Thursday, November 3, 2011
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Chicano Studies Research Library - Haines 144
Book Talk: Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach Us About the DemocracyPresented by Paul Apostolidis, Whitman College
Discussant: Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center
About the Speakers:
Paul Apostolidis is professor of politics and holds the Judge & Mrs. Timothy A. Paul Chair of Political Science at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. His research and teaching areas include critical social and political theory, labor studies, immigration, cultural studies, feminist theory, critical race theory, Latino politics, religion and politics, and critical media studies. He has authored Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy (Minnesota, 2010) and Stations of the Cross: Adorno and Christian Right Radio (Duke, 2000); he co-edited Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals(Duke, 2004). He is currently writing a book on migrant day laborers, popular education, and the “politics of time” in the workers’ center movement in the context of neoliberal capitalism.
Currently a project director for the UCLA Labor Center, Victor Narro has been involved with immigrant rights and labor issues for many years. At the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, Victor Narro’s focus is to provide leadership programs for Los Angeles’s immigrant workers and internship opportunities for UCLA students. Victor is also a lecturer for the Chicano/a Studies Department, where he teaches classes that focus on immigrant workers and the labor movement. Over the past few years, Victor has worked with janitors, hotel workers, laundry workers, sanitation workers, port truckers, and more recently, car wash workers.
Victor was formerly the co-executive director of Sweatshop Watch. Prior to that, he was the workers’ rights project director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), where he was involved with organizing day laborers, domestic workers, garment workers, and gardeners. His work in multi-ethnic organizing led to the creation of the Multi-ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network (MIWON) in collaboration with KIWA, Garment Worker Center, and Pilipino Worker Center. Through Victor’s leadership, the day laborer project was able to grow into the National Day Laborer Organizing Network that today includes forty community-based worker centers from around the country. Before his tenure at CHIRLA, Victor worked in the Los Angeles regional office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Victor is co-author of Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America’s Cities (2008), and Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles (2010). He is also co-editor of a recent book, Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy (Cornell University Press, 2010). In 2005, Victor was appointed by L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to the Police Permit Review Panel of the Los Angeles Police Commission, where he served until 2010.
This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Political Science and the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies