Perspectives: A Call for Unity and Solidarity within the Immigrant Rights Movement

By Victor Narro President Obama’s recent announcement of temporary relief from deportation for an estimated four million undocumented immigrants was a milestone accomplishment for the immigrant rights movement. It was the most sweeping change to this country’s immigration policy since the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. While immigrant rights advocates need to rejoice about this victory, we must also reflect on how it came with a tremendous cost….

December 1, 2014

#Labor Dispatches: Who is the Modern Day Mother Jones of Bangladesh?

 By Chaumtoli Huq, Editor and Curator of Law@theMargins “Solidarity is what we want. We do not want to find fault with each other but to solidify our forces and say to each other: We must be together; our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing.”  Mother Jones Veteran actor and activist Kaiulani Lee brings her play Cant Scare Me: The Story of Mother Jones to Dhaka….

November 4, 2014

Perspectives: Palestinian Solidarity: Transitioning Resistance to Empowerment

By Shukry Cattan Shukry has spent ten years working in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector, providing direct services to refugees and building a strong Arab American community. He has spent time in the Middle East assisting Palestinian refugee youth and is involved in interfaith dialogues between Muslims and Jews. After 50 days of war in the Gaza Strip, the violence temporarily has been halted, but the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis…

September 28, 2014

Perspectives: Domestic Workers Movement: “Transformational Social Change” One Worker at a Time

By Rocío Alejandra Avila, a Senior Fellow at the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University School of Law. She is a Chicana/Latina community lawyer from San Francisco and a longtime immigrant rights activist and a domestic worker advocate. In the midst of an explosive rise of anti-immigrant policies since the 1990’s in California with Proposition 187 and across our country, a powerful social movement – the Domestic Worker…

September 3, 2014

Perspectives: Extending the Rule of Law to Industrial Interns in China

By Earl V. Brown, Jr. and Kyle A. deCant Earl V. Brown, Jr. is the Labor and Employment Law Counsel at the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, past Co-Chair of the ABA Labor Law Section’s Committee on International Labor and Employment Law, and a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Law.   Kyle deCant is an associate (bar admission pending) at Guerrieri, Clayman, Bartos & Parcelli, P.C., a union-side law…

August 27, 2014

#LaborDispatches from Bangladesh

By Chaumtoli Huq Last year, on June 27, 2013, I visited the site of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, two months after the death of over 1,100 workers.  A mother stood looking at the site, mourning the death of her daughter who worked in the garment factory. Fixated on the debris, that had not yet been fully cleared, and by then covered by rainwater, she feared that…

August 16, 2014

Perspectives: Employing a Spiritual Framework to Advance the Immigrant Rights Movement

By Victor Narro. Victor is the Project Director for the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, and a lecturer at UCLA Law School and UCLA School of Urban Planning With the end of any chance for comprehensive immigration reform, the immigrant rights movement finds itself at a critical crossroad.  The current humanitarian crisis of thousands of children in detention continues without any leadership from the White House and Congress…

July 26, 2014

Perspectives: Housing is a Human Right

By Rob Robinson, Take Back the Land Leadership Committee The movement should be led by impacted communities, primarily women of color.  This core principle of Take Back the Land (TBTL) stands front and center on this December 10th, 2013, a day that is recognized around the world as Human Rights Day.  TBTL is a network of grassroots organizations from around the country which uses non-violent civil disobedience and direct action…

December 10, 2013

Bioethics, Scientific Research and the GMO Debate

“Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors…in order that the creations of our minds shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind.  Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.” – Albert Einstein’s Speech to students at California Institute of Technology on February 16, 1931 “Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to…

September 22, 2013

Perspectives: Black Workers, the Public Sector and the Future of Labor Unions

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is an internationally known racial justice, labor and global justice activist and writer.  The attacks on the public sector over the last several years by the political Right have brought forward increasing concerns about the impact of such assaults on communities of color generally, and workers of color in particular.  Economists, such as Dr. Steven C. Pitts at UC-Berkeley Labor Center, have called attention to the impact…

September 1, 2013