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Economic Justice Conference - followup info available

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 8:00am - 5:30pm

Thanks to everyone who attended the Economic Justice Conference, and thanks especially to the planning committee and workshop leaders.

For those of you who want more information, or who were not able to attend one of the workshops of interest to you, please see our workshop presentations and handouts web page where you can download more information.  We may get additional files from other workshop leaders in the next few days, so check back later if you're interested in one that's not here.  We also have audio recordings there for the keynote address and some other parts of the conference.

Also see below for links to the program schedule, which in turn has links to the bios for the workshop leaders, and summaries of the various workshops, many with other links to organizations working on the issues covered in the conference.  If you are reading this on the HPJC home page, click the "Read more" link below to see more details.


HPJC's annual conference will focus on economic justice issues this year, and is being co-sponsored by the Student Government Association at the University of Houston. Register Now!Registration is free for students and anyone else who cannot afford to pay.  Others may pay what they can - no one will be turned away.  The recommended registration fee is $20 for those who can afford it, and additional contributions are welcome to help cover expenses for students.  The conference will be at the Hilton Hotel at the University of Houston.

The keynote speaker will be Dean Baker, who is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC  http://www.cepr.net

Details on speakers, breakout groups, and more will be available after the schedule is completed, so please check back later.  Planned conference workshop topics include:

  • Living Sustainably

  • Workers’ Rights

  • Inspiration for Activists

  • Health Care

  • Racial Justice

  • Environmental Justice

  • Cooperatives

  • Womens' Economic Issues

  • Students' Economic Justice Issues

  • Community Organizing for Immigrants' Rights

  • Zapatismo and Latin American Anti-Capitalism

If you are reading this on the HPJC home page, click on the "Read more" link or event title for more details, including the conference schedule, registration, and workshop descriptions

Please pre-register so we'll know how many people to expect.

See the latest blog from Marty Troyer, the Peace Pastor, about the Economics of Justice, at http://blog.chron.com/thepeacepastor/2013/09/the-economics-of-justice/


Conference Schedule

The morning session will focus on the variety of economic justice problems we face today.  The morning will include the keynote address and breakout sessions for discussion.  The conference schedule (with some details still being worked out) is at http://www.hpjc.org/node/549

The afternoon session will focus on what attendees can do about the economic justice issues raised in the morning.  The afternoon will have two workshop sessions, with 5 workshops each.  Before each workshop, there will be a panel discussion where the workshop leaders will introduce their workshops.  The workshop topics are the ten topics listed above.

Please pre-register to save time when you get there, and so we'll know how many people to expect for lunch.


Due to cost of having lunch at the conference hotel, we are not having lunch there.  We will only arrange for lunch for people who pre-register by noon on Sep. 4 and pay for lunch when they register.  That lunch will be across the street at McAlister's Deli (on the ground level of the parking garage, on the side facing Calhoun), for those who prepay for it.  However, you may eat at a nearby restaurant or bring your own lunch, if you don't want to pay for lunch in advance.  There are several on-campus restaurants open on Saturday, within walking distance of the hotel.

Table Space for Organizations

You can reserve space (1/2 table) for your organization for $10, for a display and literature.  Check the box for this on the registration form and pre-pay when you register (or separately is OK).  Be sure to do this by Sep. 5, so we can reserve enough tables.

Location, Getting There, Parking

The conference will be at the Hilton Hotel on the University of Houston's main campusIf you are driving, go to the Hilton Hotel via UH Entrance 1 - it's at University Dr. at Calhoun Rd.  After you go in that entrance on University Dr., pass the UH Information booth in the middle of the street, then turn left (south), and the Hilton Hotel is on the right. 

A parking garage is across the street (east of the hotel).  We've been told that parking on Saturday is just $3 for all day in that garage, but check the rates when you enter.   Another (more expensive) parking garage is underground beneath the Hilton.  If you park in the underground Hilton garage, it's normally $15 for all day, but we'll have all-day (but no in-out privileges) parking passes at the registration table for $5 (what it costs us), but we're only getting enough for the first 100 people who want one.  So if you park in the HIlton underground garage, get a pass when you check in at the conference, not when you're leaving.

The University of Houston is also served by several Metro bus lines.  Bus routes 77 and 80 have stops right at the Hilton.  To find a bus, click on "Directions" on the map below, then enter your address in the "From" field (with green "A" circle) and click on the bus icon above it.  Google maps will then display a variety of bus routes you may choose from - click on each one so you can compare them.  You can also get a campus map at http://www.uh.edu/maps/

KPFT Programs About Economic Justice and the Conference

Colleen O'Brien produced an Open Journal show for KPFT about the conference and to give an overview about Economic Justice issues, with Bria Riley, Obidike Kamau, and Laura Perez-Boston.  You can hear it in the KPFT audio archives at http://archive.kpft.org - Find the show on Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:30 am and click on the Play or Download link.

Bria Riley (of UH's Student Govt. Assn), and Dean Baker (our keynote speaker) were interviewed by Wally James for KPFT's Progressive Forum on Aug. 29 at 7:00 PM.  Dean Baker was also interviewed on Obidike Kamau on his show Sunday evening Sep. 1, from 9-11 pm. 

You can listen to those shows in the KPFT archives.  Shows in the KPFT audio archive at http://archive.kpft.org are listed chronologically, and are made available for about 8 weeks following the date when they are aired.

Thanks to KPFT, 90.1 in Houston for being the media sponsor for the conference!


Conference Goals include:

  • Engage young people in the struggle for economic justice
  • Educate and equip participants with tools for doing economic justice work
  • Create a participatory learning space (as opposed to solely lecture based format)
  • Pull together diverse racial and ethnic groups working on economic justice issues
  • Analyze the current local context of power relations that we are working within


Dean Baker photo

Our keynote speaker, Dean Baker, is frequently cited in economics reporting in major media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio.  He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), the Huffington Post, TruthOut, and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting.  His analyses have appeared in many major publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.  You can find more about Baker at http://www.cepr.net/biographies/dean-baker

Event Sponsor(s): 
Houston Peace and Justice Center and the UH Student Government Association
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Bria Riley
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