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Race, Gender, and Work - Lola Smallwood-Cuevas with Domestic Workers United

Episode 72

Where's the juice in the U.S. labor movement? To answer that question many people look to Los Angeles where the AFL CIO held its last national convention, and The Los Angeles County Labor Federation is one of the most active in the nation. But Los Angeles is also the wage theft capital of the U.S. where low-wage workers are robbed of $ 26 million each week. Lola Smallwood-Cuevas directs the Los Angeles Black Worker Center, the first in California focused on solving the black job crisis. She's been empowering African American workers and transforming the industries they work in for years. To that job she brought experience also as a journalist. She worked as a daily beat writer for the Chicago Tribune, Long Beach Press Telegram, and the Oakland Tribune before becoming an organizer. Then we travel to Washington, DC, where 100 women marched 100 miles to bring a message to the pope. All that and a few words from Laura on the surprisingly low cost emergency that can throw almost half of people in the US nto a crisis.

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