2019 Global Economic Justice Workshops
Social Movements and Global Campaigns to Reign in Corporate Power
Movements to counter corporate driven trade deals, destructive development projects, corruption and unfair food systems aim to protect people and God’s creation. As the world changes, the shape and strategies of movements change as well. Come hear from movement leaders from the U.S. and Global South to celebrate historic victories and learn about current trends and opportunities. Explore where your passion to stand up for life in the face of corporate power and unjust systems meets the needs of communities and the environment near and far.
- Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
- Corinna Gilfillan, U.S. Office – Global Witness
- Gabriela Rosazza, International Labor Rights Forum
Moderator: Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program.
Environmental and Land Defenders Under Threat
Roughly 200 courageous environmental and land defenders are murdered each year for resisting destructive mining, agriculture, and infrastructure development projects. The projects are financed by well-known development banks, opaque private banks, emerging economies, and quite possibly your pension plan. Threats to defenders are not limited to fragile states; they are a global phenomenon. Faith-based and secular organizations are teaming up on international campaigns to provide support and solidarity with individuals and communities under threat. Come hear from rights defenders and advocates from the Global South and learn how you can defend the defenders.
- Valéry Nodem, Presbyterian Hunger Program
- Mohamed Imam, Egyptian lawyer
- Osvaldo Jordan, Panama Human Rights Network
Moderator: Chloe Noël, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis: Worldwide Implications
Vulnerable people around the world struggle because of global economic policies. Puerto Rico is mired in a debt crisis while rebuilding from hurricanes, Somalia struggles with old debts while fighting hunger and malnutrition, and the developing world is losing a trillion dollars annually because of tax evasion and corruption. 40 percent of low-income countries are wrestling with debt crisis. Panelists will share specific Jubilee campaign actions on Africa debt, winning disaster and debt relief for Puerto Rico and Somalia, curbing tax evasion and corruption and ensuring vulnerable communities can access medicine in trade agreements.
- Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network
- Aniedi Okure, OP, Executive Director, Africa Faith and Justice Network
- Zaina Kisongoa, Somalia Country Representative, American Friends Service Committee
- Fanwell Kenala Bokosi, Executive Director, African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD)
- Fran Quigley, Coordinator, Faith in Healthcare – Indiana University McKinney School of Law
- Laura Esquivel, Director of National Advocacy, Hispanic Federation
Moderator: Jubilee USA