Fighting for Jobs and Justice: The Way Forward

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, the Center for American Progress will be hosting a discussion among progressive leaders about how to fight for jobs and justice moving forward.

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom to demand a more just America. King made it clear that civil rights and economic justice are deeply interconnected—one not possible without the other. Nearly 55 years later, core civil rights are at risk, and some policymakers are advocating policies that would massively tilt the American economy into the hands of the wealthiest 1 percent.

Please join the Center for American Progress for reflections from progressive leaders about how to honor the legacy of King in our work to protect civil rights and to build an economy that works for working people.

Welcoming remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress

Keynote address:
Julián Castro, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Distinguished Panelists:
Tefere Gebre , Executive VP, AFL-CIO
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center
Lisa Mensah, Undersecretary for Rural Development, USDA
Makayla Gilliam-Price, Youth activist, founder of City Bloc in Baltimore, MD

Sarah Edelman, Director, Housing Policy


1333 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

Additional information

Coffee will be served at 9:00 a.m.


Closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.
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