UCLA Labor Center

Labor’s Voice Education Series Launches

Publish date: May 8, 2020

 

 

The UCLA Labor Center in partnership with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor launched Labor’s Voice, a labor education series featuring the voices of workers, labor leaders, community leaders, and educators to promote inspiring ideas to advance policy change in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. 

This Labor Education Workshop series will: 

  • Highlight labor movement campaigns for economic and racial justice, especially as we address the Covid-19 crisis and advance initiatives for economic recovery;
  • Feature the voices of labor leaders, community leaders, and educators to promote inspiring ideas for the future, and to advance policy change;
  • Establish a regular time to build community, strengthen worker, community and student alliances, and change the narrative and conversation;
  • Lift up worker voices and the power of the labor movement;
  • Promote a call to action to organize for change.

 

Series Schedule:

This series will be available via Facebook live and in our Youtube channel every other week beginning on Monday, May 11th.

 

June 8 2020 at 7pm- Racial Injustice: A Conversation with Rev. James Lawson, Jr. 

Video recording here.

This episode will feature the powerful voice of Rev. James Lawson, Jr., a Methodist minister and a key architect of the nonviolent tactics of the Civil Rights Movement. On the eve of his assassination, Martin Luther King called Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” Join us as we discuss the police murder of George Floyd that has once again exposed the pattern of state-sanctioned violence directed at people of color, especially black men.

Featuring:

Ron Herrera, President, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Rev. James Lawson Jr., Methodist minister

Performance by Anthony Gates

 

May 27 2020 at 7pm- The Essential Workers Keeping Us Fed

Video recording here.

This week we will be discussing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the essential workers that are keeping us fed – farmworkers, drivers, and grocery workers – and the hurdles & risks they are facing along the way to getting food to our tables.

Featuring:
Ron Herrera, President, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Teresa Romero, President of UFW
Lou VillaIvazo, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 630
John Grant, President of UFCW770

Performance by Irene Diaz, a singer-songwriter from Highland Park. Throughout her life, Irene has been focused on the search for identity and expression, and for a creative community and direction that best serves her mission. Irene has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and Alt Latino. She performs Los Angeles and has performed in New York, Austin, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Beyond her music career, Irene is a frontline worker.

 

May 11 2020 at 7pm- Right to Recall & Retention 
Video recording here.

This week we will be covering the historic right to recall & retention legislation passed in the City of Los Angeles and how it will protect tens of thousands of workers across the city.

Featuring:
Ron Herrera, President, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Susan Minato, Co-President, UNITE HERE Local 11
David Huerta, President, SEIU United Service Workers West

Guest Artists: César Castro and Xochi Flores-Castor, Members Los Cambalache
Cambalache which means “exchange” is Chicano-Son Jarocho music – a mix of indigenous baroque Spanish instruments, Afro Caribbean beats, Mexican and Arabic sounds that draws the audience in to participate in the spirit of the fandango. The fandango celebration is central to the son jarocho tradition of Veracruz, Mexico which fosters community participation and unity. In greater Los Angeles, this music has become a central resource and asset for movement building.