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Maria Elena Durazo

May Day -- Then and Now

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Unlike the rest of the world's democracies, the United States doesn't use the metric system, doesn't require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn't abolished the death penalty and doesn't celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.

Missing Movements?

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Politicians dominate most stories about key issues, pushing the movements to the margins. Almost every American who is paying attention to the news knows the name of Senator Ted Cruz, but how many can name an immigrant rights or labor leader?

May Day Rallies Reflect Urgency of Pending Immigration Reform

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Unlike the rest of the world's democracies, the United States doesn't use the metric system, doesn't require employers to provide workers with paid vacations, hasn't abolished the death penalty, and doesn't celebrate May Day as an official national holiday.

"This Is Not About Her Personal Opinion"

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 06.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

On April 10, the national day of action for immigration reform, labor leader Maria Elena Durazo was outspoken in her critique of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

The Grapes of Ross

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Many Americans know that Barack Obama spent three years as a community organizer in Chicago, but hardly any Americans know about Fred Ross Sr., perhaps the most influential community organizer in American history.

Meet Koch Brothers Employee David Spady, Darling of LA Fox "News"

Rick Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Want to know how the right-wing astroturf machine works? Want to see how they use power and money to drown out the voice of the people? Want to see the motivations behind the Koch Brothers' hit man in California?

There Once Was a Union-Made

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.02.2012 | Business
Peter Dreier

I walked in and meandered around the shop, looking at the pricy shirts, pants, sweaters, jackets, shoes, and other articles of clothing. After examining the apparel, I couldn't find any items with a union label. What gives?

If the Labor Movement Doesn't Speak Up for Workers, Who Will? The Koch Brothers?

María Elena Durazo | Posted 10.31.2012 | Los Angeles
María Elena Durazo

Big insurance companies and corporate health care have huge voices in Sacramento. Yet it was union nurses who gave patients a voice in Sacramento. Union nurses got lawmakers to pass groundbreaking nurse-patient ratios to ensure patients receive adequate nursing care.

For Cesar Chavez Day, Can Pomona College Give Peace a Chance? Si, Se puede!

María Elena Durazo | Posted 05.31.2012 | Latino Voices
María Elena Durazo

The fight for a union at Pomona's dining hall continues, and unfortunately, so does the Pomona Administration's opposition.

With the Passing Of Activist Harry Pachon, A Look At Other Latino Pioneers

Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

Harry Pachon, an acclaimed activist-scholar who focused on the political and educational aspects of the country's growing Latino community, died of lu...

Prospects for Progressive Politics: A July 4th Interview With Activist Jeff Blum

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This year, Americans celebrated their independence at a time when almost 10 percent of the workforce is officially unemployed, millions more are underemployed, and millions of families are losing their homes. Under these circumstances, why isn't the left gaining momentum?

Has California's Reform Moment Arrived?

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Has California's big reform moment arrived? It sure seems as though it should have, but Jerry Brown only has half a budget deal. Even though the chronic crisis is still more glaring than before.


Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.29.2011 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to throw its support behind an elaborate package of new flashing signs, illuminated graphics and moving tex...

Add Your Photos: Thousands Gather At Labor Rally In Downtown LA

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.26.2011 | Los Angeles

Thousands of union members and their supporters gathered in Downtown Los Angeles for the "Our Communities, Our Good Jobs" labor rally on Saturday morn...

Helping Torture Victims Flourish In 'The Ellis Island Of The West'

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

We often watch news reports about a place where horrible human rights violations are occurring--Congo, Burma, Iran--and wish there was something we co...

The LA Compact: A Dollop of Hope for Our Schools

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Get Los Angeles Unified, the mayor, unions, and universities together to help schools get better? Yeah, we've heard that story before. But this time it might be different.

Police Chief to Immigrants: May the Force Be With You

Jeffrey Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jeffrey Kaye

It came as somewhat of a surprise last night when new LAPD chief Charlie Beck, decked out in uniform, stood before an immigrants' rights rally at La Placita church downtown.

Marc Cooper

Obama Woos Latino Vote Ahead Of Hollywood Debate | Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Los Angeles, California -- Just hours before a dramatic one-on-one televised debate with rival Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama led his campaign in...

Marc Cooper

Watch Obama's and Clinton's Top Latino Supporters Talk Strategy | Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are engaged in a fierce battle to capture the crucial emerging Latino vote during next week's s...