Robert Pollin, UMass Amherst economics professor and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, was honored at 2012 City of Justice Awards Dinner by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). Attracting over 1,000 attendees, the annual event honors the nation’s leading progressive voices and celebrates a bold, common vision of a new economy for all. Past honorees and speakers include Culture Clash, Danny Glover, Ben Jealous, Van Jones, NFL Players Association & Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Sean Penn, among others.
Pollin was honored for his contributions to the living wage movement and for his efforts to build a green economy, linking good jobs and environmental health. In addition to the receiving the City of Justice Award, Pollin will chair LAANE’s new Green Economy Strategic Development Fund, created to support several of their ongoing campaigns, and to help seed new campaigns to improve workers’ rights, energy efficiency, and public health.