For Immediate Release | November 17, 2014

Conference challenges growing wealth concentration

People vs Profiteers – November 21-23, University of Alberta

Parkland Institute

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Parkland Institute’s annual fall conference this year will seed to address why, at a time of remarkable wealth production, the money seems to be skewing in very particular directions, and away from workers, women, visible minorities, the disabled, and the poor and towards a small minority, and what can and should be done about it.

People Vs. Profiteers: Demanding Justice and Equity takes place on the University of Alberta campus from November 22 to 24.  Parkland’s annual fall conference has become a key event for all those in Alberta interested in discussion and dialogue on key national and international public interest issues,

Conference highlights include:

GUY STANDING (economist and best-selling author of The Precariat: The new dangerous class)
A Precariat Charter: A Progressive Agenda for Today's Dangerous Class
Friday November 21, 7:00 pm – CCIS 1-430, U of A

JANE MCALEVEY (New York based labour and environmental justice activist and organizer)
Building Power to Win: Organizing Versus Mobilizing
Saturday November 22, 9:00 am – CCIS 1-430

KATHLEEN LAHEY (feminist legal studies, Queen’s University)
How Alberta’s Tax and Budget Policies Undermine Women’s Equality - Yes, there are other alternatives!
Saturday November 22, 1:00 pm – CCIS 1-430

ELAINE BERNARD (Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard University)
Fighting Inequality and Sharing the Knowledge of How to Combine
Saturday November 22, 4:00 pm – CCIS 1-430

Canadian Premiere! The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People
With Q&A session with filmmaker Theo Badashi
Saturday November 22, 7:00 pm – Dewey’s Lounge, Old Powerplant, U of A

GORDON LAXER (Political economist, founding director of Parkland Institute)
Will the rich corner needed energy supplies and leave the rest shivering in the dark?
Sunday November 23, 9:00 am – CCIS 1-430

STEPHANIE ROSS (Work and Labour Studies, York University)
Class, Inequality and Workers: Labour Movements and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy
Sunday November 23, 12:00 pm – CCIS 1-430

There will also be numerous other plenary and break-out sessions throughout the weekend. The full conference schedule, along with speaker bios, is available at

Single session tickets and full conference registrations can be purchased on the conference web-site, and some will be available at the door. Media passes can be arranged upon request.

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