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Fall 2018 Events


[Free Film Screening] Adios Amor: The Search for Maria Moreno

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Friday, October 12, 2018 | 5:30-7:30 PM

Multicultural Community Center (MCC)
Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
2495 Bancroft Way, Suite #220
University of California, Berkeley

Film screening followed by Q+A with Director Laurie Coyle and Maria Moreno’s daughters, Olivia Portugal and Lily DeLa Torre

In Adios Amor, the discovery of lost photographs sparks the search for a hero that history forgot — Maria Moreno, a migrant mother driven to speak out by her twelve children’s hunger. She was the first farmworker woman in America to be hired as a union organizer and became an outspoken leader in an era when women were relegated to the background.

In 1961, UC Berkeley students invited farmworker labor leader Maria Moreno to speak on campus, where she received a standing ovation. A trailblazing activist who paved the way for Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, Maria was forgotten and her legacy buried. Now she’s back to tell her story in an inspiring new documentary.

This event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be provided. The MCC is ADA accessible.

Please register for the event by visiting us on Eventbrite or through our Facebook event page.

Co-sponsored by Chicanx Latinx Student Development, Center for Latino Policy Research, and Ethnic Studies Department

To learn more about the film please visit Adios Amor webpage:

[Panel Discussion] Negotiating: A How-To Guide for Early Career Journalists

photo: Amy Guth | CC BY 2.0

Friday, October 12, 2018 | 1:00-3:00 PM | J-School Library – North Gate Hall Library

We encourage students and alumni interested in media and journalism careers to join us to learn the best practices and tips for negotiating in your post-grad life. We will have guests speakers to give an overview of their experiences negotiating and labor dynamics in the industry, as well as negotiation tips for new employees in union and non-union workplaces.

Speakers TBA

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley Women in Media, and SAG AFTRA

[Book Talk] Summary Execution: The Seattle Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 PM | UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley

Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were Filipino American labor activists and officers of ILWU Local 37 who were murdered in their Seattle union office in 1981. Mike Withey, lead attorney on the case, demonstrates in his book the legal twists and turns of citing the Philippine government as the culprit.

“Some lawyers shamelessly seek attention. And some lawyers deserve attention because they practice the kind of law that should make us proud to be lawyers. These lawyers have the good fortune to undertake clients and cases whose stories transcend the simple facts. They have the skill to and drive to bring power of the law to advance justice and to speak truth to power, all while treating opposing counsel as as respected equal.”

Opening Remarks from:

Maria Abadesco: Maria has been a part of the labor movement for over 30 years, where she started as an organizer for the ILWU Local 142 in Hawaii, organizing hotel workers. Since 2007 she has worked at the UC Berkeley Labor Center as an adjunct labor educator.

Catherine Fisk: Catherine joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law in 2017. She regularly teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, and Employment Discrimination, along with Civil Procedure, First Amendment, and Legal Profession.

Rene Cruz: Rene is a Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) veteran and a journalist.

Discussion & Q+A with Michael Withey
Michael is a Seattle-based human rights lawyer who has made a career representing the “little guy” against powerful interests to protect constitutional rights, civil rights, and human rights for the past 45 years.

Co-sponsored by Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law (BJELL) and Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD)