29 Apr THE CHRONICLES: Check Out the Roster of Larry Kleinman’s Writings!
The Chronicles: firstname.lastname@example.org [Note: many are posted at in the Larry Kleinman’s Writing page on “news” at www.pcun.org]
You can also check out Larry’s Webinar on Organizing In a Time of A Pandemic.. right here.
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. (January 2008; 134 pages in PDF, 89 p. in Word).
Resisting La Migra. 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)
Our Movement’s First Home. 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. in Word)
March 17, 2005. 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. (December 2005; 19 p. in Word)
The Building Power on the Path to Post-Pandemic Recovery and Beyond. As the third in the series about organizing in a time of pandemic (see below), this essay 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.” (April 9, 2020, 7 pages in Word)
Moving Through Contagion Fear, Preparing for Recovery. Building on the Organizing in an Era of Approaching Pandemic (described below), 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. (March 16, 2020, 6 pages in Word)
Organizing in an Era of Approaching Pandemic: Campaigns and Contingency Plans Amid the Effects and Fears of Coronavirus. 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. (March 7, 2020, 3 pages in Word, also available in Spanish)
One to One to One for 1/21/21. January 21, 2021 will be 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”? This essay overviews the harrowing path we’ll likely travel in 2019 and 2020,especially Trump’s post-election final weeks in office. (Circulated in draft November 2018;
finalized January 2019, 4 p. in Word)
Resistance & Resilience 3D. Summarizes the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant policies under 3 “Ds” (self-Deportation, self-Detention, and self-Demobilization) and asserts that if we are to sustain ourselves and our communities, we must find ways to move past our (many) defeats and value/understand our victories. (Circulated in draft April 2018; finalized August, 2018, 6 p. in Word, also available in Spanish)
The D.C. 211. 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. (October 2013, 2 p. in Word)
The ‘7 C’s’ Test for Legalization Wave Seathworthiness. A navigation tool and concise inventory of the preparatory steps (organized under the 7-C categories: “call, compress, convene, cast, cost, collect, credential”) to respond to the anticipated outpouring of immigrants anxious for information and assistance, when immigration reform legislation becomes law. (April 2013; 4 p. in Word)
The Legalization Wave and the Progressive Tide. A succinct call to action on legalization preparedness work, issued for a meeting in Washington D.C. on March 15, 2013 of 43 national and local/statewide organizations seeking to jump-start that process. (February 2013; 1 p. in Word)
Willlamette Valley Law Project: Born on César’s 50th. 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., Word)
Alabama and the Nation’s Conscience. 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)
A Call From Tom Ruhl. 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. (December 2011; 9 p., Word)