Sending Office: Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. John Conyers invite you to a joint briefing:
Will President Trump undo a signature civil rights movement accomplishment?
Learn about the hidden history of the civil rights movement in pushing for the adoption of the Federal Reserve’s full employment mandate,
and hear what you can do today to protect the Fed’s ability to pursue full employment
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 3 pm
Russell Senate Office Building, SR-485
William Spriggs, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO
Jennifer Epps-Addison, President, Center for Popular Democracy
David Stein, Lecturer, History and African American Studies, UCLA
Martin Luther King, Jr. made a push for full employment a major focus of the March on Washington. And when President Jimmy Carter signed the “Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act” into law in 1978, Coretta Scott King was standing directly behind him. Though
the history is not well-known, the Federal Reserve’s mandate to pursue full employment is a signature accomplishment of the civil rights movement. Unfortunately, the full employment mandate is now under threat from Trump administration officials and congressional
In this briefing, historian David Stein will explain the interwoven history of the civil rights movement and the Federal Reserve’s full employment mandate, recently outlined in a groundbreaking
report by the Center for Popular Democracy.
AFL-CIO chief economist Bill Spriggs will describe another key finding of the report, that the Fed’s full employment mandate has enabled policymakers to prioritize concerns about unemployment and labor market strength, leading to stronger economic growth
and better economic conditions for communities of color.
Jennifer Epps-Addison from the Center for Popular Democracy will describe steps Trump administration appointees, including Trump’s nominees to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, could take to de-prioritize the Fed’s full employment mandate and threaten
to unwind this cornerstone accomplishment of the civil rights movement.
We hope you will join us for this important and timely conversation. To RSVP for the event, please register
here or contact Erik Sperling in Rep. Conyers’ office at Erik.Sperling@mail.house.gov (ext. 5-5126) or Chad Maisel in Sen. Booker’s office at
Chad_Maisel@booker.senate.gov (ext. 4-3224).
John Conyers, Jr. Cory Booker
Member of Congress U.S. Senator
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