Class Schedule for Spring 2015

 

Justice for Immigrants: Still On Our Agenda

 Presentation and Discussion with Isabel Garcia, Immigrant and Human Rights leading activist 

 Saturday, January 24     2:00 pm 

 An update on the tasks for the immigrant rights movement in view of the newest developments.  How do the Obama administration's new immigrant policies impact immigrants here along the boarder and accross the country?  What is the role of the immigrant rights movement under the new circumstances?


 

Why Religion and Class Matter

 Lecture and Book Signing with Joerg Rieger, Professor of Theology at SMU and Labor activist in Dallas

 Saturday, February 7th           2:00  pm

 The book Religion, Theology and Class deals with three contested notions.  Each of the three notions, religion, theology, and class, is important because power is produced and reproduced in significant ways via all three of these realities.  By failing to address these categories in progressive circles, we are also missing opportunities for reconstruction power in alternative fashion.  Rieger wil address both the analytical challenges and the constructive potential of bringing together discourses of class and religion.

 

 

A Short History of Zionism

 Persnetation and Discussion with Joe Bernick, Director of Salt of the Earth Labor College 

 Saturday, February 21st     2:00 pm  

 Zionism means different things to different people, from a 19th Century idea, to a movement, to an oppressive system, to a Middle East regional power.  This class will trace will trace the history of Zionism from its European birth to its current international and regional significance.

 


 

Salt of the Earth

 Film and Discussion in honor of International Women's Day

Saturday, March 7th           2:00 pm
 
This classic labor film dipicts the bitter strike by Chicano miners in New Mexico that challenged racist discrimination in the industry and male supremacy in the home.  The film was shot on location in 1953 by blacklisted filmmakers and completed in the face of vigilante attacks.  It's a great lesson in the history of our region.  Screenplay written by Academy Award winner Michael Wilson.
 
 

  

US Labor In The Modern Era: The Struggle Continues

 Lecture and Discussion with David Myers, retired labor history professor and lifelong activist  

 Saturday, March 21st        2:00    pm

 This lecture will provide a history of the labor movement from the AFL-CIO merger up to the present.  It will focus on the issues which made this critically important movement struggle against a variety of forces which sought to limit its power.  It will finish with a discussion of some of the recent positive developments which provide some hope for the future.

 


 

Fighting Wage Theft In Tucson

 With Sandra Garnica, Organizer at Wage Theft Clinic, Derechos Humanos Coalition 

 Saturday, April 4th                    2:00 pm 

 The Wage Theft Clinic provides resources for people who are experiencing wage theft or related abuse from their bosses.  This project has already won a few thousand in stolen wages for some of the most exploited workers in Tucson.  These clinics provide information on what classifies as wage theft and steps to take to protect oneself.  More importantly, this is a space to empower ourselves ny knowing our rights and learning how to organize and fight back against wage theft and other on the job abuse.  Come learn about this important project and how you can contribute to this vital work.

 

 

 

Organizing For Worker Health And Safety

 Presentation and Discussion with Peter Dooley MS CIH CSP, Safety and Health Consultant, President of LaborSafe, Field Organizer for The National COSH Network 

 Saturday, April 18th                    2:00 pm 

 As many as 13 to 15 workers die on the job each day from illnesses they develop from work exposures like chemicals, dust and other toxic exposures.  All these tragic deaths and millions of serious injuries are preventable.  All workers have a legal and moral right to a safe workplace, but the sad reality is that most workers are intimidated and harassed into silence about safety.  OSHA, MSHA, and ADOSH are the agencies that enforce worker legal rights if workers and organizers know how the system does or doesn't work.  How can we be more active to organize for worker health and safety rights? 

 


 

The Wobblies

Film and Discussion 

 Saturday, April 25th                    2:00 pm 

 Alively and engaging study of the Wobblies.  The nation was torn by naked corporate greed and the contradiction between the fat 1% and the rabble-rousing workers in the field, factory, and the lumber camp.  It was just like today, but ot was a hundred years ago.  The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) aslo known as the wobblies, was a radical union whose struggles changed the course of history and led to the eight hour work day, fairer wages, and other working class gains that today's 1% are trying to take away.