Wednesday, October 29

Presentation: Sakuma Farmworkers Stand Up

7:00pm. Smith Hall, Room 205, UW Seattle. Free.

Stand in solidarity with Familias Unidas por la Justicia farm workers as they fight against labor violations and for a union contract at the Sakuma Bros. Farms. Meet the farmworkers behind the movement and kick off a UW Sakuma/Driscoll Boycott Committee.

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Thursday, October 30

Book Talk: Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements

Chris Dixon, Carleton University

4:00pm-6:00pm. Smith Hall, Room 211, UW Seattle. Free.

Chris Dixon, author and adjunct research professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, will be visiting on October 30th to discuss his newly released book, Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements(Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014). Dixon is a graduate of Evergreen State College and holds a PhD from the History of Consciousness program at UC Santa Cruz, and in addition to teaching at Carleton University. He has also organized with Sudbury Against War and Occupation, the Direct Action Network, and within his Santa Cruz local of the United Auto Workers.

In Another Politics, Dixon examines the trajectory of efforts that contributed to the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street and other recent movement upsurges. The book explores solutions to the key challenge for today’s activists, organizers, fighters, and dreamers: building a substantive link between the work of “against,” which fights ruling institutions, and the work of “beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives. A longer description of the book can be found at University of California Press and on theauthor’s blog.

Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, the UW Comparative History of Ideas Program, UW Department of Political Science, and the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities. For more information, contact the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at (206)543-7946 or email


Friday, November 14

Conference: Empire is in the Heart: A Conference on Carlos Bulosan

9:30am-5:00pm. Room 145, HUB Student Union Building, UW Seattle. Free.

In marking the centennial of Carlos Bulosan’s birth, this conference will address the relationship between his artistic and political approaches, re-situating his novels in relation to both Philippine and American literary traditions, his politics in relation to the socialist and liberal democratic currents of his era and our own, and his place in understanding the braided histories of labor migration, racial formation, Filipino diasporic imagination, and imperial expansion in the American Asia-Pacific before and after World War II.

Sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; UW Department of English; Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest; and the Jackson School of International Studies. For more information, contact the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at (206)543-7946 or


Friday, November 14

Exhibit Opening Reception: Author, Poet, and Worker: The World of Carlos Bulosan

5:00pm-7:00pm. Research Commons,HUB, Room 145, UW Seattle. Free.

Join us for a special reception to mark the opening of a new exhibit honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of novelist, poet and labor activist Carlos Bulosan. Food and drinks will be provided, and a short presentation will discuss the exhibit and its contents.

One of the most important figures in Filipino American history, Bulosan is best known for America is in the Heart, a searing novel of the Great Depression and a classic of Asian American literature. Drawing from a collection of his papers collected by a circle of Bulosan’s friends and political associates following his premature death in 1956, this special exhibit explores Bulosan’s life in the United States and his participation in labor organizing and in support of anti-colonial efforts in the Philippines.

The exhibit will be located in the lobby of the UW Libraries Special Collections in the basement of Allen Library South. It will run until March 13, 2015.

Sponsored by Inlandboatmen’s Union, Region 37; Labor Archives at the University of Washington; and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. For more information, contact the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at (206)543-7946 or email


Saturday, November 15

2014 Bridges Center Annual Awards Celebration

5:00pm-8:00pm. HUB South Ballroom, UW Seattle. Free.

Please join us for the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies annual awards banquet as we honor student and faculty achievements and raise funds for the Labor Archives.

Reserve your ticket today! Tickets are free, but due to annual high attendance we ask that you please RSVP in advance by contacting the Bridges Center at (206) 543-7946 or .

A map of campus, with the HUB indicated, is available at Parking is free at the University of Washington after noon on Saturdays.

Support the Archives! To raise funds for the Labor Archives, we are offering the chance to sponsor the banquet at two levels:

  • $500 — Table Sponsor: Reserves a table seating 8.
  • $1000 — Event Sponsor: Reserves a table seating 8 and special recognition in the event program and at the event.

By credit card, donate securely on-line, or donate over the phone by calling the Bridges Center at (206) 543-7946.

By check, print and return this form with check payable to “UW Foundation” with “Labor Archives” in the memo line, to:

Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
University of Washington, Box 353530
Seattle, WA 98195-3530

All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, contact the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at (206)543-7946 or email



Wednesday, October 29

Evans School Research Seminar Series:Unemployment and Social Involvement in Germany

Bettina Sonnenberg, German Institute for Economic Research

12:00-1:20pm. Parrington Hall, Forum, UW Seattle. Free.

The Evans School’s faculty presents an annual Research Seminar Series. Open to students, faculty, and staff across the University of Washington, this series provides an opportunity for faculty to test out new ideas in their research.


Wednesday, October 29

Teach-In: Student Labor Rights and Social Work

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember

5:30pm. School of Social Work, Third Floor, UW Seattle. Free.

Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Councilmember, will lead a conversation about building movements for social justice in our city and at the University of Washington.

Starting @ 5:30pm, Social Workers Stand Up organizers will host a ‘Teach-In’ on student labor rights, the status of the social work profession, and practicum programs.

Sawant led a grassroots campaign to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15/hr, ensuring workers can earn a living wage. She has denounced the “invisible abomination of unpaid internships,” concluding that “respect begins with a living wage.”

Please join us in building coalitions to create a socially just and accessible university.


Thursday, October 30

Environmental Health Seminar: How Did North American Retailers Respond to the Garment Factory Disasters in Bangladesh?

12:30-1:20pm. Magnuson Health Sciences Building, Room T-435, UW Seattle. Free.

The Environmental Health Seminar (Env H 580) is a department-sponsored seminar series for students, staff, and faculty; practicing professionals in the environmental and occupational health fields; and the public. This seminar highlights the rich diversity of our department and is an opportunity to hear from local, national, and internationally known scientists, practitioners, and policymakers on issues of current scientific importance.

This seminar, titled, “How Did North American Retailers Respond to the Garment Factory Disasters in Bangladesh?” , is with Hasanat Alamgir, PhD
, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Texas.

For more information, contact the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences at 206.543.6991 or or visit the seminar series website.


Saturday, November 1

Workshop: Taking Ourselves Seriously: Developing Strategy for Social Transformation

Chris Dixon, Carleton University

1:30pm-4:30pm. Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98144. Free.RSVP here.

Join us for a workshop with writer and organizer Chris Dixon. This workshop is informed by the grassroots research in Chris’ new book Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements (description below), which looks at social movement currents distinguished by their commitment to directly democratic structures, anti-oppression politics, explicit organization-building, prefigurative political practices, working for reforms while also pursuing revolution, and grassroots organizing. This workshop will explore the following themes:

  • Visionary Strategy: Engage in dialogue about how we can develop strategy for the long-haul by looking at transformative approaches to topics ranging from goal setting to organization building.
  • Movement Barriers: Reflect on the common barriers that activists face as we try to make the links between our day-to-day actions and our long-term strategy and vision.
  • Building Power: We will look at how communities are coming together to develop leadership, widen participation, engage in key campaigns, and create alternative types of organization to achieve transformative social change.
  • We are excited to reflect on what this means for engaging in transformative movement-building in Seattle. We hope you and your organizations will join us in this critical dialogue.

RSVP: Please RSVP by filling out this mini-survey. We are asking this so we have a clear idea of how many individuals will be in attendance.

Accessibility: This space is wheelchair accessible. It is within 1-3 blocks of the light rail, 36 bus line, and 60 bus line. We cannot guarantee that it is fragrance free but we do ask that participants not use chemically-scented items before coming to the space (this includes body care products, perfume/cologne, laundry detergents, etc). If you have further questions about accessibility, please outline them in the survey or contact Sean


Friday, November 7 – Tuesday, November 11

Conference: 50 Years: A Celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

2014 Pre-Conquest Indigenous Cultures and the Aftermath (PICA) Conference

Times and locations vary. See below.

OCA-Greater Seattle is proud to announce our schedule for the 2014 Pre-Conquest Indigenous Cultures and the Aftermath (PICA) Conference, November 7,8, and 11, 2014.

PICA is a collaborative celebration of the histories of local multiracial and multicultural groups. In 2013, PICA was created as a collaborative effort between a group of students, faculty and community members from the University of Washington’s American Ethnic Studies department, OCA-Greater Seattle (formerly Organization of Chinese Americans) and Heritage University of Yakima, Washington.

Building upon the positive feedback and popularity of our inaugural conference, this year, the PICA theme is “50 Years: A Celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act” Our 3-day event will include films, presentations, entertainment, food and more. Below is a tentative schedule for this year’s PICA conference. We encourage you to view this link to our website for more information:

Friday, November 7 at 5:30-7pm
Native American Heritage Month Potlatch
Location: South Shore School 4800 Henderson St, Seattle 98118

Presentation on Legacy of Billy Frank, Jr./Judge Boldt Decision
Presentation on Bernie Whitebear
Artist Sondra Segundo on Indigenous Cultures Day
Haida Dance Group
Red Nations
Many Feathers
Potlatch: Food provided by South Shore Community Kitchen

Saturday,November 8 at 9am-12:00pm
40 Year Celebration & Grand Re-Opening Of the International Examiner: Alaskeros, Labor Rights & Student Activism
Location 9-10am: Purple Dot Café, 515 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Please RSVP to by November 6
Location 10:15am-12:00pm: Bush-Asia Center, 409 Maynard Ave S Seattle, WA 98104

Poems of Bulosan and other Filipino American cannery workers (displays)
Presentation on Wards Cove v. Atonio, 1989
Sayaw Sa UW
Spoken Word Artist: Troy Osaki
South Shore/Cleveland High Lion & Dragon Dancers

One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes (59′)
Maikaru (7’), award-winning documentary about Seattle’s Makairu Duonglixay-Cloud, half-Lao, half-Tlingit and human trafficking

November 11, Tuesday (Veterans Day) – OCA Luncheon: Honoring Our Veterans at 11am-12:30pm
Location: Venus Chinese Restaurant, 7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
Free for OCA members and Veterans
$5 dollars for students $10 non-members
Please RSVP at by November 8

Civil Rights Tribute: Wong Chin Foo & the Chinese Equal Rights League (first national Asian American activist), Yuri Kochiyama, Billy Frank, Jr., Maya Angelou, activists who passed away in 2014.
Special Guests Cathay Post
Introduction of OCA-Greater Seattle officers


Monday, November 17

Talk: A Conversation about Farmworker Health with Dolores Huerta

12:15 1:30pm. Ethnic Cultural Center, UW Seattle. Free.

The Graduate School, in partnership with the Latino Center for Health, is proud to announce the campus visit of Dolores Huerta on November 17 and 18. Several campus events have been planned including a student focused conversation about farmworker health with Dolores Huerta.

This student conversation is co-sponsored by the School of Social Work and the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. A light lunch will be served and seats are limited.

Further information regarding reservations and tickets for the student focused conversation will be available next week.


Monday, November 17

Talk: An Evening with Dolores Huerta

7:00pm. Kane Hall, Room 120, UW Seattle.

Note: This event is no longer taking online registrations. As a courtesy, they offer standby seating on a space-available basis beginning 15 minutes prior to the lecture’s start time.

Dolores Huerta is the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Her lifelong journey has been working as a community organizer and social justice activist for over 50 years.

Dolores is a two time United States Presidential Award Recipient; she received the Medal of Freedom Award from President Obama in 2012, the highest civilian award in the United States, and the Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998.

Huerta has played a major role in the American civil rights movement. Most notably she co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Cesar Chavez advocating for farm workers in this country. She is a founding board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation, she also serves on the board of Ms. Magazine. Numerous awards include the Ohtli award from the Mexican Government, the James Smithson Award from the Smithsonian Institution, the Icons of the American Civil Rights Movement Award, bestowed to her in 2011 by the National Civil Rights Museum.

As one of the most famous and celebrated Latinas in the US, Huerta has been an advocate for social justice, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom and LBGT civil rights. She continues working to develop community leaders to advocate for the working poor, immigrants, women and youth through her work with the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She speaks at universities and conference forums on issues of public policy, social justice, and advocacy influencing thousands of young people to serve their communities.

Sponsored by UW Graduate School, UW Alumni Association, GO-MAP, School of Social Work, and the Latino Center for Health.