CSU Dominguez Hills Hosts Sixth Annual Labor, Social & Environmental Justice Fair

fair2014The California State University, Dominguez Hills Labor Studies Program and Labor Studies Club present the Sixth Annual Labor, Social, and Environmental Justice Fair on Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the east walkway of the Loker Student Union.

In conjunction with the fair, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the fifth floor of the University Library South Wing, award-winning author Lauren Coodley will be speaking about her new book, “Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual.” The talk will take place in the Archives and Special Collections Department, which recently acquired the John Ahouse/Upton Sinclair Collection of hundreds of books, pamphlets, flyers, magazine articles, tapes, and manuscripts by Sinclair and other biographers. Excerpts from a rare copy of “The Jungle” will be screened. Refreshments will be served.

The fair is free and open to the public and food will be provided while supplies last.

WHO: Workers’ rights movement leaders, political artists and youth theater artists are confirmed.

  • Keynote Speaker: Neidi Dominguez (strategic director of the CLEAN Carwash Campaign and worker center director of the AFL-CIO)
  • Featured Artist: Boots Riley (musician, vocalist, writer for political hip-hop group, The Coup)
  • Guest Speaker: Lauren Coodley (award-winning author, “California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual“)

WHAT: Students, faculty, labor, community and environmental justice organizations will gather at CSUDH  to celebrate the Sixth Annual Labor, Environmental and Social Justice Fair.

WHERE: CSU Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747.  East Walkway of the Loker Student Union for daytime event; University Library South Wing, fifth floor for evening event.

DATE: Thursday, April 24, 2014

TIME: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for outdoor fair; 5:30p.m. to 8 p.m. for evening event.

“The organizations and speakers who come to the fair propose hopeful solutions for the future as people face increasing poverty and environmental degradation,” said Vivian Price, Labor Studies Program coordinator and advisor for the fair, which is organized by students.

With the theme “Organize for Justice,” the daylong fair is designed to connect students and members of the community with local unions and community organizations that are doing social justice work. It also introduce new students to the university and to the Labor Studies Program, which has been part of CSU Dominguez Hills since 1977 and is the only such bachelor’s degree program at a state-supported university in Southern California.

Neidi Dominguez, CLEAN Carwash Campaign and Worker Center Director of the AFL-CIO, will serve as the keynote speaker. Boots Riley, a poet, singer, screenwriter, community activist, and public speaker best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club, will be the guest performer. The youth theater troupe The Air We Breathe will also perform.

In 2013, more than 50 local unions and community groups attended the fair, and many are scheduled to return this year along with new groups. They will be hosting informational booths and workshops throughout the day as part of the fair’s programming.

In addition, the fair will host a special program for local high school students, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Loker Student Union. Visitors, including students from many of the Los Angeles Community Colleges, are expected to converge on our campus to meet and discussion educational justice issues.

Stencil artists, upcycling art workshops, and silk screening will round out the programming.

CSU Dominguez Hills is at 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson. Parking permits cost $5 and are available for purchase using cash, credit or debit cards at kiosks located in each lot.

For more information, visit www.dhlaborstudies.org.

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