Center for American Progress

ADVISORY: Secretary Castro, Progressive Leaders on Fighting for Jobs and Justice
Press Advisory

Washington, D.C. — 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.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion among progressive leaders about how to fight for jobs and justice moving forward. Keynoted by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, panelists will discuss how to honor the legacy of King in our work to protect civil rights and build an economy that works for working people.

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

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

Distinguished Panelists:
Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Lisa Mensah, Undersecretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Makayla Gilliam-Price, Youth activist and Founder, City Bloc, Baltimore

Sarah Edelman, Director of Housing Policy, Center for American Progress


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Monday, January 9, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. ET – 1:15 p.m. ET

For more information, contact Allison Preiss at or 202.478.6331.