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SPRING 2019 STUDENT EVENT CALENDAR

SPRING 2019 STUDENT EVENT CALENDAR

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

Labor Regimes of Indenture: A Global Overview of Migrant Domestic Work

Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019, 12-1:30pm
Location: 554 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

A Talk by Prof. Rhacel Parreñas, Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies, USC
In Conversation with Prof. Christian Paiz, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Across the globe, migrant domestic workers are unfree workers whose legal residency is contingent on their continued employment as a live-in worker with a designated sponsor. This talk examines the politics of their indenture. Providing a macro and micro perspective, it begins with a global overview of the incorporation of migrant domestic workers as indentured workers in key host countries in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, explains the cultural logic that undergirds their indenture, and then describes the conditions of domestic work in the ‘worst destination’ of the United Arab Emirates, where absconding is illegal and quitting one’s job requires a sponsor’s permission. This talk foregrounds the indenture of domestic workers so as to interrogate dominant paradigms for thinking about contemporary unfreedoms; from human trafficking to slavery, identifies them to primarily follow Kantian and Marxian notions of unfreedom; and then addresses the limits of these liberal theories of unfreedom in explaining the indenture of domestic workers in the UAE.


Friday, February 15, 2019

UC Berkeley Labor Center Information Session: Labor and Climate Policy

Date & Time: Friday, February 15, 2019, 12-2pm
Location: Goldman School of Public Policy, Room 250 GSPP West (1893 LeRoy Ave)
Co-Sponsored by: UC Berkeley Labor Center, Goldman School of Public Policy, Labor Policy Group, and Environmental Policy Group

Come learn about the climate policy work that the UC Berkeley Labor Center and their labor and community partners are working on. This session will host a panel of leaders from institutions like SEIU, Blue Green Alliance, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to talk about the connection between climate change and its impact on workers and the industries they work in. Participants will learn about how unions and environmental justice groups can work together to ensure that public policy advances equity in California climate policy. Lunch will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP through Eventbrite or Facebook.


Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019

Film Screening: City Rising

Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019, 12-1:30pm
Location: UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley
Co-sponsored by: UC Berkeley Labor Center and EBASE

Join us for part 1 of a 2-part documentary, City Rising, which examines gentrification–its historical roots, economic role and social consequences. This documentary highlights individuals facing discrimination but fighting to change policy and improve upward mobility for their communities.  Refreshments will be provided. Space is ADA accessible.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP through Eventbrite or Facebook.


Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019

Film Screening: City Rising: The Informal Economy

Date & Time: Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019, 12-1:30pm
Location: UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley
Co-sponsored by: UC Berkeley Labor Center, Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics (CWED), and EBASE

Join us for part 2 of a 2-part documentary, City Rising: The Informal Economy, which follows four California workers organizing to find pathways for legalization and protection. The documentary follows the lives of a street vendor in Boyle Heights, a truck driver in Long Beach, a farm-working family in Coachella and an organizer in Oakland fighting for jobs for formerly incarcerated people. Featured in the film, Sylvia Allegretto from CWED will join us in discussion after the screening along with EBASE staff member Saabir Lockett, also featured in the film and member of the Bay Area Black Worker Center. Refreshments will be provided. Space is ADA accessible.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP through Eventbrite or Facebook.


Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019

Art for Social Change x UCB Labor Center – Screen Printing Workshops

Dates: Wednesday, Feb 27 2019; Additional studio hours: March 13; March27; April 3; April 10; April 17; April 24
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Multicultural Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
2495 Bancroft Way, Suite #220
Co-sponsored by: Art for Social Change and UC Berkeley Labor Center

Are you interested in making art, social justice and civic engagement? Join us on February 27th, 2019, to learn about activism through screen printing and how to screen print! If you’d like to participate, you must attend the first meeting; the subsequent meetings are optional open studio days. There will also be an opportunity to present your artwork in an exhibition at the UC Berkeley Labor Center. No experience necessary.


Thursday, Feb 28, 2019

Book Talk: From Coors to California: David Sickler and the New Working Class

Date & Time: Feb 28, 2019, 5:00-7pm
Location: UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley
Sponsored by: UC Berkeley Labor Center

Join us for a conversation with David Sickler, one of the most creative and successful union organizers in the country. Starting out working on an assembly line in Colorado’s Coors Brewery, Sickler went on to lead breakthrough campaigns that transformed the US labor movement and to become an influential labor advocate within Los Angeles City Hall.

This book captures some of Sickler’s historic campaign victories, from his leadership of the national Coors Boycott to unprecedented organizing drives with immigrant workers, often in direct challenge to the leadership of US labor. The revitalization of the California labor movement is integrally linked to this new wave of immigrant workers, and it was Sickler who built the foundation for organizing the new working class.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP through Eventbrite or Facebook.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Book Talk: Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area

Date & Time: March 12, 2019, 4pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Dwinelle Hall, Rm. 370
Co-Sponsored by: American Cultures Center, History Department, Ethnic Studies Library, Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships, Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, Center for Labor Research & Education, and Geography Department

Dr. Peter Cole discusses his highly anticipated book – Dockworker Power. Often missed in commentary on today’s globalizing economy, workers in the world’s ports can harness their role, at a strategic choke point, to promote their labor rights and social justice causes. Peter Cole brings such overlooked experiences to light in an eye-opening comparative study of Durban, South Africa, and the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Pathbreaking research reveals how unions effected lasting change in some of the most far-reaching struggles of modern times. First, dockworkers in each city drew on longstanding radical traditions to promote racial equality. Second, they persevered when a new technology–container ships–sent a shockwave of layoffs through the industry. Finally, their commitment to black internationalism and leftist politics sparked transnational work stoppages to protest apartheid and authoritarianism. Dockworker Power brings to light surprising parallels in the experiences of dockers half a world away from each other. It also offers a new perspective on how workers can change their conditions and world. Peter Cole is a professor of history at Western Illinois University and a Research Associate in the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP), University of the Witwatersrand. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive-Era Philadelphia.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Latinx Labor in California

Date & Time: April 1, 2019, 12-1pm
Location: Latinx Research Center, 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley
Co-sponsored by: Latinx Research Center and UC Berkeley Labor Center

Professor Lilia Soto, a visiting post-doctoral fellow from University of Wyoming is going to be presenting new research on gender and Napa Valley labor and Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez, a visiting dissertation research fellow at the Latinx Research Center, and a history doctoral student at Columbia University researching invisible child labor in the 1930s-60s. Professor Soto’s first book, released earlier this fall, focused on the effects of migration from Mexico to California on young girls.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

CANCELLED Book Talk: Blue and Green: The Drive for Justice at America’s Port with Scott Cummings

To honor the AFSCME Local 3299 boycott of university speaking engagements, we have cancelled this event. The University of California’s largest employee union cites ongoing labor disputes over outsourcing, income inequality and alleged illegal labor practices. For more information about the strike, please visit https://afscme3299.org/2019/04/16/uc-workers-call-for-speakers-boycott-after-unfair-labor-practice-strike/?fbclid=IwAR3LfAa4LmAU8AywAgUI4140ULHRnQ0AQhpy-ZE1EcBXeWlxgOmTZbCUcP4


May 2019 Date TBD

Event: Art for Social Change x UCB Labor Center – May Day Art Exhibition & Reception

Date & Time: May 2019 – date and time TBD
Location: UC Berkeley Labor Center, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley

Photo credit: Jason McHenry (CC BY-SA 2.0)