The Widening Gap: Economic Inequality at Home and Abroad

Apr 19 2008 - 8:30am
Apr 19 2008 - 4:15pm

Event Description:

Come to the Houston Peace & Justice Center's conference on "The Widening Gap: Economic Inequality at Home and Abroad" and expand your understanding of how justice and peace are compromised by the ever-widening gap between rich and poor 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Honors College, MD Anderson Library, at the University of Houston.

Opening Plenary

Film: “Global Village or Global Pillage” narrated by Ed Asner

Panel of commentators plus initial group discussion

Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Ana Malinow, Baylor College of Medicine

“Our Broken Healthcare System and How to Fix It”


The drive to privatize

Immigration from Latin America: Its economic causes and impacts

Big Pharmacy abroad and at home

The special burden of women

Union organizing and the obstacles it encounters

Socially responsible business

Local economics as an alternative to elite globalization

Worker control: The experiment in Argentina

Registration $25, $10 for students and low income people. Includes lunch and materials. For more information and to register, visit Or write a check payable to HPJC and mail to P.O. Box 66234, Houston, TX 77266.


* Display the causal connections between economic distress in the U.S. and a global system of elite domination.
* Indicate the ways that the well-being of a large majority of Americans is being subverted by the economic, political, and media power of the wealthiest 1% of our population.
* Raise economic justice to major importance in the public discourse surrounding the 2008 elections.
* Energize people to organize for November.



Office of Justice and Peace-Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston

Coalition of Working People and the Poor

Harris County AFL-CIO

Harris County Green Party

Houston Institute for Culture

Rice for Peace and Justice

United Students Against Sweatshops-UH Chapter.


Opening plenary: film "Global Village or Global Pillage" narrated by Ed Asner

Panel of commentators plus general discussion

Workshops Round 1

Immigration from Mexico: its economic causes and impacts

Socially Responsible Business

Building Local Economies

The Drive to Privatize

Luncheon Presentation: "Fixing our broken healthcare system," Dr. Ana Malinow of Baylor College of Medicine and Healthcare for All Texas

Workshops Round 2

The Special Burden of Women

Big Pharmacy in the U.S. and Abroad

Unionizing and the obstacles organizers face

Worker control of factories: The Argentine experience

Closing plenary: The choice is ours. Lessons learned and the way forward.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. $25 registration fee, $10 for students and low income. Lunch with a vegan option is included.

Directions: Take I-45 to Spur 5 exit. Turn right at first stop light, cross Calhoun St. and use Entrance 1. There will be parking available in the lot at the first right and paid parking in the above-ground garage after you turn left at the first stop sign. To reach the library, follow the street on which you entered campus. The first building on your right is the University Center. Continue to the next building (also large), which is the M.D. Anderson Library. Go around to the front entrance, enter and immediately turn to the right. Use stairs or elevator to second floor.

Questions? Call 713.861.6227.

Event Sponsor:
Houston Peace and Justice Center

Event Contact Name:
Herb Rothschild

Event Phone Contact Information:

Event Website:

Event Fee:
$25 registration fee; $10 students/low income Includes lunch.