This is presented by the Oregon Labor Education Resource Center:
Racism, Austerity, and the Public Good: The Anti-Racist Imperative for Public Sector Unions
Daniel Hosang, Associate Professor of Ethnicity, Race & Migration at Yale University
Decades of attacks on public goods and services and demands for austerity and ‘taxpayer rights’ have had an enduring impact, evident in public ambivalence towards raising taxes and revenues and funding vital public services. This talk and discussion will focus on the role of race and racism in legitimating such attacks, and highlight the challenge and opportunities for public sector unions to join with others in a broad vision of public reconstruction.