Robert Schalkenbach Foundation Hires Josephine Faass as Executive Director
Robert Schalkenbach’s Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that it has selected Josephine S. Faass as our new Executive Director. Ms. Faass has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University. After working as a researcher, she has spent the last few years in academic administration. She comes to RSF with considerable administrative, development, and management experience, familiarity with policy analysis, and a commitment the foundation’s mission and our vision of world of liberty and equality of opportunity arising from economic, social and environmental justice.
Josie will join RSF as Executive Director on April 22nd, 2019. Most recently serving as the Director of Academic Affairs at the Institute for Advanced Study, she has provided leadership in a diversity of roles, ranging in focus from environmental protection to institutional advancement. Josie learned about land value taxation in her graduate program, and pursued it further to learn about Henry George and the broader policy implications of his philosophy. As Robert Schalkenbach Foundation nears its centenary, Josie looks forward to collaborating closely with the Board to envision an exciting new chapter for this venerated institution, while remaining ever faithful to its founding commitment to support and promote the ideas of Henry George.
Josie replaces RSF’s retiring Administrative Director, Mark Sullivan, who has worked for RSF since 1992. Mark came to RSF having worked for a number of Georgist organizations, including the Council of Georgist Organizations, as Staff and Secretary/Treasurer, and the Henry George School (as librarian, outreach coordinator, class teacher, and newsletter editor) from 1981 to 1992. He became RSF’s Administrative Director in 2004. He was elected as CGO Vice-President in 1994 and later served as President, until 2005. He continues to serve on the board of the Henry George Institute (where he has been for decades) and Common Ground – USA. Mark has been the American Journal of Economics and Sociology Secretary/Treasurer since 2004. RSF is grateful for his years of dedicated service.
These are exciting times for Georgist solutions. The public is increasingly focused on wealth inequality and is looking for solutions. Following the subprime crisis of 2007 and the ensuing recession, policy analysts and the public at large have begun to recognize the role of real estate and land markets in the business cycle and in inequality. Land value taxation and Henry George’s name have appeared with increasing frequency in the mainstream press, including two cover stories in The Economist during 2018. The foundation intends to capitalize on this moment, and will have a growing voice in media and public policy debate surrounding these issues.
There are two versions of Christianity. They are not compatible and they cannot be reconciled. The “Sermon on the Mount” or Christic version is inspired by Jesus of Nazareth who taught the nonviolent love of friends and enemies. This version proclaims the jubilee justice laws and holds the land as the “koina” made by the Creator to be fairly shared for the self-reliant livelihood of all.
The Constantine version originated in the third century AD councils convened by the Roman emperor of the same name. These councils codified Christian beliefs in order to guard against heresy. Theologians of this version condone the “just war” theories of Cicero, Ambrose and Augustine. Constantine Christianity’s land laws are based on Roman “dominium” and legalized land acquired by conquest and plunder – “might makes right.”
These two conflicting versions of Christianity will be the focus of several speakers (details below) participating in Ethics, Morality and the Land Question, a one-day forum being held in Baltimore on Thursday, August 30, at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor. The forum is sponsored by the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation (RSF), Earth Rights Institute and the Council of Georgist Organizations. RSF will have a book table. Register via Eventbrite.
Charles R. Avila received his master’s degree in philosophy from the Divine Word Seminary in the Philippines and is author of the now classic book Ownership: Early Christian Teachings. He is the Executive Director of the Confederation of National Coconut Farmers’ Organizations of the Philippines, Director for Social Justice of the Lay Society of St. Arnold Janssen and staff writer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ IMPACT magazine for social transformation. A former mayor of the town of his birth (Tanauan Leyte), he has served as Consultant of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, as Secretary-General of the 18-nation Asian Cultural Forum on Development, a Research Fellow at the Centro Intercultural de Documentacion in Mexico, at the Institute for Food and Development Policy in San Francisco, a Staff Writer of South Magazine in London, a lecturer on agrarian reforms at the Land Reform Training Institute in Taiwan, and Deputy Secretary General of the Philippine Congress of Agrarian and Industrial Workers. Based in Manila he continues to be involved in the coconut levy funds case, mining issues, and the cause of the peasantry.
Growing up with a musically gifted mother, Courtney Dowe began writing songs from a very early age. She does not think of her relationship to music as a career as much as a calling. Courtney has performed in places as humble as subway stations and as legendary as The Filmore in San Francisco. Her interest in human rights has inspired songs ranging from the subject of police brutality in the United States to the persecution of Falun Gong in China. She is the founder of WILL – Women’s International Living Library – and Earth Rights Institute’s Project Manager for Itsodi, a School of Living community land trust in western Virginia. In recent years, she has felt called to repair her relationship with the Earth and hopes to support many others in doing the same. To hear some of her performances visit her Youtube channel.
Dr. Quisia Gonzalez trained as a medical doctor in Brazil and practiced medicine in Honduras before moving to the United States in 1989. She is Vice President for Honduras for the International Union for Land Value Taxation (the IU) and also the IU’s Main Non-Governmental Organization Representative to the United Nations holding consultancy status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council. She has worked extensively in the field of education and is active in the Proyecto de Los Trabajadores Latinoamericanos, advocating for fair wages and immigration reform. An educator and advocate for Georgist economics, Dr. Gonzales has a major focus on land rights for her fellow indigenous Garifuna people. .
Alanna Hartzok is International Liaison for the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, Administrative Director and a UN NGO representative for the International Union for Land Value Taxation, and co-founder/co-director of Earth Rights Institute. She received the Radical Middle Book Award for her book The Earth Belongs to Everyone, a collection of 30 of her articles and essays. In the 1990s she initiated and assisted with the nearly unanimous passage of land value tax enabling legislation by the Pennsylvania state legislature. Hartzok is a recipient of the International Earth Day Award presented by the Earth Society Foundation in a ceremony in the UN’s Rose Garden. Currently she is working on land value taxation imple-mentation projects based on the public finance recommendations of the UN’s New Urban Agenda.
Rev/Doctor Heber Brown is Founder/Director of the Black Church Food Security Network which envisions a sustainable, community-centered, food system supported by black churches and black producers, led by those most directly affected by food inequity in Baltimore. He is also Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church and works with community organizations addressing homelessness, poverty, racism, worker’s rights, environmental justice, peacemaking, and national/international social justice concerns. A regular voice in local media outlets, he explores the intersection of religion, policy and activism on his blog, Faith in Action. Pastor Brown is the recipient of the Ella Baker Freedom Fighter Award, the Kingdom Ambassador Award, and in 2007, The Baltimore Afro American newspaper identified him as one of the “25 Under 40 Emerging Black History Leaders.” However, he says his greatest achievement is being a husband and a father.
Rev. Yolanda D. Brown, a Minister of Economic Development for more than two decades, has parlayed her professional experiences in banking, brokerage and technology into a mission for empowerment and community development in Texas, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York. Rev. Brown is the founding President/CEO of Imani’s Quest Ministries, a faith-based community economic development organization whose mission is to “arrest the trends of poverty by creating pathways to economic dignity.” IQM is centered on neighborhood development strategies, and the innovations in workforce development. Rev. Brown is the Senior Pastor of the Center of Destiny Christian Fellowship, a Sabbath worship experience on a journey of becoming, being, living and breathing the purposes of God. A fourth generation Brooklynite, Rev. Brown currently lives and serves in New York City where she was first introduced to the principles of Georgist economics in 2003.
James M. Dawsey, PhD, is currently the Wolfe Chair and Professor of Religious Studies at Emory & Henry College, Virginia, where he has also served as Provost and Academic Dean. Dawsey is author or co-author of several books of theology and social justice including Peter’s Last Sermon: Identity and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark, The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil, From Wasteland to Promised Land: Liberation Theology for a Post-Marxist World, and The Lukan Voice: Confusion and Irony in the Gospel of Luke. Among his eighty articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese several have a focus on the economic teachings of Henry George including “Liberation Theology and Economic Development” and “The Path to Justice: Following in the Footsteps of Henry George.” Dawsey also enjoys writing fiction and believes that stories relay truths not easily encompassed by prose. “We live our lives by stories,” he claims. “It’s no secret why Jesus and other great religious leaders were storytellers.”
Alexandra W. Lough, PhD holds a degree in American History from Brandeis University. She previously served as the director of the Henry George Birthplace and Archive in Philadelphia and currently works as an assistant editor on the Annotated Works of Henry George. Alexandra serves on the board of directors of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
8:45 – 10:00 am – Dr. Alexandra Lough and Dr. James Dawsey – Henry George’s Engagement with the Church as Explored in New Annotated Issues of Henry George Books
It’s not too late to plan for the 18th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation! The deadline for submitting abstracts in response to the Call for Papers has been extended to May 31, 2017. For information about the conference and the Call for Papers, click here.
This year the conference’s focus is: Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges: Local and Global Perspectives
We are in a pivotal and defining time for global discourse on public/private sector response at all levels of government (national, state, indigenous, provincial, municipal, city, and local), to the impacts of climate change. And, GCET18 is well-positioned in its role as the leading global forum for innovative exchanges on principles, practices, and policies with respect to environmental taxation and market-based instruments.
The conference will explore various topics :
Climate change policy, biodiversity protection, environmental stewardship, pollution control, water conservation, land degradation, renewable energy, mining and rehabilitation
Market instruments such as carbon pricing, emissions trading schemes, other environmental taxes, subsidies, direct action or spending programs and tax concessions both positive and perverse.
The conference this year will be hosted by the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, and the Conference Chair is Mona Hymel. If you have questions, please contact her at [email protected].
Treating nature as a sacred gift requires our full capacity to imagine ways to heal the split between humans and the earth. A comprehensive plan to protect nature while securing the human right to water means changing the rules that govern the current ‘operating system’ for planet Earth. ~Mason Gaffney, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, November 2016.
Sacred Water, Profane Markets should be of particular interest and provide ground-breaking insights to any professional, NGO, or others with an interest in or responsibility for managing, funding, using or caring for substantial bodies of water for municipal, domestic, commercial, agricultural, industrial, amenity, leisure or hydropower purposes.
Two of our speakers, David Triggs and Mary Cleveland, will address the economics and management of water. They will describe how a just system of charging for nature’s services can not only protect nature from excessive use but also make the market for produced goods and services healthier by preventing the development of monopolies that impede economic efficiency and destroy social harmony.
Drawing upon many years of practical experience in both developed and developing countries and extensive academic research they will show how a healthy balance of demand management and market forces may be used to ensure both safe drinking water for all in water-scarce cities and the optimum sharing of water between agricultural, industrial and commercial users of water. They will provide fresh thinking with regard to how the cost-benefit analyses that underpin major water-related capital projects throughout the world may be improved to avoid unnecessary waste of natural, human and financial resources. The principles underpinning this approach apply to wider economic and public revenue issues.
Our third speaker, David Michel, has researched and written about transboundary water governance, maritime resources management, and water conflict and cooperation. He is a co-author of Toward Global Water Security: US Strategy for a Twenty-First-Century Challenge. He will share his views about the water ethics and policy presented by the first two speakers and how these might make a valuable contribution to a global water grand strategy formulation. The intention of Dr. Michel’s current work on global water security is to maximize the potential for civil society and the private sector to speak with a cohesive voice on water ethics and policy.
Following the three main speakers, several designated respondents will draw on their own insights and experiences in water ethics and management in giving their input to the proposed reconciliation of Sacred Water and Profane Markets. The main speakers and the respondents will then participate in a plenary roundtable discussion on a number of key points and questions raised by forum attendees.
David Triggs is a Chartered Engineer and Management Consultant who studied Engineering at Imperial College London and Business Administration and Management at Henley -The Management College. For more than forty years he specialized in water and environmental management working throughout the UK and worldwide – mainly in developing countries on both small village projects and mega projects in capital cities. David has been a member of the School of Economic Science in London for more than fifty years where he has studied and taught Political Economy for a similar period. He is President of the International Union for Land Value Taxation and Chairman of The Henry George Foundation of Great Britain.
Mary M. (Polly) Cleveland is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Economics at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs where she teaches courses on Poverty, Inequality and the Environment. She writes a blog called “Econamici,” and posts to the Dollars & Sense website and to the Huffington Post. A former board member of United for a Fair Economy (UFE) and the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, she holds a Ph.D. In Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley where her dissertation titled Consequences and Causes of Unequal Distribution of Wealth showed how unequal distribution of wealth lowers economic productivity and growth. She has also worked as the controller of a small family company, taught accounting and computer systems at Rutgers University, and renovated and managed two small Manhattan apartment buildings.
David Michel is Nonresident Fellow at The Stimson Center in Washington, DC, and Executive-in-Residence with the Global Fellowship Initiative at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Michel has researched and written about transboundary water governance, maritime resources management, and water conflict and cooperation. He has led research projects for the National Intelligence Council and the Department of State and most recently with Oxford Analytica. He currently collaborates with the Geneva Water Hub and the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace. Dr. Michel is co-author, along with Peter Engelke, of Toward Global Water Security: US Strategy for a Twenty-First-Century Challenge. He was educated at Yale University, the École Des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. Quisia D. Gonzalez was born in La Ceiba Honduras, Central America of indigenous/afro descent (Garifuna). After receiving her medical degree from Universidade de Pernambuco in Brazil she came to deeply understand the connection between health and economic conditions. Now a fervent activist for economic justice Dr. Gonzalez serves the Garifuna community in their struggle for land, water and other basic human rights. She is a United Nations ECOSOC NGO delegate for the International Union for Land Value Taxation and a board member of the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation.
Christiana Zenner Peppard is an expert on the ethics of freshwater and problems of climate change, social justice, and sustainability and a public/social media educator. She is the author of Just Water: Theology, Ethics and the Global Water Crisis; co-editor of two volumes, including Just Sustainability: Ecology, Technology, and Resource Extraction; and the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on environmental ethics in an era of economic globalization. Her public media work includes venues such as TED-Ed, The New Republic, Public Radio International, The Washingon Post, MSNBC, and CNN.com. In 2013 she was named one of Microsoft’s “Heroes in Education.” Dr. Peppard holds a Ph.D. in Ethics from Yale University, Department of Religious Studies, and a Bachelor’s in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Alex Beauchamp is the Northeast Region Director at Food & Water Watch. Based in the Brooklyn office, Alex oversees all organizing efforts in New York and the Northeast. Alex works on issues related to fracking, factory farms, genetic engineering, and water privatization. His background is in legislative campaigning, and community and electoral organizing.
David Ward is chair of Trinity Church Wall Street’s Environmental Justice Committee. The committee recently contributed to the planning of the 2017 Trinity Institute conference on Water Justice. David has been Senior Director of Facilities and Capital Planning for the performing arts center, New York City Center since 1995. In addition to planning and running building restoration projects, he is responsible for energy efficiency and environmental safety. Mr. Ward holds an MFA degree from the Yale School of Drama (1975) in Theater Design & Technology.
Forum Sponsors: The International Union for Land Value Taxation, a United Nations ECOSOC NGO; The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation; and The American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
Co-Sponsors: Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations, Center for New National Security, Center for the Study of Economics, Common Ground, USA, Council of Georgist Organizations, Earth Rights Institute, Earth Sharing, Food & Water Watch, School of Cooperative Individualism, Trinity Church Wall Street’s Environmental Justice Committee, We The World
(Additional forthcoming, co-sponsors may place their literature on tables and are inviting their members to register to attend Sacred Water Profane Markets.) Event Sponsors: The International Union for Land Value Taxation, a United Nations ECOSOC NGO; The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation; and The American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
April 27th Thursday 2017 Panel Discussion, “Progress and Poverty: Confronting Economic Inequity in America,” marking FDU Press publication of The Annotated Works of Henry George: Progress and Poverty, Volume II, edited by Francis Peddle and William Peirce with Alexandra Lough, with panelists Mary (Polly) Cleveland, environmental economics, Columbia University, and Daniel Cassino, political science and director of experimental research, PublicMind™, moderated by Edward Dodson, senior researcher, Henry George Birthplace Archive and Historical Research Center.
Hosted by FDU Press, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and Monninger Center for Learning and Research; Wroxton Room, Student Center, 3:30–5 p.m. Florham Campus 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940 free, light refreshments served, RSVP necessary, to RSVP and for information email [email protected]
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HENRY GEORGE LECTURE SERIES, April 24, 2017 Topic Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality in the First Gilded Age Speaker Professor Edward T. O’Donnell College of the Holy Cross Professor O’Donnell’s presentation will be based on his book on the topic, published by the Columbia University Press in 2015. Henry George played a key role … Read more