Labor & Immigration: Past & Present

Friday, May 7 & Saturday, May 8, 2010 / Oakes College, UC Santa Cruz
Conference begins at 9:00 AM, Friday, May 7 & Concludes at 4:00 PM, Saturday, May 8
Free & Open to the Public

Conference Schedule

Labor & Immigration: Past & Present Conference PosterThroughout the history of the United States, labor and immigration have been thoroughly intertwined. High levels of immigration and and the emergence of new forms of immigrant activism in recent years have transformed the terrain of labor organizing and prompted a radical rethinking of the labor movement’s stance on immigration policy. This conference will bring together a large group of scholars, filmmakers, artists, and activists in the labor, immigrant, and student movements, to shed light on one of the most important issues facing working people today.

Workshops & Presentations On:
• Historical & Contemporary Immigrant Worker Struggles
• Organizing in the Santa Clara Valley & the Monterey Bay Area
• Immigrant, Labor, & Community Resistance to Nativism
• Labor Law, Working Conditions, & Immigration Policy Reform
• Contemporary Immigrant Youth & Student Labor Activism

Merlyn Calderon
National Vice President & California Political Director, United Farm Workers

Josué García
Deputy Executive Director, Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council

David G. Gutiérrez
University of California, San Diego
Author of Walls and Mirrors: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the Politics of Ethnicity

Bill Ong Hing
UC Davis School of Law & University of San Francisco School of Law
Author of Deporting Our Souls: Values, Morality, and Immigration Policy

Calvin Miaw
Organizer, UNITE HERE! Local 19

Ruth Milkman
UC Los Angeles and City University of New York Graduate Center
Author of L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement

Sponsored the UC Santa Cruz Center for Labor Studies with funding from the Miguel Contreras Fund for Labor Studies of the University of California, and co-sponsored by the UCSC Division of Humanities, the Vice Chancellor for Research, Oakes College, and the Departments of Community Studies, History, and Latin American and Latino Studies.

Conference Program Committee:
David Brundage, Sean Burns, Pedro Castillo, Dana Frank, Shannon Gleeson, UCSC

Southwest Labor Studies Association Officers:
President: David Brundage, UCSC
Vice-President: Myrna Cherkoss Donahoe, CSU Dominguez Hills
Secretary: Enrique Ochoa, CSU Los Angeles
Treasurer: Tommy Donahoe, CSU Dominguez Hills
2009 Conference Coordinator: Kim Geron, CSU East Bay

For further information, including disabled access, contact Shann Ritchie at the UCSC Institute for Humanities Research,, (831) 459-5655. Parking will be available Oakes College. Maps: Photo by David Bacon. Staffing provided by the UCSC Institute for Humanities Research.