Campus Organizing for Just Employment Policies

Students, workers, faculty, and administrators can play a key role in making sure our campus work environment reflects our shared values of dignity, respect, and justice. Organizing for a just employment policy can help ensure that our universities live up to the values that make them great institutions. In particular, a just employment policy addresses the […]

Race and Class in Labor, Art, and Literature

The Home Economics of Art Collecting: Searching for Class Identity in the Papers of Fanny Ellison — Tracy Floreani
Portrayals of Working Class Life in Toni Morrison’s Literary Works — Robin Brooks
Sucio and Specter: Play and the Absent Father in Junot Díaz’s This is How You Lose Her — Christian Aguiar

The Farmworkers’ Fight: Overcoming Barriers to Farmworker Organizing

Farmworkers frequently occupy the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. Marginalized by exploitative and racialized labor systems, isolated work sites, and the power of their employers, farmworkers nevertheless have struggled against the structures that contain their power. This roundtable explores the barriers that have frustrated farmworker organizing efforts as well as the strategies that have […]

Growing Apart: The Political History of Inequality

What are the driving forces behind American inequality?  This panel draws on the web resource Growing Apart and explores the political history of American inequality. Colin Gordon (University of Iowa) will provide an overview; John Schmitt (Center for Economic and Policy Research) and Lisa Levenstein (UNC-Greensboro) will offer response and comments.

Unwieldy Acronym, Ambitious Vision: UCAPAWA’s Farm to Factory Organizing in 1930s-1940s America

In 1937 a group of radical labor activists and workers formed the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America (UCAPAWA-CIO). Their vision, influenced by the nascent industrial union and Popular Front movements of the 1930s, was unprecedented in breadth: they sought to organize the entire agricultural commodity industry, from the fields to the […]

Organizing around Race, Class, and Community Empowerment in DC

This panel will include leaders from three DC-based community organizations, Jennifer Bryant from ONE DC, Nikki Lewis from DC Jobs with Justice, and Parisa Norouzi of Empower DC, and will be chaired by Maurice Jackson, who is currently writing a history of Black DC. It will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing DC organizers […]

Workers and the State in the Progressive Era

One of the key themes of the Progressive Era was the growth of the state. The state increasingly intervened in ever more areas of society, from labor protective regulation to liquor control, from mother’s pensions and workers’ compensation to conscription. Some of these interventions—women’s suffrage, the nascent welfare state—appeared to increase democracy, while others—conscription, Jim […]