September 21, 2017
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
CEPR's Dean Baker spoke on a panel "Jobs Now: How King's Full Employment Vision Can Defeat Trumpism" at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference. This event was at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website.
Four decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that "our demonstration [is] a campaign for jobs and income because we feel that the economic question is the most crucial that black people, and poor people generally, are confronting." Polling has repeatedly affirmed that African-Americans see the lack of equal employment opportunities as the single most important issue facing the community, with black unemployment rates consistently double the rates for whites. This panel will examine strategies for developing a movement for a full employment society that will address disparities in employment and ensure that every person, regardless of their race or ethnicity, can find a family-sustaining job.