The AHA is coming up soon, and the SLSA conference will be here before you know it. If you need help finding a roommate for either of these conferences to help defray the cost of the hotel room, please send your roommate requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate which conference you’re going to, your travel dates, and any preferences.
SLSA Fall 2012 Newsletter – Call for Contributions
The editorial board of the Southern Labor Studies Association
Newsletter invites members to submit articles for the Fall 2012
edition of the SLSA newsletter. Contributions may include issue-
focused articles, and articles about current research and
publications, activities (conferences, symposia, lecture series, etc.)
that are planned or have taken place since March 2011, or current
organizing and community initiatives.
Article-length contributions should be limited to 500 words;
contributions for the “members news” section should be limited to 150
words. Please send submissions to email@example.com by October
Registration for the 2013 SLSA biennial conference in New Orleans is now live!
Registration types and rates:
- Member: $65.00
- Non-member (Includes 1 yr membership): $90.00
- Student/Retired/Unemployed: $40.00
The Hilton Doubletree Hotel, 300 Canal St., will be hosting the SLSA’s biennial conference, March 7-9, 2013. The hotel is offering a discounted room rate of $174/night to conference participants.
For more information on the hotel, visit http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/louisiana/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-new-orleans-MSYTCDT/index.html.
To make reservations online, follow the link above, enter your dates, and be sure to click “Add special rate codes,” and enter “NMX” in the group code field.
You can also make reservations by phone by calling 1-504-581-1300 — again, give the agent group code NMX for the special SLSA rate.
What is Freedom University?
Last Spring, a group of young people did something that had never been done before in the state of Georgia: they publicly declared that they are undocumented and then stepped out into a street in front of Georgia State University. They unfurled two banners. One read “Undocumented and Unafraid.” The other, “We Will No Longer Remain in the Shadows.” They sat down and refused to move.
In doing so, they put themselves at risk not only of being arrested (they were) but also of being deported.
What they did was both desperate and brave. The desperation came, in part, from the Board of Regents a few months earlier banning Georgia’s undocumented students from the state’s top schools. The bravery came, in part, from the example set by Civil Rights activists across history. Inspired by the heroic efforts of Georgia’s undocumented young people, who tirelessly demand their right to education (and their families’ right to live without fear of deportation and harassment by police and lawmakers), UGA professors, students and the Athens community decided to stand up beside them.
Freedom University opened its doors in October of 2011 in defiance of the USG Board of Regents’ ban on undocumented students, offering college-level courses for free, regardless of immigration status. The Board of Regents’ Policy 4.1.6 is only one manifestation of the anti-immigration fervor in the South, but it is the one that is most destructive to the dreams of Georgia’s college age students who are unable to secure legal documentation. Freedom University commits to remain steadfast in its operations and will actively advocate for the ban to be overturned, but we’ll need your support.
Please help undocumented Georgia students continue their educations and fight the ban by signing the petition, giving a donation or a book (http://www.freedomuniversitygeorgia.com/), or by circulating this appeal via social media and listserves:
“Rights, Solidarity and Justice: Working People Organizing, Past and Present”
LAWCHA National Conference, June 6-8, 2013
New York City
The 2013 LAWCHA conference in New York City will focus on how varied groups of working people have built the solidarity needed to challenge their employers, each other, their communities, and the state to seek justice and improve their lives. LAWCHA seeks panels, roundtables, and workshop proposals that put today’s challenges and successes in deeper perspective, including comparisons across time, space, and national borders, and that explore the rich range of working peoples’ lives and movements. LAWCHA welcomes panel proposals of all kinds, including those that are historical, contemporary, transnational, or comparative, and those that combine activists, teachers, and academics. LAWCHA encourages more conversational sessions than the conventional 3-paper/commentator format.
Send proposals for panels (or individual papers), roundtables, and workshops to
LAWCHA conference program committee: lawcha.cfp+2013NYC@gmail.com
Proposals should include brief abstracts for sessions and individual papers and short biographies/c.v.s for participants. DEADLINE for submissions is: September 15, 2012. For more information on the conference and call for papers, copy and paste the following url: http://tinyurl.com/LAWCHAcallforpaper
This collection of essays explores the dynamic new face of Southern labor since 1950. Life and Labor in the New New South weaves together the best work of established scholars with emerging cutting-edge research on ethnicity, gender, prison labor, de-industrialization, rapidly changing demographic and employment patterns, and popular response to globalization.
Contributors include Jane Berger, Michael Bess, Robert Bussel, Robert Chase, David Ciscel, Michael Dennis, Tami Friedman, Michael Honey, Max Krochmal, Timothy Minchin, Bruce Nissen, and Michael Pierce. The essays examine such topics as southern deindustrialization, union activism in the healthcare industry, labor-community coalitions, the politics of southern anti-unionism, and immigrant labor in southern agriculture.
Robert Zieger is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Florida and author of For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America since 1865.