Building a Local Economy that Works for All

11/20/2008 8:30 am
11/21/2008 5:00 pm


Led by: Felice Yeskel and Ronda Soto, Class Action & Steve Schnapp, United for a Fair Economy

Location: First Congregational Church, Hadley, MA (Map link)

Cost/Registration: $25-$150 (based on ability to pay). Fee includes lunch on both days and conference materials.

Registration deadline: November 17, 2008 (Now Closed)

Description: This is the first of two 2-day trainings. (The second training, in January, will focus on skill-building.)

This Training is right for you if you are:

  • a civic and/or community leader, nonprofit staff or board member, educator, entrepreneur, or active citizen, engaged in strengthening the economic well-being of your community;
  • concerned about the instability of the U.S. economy and growing inequality in our community, country, and world;
  • concerned about the impact of the Presidential and state elections will have on our local economies.

In the course of this two-day training we will:
  • review national trends in income and wealth and the impact of extreme economic inequality on our communities;
  • compare perspectives, from meritocracy (the system distributes resources-especially wealth and income-according to the merit of individuals) to plutocracy (a disproportionate influence of the wealthy on the political process), that help shape economic life;
  • explore the connections between local sustainable development & social and economic policy at the state & national levels;
  • develop an understanding of power and class that will allow us to build bridges across divides and to work more effectively together;
  • develop meaningful connections with others from Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties;
  • name economic policies that would move us toward a more equitable and stable economy, at all levels.
For more information contact: Steve Schnapp, [email protected] | Felice Yeskel, [email protected] | Praksh Laufer, [email protected]

Co-sponsors:   Alliance for Developing Power   •   The Brick House Community Resource Center   •   Community Action   •   Common Good Finance   •   Co-op Power   •   Equity Trust   •   First Congegational Church of Hadley   •   Pioneer Valley Local First/BALLE   •   Neighbor to Neighbor •   Sea Change   •   Trusteeship Institute   •   Western MA AFSC   •   Western MA Jobs with Justice

To register click here. Registration deadline: October 31, 2008.