Last May, the Roosevelt Institute called on policymakers to rewrite the rules of the American economy. Now it’s time to set the agenda for 2016 and beyond.
For decades, America has rigged the economy in favor of the wealthy and rolled back the victories of the civil rights movement, reinforcing centuries-old racial barriers. As a result, progressives have been divided between prioritizing economic issues and fighting for racial justice. We say it can’t be one or the other; to achieve real progress, we need to do both. On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Washington, D.C., we presented two new reports that look at how to curb the power of the economic elite and create a more inclusive society.
Watch our highlights video below. We also encourage you to join the conversation online using #NewRules4NewDeal.
Arrival and Lunch
Felicia Wong President and CEO, Roosevelt Institute
Roosevelt Institute Presents Nerdland Forever
Discussion on the Intersection of Race and Economics
Joseph Stiglitz Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist
Alicia Garza Special Projects Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-founder Black Lives Matter
Moderator Melissa Harris-Perry Maya Angelou Presidential Chair Executive Director, Pro Humanitate Institute Director, Anna Julia Cooper Center Wake Forest University, Editor-at-Large ELLE.com
Untamed: How to Check Corporate, Financial, and Monopoly Power
Rana Foorohar TIME columnist and Author, Makers and Takers
Rashad Robinson Executive Director, ColorofChange
K. Sabeel Rahman Roosevelt Fellow, Paper Co-Author
Moderator Mike Konczal Roosevelt Fellow, Paper Co-Author
Rewriting the Racial Rules: Building an Inclusive American Economy
Andrea Flynn Roosevelt Fellow, Paper Co-Author
Amani Nuru-Jeter Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
Darrick Hamilton Associate Professor, The New School
Moderator Dorian Warren Roosevelt Fellow, Paper Co-Author
Alicia Garza is an organizer, writer, and freedom dreamer living and working in Oakland, CA. She is the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. She is also the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, a national organizing project focused on combatting anti-Black state sanctioned violence. Alicia’s work challenges us to celebrate the contributions of Black queer women’s work within popular narratives of Black movements, and reminds us that the Black radical tradition is long, complex and international. Her activism reflects organizational strategies and visions that connect emerging social movements without diminishing the specificity of the structural violence facing Black lives. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her organizing work, including the Root 100 2015 list of African American achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45, and was featured in the Politico 50 guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2015.
Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.
Melissa is Editor-in-Large at ELLE.com. She hosted the award winning television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC.
She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.
Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.
Andrea Flynn is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she researches and writes about issues that impact women and families. She explores connections between reproductive health care and poverty, state-level restrictions to family planning and abortion, inequality and maternal mortality, and various economic policies that impact the economic security of women and families. In 2014 Andrea presented her paper – The Title X Factor: Why the Health of America’s Women Depends on More Funding for Family Planning – at a briefing for members of Congress and their staffs. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Cosmopolitan, Salon, The Hill, and Women’s eNews.
Darrick Hamilton is the director of the doctoral program in public and urban policy, and jointly appointed as an associate professor of economics and urban policy at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and the Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research at The New School in New York. He is a faculty research fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, the president of the National Economic Association (NEA), an associate director of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics Program, serving on the Board of Overseers for the General Social Survey (GSS), the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Social Observatories Coordinating Network (SOCN), the National Academies of Sciences standing committee on Future of Major NSF-Funded Social Science Surveys and co-principal investigator of the Ford Foundation funded National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color Project (NASCC).
Professor Hamilton is a stratification economist, whose work fuses scientific methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes, which includes an examination of the intersection of identity, racism, colorism, and socioeconomic outcomes. His scholarly contributions is evidenced by numerous peer reviewed publications, book chapters in edited volumes; opinion-editorial and popular press articles, funded research, public lectures, presentations and symposiums, service to professional organizations, and regular appearance in print and broadcast media.
Rana Foroohar is an assistant managing editor at TIME, and writes the Curious Capitalist column. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business,” about why the capital markets no longer support business and how that’s creating slower growth and greater inequality, will be published by Crown in May of 2016.
Prior to joining TIME and CNN, Foroohar spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Foroohar graduated in 1992 from Barnard College, Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the author John Sedgwick, and her two children.
Mike Konczal is a Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, where he works on financial reform, unemployment, inequality, and a progressive vision of the economy. His blog, Rortybomb, was named one of the 25 Best Financial Blogs by Time magazine. His writing has appeared in the Boston Review, The American Prospect, the Washington Monthly, The Nation, Slate, and Dissent, and he’s appeared on PBS NewsHour, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, CNN, Marketplace, and more.
Amani M. Nuru-Jeter, Ph.D., M.P.H. is Associate Professor of Community Health and Human Development; and Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She is also a Faculty Affiliate of the UC Berkeley Population Center, the UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues; and the Center on Social Disparities in Health and the Center for Vulnerable Populations at UC San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Nuru-Jeter’s broad research interest is to integrate sociological, demographic, epidemiologic methods to examine racial inequalities in health as they exist across populations, across place, and over the life-course. Her current program of research consists of four inter-related areas of inquiry: (1) The intersection of race, socioeconomic position, and gender in predicting health disparities, (2) social stress and biological aging; (3) the measurement and study of racial discrimination as a determinant of health disparities; and (4) effects of ‘place’ on health.
Dr. Nuru-Jeter is Principal Investigator of the African American Women’s Heart and Health Study, which examines the association between racism stress, cardiovascular biomarkers, and biological aging among Black women in the San Francisco Bay area; and Co-Principal Investigator of the Bay Area Heart Health Study which examines similar associations among Black men with particular emphasis on internalized racism and telomere length (i.e., cellular aging). Her research has included work on doctor-patient race-concordance; the intersection of race, socioeconomic status, and gender on risk for psychological distress, disability outcomes, adult mortality, and child health and development; racial segregation; income inequality; and racism stress and mental health outcomes.
Dr. Nuru-Jeter earned her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, her MPH in Maternal and Child Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health, and her B.S. in Biology and Neurophysiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Nuru-Jeter was in the inaugural cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at UC San Francisco/UC Berkeley.
K. Sabeel Rahman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, a Fellow at the New America Foundation, and a Four Freedoms Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. His first book, Democracy Against Domination (forthcoming, Oxford University Press) offers a new account of how ideals of democracy can respond to persisting disparities of economic power, particularly in context of debates over economic regulation and reform debates after the 2008 financial crisis. His next book project expands these themes to examine the interactions between social movements, economic regulation, and inclusive governance in current day efforts to address economic inequality. His popular writings have appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston Review, The Nation, and Salon.com. Rahman earned his J.D. and Ph.D in Government, both at Harvard University, as well as an M.Sc in economics and M.St in sociolegal studies from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org. With over 1 million members, ColorOfChange is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Since 2005, ColorOfChange has been a leading force in holding government and corporations accountable to Black people and advancing visionary solutions for building a just society for everyone. For the past four years, Rashad has greatly expanded the scope and impact of the organization, and continued to build a member-driven movement around the issues that matter most to Black folks. From fighting for justice for Black people hurt or killed due to anti-Black violence, to battling attempts to suppress the Black vote, to helping shape the successful strategy in the fight to protect a free and open Internet, ColorOfChange has been at the forefront of the most critical civil rights issues of this century. In 2015, Fast Company named ColorOfChange the 6th Most Innovative Company in the world, “for creating a civil rights group for the 21st century.”
Under Rashad’s leadership, ColorOfChange developed and led a national campaign against the right-wing policy shop, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). After exposing ALEC’s involvement in passing discriminatory voter ID and deadly Stand Your Ground laws, ColorOfChange pushed over 100 corporations to end their financial support of ALEC. He has appeared in hundreds of news stories, interviews, and political discussions through outlets including ABC, CNN, MSNBC and NPR. And he was recently selected as one of EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 honorees for 2015.
Prior to his work at ColorOfChange, Rashad served as Senior Director of Media Programs at GLAAD, where he led the organization’s programmatic and advocacy work to transform the representation of LGBT people in news and entertainment media.
Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president’s) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university’s highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. Based on academic citations, Stiglitz is the 4th most influential economist in the world today, and in 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on assymetric information, Stiglitz’s work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers. His most recent title is The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them (2015).
Dorian T. Warren is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, an MSNBC Contributor, and Board Chair of the Center for Community Change. He is the Host and Executive Producer of “Nerding Out” on MSNBC’s digital platform, shift.msnbc.com.A scholar of inequality and American politics, he taught for over a decade at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, where he was Co-Director of the Columbia University Program on Labor Law and Policy, and serves as a Research Associate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies.
Warren has worked with several national and local organizations including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Rights at Work/Jobs with Justice, AFL-CIO, CTW, UNITE-HERE, SEIU, UFCW, Steelworkers, and the NGLTF Policy Institute, among others. He currently serves on several boards including Race Forward, Alliance for a Greater New York, Working Partnerships USA, the Model Alliance, the Workers Lab, the Discount Foundation and The Nation Magazine Editorial Board. He is also Co-Chair of the AFL-CIO’s Commission on Racial Justice Advisory Council.