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
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)
You Can Hear Us Now!: The Story of PCUN’s Radio Movimiento, “La Voz del Pueblo”
Narrates PCUN’s path to establishing and operating a non-commercial low-power FM radio station. Subtitled “Taking mass communications with PCUN’s community base from someday to every day,” this work lays out a quarter century of dreaming, scheming, teaming up for, and beaming radio broadcasting. The final chapter sets forth three big ideas that have shaped our movement and how the radio station manifests those ideas. (Jan., 2008; 134 pages)
A reflection on the 35th anniversary in 2012 of WVLP, one of our movement’s very first non-profit (but still least visible) entities. WVLP was incorporated on March 31, 1977, coincidentally César Chávez’s 50th birthday. (March 31, 2012; 4 p.)
Do mega-marches change the state of politics…even the course of history? This essay articulates and applies the political “physics” that propel and paralyze the phenomenal forces behind the immigrants’ rights marches, the fight-back in Wisconsin against collective bargaining rights rollback, and the regime-change protests in Cairo. Delivered as the Arthur Langlie Lecture at Whitman College, May 4, 2011. (April 2011; 7 p)
An Op-Ed, published in the Salem Statesman-Journal newspaper on August 1, 2009 under the headline “Minimum Wage Workers are Better Off in Oregon.” The essay, written as increase in the federal minimum wage took effect, sets forth the forces behind and key outcomes of Oregon’s minimum wage having been higher than the federal minimum for two decades. (Aug., 2009; 1 page)