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Barbara Enrenreich opens the UFPJ Assembly

terça-feira 22 de junho de 2010, por Ana Trigueiro Sola,

Barbara Enrenreich will open the UFPJ Assembly Workshop at this week’s U.S. Social Forum in Detroit with her analysis and perspectives about the economy, war and possible strategies for the future.

The UFPJ organizers consider thar it’s an exciting time for economic and social justice activists to come together to have fun, share and plan how to change our country and world for the better. It is also a key moment for peace and anti-war activists to hang-out with organizers from across the spectrum of peace and justice struggles and see each other face-to-face.

See the complete program at: fora.tv where journalist Barbara Ehrenreich decries corporate hiring practices for what she sees as an over-emphasis on upbeat, extroverted personalities, while overlooking such factors as creativity and skill.

In her book "Bait and Switch," Barbara Ehrenreich goes back undercover to explore another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with the plausible resume of a professional "in transition," she attempts to land a "middle-class" job. She submits to career coaching, personality testing, and EST-like boot camps, and attends job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and - again and again - rejected. "Bait and Switch" highlights the people who have done everything right - gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive resumes - yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster. There are few social supports for these newly disposable workers, Ehrenreich discovers, and little security even for those who have jobs. Worst of all, there is no honest reckoning with the inevitable consequences of the harsh new economy; rather, the jobless are persuaded that they have only themselves to blame.