Fair Development Conference
Friday Oct. 28, 2011: Dinner, welcome, and keynote
Saturday October 29: Workshops and discussions, followed by dinner, film and party.
Sunday October 30: Action Event: The Haunted Harbor March: A Terrifying Tale of Poverty Zone Development. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Meet at Charles St. & Lombard St.). (map)
People are traveling far and wide to share stories and strategies for building the power needed to develop our communities and economies in ways that respect the inherent worth of all people. From the Dominican Republic, Vermont, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, organizers, artists, faith leaders, and students will be making their way to Baltimore to participate in the Fair Development Conference. We hope that you will make your way too.
Why fair development?
The current economic crisis has made more apparent the growing numbers of people struggling to meet their basic needs—food, housing, healthcare, work with dignity and education.
Corporations and government leaders claim that the solution is an economic development model that hands power and public resources over to private entities in the name of job creation.
Poverty-zone Development runs rampant throughout the country in both city-centers and rural areas, as controlling forces advocate a kind of development that disregards public needs with empty promises of economic growth and job creation. At the same time, local community struggles highlight the need for an alternative model of development that respects human rights, maximizes public benefits and is sustainable. And to that end, participants in those struggles are using innovative methods to organize, develop leadership, and build power.
The Fair Development Conference is a gathering meant to increase our understanding of these challenging times, connect our various fronts of struggle, share movement-building strategies and develop a collective vision for “Fair Development.”
All News on the 2011 Fair Development Conference
- Videos: Conference Keynote Speeches December 1, 2011
- Real News Network: "Hundreds of Community Activists Gather in Baltimore" November 7, 2011
- Audio of Fair Development Conference Workshops November 4, 2011
- Interviews, Interviews, Interviews: What is Fair Development? November 2, 2011
- Fair Development Conference is a Stunning Success November 1, 2011