Monday, February 3, 2014

Reps. Conyers & Wilson to Host “Employment: A Human Right” Forum- Wednesday, February 5th, 2-3 PM

(WASHINGTON) – Following the establishment of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus last week, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) are hosting a forum entitled, “Employment: A Human Right,” moderated by Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief of Roll Call, this Wednesday, February 5th from 2 – 3pm in 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Esteemed panelists for this forum include: Dean Baker the Co-Director and Co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; John Cavanagh, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies; Phil Harvey, Professor of Law and Economics at Rutgers University; Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFL-CIO; and Larry Mishel, President of the Economic Policy Insitute.

In 2013, 25 percent of the US population was unemployed or underemployed and not earning enough to support basic needs.  As employment is the best way to boost Americans’ purchasing power, the right to employment should be seen as the critical foundation of our economic and political system. If society cannot assure the survival of all citizens through access to employment, government has an important role to play in seeking to create the conditions to enable full employment.  A lively panel will discuss the unemployment crisis as well as Congressman Conyers’s legislation, H.R. 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act and Congresswoman Wilson’s H.R. 2821, the American Jobs Act of 2013, at the forum this Wednesday.

For further information about the forum or the Congressional Full Employment Caucus, please contact Jenny Perrino (Rep. Conyers) at 202-225-5126 or , or Justin Talbot Zorn (Rep. Wilson) at 202-225-4506 or

“Employment: A Human Right” Forum
Ø  Moderator – Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call

Ø  Host – Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
Ø  Host – Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)

Ø  Dean Baker – Co-Director & Co-Founder, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Ø  John Cavanagh – Director, Institute for Policy Studies
Ø  Phil Harvey – Professor of Law and Economics, Rutgers University
Ø  Thea Lee – Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
Ø  Larry Mishel – President, Economic Policy Institute

Wednesday, February 5th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
2226 Rayburn House Office Building

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