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February 5, 2014
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


2226 Rayburn HOB
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC, USA

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Employment: A Human Right

IPS' John Cavanagh joins in a discussion with Representatives John Conyers, Jr. and Frederica S. Wilson on International Human Rights Day.

cartoonEvery December 10th nations came together in Paris to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The power and relevance of the recognition enshrined in the Declaration - that all human beings have fundamental rights and, the world remembers the extraordinary accomplishment on that day in 1948 when freedoms – includes Article 23, the Right to Employment.

Over the last year, 25 percent of the American population was unemployed or underemployed and not earning enough to support their basic needs. To the extent that employment is one of the most important mechanisms for the allocation of individual purchasing power, the right to employment should be seen as the critical foundation of economic democracy. If society cannot assure the survival of all citizens through employment access, it may be that the government has a special obligation to provide employment opportunities for all. Join us for a discussion on these matters and Rep. Conyers’ solution, H.R. 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act.

Please join us for a vital discussion on International Human Rights Day about employment as a human right.

With Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief of Roll Call as moderator, esteemed panelists include:

  • Dean Baker, Co-Director and Co-Founder of 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 at AFL-CIO, and
  • Larry Mishel, President of Economic Policy Institute.

The House Democratic Caucus will live stream the event, accessible here.