Building One New Jersey Labor/Civil Rights Forum and Year-End Celebration

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Celebrating and Restoring the Historic and Powerful Alliance of Labor anCivil Rights for Racial Justice and Economic Opportunity

When: Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - there will be a short holiday reception afterward.

Where: The Conference Center at Mercer, 1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor NJ 08550

Legendary labor leader A. Philip Randolph and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. repeatedly told their supporters that the political forces attacking unions were the same ones who opposed civil rights. It’s no different today as the people fighting worker rights are the same ones who resist inclusive schools and maintain segregated neighborhoods.

The attack on public sector workers and teachers, especially in poor minority communities, is only the most recent example. The sprawl-driven, big-box retail industry in outer suburbs remains low wage and deeply anti-union. Public spending for badly needed infrastructure is severely restrained, undermining local government and depressing what should be an expansion of inclusive building trade jobs.

A shrinking middle class, widening income gap, and deepening racial divide further limits social mobility and middle class opportunity for all people - especially the unemployed, underemployed and those trapped in high poverty neighborhoods in cities and in suburbs.

This non-partisan forum will educate members, allies, and the public about the mutually reinforcing power relationship that once existed between labor and civil rights – an alliance that produced some the most progressive policies and inclusive expansion of middle class jobs that our nation ever experienced. 

It will show the relevance of this coalition for today’s challenges and it will call upon our congregations, unions, civic and civil rights groups to work together to restore and revive this alliance to advance and promote both racial justice and economic opportunity for all American workers, their families and communities. 

When: December 17, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM- there will be a short reception afterward.

Where: The Conference Center at Mercer 
1200 Old Trenton Road
West Windsor NJ 08550 

Who: Attendees will include local leaders, members, and allies such as:

  • Congregation leaders and clergy
  • Municipal leaders and school board members
  • Civic and local business leaders
  • Local labor and civil rights leaders
  • Academics and advocates

Guest speakers and panelist will include:

  • National labor and civil rights leaders
  • Historians, authors, and experts
  • State and national political leaders

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