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Video: Chicago Teachers Union VP Speaks About Right Wing Attacks at Murphy

The Murphy Institute is known for its public programming, bringing thinkers, leaders and policymakers together to discuss the issues vital to making change in our city and our world.

Today, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), with the solidarity of more than 50 union and community organizations, held a day of action across the city of Chicago.

On March 25th, Jesse Sharkey, the Vice President of CTU, spoke about the union’s work at the Murphy Institute during a one-day conference focusing on the right-wing attack on public sector labor as well as efforts to counter those attacks.

Video Highlights from Next System Project NYC Convening at Murphy

On March 11th and 12th, the Murphy Institute hosted The Next System Project NYC, an incredible two days filled with workshops, panels and discussion around the question:

If the current system isn’t working, then what comes next? And how can we get there?

Over 500 people came through to join in the conversation, where we dug into topics including alternatives to incarceration, community land trusts, reinvestment networks, alternative currencies, building low carbon cities, open source technology, social movements and much more. Check out some highlights from the event in this short video.

Michael Javen Fortner and Marie Gottschalk: How Should We Reform Criminal Justice?

The Murphy Institute is known for its public programming, bringing thinkers, leaders and policymakers together to discuss the issues vital to making change in our city and our world. 

In the Fall issue of Dissent, Michael Javen Fortner and Marie Gottschalk outlined opposing visions of how we created mass incarceration, and how we should think about ending it. In December, the two scholars spoke at the Murphy Institute, where they continued the debate. Check out some of the conversation below.

The idea that we need to reform this country’s criminal justice system is finally gaining bipartisan support in Washington, thanks in part to social movements like Black Lives Matter. But even if we agree that something must be done, we sharply disagree—even on the left—about what reform should look like. At what point must we examine the structural causes of crime? Can we reduce the number of prisoners without first addressing poverty?

Unions, Workers, and the Democratic Party

The Murphy Institute is known for its public programming, bringing thinkers, leaders and policymakers together to discuss the issues vital to making change in our city and our world. 

This past September at Murphy, Randi Weingarten, President of American Federation of Teachers, and Larry Cohen of Making Progressive Politics Work and the former President of the Communications Workers of America discussed the future of the Democratic Party. Watch part of the conversation below.

Regardless of who becomes the Democratic Party candidate for President in 2016, organized labor is poised once again to spend millions of dollars on the Democratic candidate. What is labor shopping for? What is it likely to get for its political money? How will it determine whether or not its resources were wisely spent? Will the larger, diverse working-class find a distinct voice in a political environment dominated by big money?

New Video: Education at Murphy

“I think Murphy is a special place…in that it’s not just working at a school. It’s not just working at an institute. It’s a political and intellectual project engaged in [a] struggle to make NYC a better place.”

– Murphy Prof. Kafui Attoh

We’re proud of the educational experience our students get at Murphy. Watch Murphy professors describe the learning that happens here.