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Social Justice through Economic Resistance

A conference for inspiration, education, networking, and action.

September 21-24, 2017 (Thursday evening through Sunday noon).

From the Free Produce Movement to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and divestment campaigns to end apartheid in South Africa, people of faith and workers of all stripes have applied collective economic resistance to pursue greater freedom, dignity, justice, and peace. The world today confronts climate change, mounting corporate power on a global scale, seemingly perpetual war in many regions, and widening wealth and income inequality.

How then, can we apply the wisdom of our elders to the unique realities of our time? Disputes about the morality and efficacy of economic resistance tactics have stirred controversy in faith communities, including among Quakers. We will examine how economic resistance tools have been used successfully to achieve greater justice and equality and how they can be applied to the particular challenges of the 21st century. Together, we will create a learning community with an increased understanding of how boycotts, strikes, divestment, and similar tactics can be effectively used within our commitment to a nonviolent social change strategy.


  • What economic resistance tactics have you seen used in the past? How are they being used today?
  • What of worship and Light do you find in economic resistance tactics?
  • What organizations or structures do you think are needed to support the success of economic resistance? What do they look like in your town, city, state, country?

Because we want to make this conference as accessible as possible, we are offering a tiered registration scale from $300 to $850. Click the following link for registration information.

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If you have registration questions or concerns, please call 610-566-4507, ext. 137.

There will be:

  • Front-line experts to fill us in on the history and current usage of the economic resistance tactics of divestment, boycott, sanctions, and bargaining;
  • Examination of the unique challenges and opportunities of economic resistance in the twenty first century;
  • Discussion and consideration of the unique role of unions in bargaining for the common good;
  • Exercises in planning a strategic nonviolent campaign with winning steps that increase our momentum and draw wider participation – using creativity, drama, humor, and people power;
  • Reflection groups to process our experiences in small groups.

Confirmed Leaders (more to come)

Kate AronoffKate Aronoff is a Brooklyn-based independent journalist. Her writing on climate change, social movements, and American politics has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, Jacobin, The Atlantic, Dissent, The Nation, and Harpers among other outlets. Kate was previously a Schumann Fellow at In These Times, the Communications Manager at the New Economy Coalition, and a researcher for Mark and Paul Engler’s This Is An Uprising: How Non-Violent Revolt Is Shaping The 21st Century (Nation Books, 2016). She is currently co-editing a forthcoming anthology about democratic socialism in America..

Dalit BaumDalit Baum, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, and of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher, who has been teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in Israeli and American universities. She has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democracy movement, including Black Laundry, Boycott from Within, Zochrot, Anarchists against the Wall and Women in Black. Dalit has headed the Economic Activism for Palestine Program of Global Exchange. She has worked for AFSC in the San Francisco office since 2013 and currently serves the organization as Director of Economic Activism.

Rev. Gregory HolstonReverend Greg Holston, Executive Director of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER), is a recognized racial and economic justice community activist and the Senior Pastor of New Vision United Methodist Church. By promoting fairer workforce policies, he was instrumental in the improvement of job opportunities and skills development for the underserved and disadvantaged in the Philadelphia area. Reverend Holston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pa., a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Masters of Education degree from Cheyney University, and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He is an experienced pastor, businessman, activist, entrepreneur, college professor, speaker and community activist. However, his most important role is serving as a devoted and loving husband to Deborah, his beautiful wife and father to the four children they share, Taheerah, Jamila, Nia and Nasser

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