Revitalizing Manufacturing with the Green New Deal

Monday, April 18, 2022 - 1:00pm
Carl Davidson

Neoliberal globalization deindustrialized the US. Corporations off shored production to the global South, moving better paying jobs to low wage areas. The economic consequences to workers were catastrophic. The political consequences included the rise to the presidency of Donald Trump.

The Green New Deal is a program that attempts to address this while responding to the challenge of climate change. The Green New Deal had many champions. But what is needed is first, to create the means that will produce it and second provide the 'just transition' that will merge trade unionists concerned about jobs with an environmental movement seeking zero-carbon burning.

This is proposed in a bill now before Congress, HR 5124, that aims to establish a Manufacturing Renaissance. Carl Davidson will explain the bill and the renovations in thinking and practice behind it. Manufacturing Renaissance Campaign is based in Chicago and aims to build thriving communities, companies and social institutions.

Davidson is a veteran activist, having played a central roll in nearly every Left cause in the last half century. He was a leader of Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s and is now a leader of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. He also runs the Online University of the Left, that maintains a sizable digital library.