Miguel Contreras Foundation

Miguel Contreras.

María Elena Durazo, UCLA Labor Center Advisory Committee chair and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor executive secretary-treasurer, has announced the inauguration of the Miguel Contreras Foundation, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Named after the late, great labor leader Miguel Contreras, the foundation and will focus on three initiatives he championed: educational access, civic participation, and immigrant integration.

In the area of education access, the foundation will strengthen community support for the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex and provide educational and leadership opportunities for students at public schools to access apprenticeship programs and higher education. The foundation will also create a student leadership academy for high school students and a series of workshops for parents to advocate for education improvements.

Through its civic participation program, the foundation will provide trainings and workshops for worker-leaders and organizers from the African American, Latino, and Asian American communities on how to achieve empowerment through the political and legislative system. The foundation will accomplish this goal by partnering with civic organizations and nonpartisan voter outreach and mobilization programs.

Under the immigrant integration initiative, the foundation will provide leadership development, workshops, and events to help strengthen worker movements throughout Los Angeles. The foundation’s key programs will focus on leadership programs for workers, an online resource center, monthly clinics, and cultural events.