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Forum Focuses on Growth and Sustainability

Forum Focuses on Growth and Sustainability

Labor Studies at UC Riverside sponsors April 6 program to examine the impacts of explosive growth in the Inland Empire and encourage a sustainable future.

(March 31, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Labor Studies at UC Riverside will sponsor a forum, “The Empire Strikes Back: Organizing Inland,” on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. to examine the impact of decades of explosive growth in the Inland region and to encourage efforts to work toward a sustainable future. The forum will be held at the Universalist Unitarian Church in downtown Riverside, 3525 Mission Inn Ave.

Speakers will include Mike Davis, distinguished professor of creative writing at UC Riverside and author of “City of Quartz,” “Ecology of Fear” and “Planet of Slums”; Victor Valle, professor of ethnic studies at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, author of “City of Industry: Genealogies of Power in Southern California”; and representatives of the Inland Empire Day Laborer Congress, Laborers International Union of North America, Social Justice Alliance of UC Riverside, United Domestic Workers, Warehouse Workers United of Fontana, and locked-out borax mine workers from Boron.

Labor Studies at UCR is funded with grants from the UC Miguel Contreras Labor Studies Development program and the UCR Office of Instructional Development.



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