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Reclaiming Prosperity: Just Economics with Manuel Pastor

Posted by bens at Jul 15, 2013 04:50 PM |

Can ensuring everyone has an equal chance at success actually lead to prosperity? Or do we have to trade fairness and equity for economic growth?

Join University of Southern California professor Manuel Pastor for a discussion of “Just Economics” on Thursday July 25th at 7:30pm at Town Hall Seattle.

Click here to register for the event, part of the Reclaiming Prosperity speaker series.

A self-described “nerd for social justice,” Pastor believes “The American story is a story of individuals and what they do to get ahead, but it’s also a story of the public policies we put in place so people can realize their dreams... and told that way, I think we can make more change in this country.”

Manuel Pastor is a professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is a well-known economist and expert on immigration, workforce demographics and urban and regional movements for equity, economic opportunity, and growth. His recent books include, Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, and This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.  Tickets are $5.00.

This is the third event in a new and ongoing speaker series called Reclaiming Prosperity, focused on transforming our economy and building a prosperous future for working people and their families.We are proud to sponsor the Series in partnership with Town Hall Seattle, Citizen University, True Patriot Network,  The University of Washington School of Law, OneAmerica, Working Washington, SEIU Healthcare 775NW, Fuse Washington, The Progress Alliance of Washington and The Stranger. 

 
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