A New Social Contract: 2018 – 2019 Speaking Tour

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A New Social Contract: 2018-2019 Speaking Tour

In 2018, we introduced the New Social Contract project, which advances comprehensive, transformative, community and worker led solutions that offer an alternative to our current system and a possible future for our country grounded in democracy, equity and rights. 


We launched the project at an event at the New School, co-sponsored by Race Forward, Resource Generation, and People’s Action.


Event Speakers:

  • Maya Wiley, The New School
  • Carol Anderson, Emory University
  • Greg Asbed, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • Nijmie Dzurinko, Put People First! Pennsylvania
  • Imara Jones, journalist, “The Last Sip”
  • Glenn Harris, Race Forward
  • James Haslam, Rights and Democracy
  • Scot Nakagawa, ChangeLab.


In 2019, joined by Rights and Democracy, Race Forward, Working Families Party, the Center for Policy Democracy, Detroit Action and Policy Link, we launched the New Social Contract tour to create a national dialogue about the change our country needs. 


Concord, New Hampshire (September 15, 2019)

Event Speakers:

  • Cathy Albisa, Partners for Dignity & Rights
  • Linda Sarsour, MPower
  • Jennifer Epps-Addison, the Center for Popular Democracy


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (October 29, 2019)


  • Author Naomi Klein 
  • Maurice (Moe) Mitchell of Working Families Party
  • Kendra Brooks, Working Families candidate for Philly City Council At-large
  • Kris Henderson, Amistad Law Project
  • Nancy Nguyen, Alliance for a Just Philadelphia
  • Esteban Kelley, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
  • Zakia Elliot, Philadelphia Climate Works


Las Vegas, Nevada (November 13-14, 2019)

  • Cathy Albisa was a featured speaker at the NELP National Conference “We’re All In” to discuss the NSC.


The tour was to continue with stops in Columbus, Ohio, Atlanta, Detroit, Tallahassee, Chattanooga, Oakland and Portland. 


However, while the tour was abruptly cut short in March 2020 due to Covid, the work continues. Black Lives Matter and other uprisings for racial justice have led us to a reckoning with the full weight of historic and ongoing racism. At the same time, Covid has led us to reckon with economic disparities and insecurity, with job losses and evictions impacting millions of low-wage workers while wealthy Americans saw their stock values rise. Meanwhile, climate and ecological crises are driving greater and greater precarity. 


This historic moment has provided an opportunity for our movements to articulate and push for radical demands. The New Social Contract project embraces the challenges ahead, as we articulate our vision for a just and equitable future.

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