October 13, 2008
Bill Fletcher Jr. to Discuss “Can the Elections Really Shift Power for Working People?” October 16
Bill Fletcher Jr., executive editor of BlackCommentator.com and senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, will present “Can the Elections Really Shift Power for Working People?” at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 16, in Knight Law Center 110. Fletcher’s presentation is part of the “Critical Perspectives on the 2008 Elections” speaker series sponsored by the University of Oregon Department of Political Science and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
This talk will examine not only what is at stake in the November 2008 elections, but the question of what steps working people need to consider in order to build power and change their conditions. The historic approach organized labor has taken toward elections and the manner in which race and gender are both affecting electoral politics also will be examined.
Fletcher has served in several positions in organized labor including assistant to the president of the AFL-CIO under John Sweeney. He is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and served for two years as the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor at Brooklyn College-CUNY. He is the co-author of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941, and coauthor of the recently released Solidarity Divided, which analyzes the crisis of organized labor in the United States.