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Victor Narro
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Victor Narro is Project Director at the UCLA Labor Center. His publications include Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America’s Cities, Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy (Cornell University Press, 2010), and Living Peace: Connecting Your Spirituality with Your Work for Justice (English/Spanish). Victor has been at the forefront of the movement to found and grow worker centers--centers that enforce rights for workers in low-wage industries.

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Let's End Burnout in the Movement

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Until we are able to love and take care of ourselves, we cannot be of much help to others.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist Minister and Peace Activist

In the movement for social justice, a common thread frequently runs throughout our work. It's a kind of martyr's...

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From the Margins of Invisibility to the Forefront: Day Laborers to Hold National Convention at UCLA

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 11:28 AM

"Day laborers refuse to be objectified by those who exploit them and their circumstances. Americans need to see day laborers standing on street corners not just as workers or as immigrants but also as parents, grandmothers, sons or daughters, as artists and songwriters, and most of all, as human beings."...

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A Spirit of Solidarity Within the Movement for Immigrant Rights

(14) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 4:31 PM

In a recent blog, I wrote about advocates committing "malpractice" on the immigrant communities impacted by our strategy decisions, just as lawyers commit malpractice when they fail to exercise due diligence or are grossly negligent in the representation of their clients. As a lawyer must be adept at shifting a...

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Political Strategy or Malpractice to Immigrant Communities?

(7) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Anibal Fuentes is a Chicago day laborer who may only have a few weeks left in the country. Early one morning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents pounded on his door. They arrived saying they were looking for a neighbor, but instead took him away in handcuffs, leaving behind his...

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The President Can Fix the Broken Immigration System Today

(12) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 1:54 PM

While the political battles and gridlock in Capitol Hill persist in the wake of the government shutdown fiasco, a new dialogue is emerging about the immigration reform bill stuck in the House of Representatives. In this current political landscape, the prospects for passing immigration reform this congressional session appear slim....

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Follow the Dream(ers) to Humane Immigration Reform

(6) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Change and innovation comes not from the status quo, but from disruption. It takes a disruption in our everyday lives to stop us in our tracks, make us reflect, and decide to make a change. This idea of cognitive disruption comes from Brazilian scholar, Sebastiao Ferreira. The recent wave of...

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A Pathway to Citizenship Should Create a Pathway to Workplace Protections

(8) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 5:16 PM

The current Senate immigration reform bill makes some great strides to protect workers. Yet, it falls dramatically short on enforcement. While the bill allocates up to $6.5 billion on border enforcement, it allocates just $1 billion to interior enforcement -- most of which will likely go to the controversial E-Verify...

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Immigration Reform Alone Will Not End Workplace Violations

(12) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 12:32 PM

The national discussion on immigration reform is heating up now that the gang of eight plans to release its detailed version of the senate bill. As with similar efforts in past years to pass comprehensive immigration reform through Congress, the draft legislation to start the process will undergo massive changes...

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