Summit for Civil Rights 2019
May 2-3, 2019
Rutgers Labor Education Center Auditorium
New Brunswick, NJ
A project to rebuild, reinvigorate and reignite a powerful multi racial civil rights movement in America
On May 2-3, 2019, civil rights scholars, economists, leaders and advocates will gather with labor, civic, faith and political leadership in New Brunswick, NJ to forge a renewed agenda for Building One America.
Building on last years Summit for Civil Rights at the University of Minnesota Law school, leaders will come together to present a program of social and racial justice and expanded middle class opportunity for all Americans.
The purpose will be to build scholarly support and a political consensus around an aggressive and ambitions agenda for progress in America. One that revisits and restores the priorities and values of the New Deal, the Great Society, and the Americans Civil Rights Movement.
For too long progressives have argued around shifting priorities and competing constituencies. We have lacked a cohesive vision and a unified agenda (backed by sound analysis) that is in the interest of and supported by a powerful multi-racial constituency of working and middle class Americans.
At the last Summit, Congressman James Clyburn (now Majority Whip) and former Vice President Walter Mondale gathered with America’s most prominent civil rights leaders and hundreds of delegates from across the country representing labor, law, academia, the faith community and local government. They explored how enduring racial disparities and growing economic inequality are mutually reinforcing problems in American society, inextricably tied to our racially segregated structures of opportunity and power, including in housing, finance, health, education, employment, and law.
This year we will put forth an agenda to unite our country and synthesize our disparate but interconnected priorities and constituencies around a program of expanded middle class opportunity for all Americans. We will highlight stories of current statewide campaigns that combine litigation, legislation and multi-racial organizing to achieve civil rights breakthroughs.
We will demonstrate how racial justice is not a special interest that is separate and distinct from the problem of economic inequality and other critical issues, but a core American problem that must be confronted if we are to solve the others including access to quality health care, fair housing, inclusive schools, the environment and meaningful employment opportunities.