The Growing Divide, the Roots of Economic Insecurity, and the Movement for Economic Fairness

October 30, 2011, Brooklyn.  A public workshop sponsored by United for a Fair Economy. Information on the Great Recession, trends in the distribution of income and wealth, the impact of trickle-down policies, and ways to protect vital public assets were presented in a participatory way that drew on participants’ experience.

New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Sixth of the Economy

October 27, 2011. Immigrants – documented and undocumented combined – make up 16 percent of the population of Long Island, and account for 17 percent of total economic output. This report presents data on jobs, earnings, family income, taxes, and home ownership. Immigrants’ economic role is examined town by town and in a national context as well. Among the 50 most affluent suburban counties in the country, Nassau and Suffolk are neither at the top nor the bottom of any of several measures of immigration. Driving immigrants away from Long Island would exact a high price to the social fabric and to the local economy. Press release >> and report >>

A Call to Action: Defend the Social Safety Net

October 25, 2011, Manhattan. An evening of information, discussion and action, sponsored by the Social Safety Net Working Group of the Professional Staff Congress. Keynote speaker Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy Research, with Frances Fox Piven (CUNY), Kim Phillips-Fein (NYU) and FPI’s James Parrott. More information.

Long Term Liability Forum

October 25, 2011, Manhattan. A discussion of New York City’s long term liabilities and pension costs sponsored by the Fund for Public Advocacy, in partnership with the Office of the New York City Public Advocate and NYU Wagner School of Public Service, with support from The New York Community Trust. Keynote address by Dick Ravitch and panel discussion by Mike Musuraca, Dan Smith of NYU and FPI’s James Parrott, moderated by Michael Powell of the New York Times.

MinKwon Center for Community Action Annual Gala

October 20, 2011, Queens. On behalf of FPI, James Parrott accepted the Standing Up for Justice Award from the MinKwon Center for Community Action, an advocacy and organizing group working such issues as immigrant rights, fair budgets, housing justice, voter registration and youth empowerment, in order to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American Community. The award was presented by Chung-Wha Hong, a board member of the MinKwon Center and executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition.

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New group calls for boosting New York mass transit manufacturing

October 11, 2011. Enhanced MTA investments could create good jobs and bolster New York’s recovery. While unemployment news remains bleak across the state and country, a recently released white paper, Building New York’s Future: Creating Jobs and Business Opportunities Through Mass Transit Investments, points to the benefits of a broad transit manufacturing strategy. A new group – Building New York’s Future – has formed with the mission of developing and implementing a mass-transit related economic development strategy, building political commitment to the strategy across the state, and promoting adequate funding for the MTA and all of New York State’s transit authorities. Press release >>

Defending Public Higher Education

October 7, 2011, Manhattan. A conference organized by the CUNY Graduate Center to explore what is happening to public higher education across the country and why – the challenges and opportunities that CUNY currently faces – and what individual faculty, staff and students can do to support quality education for all. FPI’s Frank Mauro and Barbara Bowen of the Professional Staff Congress spoke on Austerity and Its Consequence: Public Higher Education in New York City and New York State. Listen to the presentation and the discussion that followed, moderated by Joe Wilson.

Immigrant Mojo

Associated Press for the New York Post. Read the article.

Bloomberg Administration Releases Flawed Living Wage Study

October 5, 2011. Working together, the National Employment Law Project, FPI, and Good Jobs New York find that the study released today ignores basic flaws flagged months ago, flaws in both factual assumptions and research methodologies. And, the study’s relevance is questionable, since it fails to account for changes to the living wage proposal announced this month, which clarify that the proposal will not cover the most of the project types comprising the bulk of the study. The study – believed to be the most expensive taxpayer-funded wage study in U.S. history – is a lost opportunity and poor use of city resources. Press release >>

Also see an initial assessment, released May 12.

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