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Rallying for Immigrant RightsThe Fight for Inclusion in 21st Century America$
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Kim Voss

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267541

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267541.001.0001

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Building the Labor-Clergy-Immigrant Alliance

Building the Labor-Clergy-Immigrant Alliance

(p.82) 4 Building the Labor-Clergy-Immigrant Alliance
Rallying for Immigrant Rights

Randy Shaw

University of California Press

In the spring of 2006, millions of Latinos and their supporters marched through America’s streets to demand legalization for the nation’s undocumented immigrants. Many factors contributed to these protests for immigrant rights in the United States. But central to the largest events in Los Angeles and elsewhere was the active support of immigrant rights by the labor movement and the religious community. Labor unions had long opposed measures to protect undocumented immigrants, while relations between the Catholic Church—the most common place of worship for Latino immigrants—and progressive and labor activists became strained over a series of labor disputes starting in the late 1980s and continuing for over a decade. This chapter begins by tracing how Miguel Contreras used the United Farm Workers’ organizing model to help develop the Latino-labor alliance that boosted the cause of immigrant rights, and his role as political director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. It then discusses the AFL-CIO’s participation in the immigrant rights movement, the Active Citizenship Campaign, and the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride.

Keywords:   Latinos, immigrants, protests, immigrant rights, United States, Los Angeles, labor movement, religious community, Miguel Contreras, AFL-CIO

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