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How the Financial Sector Can Pay for the Crisis

SEIU 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

On April 23, finance ministers from the G-20 countries will be meeting in Washington, where they will discuss various options for ensuring that the financial industry pays a fair share of the costs of the global crisis.  This forum will highlight proposals for financial speculation taxes, very small levies on trades of stock, derivatives, currency, and other financial instruments that would curb excessive speculation and raise upwards of $100 billion a year for important public investments like creating jobs, providing global development aid, and addressing climate change worldwide.

Black America: The Economic State of Emergency

Room 2237 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

IPS scholar Dedrick Muhammad will speak on the human face of the racial divide and the economic crisis.

The Adventures of Unemployed Man

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Come down to Busboys & Poets to witness experience this action-packed story in THE ADVENTURES OF UNEMPLOYED MAN—a fearless, brilliant, and provocative book that ASTOUNDS with incisive wit and AMAZES with stunning insights into the desperate situation so many heroes find themselves in today

Toward a Moral Economy with Chuck Collins

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco 1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco, CA

With Congress deadlocked over the future of the Bush-era tax cuts, what are the prospects for progressive tax policies? How serious is the deficit issue – and what are progressive proposals to reduce it? What type of tax and revenue system will move us toward a new economy that reduces inequality and is ecologically sustainable?

Common Security Clubs: Build Resilient Communities During Tough Times

Festival Center 1640 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC

How do we prepare for economic and ecological change?  In response to our insecure times, congregations and communities are forming “Common Security Clubs” to build resilience and strengthen community ties.

Common Security Clubs: A Facilitator Training Workshop

Festival Center 1640 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC

What is a Common Security Club? It’s a new way for group leaders and trainers to help people help themselves in these troubled times.

These are challenging times for all of us. The economic meltdown and concerns about the health of the planet have left people isolated, vulnerable and afraid. Common Security Clubs are a way to find connection, information, and avenues to a new kind of security—one based on mutual aid and support. Participants learn about the causes of economic and ecological changes, overcome isolation and strengthen community ties.

Economic Crisis, Unending War, and Rightwing Resurgence

Pleasant Street Congregational Chuch 75 Pleasant Street, Arlington, MA

Noam Chomsky and Phyllis Bennis will discuss the current wars and the forces driving them. They will examine together the implications of the economic crisis and the right-wing resurgence for new initiatives by the peace movement. Following their conversation, there will be time for brief comments and questions from the audience.

Solidarity in Hard Times

Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 1 2800 First Ave, Seattle, WA

We shouldn’t have to face harsh economic realities all alone. Increasingly people are coming together in small groups known by various names: common security clubs, mutual aid groups, resilience circles, and unemployed support groups. Come learn about these new groups in Seattle

Film: Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action

Festival Center 1640 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC

From the makers of Beyond Elections, this new feature-length documentary takes us across the country amidst the economic collapse, to the grassroots solutions in the hands of the people.

On September 15, 2008, the United States fell into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The same day filmmakers Sílvia Leindecker and Michael Fox set out on a trip around the country to ask the “American” people what they had to say about it.

Webinar: How to Organize a Resilience Circle

Online (Eastern time)

Please join us for an interactive online webinar about tips for organizing a Resilience Circle or Common Security Club. Resilience Circles are a small group approach to building individual and community resilience during difficult economic times.

Senate Hearing: Inequality, Mobility, and Opportunity

Senate Buget Committee Bldng 624 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

The Occupy Movement has significantly expanded the space for discourse on inequality, as demonstrated by who is invited to testify at this hearing of the Senate Committee on The Budget.

Film: As Goes Janesville

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Join IPS and DC Community Cinema for a film that includes the story of a factory worker training for a non-union job that pays a third of her former wage and that she must land before unemployment benefits expire.

Author Event: A Dream Foreclosed

IPS joins Busboys & Poets and Teaching for Change bookstore in welcoming author Laura Gottesdiener for her first book about "Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home."