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  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 7:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Citizen and Other: Puerto Rican Farmworkers in the United States," Ismael García Colón discusses his book, Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Farmers on U.S. Farms (University of California Press), Puerto Rican migrant farmworkers, and their labor and experiences in the post-World War II United States. Listen to Working History on the New Books NetworkSpotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to stay up to date on future episodes.

    Ismael García Colón is Associate Professor at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. He is a historical and political anthropologist with focus on the Gramscian concept of hegemony, oral history, immigration and colonial migration, race, citizenship, farm labor, U.S. empire, Puerto Rico, and U.S. ethnic and racial histories. His research experiences include documenting Latinxs in the NYC labor movement, and landless workers, migrant farmworkers, processes of colonial state formation and land distribution programs in Puerto Rico. In addition to Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire, García Colón is the author of Land Reform in Puerto Rico: Modernizing the Colonial State, 1941-1969 (University Press of Florida, 2009). His publications have also appeared in Latin American PerspectivesCENTRO JournalAmerican Ethnologist, and Latino Studies. His current research explores the Puerto Rican experience in U.S. farm labor and its relation to U.S. colonialism and immigration policies, and how government policies formed and transformed modern subjectivities in Puerto Rico.

  • Thursday, June 04, 2020 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    "Nurses in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina filed a petition in March to form a union with National Nurses United (NNU). Roughly 1,600 nurses are expected to be eligible to vote."

    If interested, full article from Facing South can be read here.

  • Tuesday, June 02, 2020 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    SLSA stands in solidarity with all those fighting for justice for Black people in America. We walk with all those protesting for an immediate end to anti-Black violence, sentencing, and policing. As teachers, researchers, and activists, we fully understand that racism and the carceral state have long been used to divide poor and working-class people with similar economic interests. We remain committed - as individuals and as an organization - to antiracist principles, and will continue to both educate the general public, as well as combat white supremacy in all forms.

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    For those interested, here is an article about workers organizing during COVID-19 in "right-to-work" states:

    "In ‘Right-To-Work’ States, Restaurant Workers Mobilize During COVID-19 For Better Condition" by Clare Busch. Read it here.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 2:26 PM | Anonymous

    To promote members' books launched on the eve of or in the midst of the pandemic, LAWCHA is hosting Zoom book talks by some fantastic authors.

    First up is Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, LAWCHA’s founding president, who will be talking about her new book Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America (W.W. Norton). 

    Winner of the PEN Award and the Prose Award from the Association of American Publishers, Sisters and Rebels offers an epic narrative of American history told through a buried tradition of expatriation, female reinvention, and southern radicalism and reaction that speaks directly to our own times.

    The talk, followed by Q&A, will be at 7 p.m. on May 21st. 

    The event will be moderated by Mac Marquis, ABD, The College of William & Mary

    To participate, register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEkceCupz0pG9KAcE_jdeyt3xSX6uWz-ngR  

  • Thursday, May 07, 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Labor, Capital, and Politics in the Industrial South," Michael Goldfield discusses his book, The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press), union organization in the South's leading industrial sectors, and how contests between labor and capital in the New Deal-era South continue to shape American politics today. Listen to Working History on the New Books NetworkSpotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to stay up to date on future episodes.

    Michael Goldfield is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and currently Research Fellow at the Fraser Center for Workplace Issues at Wayne State University. A former labor union and civil rights activist, Goldfield's work focuses on the study of labor, class, race, and American politics.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:19 PM | Anonymous

    Webinar TONIGHT! Register here

    Workers across the US South are on the move demanding workplace safety amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. Southern workers also need a strategy and self-organization to secure any gains they make through collective action. As we reach nearly 17 million people becoming recently unemployed, our for-profit health care system tied to a job is increasingly being exposed. Health care should be a human right for all.

    Studies show that the Black working class, because of the capitalist system's historical oppression and neglect, has suffered the highest number of deaths from COVID-19. 57 percent of the US Black population live in the South, a region where racial, economic, social and political inequality has been the highest for Black America.

    How do we use this moment to advance the organization of workers at the workplace and to build solidarity formations such as local workers assemblies, especially in the Southern region with lowest union density? How can this crisis help us get closer to a universal, single-payer health care system? 

    We seek to launch a South-wide campaign that unites workers on the following PRINCIPLES:

    1) Right to a safe workplace - everyone has the right to a safe workplace and a right to refuse unsafe work.

    2) Building workplace organization and uniting with your co-workers in collective action is best way to combat unsafe conditions, including building Local Workers Assemblies,and 

    3) Healthcare is a human right - health care should not be tied to the employer, it should be provided to everyone, even those recent unemployed through a universal single-payer system like "Medicare for All", and all testing and treatment related to COVID-19 should be covered by single-payer public health insurance like Medicare. While also recognizing that we need to immediately fight our employers to provide affordable health insurance coverage until the day this is won. 

    Some of these questions (and more) will be discussed on this webinar, organized by the Southern Workers Assembly on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00pm.  Join us! 

    Participating organizations including: 
    North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150, Black Workers For Justice, National Nurses United, Raise Up/Fight for $15, Farm, Labor Organizing Committee, New Orleans Hospitality Workers Alliance, Durham Workers Assembly, Raleigh Workers Assembly, Target Workers Unite
    , Muslims for Social Justice, Cooperation Jackson, Southern Movement Assembly, Scalawag Magazine, and others.

    Register here

  • Tuesday, April 07, 2020 8:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On SLSA's latest Working History podcast, "Race, Class, and Communism in the Jim Crow South," Mary Stanton discusses her book, Red, Black, White: The Alabama Communist Party, 1930-1950 (University of Georgia Press), New Deal-era political activism, and movements for racial, economic, and social justice in the Jim Crow SouthRed, Black, White is the first narrative history of the American communist movement in the South since Robin D. G. Kelley's groundbreaking Hammer and Hoe, and the first to explore its key figures and actions beyond the 1930s. Listen to Working History on the New Books NetworkSpotify, iTunes, and SoundCloud, and subscribe on these platforms to stay up to date on future episodes.

    Mary Stanton is the author of From Selma to Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo,  Journey toward Justice: Juliette Hampton Morgan and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Freedom Walk: Mississippi or Bust. She has taught at the University of Idaho, the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey, and Rutgers University.


  • Saturday, April 04, 2020 11:24 AM | Anonymous

    Extended Deadline: April 30, 2020

    Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies

    The Southern Labor Studies Association is currently accepting submissions for the Robert H. Zieger Prize for Southern Labor Studies. SLSA awards the Zieger Prize at the Southern Labor Studies Conference for the best unpublished essay in southern labor studies written by a graduate student or early career scholar, journalist, or activist. The Zieger Prize includes a $750 award.

    The Robert H. Zieger Prize was established in 2013 with the cooperation of the Zieger family, the Southern Labor Studies Association, and former friends and colleagues of Bob and Gay Zieger. The prize is named in honor of the late Professor Robert H. Zieger—teacher, scholar, and tireless union activist. Dr. Zieger was a prolific, award-winning writer whose books include For Jobs and Freedom: Race and Labor in America since 1865 and The CIO, 1935-1955, and three field-defining edited volumes on southern labor history. Professor Zieger served as an officer in the North Central Florida Central Labor Council and an organizer for the United Faculty of Florida at the University of Florida where he was a Distinguished Professor of History.  Along with his wife of fifty years, Gay Zieger, an English professor at Santa Fe College, Bob maintained a strong commitment to social justice his entire life. Many of his former students went on to become labor organizers and educators. SLSA hopes that the spirit of Zieger’s combination of rigorous scholarship and his dedicated commitment to improving the lives of working-class people will live on in this prize.


    Graduate students and scholars, activists, and journalists who are no more than five years beyond the author’s highest degree are eligible to apply. Essays must be in English and should be primarily concerned with southern labor and working-class history broadly conceived. Applicants are not required to be members of SLSA at the time of the submission.

    The winner of the Zieger Prize will be announced at the 2020 Southern Labor Studies Conference which will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill September 11-13, 2020

    To be considered for the Robert H. Zieger Prize, applicants must submit their essays electronically by April 30, 2020, to the prize committee chairperson:

    Professor Paul Ortiz

    Chair, Robert H. Zieger Prize Committee
    Department of History
    University of Florida
    P.O. Box 117320
    Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

    Questions: Email, portiz@ufl.edu

    For information on the SLSA, see: https://southernlaborstudies.org/
  • Saturday, April 04, 2020 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Update on the SLSA Conference from Bryant Simon, SLSA President

    Dear SLSA People:  

    Hope everyone is safe and well.  As you can imagine, we have been having a number of conversations about the upcoming SLSA conference in Chapel Hill, set for September of this year.  The panel proposals and individual submissions for the conference are absolutely great and the program is shaping up beautifully.  We very much want to have this conference and this exchange of ideas, and we want to have it in real time, with interactions between people facing each other in person and not over Zoom.  

    But right now, of course, it is hard to know what the fall, or even next week, will look like.  Hopefully colleges and universities will be up and running, or at least limping along, and it will be safe to gather and tell our stories (about our scholarship and about the pandemic.)  But again, there is no way to know right now.  

    With all of this uncertainty hanging in the air, we just want to wait.  We don’t want to cancel yet.  If you need to pull out of the conference, let us know, but for now, we want to wait until May 1 or so to make a call.  

    Please don’t hesitate to write or call if you have any questions, ideas, suggestions, or comments. 

    All the best,

    Bryant Simon

    President, SLSA


CONTACT Southern Labor Studies Association 

c/o Erik Gellman, SLSA/UNC Liaison

Department of History

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

102 Emerson Drive, CB #3195

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195

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