June 29, 2017
02:00:00 PM - 03:00:00 PM
Representative Marcy Kaptur
2168 Rayburn House Office Building
50 Independence Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20024
Nearly a quarter century has passed since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was initially negotiated. Its proponents promised it would lead to job creation and increased living standards for workers in all three countries. Yet, some of the most adversely impacted communities are small farmers. Rural flight and increased food insecurities have resulted, as industrial agriculture has taken over production chains often leading to increased migration as local economies falter.
With the Administration's recent notice to Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA, we see an opportunity. Renegotiating NAFTA offers the possibility to address food insecurity, remedy the incentive that drives rural dislocation, and fix other problems in the agriculture sector caused by NAFTA.
Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Laura Carlsen, Director of Americas Program at Center for International Policy
Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Director, Trade and Global Governance at Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Abel Nunez, Executive Director of CARECEN, Latino Resource and Justice Center America
Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of Center for Economic & Policy Research
Patrick Woodall, Research Director/Senior Policy Advocate at Food & Water Watch
Each panelist will deliver brief remarks, which will be followed by an open discussion, Q&A period.
You can watch the event here.
June 26, 2017
Sede Rectorado Centro
Juncal 1319 – CABA
Organizan: Instituto del Mundo del Trabajo Julio Godio y Maestría en Relaciones Comerciales Internacionales
10:00 hs. Las perspectivas políticas sobre la XI Ministerial de la OMC
Félix Peña - Director del Instituto de Comercio Internacional de la Fundación ICBC. Director de la Maestría en Relaciones Comerciales Internacionales UNTREF
Axel Kicillof - Presidente de la Comisión de Economía de la Cámara de Diputados de la Nación. Ex ministro de Economía de la Nación
Deborah James - Directora de Programas Internacionales del Centro de Investigaciones Económicas y Políticas en Washington DC. OWINFS
Modera: Sofía Scasserra - UNI Américas. IMT UNTREF
June 25, 2017
09:00:00 PM - 10:30:00 PM
Honduras Solidarity Network and Alliance For Global Justice
8 years after the military coup and just over one year after the assassination of indigenous leader Berta Caceres. Join the Honduras Solidarity Network on June 25th at 5pm Eastern Time for a webinar to mark the 8th anniversary of the 2009 coup in Honduras. Learn about the ongoing role of the US and Canada in perpetuating the coup and the deepening dictatorship. Let's talk about solidarity and action to stop US military aid, and support the Honduran people's fight against repression and the destruction of their land, territories and rights.
Karen Spring, Coordinator for the HSN in Honduras with an update from Honduras.
Dan Beeton of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) on current US policy and intervention in Honduras
Grahame Russell of Rights Action on how Canada and Canadian corporations are part of the problem in Honduras.
And a discussion on how to participate in the Action Campaign June 25-30 for the 8th anniversary of the June 28, 2009 coup and the campaign for justice for Berta Caceres.
May 21, 2017
11:30:00 PM - 01:00:00 AM
Trade Justice Alliance
Webinar, RSVP here
Have you heard of TiSA? The Trade in Services Agreement or TiSA, is the largest multilateral trade deal ever negotiated, and currently includes 50 countries. TiSA would set the rules for "services" that the text defines so broadly as to encompass almost all areas of our lives. TiSA would apply to approximately 80 percent of the global economy, yet the massive, corporate-designed agreement has been negotiated completely behind closed doors, without public input. Without WikiLeaks, we would know very little.*
TiSA would inhibit regulation of the very banks that brought down the global economy, destroy online privacy and data protection, and would legally codify global privatization of the commons, including of access to clean water, public education, and quality health care. TiSA would entrench neoliberal dirty energy projects like fracking and tar sands development at the expense of renewables like solar and wind power.
Despite President Trump's proclaimed opposition to the TPP, and his checkered messaging around NAFTA, he has yet to say one word about TiSA, which has further-reaching implications. TiSA is now the biggest "free trade" deal we've never heard about, which is why Trade Justice Alliance is hosting two prestigious speakers on the topic:
Sanya Reid Smith, Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher, Third World Network,
Deborah James, Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research
About Sanya Reid Smith
Sanya Reid Smith is a Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher at the Third World Network, an international coalition specializing in development issues and North-South affairs. Sanya travels the world in tireless advocacy for poor people in developing nations, on topics including access to medicines, womens' rights and environmental sustainability.
About Deborah James
Deborah James is Director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. She has over fifteen years of expertise working on issues of trade and democratic global governance. At CEPR, her work focuses on the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and US policy towards Latin America. Prior to CEPR, she was the Director of the WTO Program of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she worked to inform civil society and governments worldwide about the potential impacts of the WTO's proposed Doha Round expansion.
She was also the Global Economy Director of Global Exchange, where she did similar work around the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. She has written numerous articles and makes regular media appearances in English and Spanish on these issues, and has appeared on CNN en EspaÃ±ol, Voice of America, CNN International, and the O'Reilly Factor, among other news outlets. She graduated cum laude in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of California at San Diego, and holds a Masters in International Policy and Planning from the commerce George Washington University.
April 18, 2017
The National Union Building
918 F Street, NW
On Tax Day 2017, a panel of Baffler contributors will discuss various issues of concern in the Trump era. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will explain how the phony policy dictates of austerity economics have demolished the foundations of middle-class prosperity. Contributing editor Barbara Ehrenreich will revisit the dismaying delusionsâ€”right, left, and in betweenâ€”that have made a Trump presidency possible. Online columnist Hussein Ibish will survey the challenges ahead in the Muslim-American community. And Baffler writer Rafia Zakaria will explore the many derangements of white ethno-nationalism in the Bannon age.
April 10, 2017
School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
504 E. Armory Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's School of Labor and Employment Relations will host Dr. Eileen Appelbaum as featured speaker for the 2017 Milton Derber Lecture.
Appelbaum's talk, "Domestic Outsourcing, Rent Seeking, and Increasing Inequality," will address the increase in domestic outsourcing and the rise in networked forms of production as an important mechanism linking increasing rents and the rising earnings inequality among workers with similar skills. Production networks have become more prominent over the past three-and-a-half decades as firms have reorganized production processes to focus on maximizing shareholder value. This has multiplied the contractual relationships among producers and suppliers, conferring on them legal claims to the profit and rents produced by the network that reflect interfirm power relations. Firms with the greatest clout are able to claim the largest share of the rents and may share them with employees. The weakest organizations in a production network struggle to remain viable, and the wages of their workers take the largest hit.
The Annual Milton Derber Lecture was instituted in 1990 to honor Professor Emeritus Milton Derber and serve as a focal point for the intellectual enrichment for the school, its faculty and its students, as well as for the university community. Nationally known experts in a variety of employment relations subject areas are featured in this event, which is open to the public.
March 30, 2017
08:00:00 PM - 10:00:00 PM
Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club
Washtenaw Community College
Morris Lawrence Building, Room 150
4800 E Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The Washtenaw Community College Political Science Club will hold a discussion on Dean's new book, Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer.
March 20, 2017
2237 Rayburn House Office Building
Congressman John Conyers Jr., Co-Chair of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus, invites you to a briefing with leading economic experts to discuss how progressive advocates for jobs and wages should approach the issue during the Trump administration. Experts will review the basics of full employment, how it is achieved, why it is important for wage growth, benefits, unionization rates, and society at large. They will review the Federal Reserve System's legal requirement to seek "maximum employment" as well as fiscal policies that can ensure full employment. Other topics will include: addressing the racial gap in unemployment rates and wages, proven strategies to increase our manufacturing sector, and much more. There will be a question and answer period following the discussion.
- Heather Boushey, Executive Director of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and top economic advisor to Hillary Clinton
- Hilary Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau
- William Spriggs, Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO
- Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research
- Elise Gould, Senior Economist at the Economic Policy Institute
- Josh Bivens, Director of Research at the Economic Policy Institute
February 24, 2017
06:00:00 PM - 07:20:00 PM
Sheraton Hotel at Times Square,
New York City. Feb. 23-26
Friday, February 24, 1:00-2:20
[D4] Roundtable on The Future of Neoliberalism (JEL Code B)
Session Chair: Esteban PÃ©rez-Caldentey, ECLAC Chile
Session Organizers: MatÃas Vernengo, Bucknell University; Esteban PÃ©rez-Caldentey, ECLAC Chile
Robert Blecker, American University
Orsola Costantini, INET
MatÃas Vernengo, Bucknell University
Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University
Mark Weisbrot, CEPR
February 16, 2017
Hart Senate Office Building Room 216
Washington, DC 20002
February 16, 2017 is the day millionaires stop paying into Social Security for the rest of the year. If the wealthy pay at the same rate as everyone else, we can expand benefits.
Join Social Security Works, Latinos for a Secure Retirement, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the Alliance for Retired Americans, The Arc of the U.S., National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and Social Security champions from the Senate and House to demand millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share into Social Security.
January 16, 2017
11:30:00 PM - 01:30:00 AM
Busboys and Poets - 5th & K
1025 5th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
There has been an enormous upward redistribution of income in the United States in the last four decades. In his most recent book, Dean Baker shows that this upward redistribution was not the result of globalization and the natural workings of the market. Rather, it was the result of conscious policies that were designed to put downward pressure on the wages of ordinary workers while protecting and enhancing the incomes of those at the top. Join us at Busboys & Poets for an informative talk by the author as Baker explains how rules on trade, patents, copyrights, corporate governance, and macroeconomic policy were rigged to make income flow upward.
For more information, visit Busboys and Poets' events page.
January 12, 2017
02:30:00 PM - 04:00:00 PM
Jubilee USA, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the FACT Coalition, Latindadd, Red de Justicia Fiscal de AmÃ©rica Latina y el Caribe, Public Citizen, and the Center of Concern
1600 20th St NW,
Washington, DC 20009
As Ecuador takes over the presidency of the G77 + China group of 134 developing nations, its Foreign Affairs Minister has said that the country plans to make finance for development and tax justice the core of its presidency. The South American nation has put these issues on the agenda at the UN General Assembly, in the G77 + China group and at the Non-Aligned Movement summit. The day before Ecuador takes over the G77 at an official ceremony in New York, Ecuador's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guillaume Long, will discuss tax avoidance, tax havens, and development at a special event in Washington DC. The Minister will also discuss the next steps of establishing a United Nations global tax body.
With contributions from:
- Elise Bean, Former Staff Director and Chief Counsel of the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
- Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA
- Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research
- Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern
- Clarke Gascoigne, FACT Coalition
November 17, 2016
11:00:00 PM - 12:30:00 AM
University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Studies - Latin America Studies
University of Arizona
ENR2 Building, Room #S225
Tucson, Arizona, 85721
The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Studies will launch its new Brazil Studies Program with a roundtable discussion of Brazil's political past, present, and future.
Arthur Ituassu, professor of political communication, PUC-Rio
Elizabeth Leeds, founder and director, Brazilian Forum for Public Safety
Alexander Main, senior associate for international policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research
To livestream the discussion please follow this link and sign-in as guest or registered user: https://arizona.adobeconnect.com/bpc
November 17, 2016
The Century Foundation's Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, Economic Policy Institute
The Westin Washington D.C.
1400 M Street NW,
Washington, D.C., 20005
The 45th president of the United States, regardless of who wins the election, is expected to pursue corporate tax reform in their first one hundred days. But this alone won't be enough to tackle the nation's biggest economic challenges including crumbling infrastructure, crippling student debt, stubbornly high income inequality and climate change.
On November 17, find out what a genuinely comprehensive tax reform and progressive fiscal policy could look like in the next White House from leading experts and policy-makers including Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and House Ways and Means Ranking Democratic leader, Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI).
Expert speakers will include:
Frank Ackerman, Synapse Energy Economics Incorporated
Reuven Avi-Yonah, University of Michigan Law
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute
David Borris, Main Street Alliance
Matthew Gardner, The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Jane Gravelle, Congressional Research Service
Thomas Hungerford, Social Security Administration
Jeff Madrick, Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at TCF
Kathleen Romig, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Jay Shambaugh, former member of Council of Economic Advisors, George Washington University Institute for International Economic Policy
Eric Toder, Tax Policy Center
November 16, 2016
11:30:00 PM - 01:30:00 AM
Part 1: Free Trade 2.0?
The Urban Democracy Lab at New York University, the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)
Jerry H. Labowitz Center for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place
New York, NY, 10003
Few areas more sharply define the difference between right and left in Latin America than trade policy. Where leftist governments fought fiercely over the last 15 years to slow and reverse years of unfavorable free trade agreements promoted by the U.S., the region's right seems just as committed to rekindling that agenda by signing on to massive deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership. Will they succeed? And what are the likely effects — for capital, for labor, for social movements, and for populations at large? This panel brings contributors from NACLA's Report on the Americas magazine fall issue together with activists on the front lines of social movement struggles to promote trade policy that is fair, and just.
Ana Romero Cano (Executive Director, Red Peruana por una Globalizacion con Equidad)
Sarah Stephens (Executive Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas)
Alejandro Villasmil (Convergencia #MexicoMejorSinTPP)
David Rosnick (Center for Economic and Policy Research)
Tom Kruse (North American Congress on Latin America), moderator
November 14, 2016
12:15:00 AM - 02:00:00 AM
The Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare & Equity #613 and Globalization, Labor, and Popular Struggles #671
Faculty House, Columbia University (http://facultyhouse.columbia.edu/)
64 Morningside Dr, New York, NY 10027
The seminar is at 7:15 p.m. in a room that will be announced in the Faculty House lobby. Please look for a bulletin board posting. To reach Faculty House, enter the Columbia University campus via the gate on the east side of Broadway at 116th Street; go through campus and cross Amsterdam Avenue. Continue on West 116th past the Law School and turn left through the gate, turn right beyond Wein Hall on the right and go down the ramp to Faculty House.
Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Liz Krueger, State Senator
Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. and an expert on the Trans Pacific Partnership and U.S.-Latin American relations. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is author of the book, Failed: What "Experts Got Wrong About the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2015), co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy.
He writes a regular column for The Hill, and a regular column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by the Tribune Content Agency. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and almost every major U.S. newspaper, as well as in Brazil's largest newspaper, Fohla de SÃ£o Paulo. He appears as a weekly guest on "The Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann, and regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy.
Senator Krueger, has represented much of Manhattan's East Side and East Midtown neighborhoods since her 2002 special election victory, when she captured the last Republican seat in Manhattan for Democrats. Krueger is a veteran member of the Senate's Democratic Conference and serves as ranking member on the Senate's Finance Committee, which has a large role in the state budget process and substantial jurisdiction over legislation moving through the Senate. She is a committed fighter for state government reform and a nationally recognized expert on the issues of poverty and homelessness. Prior to her election to the Senate, Sen. Krueger was the founding Director of the Food Bank for New York City and served as the longtime Associate Director of CFRC, a New York City anti-poverty direct service provider and advocacy organization. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Social Policy and Human Development and a master's degree from the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy.
*OPTIONAL DINNER: Members of the seminar will gather for an optional dinner in Faculty House at 6:00. The cost of the dinner is $30 per person and is payable by check only to Columbia University. In the memo line of the check, please write "Seminar 613 and 671 Dinner".
*PLEASE RSVP to Aggie Sun by email (ms4196[at]columbia.edu) by November 11 to attend the dinner and November 14 to attend the seminar.
November 14, 2016
05:00:00 PM - 07:00:00 PM
The Institute for International Economic Policy, the Software and Information Industry Association and the Internet Society of Greater Washington D.C
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Room 505, Washington, D.C.
Cross-border data flows are the life-blood of an integrated world economy. They support manufacturing and service supply chains and enable the flow of diverse and innovative goods and services to customers all over the world. But domestic policies must allow for these flows. In the last several years, we have seen increasing attempts to close down the flow of information across borders — through requirements for domestic location of computer facilities and explicit bans on the transfer of data into or out of countries. While domestic policy space must be large enough to permit legitimate regulations such as privacy and consumer protection, it should also ensure that these measures are no more restrictive than necessary to accomplish these purposes. The TPP was the first trade agreement to include binding provisions regarding these flows, but it has not yet been approved by any government. But there are additional avenues to discuss cross-border data flows. They include:
the Trade in Services Agreement being negotiated at the WTO
the WTO E-Commerce working group
bilateral discussions, discussions and resolutions at meetings of international economic leaders such as the G7 and the G20. Herein we focus on what's happening at the multilateral level at the WTO.
Join us for a discussion with a panel of experts and advocates on these avenues.
Speakers will include:
Sam Dupont, Director for Digital Trade, USTR
Michael Joseph Ferrantino, World Bank
Carl Schonander, Senior Director International Policy, SIIA
Deborah James, Director, International Programs, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Moderator: Research Professor and Cross-disciplinary Fellow Susan Aaronson,Ph.D. GWU
November 14, 2016
02:00:00 PM - 03:00:00 PM
Economists for Peace and Security
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Following one of the most unusual presidential and congressional elections in US history, a panel of senior specialists will present ideas for improving prospects for peace, and growth with fairness for all Americans. The topic of the panel, part of the Economists for Peace and Security Symposium: Policy Challenges for the New US President, is "Global Security: Russia, China, Europe and Latin America."
Chair - Richard Kaufman, Bethesda Research Institute
- Michael Lind
- Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research
- Matias Vernengo, Bucknell University
- Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives
To register please click here.
November 9, 2016
05:30:00 PM - 07:00:00 PM
Institute for Policy Studies
Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
The election is over. Racism, xenophobia, corporate greed, climate change, inequities and inequality — too name just a few challenges — are still with us.
So how do we maintain our collective momentum and what are our next steps to positively transform our nation after the ballots are counted?
Join our informed and dynamic panel and be a participating audience member as we discuss and interact with some of these issues and the movements struggling to transform them. We need to come together and immediately begin action steps for the next four years and beyond.
Steve Cobble, Progressive Democrats of America Co-founder and IPS Associate Fellow
Flavia Jimenez, Advancement Project Senior Attorney and Project Director of Immigrant Justice
Alan Barber, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Director of Domestic Policy
Jonathan Hutto, Prince George's County Maryland People's Coalition Coordinator
Phyllis Bennis, IPS New Internationalism Director and IPS Fellow
October 25, 2016
06:00:00 PM - 07:00:00 PM
121 Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C., 20003
International trade and migration are fundamental and interrelated components of globalization that have the potential to improve the lives of working families. For far too long, however, trade and immigration policies have prioritized corporate interests over good jobs and worker rights.
Since the implementation of the NAFTA in 1994, corporate-driven free trade agreements have undermined workers' bargaining power, disrupted rural economies, and displaced whole communities in developing countries. Millions of workers have been driven from their homes and families, often undertaking difficult journeys in search of work abroad, where their status is precarious and they are likely to face abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
Now politicians and corporations seek to repeat the failed policies of the past by implementing the TPP, a massive trade deal between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. The TPP would repeat and expand economic rules that destabilize communities, perpetuate low wages and undermine labor rightsâ€”all of which are factors driving forced migration.
The TPP broadly fails migrant workers in three ways: (1) It would displace working people and contribute to forced migration; (2) Its labor provisions would not adequately address ongoing violations of migrants' human and labor rights; and (3) It would further empower corporate and investor interests potentially undermining efforts to win immigration reform and strong labor laws. Although the TPP puts all the downside risk on the most vulnerable, saving its strongest protections for global corporations, it doesn't have to be this way. Different trade rules could promote commerce while advancing the working poor and building shared prosperity.
This briefing will feature testimony from community and labor leaders, and immigration and trade policy experts. Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and media are invited to attend this important briefing.
- Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO Trade and Globalization Specialist (moderator)
- Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
- Alex Main, Center for Economic and Policy Research
- Abel NÃºÃ±ez, Alianza Americas, CARECEN-DC
October 6, 2016
04:00:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM
Institute for Policy Studies
Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
On August 31st, the rightwing forces in Brazil impeached President Dilma Rousseff on spurious grounds thus setting back the Workers' Party's social justice programs and implementing an austerity program that will most gravely affect the working class and the largest Afro descent population outside of Nigeria. Afro-Brazilians suffer some of the most blatantly egregious poverty, racism and discrimination in the world, including being subjected to the highest official police murder rates of Black youth (6-7 daily as recently reported by the Washington Post).
The overwhelmingly white protests backing the ouster of the President, combined with attacks by the right wing all white male Temer government that had dismantled the Special Ministry against racial discrimination, reveal the racial divide within the current political crisis.
Hear from our panelists about the lead-up to the coup and what the social justice movements in Brazil need from us. The discussion will recount how race and class in Brazil are nearly indistinguishable and the various ways the weight of reactionary policies will fall heaviest on the country's predominantly Black and low-income populations.
Azadeh Shahshahani is Legal and Advocacy Director with Project South and a past president of the National Lawyers Guild. In July, Shahshahani served as a juror for the International Tribunal on Democracy in Brazil.
Aline Cristiane Piva, is a Brazilian political analyst on media relations in Brazil and a Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. She has a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, UnB, Brazil.
Alex Main is Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) whose work focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean. Alex just returned from Brazil, meeting with many social movement leaders.
Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, National Lawyers Guild DC-Chapter,