UCLA Labor Center

New Report Says Orange County Demographics and Politics are Shifting


June 30, 2014

Contact: Hugo Romero, (714) 510-6597, hugor7427@gmail.com

Community, labor, and academic leaders discuss future for progressive change

Orange County community leaders, labor leaders, and researchers will discuss findings from a new report on the county’s changing demographics and political landscape. Though Orange County has a reputation as the Southern California center of conservatism, wealth and affluence, this story hides the vast economic inequality and social disparities within the region. Orange County on the Cusp of Change, a joint report from the UC Irvine Community and Labor Project and the UCLA Labor Center, finds that Orange County is on the cusp of several demographic, economic and political tipping points. Download the report.

What: Report release – panel discussion and interactive activities to discuss new report, Orange County on the Cusp of Change.

When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 5-8pm

Where: United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 324
8530 Stanton Ave, Buena Park, CA

Who: Kimberly Claytor (American Federation of Teachers), Dr. Jose Moreno (CSU Long Beach and Anaheim School Board), Mary Anne Foo (Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance – OCAPICA), Luis Ramirez (Boys and Men of Color), Judith Stepan-Norris (Sociology Department, UC Irvine and UC Irvine Community and Labor Project Advisor), Carolina Sarmiento and Hugo Romero (UC Irvine Community and Labor Project), Kent Wong and Saba Waheed (UCLA Labor Center)

The UC Irvine Community and Labor Project brings together community, labor and university partners to empower workers and community members as experts and use research for a more just Orange County. http://www.communityandlaborproject.org/

The UCLA Labor Center is a vital resource for research, education, and policy work to improve the lives of workers, students, and their communities. This year the center celebrates 50 years of worker justice. http://labor.ucla.edu