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Unsettled AmericansMetropolitan Context and Civic Leadership for Immigrant Integration$
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John Mollenkopf and Manuel Pastor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501702662

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501702662.001.0001

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Movements Matter

Movements Matter

Immigrant Integration in Los Angeles

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Unsettled Americans

Manuel Pastor

Juan De Lara

Rachel Rosner

Cornell University Press

This chapter considers the city and county of Los Angeles, a place where immigrant communities have built their power through social movements that are now reshaping the regional political landscape. Through their participation in broader multi-issue, multiethnic coalitions oriented toward leadership development, community organizing, and pragmatic policy change, these actors have helped press policy makers and secured wins for immigrant communities in policy arenas from labor to education. While Los Angeles may appear to have less-visible institutions for immigrant integration than do other regions, these social movements have increased the political penalties for anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions by integrating with the region's movement for progressive change.

Keywords:   Los Angeles, social movements, immigrant communities, immigrant social movements, leadership development, community organizing, policy change

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