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Sewing Threads of Justice: A private retirement celebration for Katie Quan


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    On the evening of Thursday, December 1, 2016, the UC Berkeley Labor Center will hold a private retirement celebration to honor Katie Quan for her lifetime commitment to labor. Please join us!

    Sewing Threads of Justice
    December 1, 2016
    5:00-8:00 PM
    UC Berkeley Alumni House

    We are no longer accepting online ticket sales. Please contact Kathleen Parsons at 510-849-7510 for possible ticket purchases at the door.

    Katie Quan began her labor career by working both as a garment worker and a labor organizer, and served as the International Vice President of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) and its successor Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). In 1992, she chaired the founding convention of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).

    Katie has worked at the Labor Center for nearly 20 years and has served as the chair, associate chair, and director of leadership development, and specialized in research on global labor strategies. She has played a pivotal role in building the Labor Center in both size and influence. In the years the Labor Center was targeted for elimination by the governor of California, Katie led the battle that reaffirmed the value of labor research and education, and mobilized an outpouring of support from unions, legislators, academics, and the general public. Katie helped establish the Labor Center’s many leadership development programs and served as a mentor and inspiration to a diverse group of up-and-coming labor and community leaders who can now be found throughout the labor movement.

    Tickets include a cocktail hour with appetizers and an open bar. There will be a short program featuring speakers from the labor movement to pay tribute to Katie, her work, and the gift of her legacy.

    Read about Katie Quan’s early days of organizing garment workers in New York City: Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in New York Chinatown.

    Read about Katie Quan’s more recent work at the Labor Center by visiting: Labor in China.

    If you have any questions about the event, please contact Maria Abadesco at

  • This evening was made possible by generous donations from the following sponsors: