Tag: Immigrant rights

Immigrant & Workers' Rights: The Occupy Movement in California

Alejandra Juárez
"On Immigrant and Workers' Rights: The Occupy Movement in California"
Monday, November 14, 4 pm, 206 Ingraham

Co-sponsored by the Teaching Assistants Association (TAA) and the Student Labor Action Coaliton (SLAC).

ALEJANDRA JUÁREZ was born in the Central Valley of California. Both her maternal and paternal grandfathers were braceros during the 1930s. Her own parents began migrating in the 1970s following the harvest seasons in California, providing her with a bi-national upbringing. At the age of 15 she began working alongside her parents and older siblings as a farm worker during school breaks. After earning her BA at California State University, Stanislaus, she worked assisting immigrant adults learn English. Since then, she has also worked as a women's advocate against violence and sexual abuse, on campaigns to end the U.S. blockade on Cuba and on issues of food security among Latino immigrants, and has traveled to Venezuela, Mexico, and Paraguay as part of solidarity delegations. In 2007 she returned to university for a Masters in Public Policy from Oregon State University. There she wrote her thesis on Mexican agricultural policies. In the process of writing, she became aware of the inextricable link between NAFTA, the WTO, IMF, and OECD policies and the displacement of Mexican workers and campesinos who then are forced to migrate North. In early 2010 she began writing for El Organizador and joined its editorial board shortly thereafter. More recently, she organized for the March 4th (2010) and March 2nd (2011) State-wide Day of Action in defense of public education and against the budget cuts in California. She has been involved in organizing in the immigrant/Latino community for several years as part of a grassroots coalition known as the Alianza (or Alliance for a Just Immigration Policy). She's on the road today sponsored by the Emergency Labor Network (ELN) and Alianza por una Política Migratoria Justa to build a network of grassroots Worker-Community Committees where the struggles for workers' and immigrant rights -- women, Blacks, Latinos, and other oppressed sectors -- can unite and stand firmly based on politics of independence from the dominating parties and corporations.

The Fight For Immigrant Rights And The U.S. Labor Movement

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Kent Wong
“Organizing Immigrant Workers: Building a New Labor Movement for a New Working Class”
Tuesday, September 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham
“Immigration Reform and the Immigrant Youth Movement”
Wednesday, September 25, 4pm, 8417 Social Science
Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public
Thursday, September 26, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies, the Labor & Working Class Studies Project and the School for Workers

KENT WONG is director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, where he teaches Labor Studies and Ethnic Studies. Kent was previously staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union, representing Los Angeles County Workers, and the first staff attorney for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.  Kent served as the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, and has also served as the national president of the United Association for Labor Education, and the University and College Labor Education Association. He is a vice president of the California Federation of Teachers, a co-chair of the California Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Labor College. Kent has published numerous books on the labor movement, union organizing, and immigrant workers and students.  He regularly addresses union, community, and student conferences throughout the country.