UCLA Labor Center

More Examples of Oral History in Action

I am a #YoungWorker

I am a #YoungWorker is a multimedia research project that combines data, worker narratives, and images by and for young people. It gets to the core of what young workers face today– their struggles, their dreams, and their hopes for the future. The culmination of participatory student-led research over the past year, this report analyzes over 550 surveys of young workers across Los Angeles county. You can  download the report here.

Click here to listen to the worker’s stories and the way in which images and audio data illustrate the workers experiences.

Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles

These interviews were conducted by UCLA professor Karen Brodkin and are part of a larger study of a cohort of labor and immigrant worker organizers in Los Angeles who began their activism in the latter 1990s. The interviews deal with the life paths that led interviewees to full-time activism and with their visions of social justice. The book resulting from this project is Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles (2007, Rutgers University Press). Additional interviews in this series can be accessed through UCLA Library’s Department of Special Collections.

You can learn more about the book that emerged from this oral history collection, Making Democracy Matter:  Identity and Activism in Los Angeles, and download the book review.

LGBT Oral History Project

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Senior Services department is intended to support and enrich the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people 50 years and older, with an overarching goal successful aging in place. In this effort, the department provides a broad array of social, educational and support services to LGBT seniors and Baby Boomers, all of which are free or low-cost.

An Oral History is an ongoing project of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Senior Services Department. This short film captures the perspective of eleven LGBT seniors in Los Angeles who came of age during a time in which imprisonment, daily discrimination, physical violence and abuse were commonplace. Exemplifying elegant survival, the individuals you will meet in An Oral History, made the community we have today possible. From the “Daughters of Bilitis” and “Mattachine Society” to the marches led by Frank Kameny and Barbara Gittings, the history of the LGBT movement has often been forgotten, overlooked or ignored. This is an attempt to give voice to and shine the light on the stories and lives of these individuals.

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