwabe, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and the Interfaith Working Group on Trade and Investment

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Community Driven Development I: A Just Transition to Clean Energy in the Global South

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

For centuries, countless communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have suffered the consequences of top down development driven by colonialism and the energy and resource needs of developed countries. These consequences include theft of territory, destruction of livelihoods, human rights violations, and extermination. How can we change this broken development model to both address energy poverty in poor communities… 

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Speakers:

Brandon Wu, Action Aid USA; Jackson Shaa, Narasha Community Development Group, Kenya; Moderator: Chloe Schwabe, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

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Puerto Rico’s Debt and Humanitarian Crisis

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

Puerto Rico is home to 3.5 million American citizens and a deepening debt and humanitarian crisis with profound implications for its people and for who we are as a country. Nearly 60% of Puerto Rico’s kids live in poverty. Thousands of Puerto Ricans flee for the mainland each year in search of a better life, breaking apart communities and families… 

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Speakers:

Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA Network

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Forging Community Through Alternative Trade

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

In conventional trade and commerce, small handicraft producers sell their crafts for peanuts to aggregators who supply tourist or foreign markets and turn carefully crafted products into commodities. Similarly, small farmers, who produce coffee, cacao, or other cash crops, have traditionally been victimized by commercial buyers who monopolize purchasing and pricing in a “take it, or leave it” world. Alternative… 

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Speakers:

Peter Buck, Equal Exchange; Eliza Strode, A Thread of Hope Guatemalan Fair Trade; Moderator: Catherine Gordon, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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