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Made in L.A. opens the door to a huge number of issues, ideas and information, and this page is meant to provide links to additional resources. Most of the current links relate to US-based organizations, although some international resources are included as well. (To learn more about the the film itself, visit other parts of our site where you'll find an update on the women featured in the film, more about the crew, and ideas about how to get involved. You can also visit our blog for up-to-date information on what we've been doing).

Made in L.A. has itself become a teaching tool and is now actively being used in high schools, colleges and universities in courses on Immigration, Labor Studies, Gender Studies, American History, Globalization, Ethnic Studies, Chicano/Chicana Studies, Latin American Studies, and in multi-disciplinary settings. Educators and librarians who are interested in using the film can purchase the educational version through California Newsreel.

We hope that these resources will lay the foundation for more research, thinking and organizing around these issues! (If you have suggestions for additional information that should be listed on this page, please feel free to contact us.)

 

Immigration & Immigrants' Rights

For a state-by-state directory of organizations in the U.S. working on immigration issues (prepared by the National Immigration Forum) click here.

Here's a list of a few of the organizations in the US:

ACORN
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities. Click here to visit their immigration campaign page.

American Civil Liberties Union
As one of the nation's leading advocates for the rights of immigrants, refugees and non-citizens, the ACLU has filed countless lawsuits that challenge unconstitutional laws and practices. The Immigrants' Rights Project (IRP) of the American Civil Liberties Union works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education.

American Friends Service Committee
Want to learn more about immigrants' rights and recent immigration patterns? Find out more at the web site of the AFSC, an organization founded in 1917 by Quakers. AFSC also maintains a blog covering the immigration policy debate.

Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR): a collaborative developed by national and local community, immigrant, labor and policy leaders. Based in Washington, DC, the mission and central purpose of the CCIR is to pass progressive comprehensive immigration reform. CCIR is working in the "Ya Es Hora campaign" to help all those who are eligible for citizenship navigate the application process.

Fair Immigration Reform Movement
FIRM is a national coalition of more than 300 grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. It is led by the Center for Community Change, one of the longest-standing champions for low-income people and communities of color (also involved in programs and initiatives that anyone can get involved in, whether you're an individual interested in joining a cause, or an experienced community organizer). They have also launched the "Building America Together", where you can get the latest information about immigrants' rights campaigns around the country and share your thoughts.

MALDEF
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States. MALDEF's mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 45 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.

National Council of La Raza
NCLR is a national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States working to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas - assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network
The mission of NDLON is to improve the lives of day laborers in the United States. To this end, NDLON works to unify and strengthen member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and promote civil, labor and political rights.

National Immigration Forum
The United States is a nation of immigrants. Established in 1982, the National Immigration Forum advocates and builds public support for policies that support immigrants and refugees.

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
NILC's mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members. NILC staff specialize in immigration law and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants. They conduct policy analysis and impact litigation and provide publications, technical advice, and trainings to a broad constituency of legal aid agencies, community groups, and pro bono attorneys.

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG/NIP)
Established in 1980, the National Immigration Project is a national membership organization of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers working to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants in the United States. The National Immigration Project provides legal assistance and other technical support to immigrant communities, legal practitioners, and advocates who work to advance the rights of noncitizens. They seek to promote justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and social policies related to immigration.

National Immigrant Solidarity Network
The National Immigrant Solidarity Network is a coalition of immigrant rights, labor, human rights, religious and student activist organizations from across the country. The website includes legislative updates, information about local events and activities, and concrete ideas on how to get involved in the immigrants' rights movement.

National Network of Immigrants and Refugee Rights

The National Network of Immigrants and Refugee Rights is a national organization composed of local coalitions, immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations, and activists. The website includes immigration fact sheets, curriculum and information about local organizations nationwide.

Unity Blueprint for Immigration Reform: created by dozens of organizations including the AFL-CIO, CHIRLA, Sweatshop Watch and many others, it provides specific legislative proposals for rational and humane transformation of the current immigration policy in the United States, as well as resources and links to a number of immigration-relates subjects.


Sweatshops / Fair Labor / Worker Rights

For a list of anti-sweatshop groups (compiled by Sweatfree Communities) click here.

For a list of several labor and human rights groups (compiled by the Campaign for Labor Rights) click here.

Here's a list of a few organizations in the US:

AFL-CIO
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO union movement represents 10.5 million members, including 2 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate.

Asian American Justice Center
(AAJC)
The mission of the Asian American Justice Center is to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans through advocacy, public policy, public education and litigation

Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR)
It is the mission of the Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR) to mobilize grassroots support throughout the United States to promote economic and social justice by campaigning to end labor rights violations around the world. Click here to access their current campaigns.

Garment Worker Center
Featured in Made in L.A., the Garment Worker Center's mission is to empower garment workers in the Greater Los Angeles area and to work in solidarity with other low wage immigrant workers and disenfranchised communities in the struggle for social, economic and environmental justice. Their website also has information on the Forever 21 campaign (which is also featured in Made in L.A.) and current campaigns.

Clean Clothes Campaign
The CCC is an international campaign, focused on improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries, and empower the workers in it. There is a Clean Clothes Campaign in 11 European countries: Austria, Belgium (North and South), France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. This European campaign network is backed up by a broader, international network that includes trade unions, NGOs, and individuals in countries where garments are produced, i.e. Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central America. The CCC also cooperates with similar campaigns in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

United Students Against Sweatshops
This organization of students is active at over 200 campuses. Use its site to access organizing guides to launch a campaign to free your school of products produced in sweatshops.

Enlace
A strategic alliance of low-wage worker centers, unions and organizing groups in the U.S. and in Mexico which provides leadership training and creates unique campaign strategies. Enlace is co-directed by Joann Lo, the lead organizer featured in Made in L.A. The website for the organization is offered in both English and Spanish.

Fair Labor Association (FLA)
This organization, which is a cooperative effort of industry, higher education and civic groups, is dedicated to ending sweatshop conditions in factories worldwide and building innovative and sustainable solutions to abusive labor conditions. It conducts independent monitoring of adherence to international labor standards. Visitors to the organization's website can find out more about its sustainable compliance standards and workers can file a third party complaint about FLA code violations at a factory that manufactures products for an FLA-affiliated company.

Inclusion
Inclusion is a think tank focused on identifying and promoting new ideas for better jobs while estimulating and shaping the dialogue about improving low-wage work to benefit our economy, workers and communities. The website offers harts/data, relevant publications and links to labor-related logs.

Interfaith Worker Justice
IWJ is a network of people of faith that calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially low-wage workers.

International Labour Organization
The ILO is the only ‘tripartite' United Nations agency bringing together representatives of governments, employers and workers in jointly shape policy and programs. The ILO hosts NATLEX offering a database of national labor and related human rights legislation.

National Labor Committee
(NLC)
The NLC investigates and exposes human and labor rights abuses committed by U.S. companies producing goods in the developing world. The website includes updates on pending legislation and reports on conditions at specific factories around the world.

Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA)
PJA educates, advocates and organizes on issues of peace, equality, diversity and justice, as a progressive voice in the Jewish community and a Jewish voice in the progressive community. Check out their excellent publication: "No Shvitz: Your One-Stop Guide to Fighting Sweatshops."

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
SEIU is an organization of 1.9 million members who are working to achieve better wages, health care and more secure jobs across North America. The bilingual website includes job postings and resources about health care and public services.

SweatFree Communities
SweatFree Communities is a national network of grassroots anti-sweatshop organizations that works to build a global economy with justice and equality. They campaign for worker justice and a global trading system that reflects the values of working people and communities worldwide and gives just workplaces a chance to succeed.

Sweatshop Watch
Sweatshop Watch serves low-wage workers nationally and globally, with a focus on eliminating sweatshop exploitation in California's garment industry. Their believe is that workers should earn a living wage in a safe, decent work environment, and that those responsible for the exploitation of sweatshop workers must be held accountable.

United Students Against Sweatshops
This organization of students is active at more than 200 campuses. Use i ts si te to access organizing guides for launching a campaign to make your school free of products produced in sweatshops.

UNITE HERE
UNITE (formerly the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees) and HERE (Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union) merged on July 8, 2004 forming UNITE HERE. The union represents more than 450,000 active members and more than 400,000 retirees throughout North America. The Unite Here website provides information on how to stop sweatshops and preserve worker ri ghts from a union perspective.

Worker Rights Consortium
This organization assists in the monitoring and enforcement of manufacturing codes of conduct adopted by colleges and universities to ensure that factories producing clothing and other goods bearing the schools' names and logos respect the basic rights of workers. The website includes the codes of conduct, affiliate schools, a factory disclosure database and investigative reports.

If you have suggestions for additional information that should be listed on this page, please feel free to contact us.

 



Delve Deeper

Check out the "Delve Deeper" Guide: A suggested list of books and videos related to the subjects in Made in L.A., produced by POV in collaboration with the American Library Association. Download here!


Immigration: Myths and Realities

Are immigrants a burden to the healthcare system in the United States? How has immigration impacted US workers? Are immigrants paying their fair share of taxes? Myths frequently result in misplaced anger and in the perpetuation of stereotypes. The reality may surprise you. Do you know the truth?

1. Take the Immigration Myths & Realities Quiz on the PBS New Americans site. See how much you know about immigrants and immigration in America... Take the quiz!

2. Take a look at some of the most repeated myths about immigration as P.O.V. goes deeper to discover the realities underlying the immigration debate. Read more on the POV site!

3. Learn how to discuss immigration with "Talking Points for Facilitators of Community Conversations: Immigration Myths" developed by ROP, the Rural Organizing Project. Download now!

4. Read the document: "Top Ten Immigration Myths and Facts" prepared by the National Immigration Forum. Download now!

5. For a group activity, download and play the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations' Immigration Board Game!

Want to learn more about sweatshops in the U.S.?

Explore "Between a Rock and a Hard Place", a Smithsonian Interactive Exhibition on American sweatshops from 1820-present.

Explore resources at MSNBC.com from the Dateline NBC investigation: "Sweatshops: America's Labor Struggle"


What are worker centers?

Read more about this organizing strategy in Janice Fine's "Worker Centers: Organizing Communities at the Edge of the Dream" published by the Neighborhood Funders Group. Download here from the NFG site!

Visit the page of the National Lawyer's Guild on Worker Centers.

Want to explore related news stories?

Take a look at The New York Times Times' extensive "Times Topics". Each topic page "collects all the news, reference and archival information, photos, graphics, audio and video files" published on the topic, going back to 1981. Explore Times Topics about:

Immigration and Refugees
Immigration Detention
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Labor
Women

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