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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2009
3:42 PM

CONTACT: Progressive Policy Groups

Karen Dolan, Institute for Policy Studies: kdolan@ips-dc.org; (202) 234-9382 (m)
Ricardo Valadez, Jobs With Justice: Ricardo@jwj.org; (703) 340-0610 (m) 

A Bold Agenda for Change from Grassroots America: Voices from the Front Lines of the Economic Crisis

WASHINGTON - May 11 - A coalition of progressive poverty-fighting networks will present to Members of Congress and their staff about the impact of the economic crisis on those most affected by the crisis. The coalition will present a comprehensive agenda to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and ask for the assistance in ensuring those on the front line of this crisis are not forgotten.   

The educational briefing and agenda release will occur Tuesday, May 12, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in 121 Cannon House Office Building.    

This educational briefing will focus on the hundreds of thousands of people most severely affected, including maids, janitors, day laborers, housing activists, worker rights advocates and others from the front lines of the economic crisis.

When:  Tuesday, May 12th, 10:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m.

  Where:  121 Cannon House Office Building 

Who:  Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice

          Elce Redman, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

          Jihan Gearon, Indigenous Environmental Network

          Tammy Bang Lu, National Day Laborers Organizing Network

          Pablo Alvarado, Right to the City

          Roxanne McKinnon, City Life in Boston

          Wanda Salaman, National Domestic Workers Alliance

          Ai-jen Poo 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS:  Institute for Policy Studies  For more than four decades, the Institute for Policy Studies has transformed ideas into action for peace, justice and the environment. It is a progressive multi-issue think tank. www.ips-dc.org  Jobs with Justice (JWJ) is a national network of over 40 coalitions in 25 states across the country that engage workers and allies in campaigns to win justice in workplaces and in communities where working families live. www.jwj.org

Grassroots Global Justice (GGJ) is an alliance of 65 U.S.-based grassroots groups and networks who are organizing to build an agenda for power for working and poor people. www.ggjalliance.org

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) has over 40 affiliates across the country organizing to improve the lives of day laborers in the United States. www.ndlon.org

Right to the City is a national alliance of over 35 membership-based organizations and allies organizing to build a united response to gentrification and displacement in our cities. www.righttothecity.org

The National Domestic Workers Alliance is comprised of over a dozen domestic workers organizations across the country.  www.domesticworkersunited.org

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