2018 EARN Annual Conference
Power means influencing how resources are allocated, possessing the ability to create change, and having a seat at the table. Our nation is currently engaged in a number of discussions regarding the appropriate distribution of power within our economy and our society, and these discussions have taken a number of forms– ranging from the Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and March for Our Lives movements to the West Virginia teacher’s strike, Fight for $15 efforts and advocacy to reverse voter suppression laws. Common to each of these movements is an understanding of the inextricable link between economic power and political power. Some of these have begun to show a path forward—how determined, passionate, smart, equipped, and organized people can become a force for change and challenge the distribution of political and economic power. In recognition of this moment, the 2018 EARN Conference will emphasize the role of working people’s economic power in determining job quality, economic security, and the political and policy decisions that impact their communities. Close to 60 partners hailing from 44 states will come together to think together about the ability of state and local policy-making and public education to help working families and communities build their economic power. This conference continues EARN’s tradition of bringing together leading economic thinkers, policy experts, members of the labor movement, social services providers, community organizers, faith leaders, and academic researchers to discuss strategies to lift up working families.