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Earn Conference 2009

Thanks to everyone who helped make the conference a success! The links below are the presentations from the workshops.


Monday, September 21

5:30 – 7:00pm           Dinner
7:10 – 8:40pm           Opening Plenary Session – The Auto Industry and Manufacturing in America
8:40 – 11:00pm         Welcome Reception

Tuesday, September 22

7:45 – 8:30am       Breakfast or EARN Directors’ Meeting
8:40 – 9:40           Plenary Session – The Stimulus

10:00 – 11:20      Session 1.1

                                Assuring Equity in State Spending of Federal Recovery Dollars. Emily Eisenhauer
                                Green Investments, Broadband, and Innovation with the Stimulus. Greg LeRoy
                                Transparency and the Recovery Act
                                Economic Recovery: State and Federal Policy Opportunities for Jobless
                                         Workers and Disadvantaged Adults. Neil Ridley
                                Early Childhood Education in the ARRA: Opportunities for Helping
                                         Low-Income Children and their Families

11:30 – 12:30      Lunch and Plenary – Building a Progressive Agenda in a Recession

12:40 – 2:00        Session 1.2

                                Bringing Local Innovation to National Scale: Living Wages, Construction
                                         Careers and Responsible Contractors
                                Bridging the Budget Gap: The State Fiscal Crisis and Progressive Revenue Strategies
                                New Opportunities for State Economic Development. Tim Bartik Steve Herzenberg
                                Workers’ Rights and Immigration Reform: What you Need to Know and
                                         How You Can Help

2:10 – 3:10           Session 1.3

                                The Economic Impact of the Stimulus Larry Mishel
                                The High Cost of Taking the Low Road
                                When is a Recession Over? Zach Schiller Heidi Shierholz
                                Fighting the “Fringe Financial Economy”: Protecting Working Families from
                                         Payday Lenders, Tax Refund Loans, and Other Predatory Lending Scams.
                                         Uriah King David Rothstein

3:15 – 4:15           Session 1.4

                                Federal Health Care Reform. Elise Gould
                                Federal Policies to Strengthen and Enforce the Wage Floor
                                EARN Book Review
                                The Progressive Message on the Federal Deficit. Josh Bivens

4:30                        Shuttle leaves for Detroit Institute of the Arts

Wednesday, September 23

7:30 – 8:30am       Breakfast: Reports back from Session 1.1

8:45 – 9:45           Session 2.1

                                State Health Care Reform
                                After the Meltdown – What States Can Do to Create the Finance Sector We Need
                                Regional Economic Policies: Strengthening Regional Economic Institutions and
                                         Achieving a Progressive Economic Growth Agenda. Jeannine La Prad
                                Action in the States on Policies that Value Families at Work
                                Restoring the Public Interest – Stopping Privatization and Promoting Accountable
                                          Contracting. Susan Duerksen

10:05 – 11:05      Session 2.2

                                Building Coalitions on Stimulus Spending
                                Changes to the Media and How Legislators and Advocates Can Collaborate
                                The Intersection of Policy Advocacy, Organizing and Legislative Work
                                Progressive Federalism and the Obama Administration

11:15 – 12:35      Session 2.3

                                Clean Energy Manufacturing: Engine of Green-Collar Job Growth. Dan Luria
                                Best of EARN
                                Retirement – What are the Progressive Policy Priorities?
                                          Ross Eisenbrey Kelly Kenneally
                                GIS Analysis as a Tool for Shaping Policy and Advocacy.
                                          Doug Hall Greg LeRoy Joy Margheim

12:40 – 2:00        Lunch and Closing Plenary:

                                Creating a “People’s Financial System” – Current Realities and
                                          Long-Term Opportunities