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)
An Op-ed on the 2012 re-enactment of the five-day Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 and how the 2012 march broke new ground in unifying the modern day civil rights and immigrants’ rights struggles to repeal Alabama’s worst-in-the-nation anti-immigrant law, HB 56. (March, 2012; 1 page in Word)
How a pivotal educational leader set in motion a scholarship which opens a path to higher education for leaders of our movement who are undocumented immigrants. (Dec. 2011; 9 p., Word)
A concise de-construction and critique of what the word “illegal” has come to mean and how we might reframe and re-label “earned legalization” and “amnesty.” (Jan., 2008; 4 p.)
How an immigrant-based movement has taken a “do-it-ourselves” approach to Latino voter organizing in an area where Latinos are numerous but Latino voters are not. The title, “Where There Aren’t [Very Many] Voters,” invokes the popular community manual “Donde No Hay Médico”. (October, 2008; 9 pages)
This narrative, presently about 60% complete, interweaves the stories, historical background and commentary about our movement’s early years (1976 thru 1988) defined and consumed by our legal and community-organizing resistance to INS raids and the struggle for immigration reform. (March, 2008; 75 pages completed in Word).