2018 Jan 24

    Jerry Wurf Memorial Forum:  "History Revisited: Memphis Sanitation Workers 1968"

    5:00pm to 7:00pm


    Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School

    Wurf Lecture Lucywith AFSCME
    2018 Wurf Memorial Lecture: WIlliam Lucy with members from AFSCME
    We are proud to present this year's Jerry Wurf Memorial Forum speaker: William Lucy, former Secretary-Treasurer of AFSCME and  founding President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). 

    Sponsored by the Harvard Trade Union Program
    Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
    Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School
    Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University 


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    2015 Feb 19

    “Labor, Racism, and Justice in the 21st Century”

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Rev. Lawson and Naomi Walker
    Naomi Walker and Rev. Lawson

    Introduction by Naomi Walker, Assistant to the President of AFSCME

    Reverend James Lawson excerpt:
     “…. to make a long story short, I want to try to say that the experiment to have a democratic society is the most important experiment the human race has launched, probably ever. To lift human life to a level where we have the capacity to govern ourselves and to live with one another and to create cooperation rather than war and violence is the great frontier for the 21st century and beyond. And in that act of shaping democratic society, unions are absolutely essential.”

    Brochure of full speech [Download]

    2014 Feb 06

    "Citizens Derided: Corporate Politics & Religion in the Roberts Court"

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Jamin Raskin Darrin Spann
    Jamin Raskin,
    Professor, American University,
    Washington College of Law &
    Maryland State Senator

    Introduction by 
    Darrin Spann, Assistant Director of AFSCME Council 13 in Pennsylvania 

    Opening Remarks by Professor Jamin B. Raskin: 
    "In 2010, in the 5-4 Citizens United decision, the conservative majority on the Roberts Court broke from government 'of the people, by the people, and for the people,' and gave us a constitutional blueprint for government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations. It held that for-profit corporations have the right to spend unlimited sums—million or billions of dollars-- promoting or disparaging candidates for public office."

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    2013 Feb 14


    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Saket Soni
    Saket Soni
    Executive Director
    New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and
    National Guestworker Alliance


    Elissa McBride
    Opening Remarks by
    Elissa McBride,
    Director of Education and Leadership Training, AFSCME

    Opening Remarks by Elissa McBride:
    "Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Saket Soni has been a driving force in the effort to secure justice for workers fighting for their dignity in post-Katrina New Orleans. During the reconstruction of the Gulf Coast, black workers whose families had lived in New Orleans for generations were denied jobs. At the same time, thousands of immigrant workers were given false promises of steady jobs, fair pay, great conditions and even permanent legal status...Saket Soni brought those workers together, linking their struggles across the lines of race and class and citizenship. He helped build a broad platform from which they could wage an inspiring fight for justice and dignity."

     Brochure of full transcript: [Download]

    2012 Feb 09

    “She Was One of Us: Eleanor Roosevelt and the American Worker”

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Brigid O’Farrell
    Brigid O’Farrell
    Mills College
    Elissa McBride
    Elissa McBride
    Director of Education and
    Leadership Training, AFSCME

    Opening Remarks by Elissa McBride, Director of Education and Leadership Training, AFSCME:
    "Like Eleanor, [Brigid] knows that we can make real change if we link education and action. I hope you will listen, learn, and leave committed to honor the legacy of Jerry Wurf and Eleanor Roosevelt by passing on the knowledge you gain here to others, so that together, we can restore the right to organize and bargain for all workers – public and private."

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    2011 Feb 10

    "Raising Our Sights: Fighting for a Progressive Vision in Sharply Contested Terrain"

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

        Miles Rapoport
    Miles Rapoport
    President of Demos  
    Paul Booth
    Paul Booth
    Executive Assistant
    to the President, AFSCME

    Opening Remarks by Paul Booth, Executive Assistant to the President, AFSCME:"Miles Rapoport is the president of Demos. What is Demos? There is an awful lot of Demos material out on the table there, and you really should indulge freely in it. To me, Demos is simply the leading voice in the United States for small d democracy. Its mission, as I see it, is this cause which it so
    ably advances.

    Miles Rapoport has a career that included personal involvement in Connecticut politics, to which he brought activism, organizational skills, and a set of real deep commitments."

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