FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 23, 2002
CONTACT: Craig Cheslog, (510) 444-3041
WEALTH AND PROGRESS WILL BE
TOPIC OF A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH
MAYOR JERRY BROWN
June 6 Forum Free and Open
to the Public
OAKLAND, Calif.-Did the economic boom of the last decade represent progress?
What does the unchecked growth of speculative wealth,
income polarization, and disgruntled politics mean
for California and the nation? These questions and
more will be addressed at an upcoming forum entitled,
"Is Wealth Progress? The Politics of America's
Economic Boom," scheduled for Thursday, June
6 at 8:15 a.m. at the African American Museum and
Library at Oakland (659-14th Street).
The event, sponsored by the City of Oakland/Oakland
Public Library, We the People Legal Foundation,
and the public policy organization Redefining Progress,
will feature three speakers: Mayor Jerry Brown,
author and NPR commentator Kevin Phillips, and Redefining
Progress Executive Director Michel Gelobter.
Oakland Mayor Brown, a former California governor,
radio talk show host, and author of the non-fiction
book Dialogues, has overseen a boom in the
city's economy that includes 10,000 new jobs and
an increase in property values measured at four
Phillips is the author of several books on the
panel's topic, notably, The Politics of Rich
and Poor, published in 1990, and Wealth and
Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich,
published in May of this year. Gelobter heads up
Redefining Progress, an Oakland-based public policy
organization focused on social and environmental
sustainability. He has served as Director of Environmental
Quality for New York City and taught at Rutgers
and Columbia University.
Each speaker will lecture for approximately 15
minutes and then take questions. Coffee and light
refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please contact Craig Cheslog
of Redefining Progress at (510) 444-3041.
Please refrain from wearing heavily scented products
to this event. To request sign interpretation or
other accommodation, please call (510) 238-6713
(voice) or (510) 834-7446 (TTY) at least five working
days prior to the event.
This program is free-of-charge and open to the