EARNConversations 2021 provided a week-long series of virtual discussions that lifted up state and local policy research from across the Network and provided EARN partners with the ideas and resources needed to better advocate for racial, gender, and economic justice.

This was a pivotal moment during which we had an opportunity to make transformative investments in our communities and reforms to the standards and supports that for too long have left many working people struggling to get by. EARNConversations brought together researchers, advocates, and grassroots organizers to strategize how states and localities can act on the lessons of the past year and use an unprecedented supply of resources to build worker power and improve the well-being of working families.

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Economic Recovery & Worker Justice for All: Growing the Economy Through Antiracist Policy 

September 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Kyle Moore (Moderator), Economist, Economic Policy Institute
  • Alex Camardelle, Director of Workforce Policy, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Angela Hanks, Counselor to the Secretary, Department of Labor
  • Rigo Valdez, Presidents’ Organizing Initiative Coordinator at the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council


Session Description

Every level of government needs to prioritize antiracist policies if we are ever going to effectively confront racial wage, income, wealth, and employment gaps. This session will discuss the need to center people of color in our economic research and policymaking, the particular harm Black and Brown communities suffered in the pandemic, and the state and local policies that can help us achieve a more equitable economy.

The Economic Policy Institute would like to thank the following funders for their ongoing and generous support for the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN): 
American Federation of Teachers 
Bauman Foundation 
Bernard and Anne Spitzer Trust 
Ford Foundation  
International Association of Machinists  
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Kresge Foundation  
National Association of Letter Carriers  
National Education Association 
National Infrastructure Alliance 
Marguerite Casey Foundation 
Omidyar Network
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Service Employees International Union 
Surdna Foundation 
United Auto Workers  
United Brotherhood of Carpenters 
United Food and Commercial Workers 
United Steelworkers of America 
W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

EARNConversations 2021

EARNCon 2021 will be virtual again this year from September 27 to October 1, 2021! Learn more by visiting our EARNCon page and register by following this link.