Prosperity Gospel and the Moral Poverty of the Modern Church: What Path for the Future?
Saturday, June 8 12:00pm - 01:40pm
With the increasing popularity of the prosperity gospel and the decline of Christianity in the American public square,how can the church be relevant to the needs of the impoverished and oppressed? How might a socialist ethic help both church and society envision an equitable alternative to capitalism? What role might the church have in developing such an alternative? Can we work effectively toward alleviating poverty while working toward eliminating poverty?
Foundations of Economic Justice: Low-wage Workers Forward!
Sunday, June 9 10:00am - 11:50am
The panel will explore strategies and transformative potentials for the low-wage workers movement. Panelists will share their experiences and perspectives as labor and grassroots organizers, journalists and workers on the front lines of this movement for economic justice.
Urban redevelopment. From NJ Nets and Atlantic Yards to FreshDirect’s Plans to move to the Bronx. Can Gentrification and Corporate Development Benefit the Poor?
Sunday, June 9 12:00pm - 01:50pm
When urban communities, facing a lack of housing, jobs and open space become a place of choice for the gentry or corporate relocation, the residents get driven out, face pollution. Sometimes they fight back. By looking at development struggles, including FreshDirect’s plan to move its headquarters to the Bronx and Bruce Ratner’s plan that brought the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, Lewis, Shiffman, Axel-Lute,LaForest, and Atlas discuss strategic and tactical issues. Can we harness the power of gentrification to benefit the poor, in this era of where elites ignore the poor and slash spending for housing, development and jobs? Can we engage in inside/outside strategies? Should we partner with corporations subsidized with taxpayer money? Can we hold dynamic leaders accountable? Can we build a culture that respects leaders/organizations we disagree with in one battle, while recognizing our common cause in the larger fight for economic justice? How to deal with MSM/NYT reporters, well-paid, liberal, but unfamiliar with urban issues, and don’t understand what it's like to be poor in a wealthy society, and are quick to believe poor and African Americans usually screw up? Have we failed to build powerful economic populist organizations capable of winning victories? Can we build organizations that will recruit lower income members and reach across racial lines so that the group’s agenda doesn’t promote solutions that speak with an upper-middle class voice?
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New York, NY 10038
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