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No Future

FULL EMPLOYMENT

Call for Papers, Special Issue of the Review of Radical Political Economics on Full Employment

As we currently face the worst economic collapse since the great depression that has resulted in the loss of million of jobs and the highest levels of long-term unemployment since data have been collected, we invite contributors to submit proposals that address the problems of long-term structural unemployment in the United States and world wide.

We invite submissions that address, but do not need to be limited to, the following topics:

1)      What can we learn from employment outcomes across different countries and political economic regimes?
2)      To what extent can public sector action generate sustainable and high-quality employment?
3)      What kind of policies should the public sector pursue? For example should these be employment of last resort (ELR) or jobs created through some other type of “job guarantee policy,” or “permanent jobs programs” for the generation of a certain number of median wage and not last resort jobs, and how should these be financed and administered?
4)      How does this relate to broader macroeconomic policies, including taxation and industrial policy?
5)      Can “full employment” policies succeed in capitalist countries or are partial, temporary, and inadequate programs the best that can be achieved?
6)      What are the historical lessons of the New Deal employment programs in the United States and similar historic or contemporary programs and policies in other countries?
7)      What has been the role of neoclassical economic theory in undermining ideological support for full employment programs, for example vis-à-vis the “natural rate of unemployment” or “NAIRU” doctrines, and what is a proper theoretical/ideological response to these prevalent macroeconomic views?
8)      More generally, is full employment consistent with low-inflation in the United States or elsewhere?
9)      Practical proposals for increasing employment in the United States now and critiques/discussions of the current Summers/Geithner effort to achieve sustained economic growth in the United States with a massive financial sector bail-out and a temporary and limited fiscal stimulus for the broader economy.

Submissions are due by September 30, 2012, and must follow the Instructions to Contributors listed in each issue of the Review, on the RRPE section of the URPE Website, or available from the Managing Editor.  All submissions are subject to the usual review procedures and they should not be under review with any other publication.  We strongly encourage authors to send a brief title and abstract as soon as possible, so we can coordinate timely publication of the issue.

Send 4 hard copies and an electronic version in Word doc. to Hazel Dayton Gunn, Managing Editor, Review of Radical Political Economics, Dept. of City & Regional Planning, 106 W. Sibley Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA; hg18@cornell.edu.

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

 

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Protest

WHY IT’S KICKING OFF EVERYWHERE: THE NEW GLOBAL REVOLUTIONS

Paul Mason, Economics Editor, Newsnight, BBC
Monday, 5th March 2012, 11.00am-12.30pm
The Boardroom, College Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BT
(nearest Tube Hendon Central)
Part of the Middlesex University Business School Public Lecture Series

The year 2011 has witnessed an unprecedented wave of protests and revolts, from the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, to the indignados in Spain, the urban protests in Israel and the youth riots in Britain. 2012 has already started with the ongoing breakdown of Greek society. In his new book Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere, Paul Mason analyses the reasons behind the current wave of struggles. The social roots of the upheaval lie in the massive disillusion of the ‘graduates with no future’ and the impoverished middle classes, the capacity of social networks to mobilize from below as opposed to top down hierarchical forms of mobilisation. Meanwhile the ongoing financial crisis has led to massive youth unemployment, a formidable squeeze on living standards, and the virtual disappearance of any hope of a better future for the next generation. Taken together, these social and economic factors have produced an explosive mix, as the collapse of the Greek society spectacularly illustrates, with children abandoned in orphanages by starving parents. Financial capitalism is now eating its own children. That people should revolt is not that all surprising – after all, there is surely a limit to what they can endure. The crucial puzzle is the incapacity of economic and political elites to understand, anticipate and respond to such revolts – or revolutions.

The economics editor of the BBC’s flagship program Newsnight, Paul Mason is also one of the most influential journalists on twitter. He first reported live for the BBC on 9-11, and covered the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 from outside its New York HQ.

This event is FREE to attend but bookings must be made in advance due to popular demand.

To reserve a place, please email Yangna Li: Y.Li@mdx.ac.uk.

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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Bankers

Bankers

CAPITALISM AT AN IMPASSE

Prabhat Patnaik: Capitalism at an Impasse
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
6.30 – 8.30 pm in the Skylight Room
Discussant: Don Robotham, Professor of Anthropology

Prabhat Patnaik is a renowned Marxist economist and political writer, vice-chairman of the Kerala State Planning Board, and member of a four-person UN task force on the 2008 financial crisis. He taught economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi for over thirty years. Prior to the lecture, from 4 pm to 6 pm in Room 5109 there is also a seminar, open to the public, with Professor Patnaik to discuss economic recession and the world food crisis.

A pre-circulated paper, “The Emerging Context for Social Science Practice,” is accessible through http://capital.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.

Presented in partnership with the The GC Marxist Reading Group (http://capital.commons.gc.cuny.edu/)

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics Email: pcp@gc.cuny.edu 
Website: http://pcp.gc.cuny.edu

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Riots

RECESSION, RACISM AND RIOTS

Wednesday 14th March 6-8pm
Fogg Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London

A roundtable discussion, with audience participation, between:

·         Stafford Scott (Tottenham Defence Campaign)
·         Denise Ferreira da Silva (Queen Mary)
·         Devon Thomas (Brixton ’81 Retrospective Group)
·         Mark Thompson (Cultural Chameleon Press)

Other speakers TBA

The shooting of unarmed Mark Duggan by police and their subsequent conduct towards the affected family and wider community in Tottenham were the flashpoints that sparked the August unrests of 2011. Join us for a discussion on the links between the recession, racism and the riots. Questions discussed will include:

·         How are austerity measures impacting upon Black communities in particular?

·         Are these measures exacerbating institutional racism?

·         What has changed and what has stayed the same between 1981 and 2011?

·         What positive visions are available to an increasingly embattled and excluded youth? And how might art serve social justice?

This event is being organised by the Centre for the Study of Global Development in association with the Centre for Ethics and Politics (CfEP).

Date: Wednesday 14 March
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: G.E. Fogg Lecture Theatre, G.E. Fogg Building, Queen Mary, Mile 
End Road, London
To book: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3048186207

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

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Andrew Kliman

THE FAILURE OF CAPITALIST PRODUCTION – ANDREW KLIMAN

 Salford Business School presents:

The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession

Professor Andrew Kliman of Pace University offers exemplary theoretical insight as well as analysis of economic data, and therefore explains the causes and the development of recent crises in unparalleled ways.

Andrew Kliman is the author of numerous academic articles and books that centre on the creation and the capture of economic value in Marx’s tradition.

Book details: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745332390

For more information please contact:
Dr. Thoralf Dassler
t.dassler@salford.ac.uk

6pm, Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Room G21, Mary Seacole Building
Frederick Road Campus
University of Salford,M5 4WT

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

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Andrew Kliman

ANDREW KLIMAN AT BOOKMARKS BOOKSHOP

PRESENTS

The Failure of Capitalist Production
with Andrew Kliman
5 March, 6.30pm £2* (refreshments inc)

The recent financial crisis and Great Recession have been analysed endlessly but this is the first book to conclude, on the basis of in-depth analyses of official US data, that Marx’s crisis theory can explain these events.

Kliman’s conclusion is simple but shocking: short of socialist transformation, the only way to escape the stagnant, crisis-prone economy is to restore profitability through full-scale destruction of existing wealth, something not seen since the Depression of the 1930s.

Venue: Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE
*£2 redeemable against any purchase on the night

Please contact us to reserve a place, 020 7637 1848: events@bookmarks.uk.com

Liberate Your Mind!
Bookmarks Bookshop
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London
WC1B 3QE
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See our book of the month on the website!

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub,Bangor, northWales)  

 

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Capitalist Crisis

A CRISIS OF CAPITALISM – ANDREW KLIMAN

Andrew Kliman will speak on “A Crisis of Capitalism (Not Neoliberalism, Financialization, or Stagnant Wages)” for the Student  Action Initiative of  The New School on Wed. Feb. 22 at 8:00 p.m. The  talk will take place at 80 Fifth Avenue (SW corner of 14th St.), Room 529, and it is open to the public. Kliman will investigate the causes of the Great Recession and discuss the surprising results of data analysis which shows that the rate of profit has fallen ever since the end of the post-World War II boom.

Information: student-action-initiative@gmail.com

Andrew Kliman is Professor of Economics at Pace University. He is author of the just-published book, The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession, and of Reclaiming Marx’s “Capital”: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency.

N.Y.U. Professor Bertell Ollman wrote about the new book, “One of the very best of the rapidly growing series of works seeking to explain our economic crisis. … The scholarship is exemplary and the writing is crystal clear. Highly recommended!”

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

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Learning at Work

GLOBAL LABOUR HISTORY – ONLINE COURSE

Brothers and sisters,

Following the Great Recession, workers all over the world are struggling against lay-offs and cuts in wages, benefits and public services. To be successful, these struggles need to support each other across borders so that workers and their unions in one country can learn from experiences in other countries and together build a stronger international labour movement. 

The Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University offers a new tool that aims at making at least a modest contribution to such efforts, a new course on Global Labour History.

Check it out at: http://www2.athabascau.ca/syllabi/lbst/lbst335.php, be in touch if you have any questions about it and tell others who might be interested.

For general information on our Labour Studies Program see: http://www2.athabascau.ca/labourstudies/

 

In solidarity,

Ingo

Dr. Ingo Schmidt, Academic Coordinator, Labour Studies, Athabasca University, 1 University Drive, Athabasca, AB, T9S 3A3, Canada, Phone: 1 – 866 – 916 – 8648

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

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Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Andrew Kliman

THE FAILURE OF CAPITALIST PRODUCTION: UNDERLYING CAUSES OF THE GREAT RECESSION

The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession
Andrew Kliman

Paperback | 9780745332390 | £17.99 / $29
Hardback | 9780745332406 | £60 / $95

For more information or to buy the book visit: http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745332390

‘One of the very best of the rapidly growing series of works seeking to explain our economic crisis…The scholarship is exemplary and the writing is crystal clear. Highly recommended!’ – Professor Bertell Ollman, New York University, author of ‘Dance of the Dialectic’

‘Clear, rigorous and combative. Kliman demonstrates that the current economic crisis is a consequence of the fundamental dynamic of capitalism, unlike the vast bulk of superficial contemporary commentary that passes for economic analysis.’ – Rick Kuhn, Deutscher Prize winner, Reader in Politics at the Australian National University

‘Among the myriad publications on the present day crisis, this work stands out as something unusual. Kliman is an excellent theorist, and an equally excellent analyst of empirical data.’ – Paresh Chattopadhyay, Université du Québec à Montréal

The recent financial crisis and Great Recession have been analysed endlessly in the mainstream and academia, but this is one of the few books to conclude, on the basis of in-depth analyses of official US data, that Marx’s crisis theory can explain these events.

Marx believed that the rate of profit has a tendency to fall, leading to economic crises and recessions. Many economists, Marxists among them, have dismissed this theory out of hand, but Andrew Kliman’s careful data analysis shows that the rate of profit did indeed decline after the post-World War II boom and that free-market policies failed to reverse the decline. The fall in profitability led to sluggish investment and economic growth, mounting debt problems, desperate attempts of governments to fight these problems by piling up even more debt – and ultimately to the Great Recession.

Kliman’s conclusion is simple but shocking: short of socialist transformation, the only way to escape the ‘new normal’ of a stagnant, crisis-prone economy is to restore profitability through full-scale destruction of existing wealth, something not seen since the Depression of the 1930s.

ANDREW KLIMAN is Professor of Economics at Pace University, New York. He is the author of ‘Reclaiming Marx’s ‘Capital’: A Refutation of the Myth of Inconsistency’ and many writings on crisis theory, value theory and other topics.

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
List of Figures

1. Introduction
2. Profitability, the Credit System, and the “Destruction of Capital”
3. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: Dot-com boom and home-price bubble
4. The 1970s – Not the 1980s – as Turning Point
5. Falling Rates of Profit and Accumulation
6. The Current-cost “Rate of Profit”
7. Why the Rate of Profit Fell
8. The Underconsumptionist Alternative
9. What Is to Be Undone?

Bibliography
Index

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

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Austerity

EUROPE AGAINST AUSTERITY CONFERENCE

The European left gathers in London to debate responses to the economic crisis in Europe
Europe Against Austerity Conference
1st October, 10am-5pm, Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, London WC1H 9AU

In the last two years Europe has seen waves of strikes, mass demonstrations, student radicalizations, civil disobedience and even riots in response to government austerity policies.

Struggles have broken out against cuts to pensions and raises in the retirement age, increased post-school education charges, reduced welfare payments, privatisations and falling living standards.

Is there an alternative to cuts and privatisation? What does the left say to the crisis of the Eurozone? What were the fundamental economic causes of the ‘great recession’ and does the left have a different way out? Is the European left as nationally fractured as its governments increasingly are?

This conference brings together the main left political, trade union and campaigning forces across Europe in the widest such forum since the meetings of the European Social Forum.

It will be an unparalleled opportunity to hear what the alternative voice from across Europe from West to East, South to North.

Speakers will include representatives of Die Linke (the German Left Party), the European Left Party  (http://www.european-left.org/), Partie de Gauche (the French Left Party), Sinn Fein, the European 
Attac network, (http://www.attac.org/en/what-attac) and anti-austerity campaigns and left parties from Denmark, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Eastern Europe joining British trade unionists (including Len McCLusky general secretary of Unite), and Jeremy Corbyn MP.

The conference is now a free-standing European-wide initiative with support across the EU and beyond. For a full list of current supporters see here: http://www.europeagainstausterity.org/conference-supporters/

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Raya Dunayevskaya

WITH SOBER SENSES – MARXIST-HUMANIST PAPERS

November 24, 2010

Dear Friend

Marxist-Humanist Initiative (MHI) is pleased to announce the creation of new pages in our website publication, With Sober Senses, that are dedicated to following-up on the conference “Economic Crisis and Left Responses,” held November 6 in New York City.

We convened the conference in order to further discussion, if not resolve, some of the conflicting theories coming from the Left concerning the underlying reasons for and consequences of the recent crisis and Great Recession. Although the 150 people at the conference didn’t agree on either the theoretical underpinnings or what practice should flow from them, we believe the conference took a giant step forward in the direction of working out theory and practice. That is because many of the speakers and audience members actively engaged with each others’ issues; they did not merely put forth their positions and leave them un-debated, nor did most people rush to prescribe “practice” without indicating the theory underlying their practice.

We wish to continue to facilitate wide-ranging dialogue on the conference topics, not only so that all views can be heard but, above all, so that we can test different ideas in debate and work out answers to the questions we are up against at this moment. We believe this is the only way for the Left to become relevant in the face of increasing assaults, in the name of “austerity,” against workers, women, African Americans, Latinos, youth, and GLBTs in the U.S., and similar struggles abroad.

You will find a report of the conference at http://tinyurl.com/2vyw8z7

It contains a link to:

* Videos of the entire conference,

* Many of the conference papers in written form,

* The program, abstracts and draft papers posted before the conference,

* The proposal we made at the conference to form a Network for the Circulation of Theoretical Struggles, and

* A place to add your comments on the conference and its aftermath.

We hope you will contribute to the discussion by submitting a comment and by taking part in the formation of the Network for the Circulation of Theoretical Struggles—sign up at “Contact Us.”

We also invite you to take a look at the rest of our website, and to tell us through the “Contact Us” page that you want to stay in touch with MHI (no more than two e-mails a month).

In solidarity
Anne Jaclard for MHI

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