2013 CPE Summer Institute – Public Events

Workshops & Evening Panels

All of the Summer Institute workshops and evening panels are free and open to the public. They will be held in the Franklin-Patterson Hall, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Hope to see you there!

Evening Panels – Franklin-Patterson West Lecture Hall (except Wed.)

Sunday, Aug. 4 │ Organizing for Care │7:00-9:00 pm

  • Amber Martin, SEIU1199 (bio)
  • Donna Clayton, SEIU1199
  • John Bennett, Mass. Senior Action (bio)
  • Martina Carroll, Stavros Center for Independent Living (bio)

This panel will focus on initiatives such as Caring Across Generations, that bring together aging Americans, people with disabilities, workers, and their families to protect all Americans’ right to choose the care and support they need to live with dignity.

Monday, Aug. 5 │ The Economics of Care │7:00-9:00 pm

  • Nancy Folbre, UMass, Amherst & CPE economist (bio)

The Economics of Care will provide an overview of the “care sector” of the U.S. economy, why it is important, and how coalition-building could help support improvements in public policy. Nancy Folbre is a leading feminist economist who has presented and written extensively about the care economy, and writes regularly on this and other topics for the New York Times Economix blog.

Slideshow from Nancy’s talk: Nancy Folbre – Economies of care

Video Footage from Nancy’s Talk

Tuesday, Aug.6 │ Global Dimensions of the Care Economy │7:00-9:00 pm

  • Kiaran Honderich, Williams College & CPE economist (bio)
  • Gerald Friedman, UMass, Amherst & CPE economist (bio)
  • Natalicia Tracy, Brazilian Immigrant Center (bio)

Speakers will discuss different dimensions of the global economy and the care economy including: care work in the developing world with a focus on Africa and the intersection of the AIDS crisis and the imposition of neoliberal policies; the austerity policies that have been widely enacted in response to the Great Recession and the impact of these policies on the care economy and health; and the complex relationship between care and immigration/migration.

Slideshow from Jerry’s talk: Jerry Friedman – Solving the health care financing mess

Video Footage of the Plenary

Video Footage of the Discussion

Wednesday, Aug. 7 │ Reproductive Rights, Immigration, and Counting the Caring Economy │6:30-8:00 pmPrescott Tavern

What is the relationship between domestic workers and reproductive justice? How are immigrant women in particular affected? What is the relationship between paid and unpaid labor and why is it important to develop social wealth indicators? These are some of questions that this panel will explore.

Slideshow from Kim’s Talk: Kim Otis – Care Economy and Social Wealth

Thursday, Aug. 8 │ Cooperative Models of Care7:00-9:00 pm

  • Dr. Michael Grey, The Hospital of Central Connecticut (bio)
  • Vanna Gonzales, Arizona State University (bio)
  • Daphne Berry, University of Hartford (bio)

This panel will explore different models of cooperative care provision which are owned by the worker and consumer members. Topics include: an historical overview of cooperative health insurance programs as well as the current initiative, funded by the Affordable Care Act, to seed such programs in 24 states; the Italian model of social cooperatives, which provide a wide range of care and services; and the case of Cooperative Home Care Associates in the Bronx, a successful direct care co-op with 2,000 worker-owners.

Slideshow from Daphne’s Talk: Daphne Berry Presentation

Video Footage of the Plenary

Afternoon Workshops

Monday, Aug. 5

1:30-3:00 Workshop A │Re-building our economy Franklin Patterson Rm 107

  • Elsie Sanchez, Neighbor to Neighbor (bio)
  • Jose Molina, Neighbor to Neighbor (bio)

This workshop will look at organizing strategies to address the crisis in state budgets through progressive taxation and ensuring that big corporations and banks pay their fair share.

1:30-3:00 Workshop BConnecting the Dots: Race, Class & Wealth in the U.S. Franklin Patterson Rm 108

  • Steve Schnapp, United for a Fair Economy (bio)

Since Occupy, the issue of economic inequality, especially the one percent vs. the 99 percent frame, entered the mainstream. This is an important step forward in changing the national dialogue. This interactive workshop reviews the massive income and wealth shift of the last 30 years, engages participants in exploring the reasons for this shift, and provides an opportunity to discuss movement-building strategies to build an economy on principles and values that promote people and planet rather than profits and plutocracy.

Workshop Handout: Connecting the Dots

3:30-5:00 Workshop ARemembering Welfare Rights in any Care Economy – intersections of welfare and labor interests in care work: lessons from the movementsFranklin Patterson Rm 107

  • Suezanne Bruce, Boston Workers’ Alliance (bio)
  • Ann Withorn, UMass, Boston (bio)

This workshop will use popular education exercises — and some movement history– to help participants consider ways to incorporate “welfare” as a right into any framing of a “care economy”.

3:30-5:00 Workshop BSolidarity Economy and Community Economic Development – Case study: Lynn, MAFranklin Patterson Rm 108

  • Jonathon Feinberg, Working America (bio)
  • Tony Dunn, Freedom Machine Coop (bio)

This workshop will look at cooperatives and economic development in Lynn, MA using a Solidarity Economy-type framework.  The New Lynn Coalition, a coalition of community and labor organizations in Lynn, MA, has taken the lead in creating worker-owned businesses as part of their overall strategy for empowering the people of the city of Lynn.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

1:30-3:00 Workshop AWhy We Ought to Have a Guaranteed Minimum Income: The History, Politics, and Economics of a GMIFranklin Patterson Rm 107

  • Asher Dvir-Djerasssi, Hampshire College (bio)

Proposals for a Guaranteed Minimum Income were the main welfare reform strategies of the early to mid-1970’s. President Nixon’s proposed a GMI for all American families. This legislation passed the House but was stymied in the Senate. This workshop will explore the political history and consequences of this idea and its failure to be realized in the US. A GMI would work particularly well in the American economic context and has the potential to overcome the static and stale political arguments that define the left and the right.

1:30-3:00 Workshop B │ Is the Remedy Austerity? The Data Argues Otherwise Franklin Patterson Rm 108

  • Thomas Herndon, PhD student, UMass Economics Dept. & CPE member (bio)

Thomas Herndon became an overnight sensation after he uncovered data errors that reversed the findings of a highly influential paper by Harvard economists Reinhart and Rogoff that argued that austerity policies (government cutbacks) are necessary to get the economy growing again. He even appeared on the Colbert Report – now that is serious news! This workshop will look at the issue of austerity and what policies the data actually supports.

3:30-5:00 Workshop A │ Solidarity Economy: Local Organizing Franklin Patterson Rm 107

  • Emily Kawano, CPE and US Solidarity Economy Network (bio)

We’ll start with a basic definition of the solidarity economy and then look at initiatives in the U.S. including Wellspring Cooperative Collaborative in Springfield, MA and emerging local solidarity economy networks.We will also explore the rising visibility of the SE, the global SE movement, and opportunities to participate in the 5th International SSE Conference in Manila, Oct. 15-18.

3:30-5:00 Workshop BWhy Are Nurses Fighting for the Robin Hood Tax?Franklin Patterson Rm 108

  • Karen Higgins, MA Nurses’ Association (bio)

Nurses throughout the country are fighting for a small tax of less than ½ of 1% on Wall Street transactions that would generate hundreds of billions of dollars each year in the US. Come and hear why nurses have taken on this issue.

Powerpoint from Karen’s talk Karen Higgins – Robin Hood Tax

Thursday, Aug. 8

3:30-5:00 Workshop A Childcare, Early Education and the Labor Market Franklin Patterson Rm 107

  • Lynn Hatch, CPE member (bio)
  • Kursten Holabird, SEIU 509 (bio)

Children are cared for by family, friends, teachers, health-care providers and others. Some are paid directly for the care they provide. Early education and care (EEC) providers have a daunting task–to provide quality, accessible care. Experts, providers and parents disagree on what quality looks like. EEC is not accessible to all. Quantity is limited. Resources are scarce. How can we better address these issues? This workshop will look at some of the challenges.

3:30-5:00 Workshop BWomen and Care work in Jamaica Franklin Patterson Rm 108

  • Judith Wedderburn, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Jamaica
  • Dorothy Whyte, Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre, Jamaica


Friday, Aug. 9

1:30-3:00 │ Organizing for Care in WMass Special meetingFranklin Patterson Rm 107

This is a space to explore interest in WMass to engage with the Caring Across Generations campaign. Organizations involved include the WMass chapters/staff of: Jobs with Justice, SEIU1199, MA Senior Action, Neighbor to Neighbor, and SEIU509. Other interested groups and individuals are most welcome to join the conversation

1:30-5:00 │ Solidarity Economy Tour

We’ll take you on a whilrwind tour of local solidarity economy businesses and practices including worker cooperatives/collectives, a credit union, a CSA farm, and permaculture in  practice. The tour is free, but you must reserve a spot by contacting us at centerforpopulareconomics@gmail.com or call 413-545-0743.