EARNCon: Phoenix 2017

EARNCon 2017: Phoenix

The 2017 EARN Conference will continue EARN’s multi-year campaign to support state and local efforts to raise wages, strengthen labor standards and pursue a state economic agenda to benefit working families. Members from EARN’s 79 groups across 43 states will convene with leading economic thinkers, policy experts, members of the labor movement, social services providers, community organizers, faith leaders, and academic researchers to think collectively about critical emerging issues in state policymaking, and discuss policies and strategies to lift up working families during pivotal 2018 issue debates.

Arizona’s rich history offers a unique backdrop against which to discuss economic justice. The Grand Canyon State has been a key battleground on water rights for Native American communities, civil rights, and some of the most stringent anti-immigration legislation in recent years. Yet in the most recent election cycle, voters in the city of Flagstaff approved a schedule which would raise the city minimum wage to $15.50 by 2022 and voted to gradually raise and eliminate the separate tipped minimum wage – the first city in the country to do so. The Arizona experience represents many of the challenges activists and policymakers seeking to fight injustice–racial, economic, and otherwise–must confront: a rapidly changing population, a justifiable sense among average working families that the economy they know has stalled, and a political climate in which progressive policy victories often must start at the local level. This year’s conference picks up where last year’s in St. Louis left off: seeking to understand and confront these challenges, so that economic policies that will help working families can be achieved even in states where progressive policy changes can be harder to put in place.

The agenda will include workshops on:

  • Unstable schedules, their effect on families, and how innovative laws and technology can bring stability
  • Economic development strategies for rural areas
  • State options to expand overtime protections, stop exploitative financial advisers and make the case for good regulation
  • Lessons learned from anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona and Texas
  • City-level labor enforcement: how some cities are innovating, and what can be done in those states where state law preempts local action
  • Paid family and medical leave – the success in Washington state and what it means for other states
  • How employment contracts are being used to limit workers’ rights and suppress wages, and what to do about it
  • Hands-on training, with instruction in basic microdata analysis, key economic concepts for policy analysts, and how to boil complex economic reports down to understandable language

Conference dates: October 25–27, 2017*

*A pre-conference meeting for EARN state group executive directors will take place on Wednesday, October 25th at 1:00 pm. On-site registration for all attendees will open Wednesday, October 25th at 4:00 pm. Program will run until Friday, October 27th at 3:00 pm.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
7677 North 16th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85020, USA
Tel: 1-602-997-2626

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Agenda

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Registration

  •  Registration area
  • 4:00–7:00 pm

Dinner

  •  Anasazi Courtyard 1
  • 5:00–7:00 pm

Introductory remarks

  •  Navajo
  • 7:00–7:30 pm
  • Plenary

Tom Steyer of NextGen America will provide opening remarks to kick off the conference.

  • Tom Steyer, NextGen America
    Introduced by Chris Hoene, California Budget & Policy Center

Opening plenary: Welcome to Phoenix

  •  Navajo
  • 7:30–9:00 pm
  • Plenary

Throughout the latter half of the 20th century, Phoenix was an epicenter of conservative political and policy development. More than those in any other Southwest city, lawmakers in Phoenix pioneered the idea of nurturing a “favorable business climate”—shorthand for undermining the power of unions, reducing regulation, and shifting the tax burden to homeowners and consumers—as a means to entice companies to move from existing industrial strongholds. To achieve their free-enterprise vision, Phoenix’s conservative political leaders employed tactics (systematic disenfranchisement) and rhetoric (stoking racial resentment) that would foreshadow today’s politics and the rise of the so-called “populist right.”

Yet Arizona today also offers glimmers of hope for policymakers, advocates, and ordinary citizens looking to build a more economically inclusive future. Organizing efforts, catalyzed in the wake of Arizona’s SB 1070 anti-immigration legislation, led to a successful ballot campaign for a $12 minimum wage and paid sick leave. Voters in Flagstaff also approved their own $15.50 minimum wage, with eventual elimination of the lower tipped minimum wage. Organizers and politicians are finding ways to speak to voters about economic justice in ways that cross party lines. In this session, you will learn about Phoenix’s past and how the state’s civic and community leaders are working toward a more progressive future.

  • Rep. Rebecca Rios, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago
  • Tomas Robles, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)

Welcome reception

  •  Anasazi Courtyard 1
  • 9:00–11:00 pm

Thursday, Oct. 26

Group run

  •  Meet in hotel lobby
  • 6:45 am

A group of EARN members will lead a morning jog.

Breakfast

  •  Ballroom 2nd floor veranda
  • 7:30–8:30 am

Plenary: Going on the offense: Strategic state and local action for working families

  •  Navajo
  • 8:40–9:55 am
  • Plenary

Dominant forces in Washington and in many states are actively dismantling laws and regulations meant to support workers and their families. In this session, Heidi Shierholz, EPI’s director of policy, will provide an overview of opportunities for defensive and offensive action in response to congressional and executive movement to undermine working families. Terri Gerstein will highlight opportunities to protect workers through state action outside of the legislative arena, including action by state and local labor departments, district attorneys, state attorneys general. José Garza will describe options for leveraging local governmental entities and incentives for worker-friendly employer behavior. Jon Whiten, from New Jersey Policy Perspectives, will serve as moderator and will also share his perspective on working to spur state action on the overtime rule.

  • Moderator: Jon Whiten, New Jersey Policy Perspective
  • José Garza, Texas Workers Defense Project
  • Terri Gerstein, Open Society Foundations
  • Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute

Session 1.1 10:05–11:20 am

Training: EARN Data 101: Introduction to EARN data offerings and analytical tools

  •  Yucca
  • 10:05–11:20 am
  • 1.1

This session is meant as an introduction or refresher for some of the most popular data tools available to members through EARN. The session will open with a discussion of State Jobs Day tools and best practices. Thereafter, we will move through the suite of State of Working XX materials available to EARN members, highlighting the breadth of the resources available, where to find them, and how they can be used. The session will be interactive, and attendees are encouraged to bring laptops to participate in application exercises. The session will also touch briefly on state productivity data, trends in income inequality, and immigration data. A generous amount of time will be set aside for questions.

  • Janelle Jones, Economic Policy Institute / EARN
  • Jessica Schieder, Economic Policy Institute / EARN

Unstable work schedules and their effects on families: How innovative research can advance policy change and promote stability for parents and children

  • Palo Verde
  • 10:05–11:20 am
  • 1.1

Millions of working people—especially those in retail, restaurant, and other low-wage, service-sector jobs—are subject to “just-in-time” scheduling practices that result in unpredictable and unstable work schedules, with little advance notice and shifts that vary wildly from week to week. These schedules are particularly problematic for parents: without sufficient notice or control over work hours, it can be impossible for a parent to take a sick child to the doctor, attend parent-teacher conferences, budget for expenses, or otherwise plan a life for herself and her family. This volatility can also have a negative impact on children’s well-being and makes it especially hard for parents to afford and access the high-quality child care that would provide needed stability for their children and help prepare them for school.

Addressing unfair work schedules is a relatively new frontier—but researchers and advocates are meeting the challenge with new tools, and new policies are advancing across the country: since 2014, cities including San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City have passed laws that provide scheduling protections for retail and/or food service workers, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently signed the first statewide fair scheduling protections into law.

This panel brings together researchers and advocates to share key findings and strategies that can advance fair scheduling policies—and, in turn, make a meaningful difference for working families. Together, panelists will review what both qualitative and quantitative research shows about the impact of unfair scheduling practices on family/child well-being and child care; share innovative approaches to filling the gaps in this emerging field of research; and discuss how the research and messaging strategies recently deployed in Oregon propelled a successful advocacy campaign to produce policy change that will benefit working parents and their children.

  • Moderator: Andrea Johnson, National Women’s Law Center
  • Kate Hamaji, Center for Popular Democracy
  • Daniel Schneider, University of California Berkeley
  • Hannah Taube, Oregon Working Families
  • Julie Vogtman, National Women’s Law Center

Economic development in rural areas: An honest discussion about what can be done

  •  Cholla
  • 10:05–11:20 am
  • 1.1

The 2016 presidential election. The opioid crisis. The Case-Deaton research on mortality rates. J.D. Vance. The maker movement. Over the past year, we have heard a lot about rural America and rightly so. Yet too often discussions of the country’s nonurban areas are ill-informed at best, and patronizing or exploitative at worse. Fortunately, EARN groups are already providing a more thoughtful voice on these issues and we want to strengthen and amplify that voice. In order to build state economies that truly work for everyone, we need to be well equipped to understand the conditions, challenges, needs, and desires of rural communities—as well as the policy options available for us to support them. In this workshop, we will present new EARN resources for analyzing nonmetro and rural portions of each state, as well as policy options that states, localities, and researchers have put forth to strengthen rural economies. We will also facilitate a clear-eyed discussion of the challenges and opportunities for progress.

  • Sarah Austin, Maine Center for Economic Policy
  • Ted Boettner, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
  • James Parrott, Center for New York City Affairs (CNYCA) at The New School
  • David Cooper, Economic Policy Institute/EARN

EPI president’s greeting: Introducing Thea Lee

  •  Navajo
  • 11:30–11:55 am
  • Plenary

In late September, the board of directors of the Economic Policy Institute announced that economist Thea Lee will serve as the Institute’s next president, effective January 1, 2018. Lee has spent her career advocating on behalf of working families in the national policy debate, addressing wage inequality, workers’ rights, and fair trade, among other issues. Lee will use this opportunity to address EARN formally for the first time since the board’s announcement was made.

  • Thea Lee, Economic Policy Institute

Lunch plenary: Race and class—the inseparable elements of our economic past, present, and future

  • Navajo
  • 12:00–1:30 pm
  • Plenary

Never has it been clearer that the successful pursuit of economic inclusion and greater racial and economic equality require us to navigate public attitudes—as well as our own—about race and class. No economic equity agenda can discount race as both a historic determinant of current economic disparities and as a distorting influence on public support for reform. Class, too, plays a role in how Americans respond to efforts to improve economic conditions. This panel will explore how race and class are playing out in the public mind and what the implications are for economic policy in the states.

  • Moderator: Amy Hanauer, Policy Matters Ohio
  • Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions/UCLA
  • Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro, UnidosUS
  • Matt Morrison, Working America

Session 1.2 1:35–2:50 pm

The loss of the federal overtime rule: A case study on the decimation of a crucial federal worker protection rule and discussion of restoring the protection through state action

  •  Yucca
  • 1:35–2:50 pm
  • 1.2

The entire notion of regulation is under attack in Washington. Rather than seeing rules as a way to assure that working people get a fair return on their work, business interests have convinced the public that regulations stifle business and restrict freedom. This environment is fertile ground for the Trump administration to begin the systematic dismantling of core protections across the federal government. As this occurs, state policymakers and advocates are seeking to restore rights and protections imperiled at the national level. This session will explore how to push back against the broad assault on federal regulations. It will also offer poll-tested suggestions on how to make the case for regulatory action. The session will focus in on the Obama administration overtime rule as a case study on federal regulatory backtracking, and will discuss how states can act to restore lost overtime protections.

  • Stephen Herzenberg, Keystone Research Center
  • Sam Munger, SiX
  • Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute

Lessons learned from anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona and Texas

  • Palo Verde
  • 1:35–2:50 pm
  • 1.2

This conversation-style panel discussion will look at anti-immigration legislation enacted in Arizona (SB1070 in 2010) and Texas (SB4 in 2017). The panelists from Arizona will share how SB1070: (1) negatively impacted economic growth and tourism in Arizona; (2) led to the creation and growth of several new Latino advocacy organizations whose growing power were instrumental in the recall of State Senator Russell Pearce (the sponsor of SB1070); the defeat and criminal indictment of Sheriff Joe Arpaio; and the registration of 150,000 new Latino voters; and (3) has laid the foundation for proactive advocacy campaigns for policies that will create better economic opportunities for all Arizonans. The panelist from Texas will discuss what role, if any, the Arizona experiences from SB1070 played in Texas’ policymaking, and will discuss ways in which the political and community dynamics in Texas around SB4 compare and contrast with Arizona’s SB1070 experience. Finally, all of the panelists will share lessons learned from their experiences building the coalitions that were created in response to the anti-immigrant legislation and how those lessons are transferable to other types of proactive advocacy campaigns in other states.

  • Moderator: David Lujan, Arizona Center for Economic Progress
  • Petra Falcon, Promise Arizona
  • José Garza, Texas Workers Defense Project

Funding education: Charter schools, taxation, and the future of public education

  •  Cholla
  • 1:35–2:50 pm
  • 1.2

The session will discuss case studies of state-level research aimed at slowing the unregulated growth of the charter industry, imposing accountability on charter operators, and protecting the fiscal health of traditional public schools.

  • Gordon Lafer, University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center

Coffee and snack break

  •  Saguaro
  • 2:50–3:25 pm

Session 1.3 3:25–4:40 pm

Training: EARN Data 201: Key methods and economic concepts for policy analysts

  • Yucca
  • 3:25–4:40 pm
  • 1.3

This training session will provide three lessons in data-oriented policy analysis. We will first cover the whys and hows of indexing, such as inflation indexing. We will also explain how to adjust employment rates to account for the aging of the workforce. Finally, we will discuss how to discern the main strengths and weaknesses of existing policy analysis research, using minimum wage studies as an example.

  • Ben Zipperer, Economic Policy Institute

Paid family and medical leave: Policy lessons from recent victories

  • Palo Verde
  • 3:25–4:40 pm
  • 1.3

Panelists will discuss lessons learned from the recent victories in Washington state and elsewhere, what research tells us about policy design options, and how EARN groups can support campaigns in their states.

  • Moderator: Marilyn Watkins, Economic Opportunity Institute
  • Sarah Jane Glynn, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Sen. Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island State Senate and Family Values @ Work

What to do about preemption

  •  Cholla
  • 3:25–4:40 pm
  • 1.3

Now that conservative forces control the majority of both chambers of state legislatures and 33 governorships, conservative state legislators have increasingly used preemption laws to strike down local government efforts to improve the quality of life for working people in their municipalities. In fact, many states are stripping away an entire package of basic labor and employment rights from workers in many cities, including the ability for workers to earn paid sick days, work under fair shift scheduling practices, and earn prevailing wages in safe, stable conditions on local government-funded construction projects. This panel will discuss what can be done to protect local labor and employment standards in the face of state resistance.

  • Moderator: Marni Von Wilpert, Economic Policy Insitute
  • Andrew Bradley, Indiana Institute for Working Families
  • Lauren Kuby, Tempe City Council
  • Rebecca Smith, National Employment Law Project
  • Sam Munger, SiX

EARN group excursions

  • Various locations
  • 5:00 pm

Interested in visiting the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix? Want to take a drive up to Phoenix’s South Mountain Park to see the sun set from Dobbins viewpoint? Excited to check out the Fall Music in the Garden Concert Series?

If so, chances are other EARNers are interested too. EARN members and staff will coordinate group excursions to these Phoenix destinations and others.

Friday, Oct. 27

Group run

  •  Meet in hotel lobby
  • 6:45 am

A group of EARN members will lead a morning jog.

Breakfast

  •  Ballroom 2nd floor veranda
  • 7:30–8:30 am

Session 2.1 8:40–9:55 am

Training: EARN Data 301: Intro to microdata analysis in STATA

  •  Yucca
  • 8:40–9:55 am
  • 2.1

This training session will introduce how to use STATA for basic data analysis. We will cover how to import data, calculate basic summary statistics, create graphics, export an analysis, and follow best practices for data management and programming. We will illustrate these concepts using several datasets, including CPS microdata from EPI’s State of Working America Data Library.

  • Ben Zipperer, Economic Policy Institute

Are states prepared for the next recession? How to strengthen and modernize state UI systems and other safety net programs

  •  Palo Verde
  • 8:40–9:55 am
  • 2.1

In 2007, the United States entered its worst recession in decades, with long-term unemployment in many states at record highs. Unemployment Insurance was and is a lifeline for many workers and their families, but it is inaccessible or inadequate for far too many others due to restrictive eligibility rules, outdated benefit levels, insufficient duration, or onerous application requirements. In some states, this was because of a failure to modernize their UI systems, while others have implemented policies that directly suppress the receipt of benefits. This workshop will explore what states can do to improve their UI systems and other safety net systems—particularly food assistance—in preparation for the next economic downturn. It will also discuss the key role UI plays in supporting workers following humanitarian disasters, such as the three hurricanes that ravaged parts of the U.S. in September 2017.

  • Liz McNichol, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Peter Ruark, Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Maurice Emellem, National Employment Law Project

City-level enforcement: How city labor policy offices are changing the landscape for worker protections

  •  Cholla
  • 8:40–9:55 am
  • 2.1

In the wake of decades of declining job standards, a growing number of cities are pursuing a range of innovative strategies to raise standards and enhance protections for workers, most notably by passing new laws that establish markedly higher minimum wages and other new minimum labor rights. A number of these cities also have established or are working to establish their own local labor standards offices to ensure that new rights can be successfully claimed in practice. This panel will provide insight into what is involved in creating these new offices, the kinds of policies they are enforcing, and the role that research and policy development have to play in supporting their efforts to strengthen labor standards at the local level.

  • Moderator: Sam Krinsky, New York City Office of Labor Policy and Standards
  • Cliff Bryson, City of Flagstaff
  • Karina Bull, City of Seattle
  • Adam Kader, Arise Chicago
  • Liz Vladeck, Office of Labor Policy & Standards at NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

Session 2.2 10:00–11:15 am

Employment contracts as stealth vehicles to undermine worker rights: what we can do about it

  •  Yucca
  • 10:00–11:15 am
  • 2.2

Increasingly, newly hired employees—from fast-food workers to high-tech managers—sign away a wide range of rights and liberties through the contracts they are required to endorse in order to finalize their employment. These contracts often contain clauses that prevent them from working in the future for a business considered to be a competitor, preclude them from suing their employer in the public court system, deny them the right to join a class-action suit with other workers against their employer, shorten the statute of limitations the law allows for them to bring a suit against their employer, and forbid the disclosure of compensation to other employees. Taken together, these provisions of employment contracts can severely restrict workers’ rights to change jobs, get redress when an employer has violated their rights, and come together with coworkers to seek better pay and working conditions.  Yet, frequently, workers are unaware that their employment contracts contain such provisions.

  • Matt Capece, United Brotherhood of Carpenters (via teleconference)
  • Terri Gerstein, Open Society Foundations
  • Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute

Rapid response research strategies

  •  Palo Verde
  • 10:00–11:15 am
  • 2.2

Since President Trump’s election and inauguration, adverse policies that target immigrants and workers have been moving forward at a heightened pace. It can be challenging to document the impact of these policies in a fast and timely manner. Gathering experiences through standard applied research methods can take years to develop and implement. This panel will explore rapid response tools and strategies for when workers are under threat, bad policy is moving quickly, or political events demand a response. Can technology provide new avenues for data collection? How do we ensure data security? What are ways we can leverage existing data quickly to impact policy? In what ways can rapid response techniques be employed offensively in policy campaigns?

  • Sanjay Pinto, The Worker Institute at Cornell University
  • Gabriel Sanchez, UC Berkeley Labor Center
  • Diego Sepulveda, UCLA Labor Center
  • Saba Waheed, UCLA Labor Center

State tax tools to address income inequality

  •  Cholla
  • 10:00–11:15 am
  • 2.2

Our state and local tax codes are indirectly contributing to growing income inequality by taxing low- and middle-income households at significantly higher rates than wealthy taxpayers. To be sure, upside-down state tax systems didn’t cause the growing income disparity, but they certainly exacerbate the problem. Creating more fair state tax systems should be an economic imperative. Addressing income inequality through state and local tax codes requires asking more from those at the top, and reducing reliance on low- and moderate-income taxpayers.

In this workshop we will explore:
– The latest income inequality data for the states
– ITEP’s Tax Inequality Index, which measures the effects of each state’s tax system on income inequality
– State and local tax policy tools to address income inequality, including options for raising taxes on top-income earners (millionaire taxes, surcharges, etc.) and options for reducing reliance on low- and moderate-income households (EITCs and other low-income credits, etc.)
– Recent successes in improving the progressivity of state and local taxes and preventing top-heavy tax cuts from being enacted, with a discussion of best practices for advocates
– Messaging tips for talking about taxes and income inequality

  • John Burbank, Economic Opportunity Institute
  • Lisa Christensen Gee, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
  • Liz McNichol, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Session 2.3 11:20 am–12:35 pm

Overcoming the challenges of policy communications

  •  Yucca
  • 11:20 am–12:35 pm
  • 2.3

Often under-resourced and tasked with explaining complicated subjects in a crowded media landscape, nonprofit policy communicators face unique challenges. Hear from national and state communicators about what works and what doesn’t, and how they break through the noise to translate research into communications products and efforts that get noticed, get quoted, and move the ball forward.

  • Moderator: Kayla Blado, Economic Policy Institute
  • Alan Barber, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Caitlin Cook, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
  • Dan Crawford, Economic Policy Institute
  • Matthew Streib, Economic Opportunity Institute

Working group: EARN in the south—A cross-state initiative on a working-families-first agenda

  •  Palo Verde
  • 11:20 am–12:35 pm
  • 2.3

Historically, EARN has supported work in states on a range of efforts to improve conditions for working families. Yet the specific initiatives have often seemed beyond the reach of groups operating in conservative areas, leaving them feeling that they cannot be full participants in an agenda for working families. At the 2016 EARN conference, a workshop titled “EARN in the Red” invited attendees to discuss how EARN can better support work in conservative areas. Subsequent discussions led to a September 2017 meeting in Atlanta, where representatives from 12 Southern EARN groups and advocacy/organizing collaborators from each state discussed the challenges of work in the South and began developing a shared framework for advancing worker-centric economic policy in the region. In this discussion session, participants from the Atlanta meeting will refine and expand on ideas for cross-state work and consider strategies for funding, engagement, and other resources. Other interested EARN groups are welcome to participate.

  • Moderator: Allan Freyer, North Carolina Justice Center

Middle skill jobs and the pathways into them

  •  Cholla
  • 11:20 am–12:35 pm
  • 2.3

Many jobs in the hospitality industry—front desk, cook (chef de partie/line cook), bartender, server, room attendant/housekeeper, etc.—can elevate workers to the middle class. Working at union hotels or properties, many workers in these jobs are paid $20/hour or more and receive a pension and health and welfare benefits, which combine to lift them into the middle class. Through labor-management partnerships, low-income workers facing barriers to employment can obtain the training—both skills-based and soft-skill training—that allows them to improve their economic prospects and change their lives.

  • Moderator: John Brauer, California Labor Federation
  • Marie Downey, Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST)
  • Adine Forman, Hospitality Training Academy (HTA)
  • Aldo Muirragui, SEIU Local 32BJ

Leadership from within: How state economic agendas can guide positive action at home and in Washington

  • Navajo
  • 12:40–2:15 pm
  • Plenary

In the absence of compelling leadership from Washington, state leaders are stepping up to provide a vision of progressive action for the environment, the economy, and working families. For EARN and its state partners and collaborators, this offers opportunities to provide thought-leadership on innovative responses to a wide range of state challenges. Ultimately, these efforts can undergird state action, and help build an enduring constituency for policies that produce a vibrant, sustainable, and equitable economy for the country.

  • Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink
  • Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California

Office hours: Graphic design

  • Saguaro
  • Various
  • Wednesday, October 25: 3:00–5:00 pm
  • Thursday, October 26: 10:00–11:30 am
  • Friday, October 27: 10:00–11:00 am

Do you wish your charts were easier to understand? Do you have trouble translating your work for social media? Do you need help thinking through how to create an infographic or share graphics? Is your organization working on building a new website (or should it be)?

Dan Essrow, graphic designer and associate online and creative director at EPI, will be holding office hours during the EARN Conference to help EARN members think through their visual content challenges.

Bring a report that you wish were an infographic, bring a chart you’d like to simplify, bring a tweet that could benefit from a graphic, or just bring a sketch you’ve been thinking about. We will help you think through your challenge and offer some practical steps forward.

  • Dan Essrow, Economic Policy Institute