FJE 2017 Policy Briefing: The Road Ahead for Worker Justice

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The Road Ahead for Worker Justice: Where to Lean In, Pull Up, Push Back, and Pivot

In a fundamentally shifting political and power map, Funders for a Just Economy’s annual policy briefing will update our most current understanding of the major forces and players that impact worker justice; explore the offensive opportunities and defensive needs on federal, state and local levels; and identify how funders can best support them. With exciting keynote speakers and discussion-based panels that unpack corporate power and offensive campaigns, run down the policy fights on the move on the state level, dig into migrant and immigrant workers’ issues, and explore litigation strategies, this urgent and timely briefing will build hope about where we can lean in for worker justice in the short and long haul, and yield concrete strategies for funders to respond to the current times.

Click here for the agenda, slides, and bios of each of the speakers.

Featuring Tefere Gebre, Sarita Gupta, Heidi Shierholz, and Dr. Manuel Pastor
Panels & Discussions: 
  • Ideas and Provocations on Strategies for Worker Justice
  • Organizing for Corporate Accountability and Worker Justice
  • What’s on the Move, and What’s at Stake
  • The Frontlines: Migrant and Immigrant Workers
  • Staying the Course or Shifting Up
  • Evolving Resistance Strategies: Litigation, Organizing, and Narrative 
2017 Policy Briefing Host Committee: 
  • William Cordery, Surdna Foundation
  • Anna Lefer Kuhn, Arca Foundation
  • Emma Oppenheim, Open Society Foundations
  • Bob Shull, Public Welfare Foundation 

Headshot of Luna Ranjit 

Participants are also invited to a reception honoring Luna Ranjit, Co-founder of Adhikaar and New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition, as the winner of the 2017 Discount Foundation Legacy Award

The celebration will be held after the first day of the policy briefing on May 18 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Vinoteca (1940 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001). Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP for the reception after completing your registration for the policy briefing.


For any questions, please contact Manisha Vaze, Senior Program Manager of Funders for a Just Economy, at


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