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Location: The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (692 Maritime Boulevard Linthicum Heights, MD 21090)
Registration Deadline: May 25, 2012
The U.S. economy is sputtering along, creating new jobs at a rate that won’t get us back to pre-recession levels for at least another decade. An austerity program is shrinking the public sector, tearing apart the remaining social safety net and widening the racial economic divide. Meanwhile, the top 1% are riding higher than ever. The influence of big money in politics continues to grow and the 2012 elections will push such spending to obscene heights. Global trade agreements continue to spur a race to the bottom, economic dislocation and migration, and the inability to rein in too-big-to-fail financial institutions adds up to a frighteningly unstable and potentially catastrophic economic outlook.
Last fall, however, this doom and gloom scenario was pierced by the Occupy movement. The encampments, an increase in street heat activism and the brilliant reframing of the debate on the economy, from a focus on deficits and government spending to the 1% vs the 99%, has provided us an extraordinary moment in history. Although the persistence of extreme inequality, the opportunity for broad-based movement and significant social change has dramatically increased.
The role of education — not sound bites, but thoughtful reflection, analysis, and strategizing — is crucial to the success of the rejuvenated organizing and mobilizing that is taking place. We need to make sense of what’s happening and further challenge the dominant narrative that ignores the structures that systemically drive inequality. We need to create and unite behind a vision of an equitable, sustainable, and democratic economy. We need to establish the conditions for a democratic, multi-racial, multi-class progressive social change movement that can alter the established relations of power.
UFE’s Popular Economics Education Training of Trainers Institute explores these questions and gives participants tools for analysis that will inform and inspire action
It is important that participants plan to attend the full Institute session in order to get the maximum benefit of the training, and preference will be given to those applicants who can make that commitment. Some materials, including a detailed agenda for the Institute and short readings will be sent to all registrants prior to the training to help participants prepare for the Institute.
The registration fee for this Institute is $500, which includes meals, room and board (double occupancy), materials and the TOT fee. (Transportation is NOT included.)
We are committed to helping people figure out how to attend this Institute. We have limited scholarship funds to help defray a portion of the Institute fee for participants from low-income communities or from organizations with very limited resources. If you require financial assistance to attend this Institute, you may complete a scholarship request form after submitting this application and paying your deposit.
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