On Sunday, November 13th we held a massive Teach-In on the state of the economy, its impact on individuals and households, the reasons for the long duration of the current Great Recession, and ideas about what can be done to speed economic recovery and enhance economic and social justice.

Speakers at the Teach-In included Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, State Senators Sonia Chang-Diaz and Dan Wolf, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston City Councilors Mike Ross and Tito Jackson, Mike Dukakis and Barry Bluestone and a dazzling array of speakers.

We estimate that close to 1,000 participants joined us — faculty, students, alumni, community residents, nonprofit, business and labor leaders, and politicians. The Teach-In was intended for community members of all ages and walks of life.

The purpose of the Teach-In was to educate and enlighten about the state of the economy, its impact on individuals and households, the reasons for the long duration of the current Great Recession, and to provide ideas about what can be done to speed economic recovery and enhance economic and social justice.

Our intention was to not just produce this one-time event but to help spark a movement of similarly-focused Teach-Ins throughout the nation. Many Americans have been impacted by the economy, not only in recent years but for the past few decades — as income and wealth inequality have grown while opportunity and mobility have declined. Rightly so, the response has been frustration, despair and even anger. And yet, far too many Americans, of all ages, don’t yet fully understand how it all happened, what went wrong, and most importantly what are some viable solutions for fixing things and getting back on track.

Moving forward, we will be working to spread and support Teach-Ins on other campuses as well as more right here at Northeastern. If you would like to organize a Teach-In on your campus or in your community, please contact us at j.sarvey@neu.edu.


 

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