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SCPA 1st Thurs: The Labor Program

Written by  Team SCPA

SCPA 1st THURSDAY Sept. 4, 2014: The Labor Program
Common Sense Economics + Florida's Race to the Bottom

6:30pm Thurs. Sept. 4, 2014

Front Street Civic Center, 2205 Front Street, downtown Melbourne FL 32901

Free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.


In recognition of Labor Day, a celebration of the American Labor Movement

A presentation on
with emphasis on economic inequality in the USA

Karen Houston, Field Staff Liaison of the Space Coast AFL-CIO
Dr. Shannon Roberts, SCPA past President
Salandra Benton, Outreach Organizer for the Florida State AFL-CIO.

Florida’s Race to the Bottom:
Wages, Tax Policy and the Vanishing Middle Class

by Dr. Rich Templin, Ph.D.
Legislative and Political Director, Florida AFL-CIO

Dr. Templin will provide a recap of the 2014 Legislative Session highlighting some of the continuing trends of the last decade that have forced drastic reductions in state services, harmed job creation and economic development and contribute to Florida’s continuing downward slide in most major indicators of a healthy state. Templin will also be able to speak about Labor’s ongoing programs to change these damaging trends in Florida.
About Dr. Rich Templin, the Legislative & Political Director for the Florida AFL-CIO.  Templin has been actively involved in various movements for social and economic justice since 1993 as a national student organizer for several organizations. Templin joined the Florida AFL-CIO as its Communications Director in 2001 following his involvement in the Tallahassee mobilizations surrounding the contested recount of the 2000 Presidential Election. In 2010, Templin was appointed to serve as the Legislative & Political Director overseeing legislative and political research and advocacy activities and serves as the organization’s main lobbyist to the Florida Legislature. Rich Templin is also an adjunct faculty member at Florida State University’s School of Communication where he teaches various courses in the areas of public communication, political communication and discourse ethics and is an associate member of the United Faculty of Florida. Rich has also been active in community radio across the country for the past 15-years and currently serves as the Producer and Host of the “Your Voice” political talk show on WVFS-Tallahassee, 89.7 FM.   


1st or 2nd Thursdays are monthly gatherings, building the growing progressive community. Share your petitions and other items of interest, make brief announcements. Enjoy the gathering, super programs, super people. Bring a friend! Free and open to the public.
Space Coast Progressive Alliance (SCPA) is an advocate for the Greater Public Interest on issues important to us all. We advance progressive policies that further civil and personal liberty, the environment, health care, education, labor, peace, social welfare, financial stability and international harmony. Florida non-profit founded in 2004.


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