UCLA Labor Center

Happening in May

These events happening throughout the month of May at the UCLA Labor Center.

Thursday, 5/1

May Day – International Workers Day

It’s time for justice for low-wage workers!

Thursday, 5/1 – Meet at 10:00 AM

Start at Chinatown Dragon Gates (W Cesar Chavez & N Broadway) and end at Federal Detention Center (535 N Alameda St)

Join a diverse coalition of communities, workers, faiths, and families, as we march from Chinatown to the Federal Detention Center for International Workers’ day.
Thursday 5/1

May Day Film Screening – Cesar’s Last Fast.

Thursday 5/1 – 7:00 -10:00 PM

MacArthur Park, Levitt Pavillioin Park

Corner of 6th St/Park View St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Don’t forget your blankets! Ambulante California Film Festival will screen Cesar Last Fast directed by Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee outdoors at the multicultural landmark Levitt Pavillion park. UCLA faculty Gaspar Salgado Rivera will facilitate Q&A after the film.

Friday, 5/9

Friday, 5/9 – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

UCLA Downtown Labor Center, Main Space

675 S. Park View St, Los Angeles, CA

Join this open conversation about migrant womyn, the roles that we play, and our journeys. We will share stories to heal, understand and navigate the world we live in.

For more information, contact Imelda Plascencia at imeldabruin@gmail.com.
Wednesday, 5/14

“Next Steps for the Immigrant Rights Movement in Los Angeles”

With Chris Newman
National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Wednesday, 5/14 – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

UCLA Downtown Labor Center, Main Space

675 S. Park View St, Los Angeles, CA

What’s next for immigration policy on the national level? And how will California respond? Join this brown bag lunch at the UCLA Labor Center.

For more information, email Victor Narro at vnarro@irle.ucla.edu.

Thursday, 5/15

UCLA Labor Center’s 50th Anniversary Banquet

This year marks 50 years of worker justice at the UCLA Labor Center. This year’s banquet honors Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, Tefere Gebre, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Sunday, 5/18

20 años del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte en el marco del capitalismo global y su crísis | 20 Years of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Path of Global Capitalism and its Crisis

Sunday, 5/18 – 12:00 – 3:00 PM and 3:30- 6:30 PM

Downtown UCLA Labor Center

675 S Park View St
, Los Angeles, CA, 90057

**Please note this event will take place in spanish.**

En la primera parte del taller se abordará el impacto que ha tenido el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América el Norte, principalmente en México, y en particular en la migración laboral; y cómo la crisis actual del capitalismo global ha profundizado las desigualdades sociales y económicas en todo el mundo, aunque se hará énfasis en América del Norte.  En la segunda parte estará dedicada a preguntas, discusión y debate sobre el tema.

Para información y registro llamar a Rodolfo (323) 633-9366.

Sunday, 5/18

Garment Worker – Spring Fling

Through its 12 year history, The Garment Worker Center’s mission has been to organize with garment workers in the fight for economic and social justice.

The center will host a Spring Fling Runway Show on May 18, 3-6pm to showcase its 2014 plans and raise consciousness about the local industry through a runway show, guest speakers, music and more. Runway VIPS featured are Rep. Karen Bass, State Senator Ricardo Lara, LA City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Garment Center Worker Leaders, retirees, and more.

Tickets: www.garmentworkercenter.org

707-494-2461 for more information.

Monday, 5/19

Next Step Support: Beyond Academia – What can I do with my Degree?

Monday, 5/19 – 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Pub Affairs 4371

UCLA Campus

Join us for an afternoon reception with a panel of philanthropy, research and labor relations professionals in the fields of labor and employment, social justice, and immigration!

IRLE Next Step Support is a pilot program, under the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), designed to support Labor Minor students to pursue and get accepted into graduate/professional degree programs.

Panelists include:

Bryon Lopez – Research Analyst, United Long-Term Care Workers (ULTCW), UCLA Labor Studies Alum ’10

For more information, contact Elizbeth Espinoza at espinoza@irle.ucla.edu.

Tuesday, 5/27

Wage Theft Recovery Day of Action

Join the Fair Paycheck Caravan to Sacramento, where over 300 leaders, from worker centers, unions, and immigrant rights groups will push legislators to close the loopholes that bad businesses get away with underpaying employees.

The Fair Paycheck Coalition seeks to close the collections gap in California, which leaves 83% of workers high and dry for their hard work, even after they’ve won final judgments for unpaid wages against their employers. 60% of businesses no longer operate by the time their workers win judgments against them–leaving workers without any hope of recovering their wages. The Fair Paycheck Coalition educates workers about how to collect and advocates for policy change. Currently Sacramento is deciding on Assembly Bill 2416, the Wage Theft Recovery Act, which allows workers to place a hold on employer property while they prove their claims in court.

For more information or to join the caravan on May 27th, contact Tia Koonse at (213) 480-4155 x216, or tiakoonse@irle.ucla.edu.

Saturday, 9/8

Hammer Conversations with Randy Kennedy & Reverend James Lawson

Tuesday, 5/27 – 7:30 PM

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd La, Ca 

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and race relations. He served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US supreme Court. His books include Race, Crime, and the Law and the Persistence of the Color Line, among many others.

Reverend Lawson, a close associate of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. and a leading architect of the nonviolent campaigns during the civil rights, has devoted his life to championing human rights and social change for all.

Saturday, 5/31

URBAN Research Group Meeting – Mass Incarceration and Mass Deportation

Saturday, 5/31 – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Downtown UCLA Labor Center

675 S Park View St
, LA, CA 90057

As a follow up to April’s forum on mass incarceration/mass deportation, URBAN Research Group will meet at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center. The group will further discuss several concrete proposals that emerged from the forum. Join to help move this important issue forward!