A co-founder and now an emeritus leader of our movement, Larry Kleinman writes narratives at the intersection of essay, chronicle and reflection about the struggle for immigrant and worker rights as part of broader social change. In 2013, having served as PCUN Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years, Larry stepped down as part of generational leadership shift. He continues to live in Woodburn and to support our movement as a strategic adviser and thought partner to PCUN, sister organizations, and to immigrants rights and racial justice leaders across the country.
Larry can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
This 5 page essay looks ahead from the Trump’s re-election defeat and out through the end of 2022, described in four phases. It’s an arc that will be defined by moving beyond the dual pandemics of Coronavirus and Trump, even as their effects continue to define our mindset, routines, energy and resilience. Two key ideas are the post-vaccine rush of re-engagement and the need to champion bold actions taken by the Biden Administration–even as we pressure for more–in order to make gains in the 2022 mid-terms so we achieve major legislative advances.
As the third in the essay series about organizing in a time of pandemic, Building Power… looks at the likely trajectory for economic and health recovery and describes two key strategies–“Lived Relief” and “Vote at Home”–that social change organizations should consider pursuing to meet the moment.
Building on the March 7, 2020 writings – this essay offers ideas on how we should think about the likely length and depth of the Coronavirus pandemic and navigate the health and unprecedented economic crises it’s spawned.
The threat of a coronavirus pandemic is scrambling our already turbulent reality. The impacts on public health, on the economy and, in turn, on our campaigns and activities could be profound and swift. This essay lays out ideas for how to shift gears quickly and respond appropriately, including contingency planning.
1/21/21: the first day of the next administration. How do we hope and need to show up on that day ready to begin years of “restoring, repairing and re-building”? Assuming that Trump will run in 2020, lose re-election and never concede, this four-page essay overviews the harrowing path we’ll likely travel in 2019 and 2020, especially Trump’s post-election final weeks in office.
” A reflection on the October 8, 2013 civil disobedience action near the U.S. Capitol building, resulting in the arrests of 211 immigration reform supporters, including eight members of Congress.(Oct. 2013)”
PCUN members have paid in well over $2,000,000 as dues and for services in a quarter century. This essay, written by Larry Kleinman and published in the Grassroots Fundraising Journal’s 30th anniversary issue on Sept. 2011, describes PCUN’s dues system and analyzes how it manifests PCUN’s fundraising principles.
Tells the story of the small, dilapidated wooden structure that served as our headquarters from 1980 to 1988 and then as a residence for volunteers. The story was written about six weeks before the building’s de-construction was launched in June 2008, the first step in preparing the site for the CAPACES Leadership Institute building. (May, 2008; 10 p)
Describes four events that occurred in Woodburn on that date, each—and together—serving as indicators of the progress our movement had made—or failed to make—in changing the politics of Woodburn over a quarter century. (Dec., 2005; 19 p. in Word)