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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Building Multiracial Organizations

Building Multiracial Organizations

(p.139) 17 Building Multiracial Organizations
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter offers guidelines for building multiracial worker centers. Some worker centers, particularly those that focus on improving conditions in a particular sector, have recognized the importance of organizing and supporting all workers in that sector. These include Centro Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha, the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, and Black Workers for Justice. This chapter looks at the experiences of black worker centers from which other worker centers seeking to build multiracial organizations can learn. These black worker centers focus on discrimination and aim to remove barriers to hiring, decriminalize race, and integrate civic engagement, among other goals. The chapter concludes by profiling two of the worker centers that have done the most to organize a multiracial base of workers, the Chicago Workers’ Collaborative and the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa.

Keywords:   multiracial worker center, worker center, workers, Black Workers for Justice, black worker center, multiracial organization, discrimination, civic engagement, Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa

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