An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century

A Conference Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare & Equity
Saturday October 18, 2014

This conference will consider Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal for an Economic Bill of Rights, guaranteeing included employment at living wages, housing, medical care, education and old age security.

Overview

In 1944 Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed an Economic Bill of Rights whose guarantees included employment at living wages, housing, medical care, education and old age security. This conference will consider FDR’s proposal in light of subsequent history. Questions to be addressed include:

Have any of those rights originally proposed been achieved?

What are their interconnections?

How does FDR’s Bill of Rights need to be updated for the 21st Century?

How can we secure these rights in the present political climate?