Labor & Social Movements

We are facing multiple crises—financial, social, economic, ecological, cultural…--but progressive forces are very much on the defensive. How do we forge a new politics that puts labor rights and human needs first? Panelists to draw from their own thinking and experience to open this ongoing discussion..

Steve Brier, the co-director of the New Media Lab, currently serves as the Associate Provost for Instructional Technology and External Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a co-founder of the American Social History Project and co-authored and edited the Project's Who Built America? textbook.

Bhairavi Desai is the Executive Director and a co-founder of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. She has been organizing in the taxi industry since 1996.

Ed Ott is Distinguished Lecturer in Labor Studies with expertise in labor and politics. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the labor movement, most recently as Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council, which represents 1.3 million trade unionists from over 400 affiliated organizations.

Ai-jen Poo Ai-jen Poo is the Lead Organizer for Domestic Workers United, an organization of nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in New York organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build a movement to end oppression for all. DWU helped to organize the first national meeting of domestic workers organizations at the US Social Forum in 2007, which resulted in the formation of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Steve Brier, Bhairavi Desai, Ed Ott & Ai-jen Poo
December 15, 2010

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