A Cross-Cultural Conversation on Human, Labor and Civil Rights at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center


Last Thursday, November 4, 2014, a conversation on the intersecting lines running through Labor, Civil and Human Rights struggles, from the 1964 Freedom Summer to the current Dreamer and Immigration Reform movement. From the right to join unions and collective bargaining to the denial of citizenship to undocumented immigrants to the imposition of citizenship on Puerto Ricans, from the African Diaspora to economic inequalities,  panelists and audience discussed the different narratives and perspectives as they explored their different and sometime divergent strategies and tactics for progressive change in their particular fields- from the merits of voter registration to more direct action tactics. Panelists included: Cesar Vargas, co-ed of the Immigration Resource Network, Diane Cantave, member and political organizer, Rona Shapiro, Executive Director of the 1199 SEIU Home care Division, representing more than 80,000 mainly immigrant women in the home care work force, Dr. Alethia Jones, Director of the Educational and Leadership Dept, 1199 SEIU, moderated by Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Esq. Human Rights Attorney. More than 40 activists from the African American Caucus of SEIU, Latinos Unidos, the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Committee. the National Lawyers Guild, the NYC Vieques Solidarity Committee, 33xMujeresxOscar and the National Boricua Human Rights Network, as well as large number of 1199 SEIU organizers and members, participated in the conversation.