Monday, May 9, 2011

Austerity in America: the fall of Camden, NJ

Hey, folks--

After some technical difficulty (and, to be quite honest, slight overcommitment on the part of our staff!) , we're back up and blogging. And what better way to start than by letting you know about a quite timely discussion of what happened in a city that could no longer fund its public workforce?

Austerity in America: The Fall of Camden, NJ

Monday, May 16th – 7pm
The A-Space, 4722 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA

Camden, New Jersey went from a diverse and mighty industrial city--home to 55,000 of good paying industrial jobs--only to become the one of the nation’s most segregated and poorest.

In 2002, The New Jersey state government claimed it needed to take over nearly all of the city’s functions--legally disenfranchising every resident--only to leave a trail of failed development schemes and enough financial ruin that the city recently laid off half of its police and fire departments.

Join us for an intriguing discussion about capital flight, severe austerity, urban development, and political corruption.

Panelists include:
Dr. Howard Gillette - Professor of History at Rutgers University-Camden and author of Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City.

Tom Knoche - Community organizer, Camden activist, and author of Common Sense for Camden: Taking Back Our City.

Dan Sidorick - Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Temple University and author of Condensed Capitalism: Campbell Soup and the Pursuit of Cheap Production in the Twentieth Century.

Part of the Philadelphia Industrial Workers of the World’s Philly Labor Talk Series.

Contact or 215-839-9258 with questions. This event is FREE!

Hope to see you there.

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