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Black and Brown community forum series covered coalition building. Topics of the series included Solidarity Building, Housing and Gentrification, and Labor.
The purpose of the Black and Brown Community Forum on Labor is to demystify issues of immigrant labor, discuss labor rights and union involvement in undocumented workers, and identify divisions and barriers to organizing for both Black and Brown building. The panelists of the Labor Forum discuss Black and Brown coalition building, workers' rights, day laborers, and union representation. Specifically, the panelists talk about changing demographics of industries; demographic divisions in the labor force; the declining union movement; cooperative roles African Americans and Latinos can play in the labor renaissance and overcoming obstacles; the role of capitalism in immigration and labor; the necessity of talking about the politics of race; examples of unions working to change immigration reform; the connections between labor reform and immigration reform; and the need for education about unions and the union movement. During the question and answer session, discussion includes surplus of labor which depresses wages for everyone; minority versus non-minority businesses and providing equity for their employees; the immigration issue is not a Latino issues; the definition of the American dream; why people immigrant to the United States; how foreign policy and the environment effect migration; the importance of unity among Black and Brown people to produce results; and the role of unions and workers regarding non-compliance of safety laws. Anacostia Community Museum's Deputy Director Sharon Reinckens provides introduction to the forum. Labor and racial justice international activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. moderates the forum and introduces panelists. Panelists include Ben Butler (President of local AFGE 2741), Pedro Cruz (day laborer organizer with DC Jobs with Justice), Tracy Lingo and Shanique Jones (organizers from Unite Here union), and Darrell Moock (member of United Auto workers local 1981 - a National Writers Union).
Panel discussion. Sound only. Part of Black and Brown community forum series. Dated 20100524.
Black and Brown Community Forum: Labor, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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