Center for Popular Economics Summer Institute 2013

Starting Date: 08-04-2013

Hampshire College
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
United States
CPE’s Summer Institute is a week-long intensive training in economics for activists, educators, media makers, and anyone who wants a better understanding of how the economy works. Our trainings are highly participatory and build on the knowledge and experience of our participants. No background in economics is necessary.

Co-sponsoring organizations

We are delighted to be working with the following organizations on developing and organizing this year’s Summer Institute:

Civil Liberties & Public Policy – we inspire, educate, train and support new activists and leadership to secure reproductive freedom, justice and sexual rights for everyone. We do this through leadership projects that include our classes, annual conference, paid summer internships, emerging leaders network, student activist group and newsletter.

Center for Women’s Global Leadership - Since 1990, CWGL has fostered women’s leadership in the area of human rights through women’s global leadership institutes, strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, UN monitoring, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center.

Caring Across Generations – We all have people we love who are at risk of losing the support they need to live with dignity. We are building a movement to defend what we have earned and create what we need for future generations so we can be a nation that takes care of one another across generations.
Special track: The Care Economy: Building a Just Economy with a Heart

Every year we choose a particular issue that to focus on. This year, the Summer Institute will look at the care economy.

Women are the backbone of the care economy. Paid care jobs such as childcare, domestic work, homecare, and eldercare tend to pay low wages and offer sub-standard benefits. Unpaid care work devoted to family members, friends, and members of the community is often taken for granted. Supportive public policies such as paid family leave, sick leave, high-quality child care and after-school programs are lacking. Women are left to bear a disproportionate share of the dual burden of paid and unpaid care work.

Care work is essential to the health and well being of our society and economy. In the U.S. we undervalue and under invest in care provision. Our Care Economy special track will provide activists with strategic and analytical tools to articulate and organize for investment in the care economy.

Sample topics:
the attack on reproductive rights and analysis of economic impact on women.
care labor – making it visible, valued and adequately supported
attack or lack of resources in support of care work – paid family leave, tax policies, childcare, Social Security, healthcare, etc.
economic factors in violence against women, trafficking
responses and solutions
Geographical Scope: National


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