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Wed: @RepWilson + @RepJohnConyers Host “Employment: A Human Right”

Wed: @RepWilson + @RepJohnConyers Host “Employment: A Human Right”

Congresswoman Wilson and Congressman Conyers to Host “Employment: A Human Right” Forum

WASHINGTON – Following the establishment of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus last week, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) and Congressman  John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13) are hosting a forum entitled, “Employment: A Human Right,” moderated by Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief of Roll Call, this Wednesday, February 5th from 2 – 3pm in 2226 Rayburn House Office Building. Esteemed panelists for this forum include: Dean Baker the Co-Director and Co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research; John State Unemployment FloridaCavanagh, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies; Phil Harvey, Professor of Law and Economics at Rutgers University; Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff of the AFL-CIO; and Larry Mishel, President of the Economic Policy Insitute.

In 2013, 25 percent of the US population was unemployed or underemployed and not earning enough to support basic needs.  As employment is the best way to boost Americans’ purchasing power, the right to employment should be seen as the critical foundation of our economic and political system. If society cannot assure the survival of all citizens through access to employment, government has an important role to play in seeking to create the conditions to enable full employment.  A lively panel will discuss the unemployment crisis as well as Congresswoman Wilson’s H.R. 2821, the American Jobs Act of 2013 and Congressman Conyers’s legislation, H.R. 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act and at the forum this Wednesday.

What:  “Employment: A Human Right” Forum
Who:   Moderator – Christina Bellantoni, Editor-in-Chief, Roll Call
Host – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24)John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
Host – Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI)
Dean Baker – Co-Director & Co-Founder, Center for Economic and Policy Research
John Cavanagh – Director, Institute for Policy Studies
Phil Harvey – Professor of Law and Economics, Rutgers University
Thea Lee – Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
Larry Mishel – President, Economic Policy Institute

When:  Wednesday, February 5th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building

For further information about the forum or the Congressional Full Employment Caucus, please contact Gwen Belton (Rep. Wilson) at 305-690-5905 or gwen.belton@mail.house.gov or Jenny Perrino (Rep. Conyers) at 202-225-5126 or jenny.perrino@mail.house.gov .

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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a second-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school.  Along with Congressman Bill Posey, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Congresswoman Wilson serves as founding Co-Chair of the Florida Ports Caucus, a bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action in support of Florida’s harbors and waterways.