Mobilizing Against Inequality
Collective action is critical to the defense of immigrant workers, and to their struggles for better wages and working conditions.
Mobilizing Against Inequality, opens a new online conversation about immigrant workers – their struggles for rights and representation and the organizations that advocate for them. This project outlines case studies and identifies new networks and research documenting inspirational examples and strategies of immigrant mobilization and movement building. As we witness an alarming escalation in xenophobic violence targeting Muslims in the United States and Europe over the past month, we focus in on the ways in which Islamophobia is being resisted - whether in the courts, on campuses, in the workplace, or at the ballot box. Learn more about Mobilizing Against Inequality→
An interview with Chaumtoli Huq, the founder of Law at the Margins. Drawing on decades of experience as a lawyer and community organizer, Huq shares valuable insights on how workers and students can resist xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism.
Lowell Turner, professor of International and Comparative Labor at the ILR School, shares his insights on the momentous French election that saw both the defeat of the far-right National Front (FN) and the further normalization of xenophobic, racist and anti-democratic fringe of French politics. Turner examines how the far-right opportunistically manipulated popular anger over economic inequality and fanned the flames of Islamophobia to drive a deep polarization of French society.
Zahra Billoo is an American Muslim woman who is both a community organizer and a civil rights lawyer. She is the executive director for the San Francisco Bay Area branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Mark Bergfeld is based at Queen Mary University of London, School of Business and Management, specializing in research on immigration and labor unions and the comparative study of immigrant worker organization and the relationship to trade unions in Britain, Germany and the US. In this piece, Mark discusses Islamophobia and the labor market.
An interview with both the narrator, Rigo Valdez, and director, Valerie Lapin Ganley of “The Long Ride,” a documentary about the 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, which was recently screened in Ithaca as part of Union Days 2017 and will soon be screened in NYC.
The author of this guest post, Daniel Carrillo, is Executive Director of Enlace, a cross-border, multiracial coalition of low-wage worker centers, unions and community organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. They discuss the launch of Freedom Cities and tactics used by members of the New York Worker Center Federation to fight back against Trump's racist and anti-immigrant policies.