(WASHINGTON) – In response to the ongoing jobs crisis in America, and on the 65th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - which includes Article 23, the Right to Employment - Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) announced he will hold a forum on employment as a human right. The discussion will focus on the role government has historically played in direct job creation, how it should participate now, and how Rep. Conyers’ own legislative solution, H.R. 1000, the “Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act,” would address the unemployment crisis. The forum will be held on Capitol Hill in 2237 Rayburn House Office Building beginning at and will be moderated by acclaimed scholar and expert Carl LeVan. The panel will include an esteemed panel of economists, labor and social policy experts, and legal specialists.
John Conyers, Jr.
In announcing the forum, Rep. Conyers stated: “We must act now to curtail the currently horrific employment circumstances that have left 25 percent of the American population unemployed or underemployed and unable to support their basic needs. Without action, these conditions will become entrenched and systemic. Expanding employment opportunities is the most effective means of addressing poverty and strengthening the economy. The right to employment must be seen as a critical part of our democracy. During tough economic times, if the private sector cannot assure adequate opportunities for employment access, I believe the government has a special role to play to ensure employment opportunities for all.”
Further information about the event is detailed below:
Employment: A Human Right Forum
Ø Host – Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
Ø Moderator – Carl LeVan – Professor, American University
Ø Dean Baker, Co-Director and Co-Founder of Center for Economic and Policy Research
Ø John Cavanagh, Director of the Institute of Policy Studies
Ø Philip Harvey, Professor of Law and Economics at Rutgers University
Ø Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
Ø Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute
Tuesday, December 10th,
2237 Rayburn House Office Building