Economic Policy Forum Tonight In Montclair

NJ.com — Thursday, April 23, 2009

By John Atlas / NJ Voices

Do you want to learn something about the economic challenges we face and what you can do about it? New Jersey Citizen Action's Education Fund is conducting an economic policy forum tonight at 6pm in Montclair. It will take place at 139 Union Street, the home of Marcia Marley, president of BlueWave NJ.

The guest speaker is Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He was a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, the premier think tank that focuses on the economic condition of low and moderate-income families.

Baker is one of the few economists who have managed to break through the silence of the mainstream press so that the concerns of minorities, the middle-class and the working poor have a voice in the economic discourse.

He has not only helped to inject the issues of equality, fairness and affordable housing into the public debate, he does so by explaining economics accurately, and in a way we can understand, and with a great sense of humor

He has written numerous books and articles. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, and National Public Radio. He also writes a weekly column for the Guardian and he has written for the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News.

Baker understood the threat of deregulation and tried to warn the country about the dangers of the housing bubble. In these troubled times you need to be informed by experts who predicted the present crisis.

You should know that this is also a fundraiser for New Jersey Citizen Action's educational fund so it can carry on its work to solve the problems New Jersey faces in the wake of our economic crisis. Citizen Action is the state's largest citizen watchdog coalition and among other activities, its Jersey's largest HUD certified home ownership counseling agency and at the forefront of trying to fix our foreclosure crisis.

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