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Integral Ecology | Sun, Sep 29, 2013

Center President Lester A. Myers Endorses CIDSE Statement on Climate Change

Lester A. Myers, President of Center of Concern, joins in support of the 17 chief executives of the Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE), an international alliance of lay Catholic development and advocacy organizations, who issued a statement today expressing concern and calling for action in response to the release of today’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding the near certainty that human activity is the source for the alarming effects of climate change, including global warming. 

Inequality for All: A Robert Reich Documentary about the Widening Economic Gap

Center of Concern encourages viewing a new documentary, Inequality for All, in which Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, leads an expose of current financial divides. Reich says, "While the rich are getting ahead, workers are being left behind. If the minimum wage kept up with inflation, it would be $10.74 today." The filmmakers examine how and why the 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. 

Inequality for All: A Documentary Film Investigating the Nation's Widening Economic Gap

Center of Concern encourages viewing a new documentary, Inequality for All, in which Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, leads an expose of current financial divides. Reich says, "While the rich are getting ahead, workers are being left behind. If the minimum wage kept up with inflation, it would be $10.74 today." The filmmakers examine how and why the 400 richest Americans now own more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees this disparity as a threat to democracy. 

Global Women's Project | Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Mythologies of Women's Identities Complicate Contemporary Empowerment

Deva Kemmis, Ph.D., Director of Center of Concern's Global Women's Project, speaking at the American Goethe Institute, Washington, D.C., says that contemporary women must still work to overcome misleading stereotypes that limit their empowerment in the global workforce. Kemmis researches women's historical identities that perpetuate the obstacles to women securing their place as entrepreneurs and leaders. Incorporating literary, political, and historical references and images in her presentation, Kemmis's work asks that viewers investigate the visual presentation of women today. She asks, "What is really going on when women's identities are portrayed as mythological creatures such as sirens and mermaids and how do those images complicate women's progress?" 

Center of Concern | Thu, Sep 26, 2013

International Panel Assesses Results of Uruguay’s Tax Reforms and Impact on its Future Economic Stability

Montevideo, Uruguay—At an August 16 meeting, the government of Uruguay took part in a public forum, during which economic experts presented research on social justice and the impact of Latin America’s tax practices. The event sparked discussion among panelists about the role of tax policies in creating economic inequality. Speaking on Uruguay’s experience, the Director of the Tax Collection Agency and the Minister of Labor of Uruguay recounted how their country’s decade of expansion was being bolstered by tax policies that sought to lower debt and unemployment and decrease poverty. 

Moving from principles to action on responsible lending and borrowing

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Moving from principles to action on responsible lending and borrowing

 

On September 26th, 2013, Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari spoke at “From Principles to Action,” an event on the Norwegian Debt Audit and the UNCTAD Principles on Responsible Sovereign Lending and Borrowing. The event, held in the occasion of the High Level Special Event on Millennium Development Goals, will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York, and is cosponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNCTAD, Jubilee USA, Eurodad and the Norwegian Campaign for Debt Cancellation -SLUG.

Speaking on behalf of Jubilee USA he said: "I want to thank the other cosponsors for their willingness to do a side event on this topic at this particular place and time. Yesterday governments approved the roadmap for negotiations towards a new generation of development goals. As the world seeks to advance goals such as eradicating poverty, addressing the situation of countries that continue to struggle with the burden of debt repayments will need to be central part of that new development agenda." 

 

Event: Financing Human Rights and Sustainable Development

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Event: Financing Human Rights and Sustainable Development

Center of Concern joins members of Rightingfinance in organizing a strategy meeting this coming Monday September 23. The meeting, to be held at Roger Smith Hotel in the city of New York, will take place in the context of the events surrounding the MDGs Special Event bringing together high level officials from all countries at the UN Headquarters to assess progress on MDGs.

Global Women's Project | Mon, Sep 16, 2013

Promoting Immigration Reform

The Global Women's Project at the Center of Concern commends the recent Network's 'Nuns on the Bus' 15-state immigration reform bus tour and looks forward to the next leg of this historic journey! The Global Women's Project has championed the global rights of women for 40 years and supports these courageous sisters as they lobby for social justice. http://www.networklobby.org/bus

Integral Ecology | Mon, Sep 16, 2013

Powered By Wind

Washington, D.C.—The Center of Concern is  proud to announce that our facilities on Otis Street in Northeast Washington, DC are now 100% powered by wind. The Center's Chief Operating Officer, Ann Venton, led the process to ensure  that the electricity which powers our building is generated using sustainable means. This process led to the decision to use CleanStepsSM WindPower wind power and was confirmed today. http://www.wges.com/page/wind.php

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Sep 15, 2013

Opting for the Poor in Making Tax Policies

Center of Concern is proud to cosponsor with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, an Expert meeting on the theme “The human rights impacts of fiscal and tax policy.” The meeting takes place on September 16-17, at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and is also cosponsored by Friedrich Ebert Foundation, MISEREOR and Christian Aid. The meeting is intended as a consultation to assist the Rapporteur in preparing an upcoming report she will submit to the Human Rights Council in 2014. At the meeting, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari will make a presentation on taxation in the financial sector. 

 

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