The 31st Annual Southwest Labor Studies Conference will meet together with the Labor and Working Class History Association at the University of California at Santa Barbara on May 5, 6 and 7, 2005. This joint conference aims to bring together unions, universities and social justice groups around the general theme:
Labor in Protest:
The Legacy of the 1960s for the U.S. Labor Movement
The conference will open on Thursday May 5 with sessions running from 11:30 am-1:30 pm and 1:45 pm-3:45 pm. Bill Fletcher, president of the TransAfrica Forum and labor activist, will present a plenary address entitled "Rising to the Challenge: The Interconnections of the Black Freedom Movement and Organized Labor" on Thursday May 5 at 4:00 pm.
On Friday, sessions will run from 8:30 am-10:30 am, 10:45 am-12:45 pm, and 1:45 pm-3:45 pm. Mike Davis, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine and the author of works such as Prisoners of the American Dream, will offer a plenary address entitled “Riot Nights on Sunset Strip” on Friday May 6 at 4:00 pm.
On Saturday, sessions will run from 9:00 am-11:00 am and 11:15 am-1:15 pm.
The sessions include roundtables and panels devoted to a variety of topics including farm worker organizing, organizing efforts in unions and working class communities by radicals and revolutionaries, union reform efforts of the 1960s and 1970s, social policy and poverty programs, labor links to the African American freedom struggle, new ethnic and gender leadership in the AFL-CIO, new tactics in labor organizing, deindustrialization, plant closures and outsourcing. There will be art and photography exhibits as well as film screenings. The detailed program will be available in March and will be posted on the LAWCHA website: www.lawcha.org
Travel and Lodging
Site coordinators Zaragosa Vargas and Nelson Lichtenstein recommend, for those of us using air transportation to the meeting, to book a direct flight to Santa Barbara (SBA) or to book a flight to the Los Angeles airport (LAX) with a flight or airbus connection to Santa Barbara. For airbus information, go to: www.sbairbus.com.
A block of rooms for three nights beginning Thursday May 5 has been reserved at the Best Western South Coast Inn. Rates are $106 Sun-Thurs and $112 Fri & Sat (plus 10% tax). When making reservations, state that you are with the Labor Studies Conference. A union hotel, with shuttle service to campus and to and from the Santa Barbara Airport, Best Western South Coast Inn is located on:
5620 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Ph: 805.967.3200 (or 1.800.350.3614) for reservations
There are many other hotels in the Santa Barbara area. The following are recommended:
1404 de la Vina
$96 for a standard (Queen size bed) (rate for UCSB)
Bath Street Inn
1720 Bath Street
$108 including breakfast
Hotel Santa Barbara
533 State Street
$115/night for Queen size bed during week; $125/night for Queen size bed during weekend. Very nice restaurant also.
931 W. Cabrillo
10% off corporate rate for UCSB >$109/night ($98.10 with discount)
Ocean Palms Resort Hotel
232 W. Cabrillo Blvd.
Poolside/King size bed -- $125 ($115 with discount); Ocean view/King size bed -- $135 ($125 with discount)
The registration fee is $35.00 for everyone except students who do not have to pay any registration fee. Registration will be handled by the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Payment by personal check for the registration fee should be made out to UC Regents and sent to:
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
6046 Humanities & Social Sciences Building
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7100
When you register for the conference, please note that the conference is being sponsored in part by The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy of UC-Santa Barbara.
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