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ANNOUNCE: Feb 26 Conference, "Whose City?: Labor & the Right to the City Movements," UCSC

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      From: Miriam Greenberg <miriam@...>
      Date: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 10:51 AM
      Subject: ANNOUNCE: Feb 26 Conference, "Whose City?: Labor & the Right to the
      City Movements," UCSC
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      ***Please circulate widely***


      The Center for Labor Studies & the Urban Studies Research Cluster at the
      University of California Santa Cruz are pleased to present:

      WHOSE CITY? LABOR & THE RIGHT TO THE CITY MOVEMENTS

      A one-day conference

      David Harvey, keynote speaker

      February 26, 2011

      9:30 am - 5:00 pm

      Humanities 206, University of California Santa Cruz

      Workers, environmentalists, and urban social movements have recently converged
      under a new banner: "the right to the city." The phrase refers to the right of
      city dwellers-now the world's majority-to democratically control development and
      resources in the cities in which they live .  In today's global economy, this
      "right" is profoundly challenged.  Social divisions are experienced increasingly
      in spatial terms- through gentrified housing markets and polarized job markets;
      unequal access to green space and unequal exposure to environmental risk; and
      new modes of segregation, exclusion, and policing of public space. Against this
      backdrop, the process of urbanization itself has become a significant site of
      political contestation for a wide range of groups, and the idea of the "right to
      the city" both a critique and call to organize.  Bringing together leading
      scholars, practitioners, and activists from across California and the U.S.,
      "Whose City?" will provide an opportunity to think critically and creatively
      about these emerging labor and urban-based coalitions-- from their historic
      roots to their possible futures, from their local to their global
      manifestations.

      For more information about the event, go to:
      http://urban.ihr.ucsc.edu/events/whose-city/
      Visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151675971553691

      SCHEDULE

      9:30-9:40 Welcome Steve McKay (Sociology, UCSC) andMiriam Greenberg (Sociology,
      UCSC)

      9:40-10:40 KeynoteDavid Harvey (Distinguished Professor, City University of New
      York) "Whose City? Labor and the Right to the City Movements"

      10:45-12:15 Panel I. Cities for People or Profit? Wage, Housing, and Economic
      Justice Campaigns

      * Gilda Haas (Urban Planning, UCLA; Strategic Action for a Just Economy; Right
      to the City National Alliance) "Beyond Campaigns: Inequality, Popular Education
      and Transformation"
      * Stephanie Luce (Labor Studies, City University of New York) "From Just
      Economics to Economic Justice: Taking Wage Campaigns to the Next Level
      * Gretchen Purser (Sociology, Syracuse University) "The Spectre and Spectacle of
      Eviction: Rethinking America's Housing Crisis"
      * Nari Rhee (Center for Labor Research and Education, UC Berkeley ) "What Does
      Labor Bring to the Politics of Place?  Unions and the Right to the City movement
      in Silicon Valley"
      * Moderator: Eleonora Pasotti (Politics, UCSC)

      12:15-1:15 Lunch

      1:15-3:00 Panel II. Cities of Nature: From Environmental Justice to Green Jobs

      *Melissa Checker (Urban Studies, Queens College, City University of New York)
      "'What Do You Mean by Green?': Green Jobs in a Greed Economy,"
      *Kevin Danaher (Global Exchange and Green Festivals) "The Green Economy is the
      Future"
      *Jeff Rickert (Green For All) "A Brief History of the Green Jobs Movement"
      *Jon Zerolnick (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy) "The Clean and Safe
      Ports Campaign: False Dichotomies and the Underground Economy VS.
      Coalition-Building and the Power of Local Government"
      * Moderator: Julie Guthman (Community Studies, UCSC)

      3:00-3:15 Coffee Break

      3:15-5:00 Panel III. Rights to the Global City: Race, Class, Gender and
      Citizenship across Borders

      * Joshua Bloom (Sociology, UCLA) "Ally to Win: Black Community Leaders and
      SEIU's LA Security Unionization Campaign."
      * Gerardo Dominguez (United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 5) "Immigrant
      Mercado Workers' Struggle to Bring Justice to the Urban Workplace"
      * Faranak Miraftab (Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois, Urbana-
      Champaign)  "Global Restructuring of Social Reproduction and What it Means for
      the Right to the City Movements: Observations in a Transnational Packing Town in
      the Midwest."
      *Gihan Perera (Miami Worker Center and Right to the City National Alliance)
      * Moderator: Eric Porter (American Studies, UCSC)

      5:00 Closing RemarksShannon Gleeson (Latin American and Latino Studies, UCSC)

      This event is FREE and open to the public.

      For more information about the event, go to:
      http://urban.ihr.ucsc.edu/events/whose-city/
      Visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151675971553691

      Co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology, American Studies, and Latin
      American and Latino Studies; College 8; and the  Center for Global,
      International, and Regional Studies at UC Santa Cruz.

      The Urban Studies Research Cluster and the Center for Labor Studies at the
      Institute for Humanities Research are sponsored by the UC Humanities Network. 
      Additional support from the Miguel Contreras Fund.  Staff support provided by
      the IHR.  For information about access to the event, please contact Shann
      Ritchie at sritchie@....
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