Labor & Social Transformation at the Brecht Forum


Strategic Visions Series: Labor & Social Transformation 

Steve Brier, Bhairavi Desai, Ed Ott, Ai-jen Poo & Others TBA

We are facing multiple crises–financial,
social, economic, ecological, cultural…–but progressive forces are
very much on the defensive. How do we forge a new politics that puts
labor rights and human needs first? Panelists could be asked to draw
from their own thinking and experience.

Steve Brier, the co-director of the New
Media Lab, currently serves as the Associate Provost for Instructional
Technology and External Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a
co-founder of the American Social History Project and co-authored and
edited the Project’s Who Built America? textbook.
Bhairavi Desai is the Executive Director and a co-founder of the New
York Taxi Workers Alliance. She has been organizing in the taxi industry
since 1996.
Ed Ott is Distinguished Lecturer in Labor Studies with expertise in
labor and politics. He has nearly 40 years of experience in the labor
movement, most recently as Executive Director of the New York City
Central Labor Council, which represents 1.3 million trade unionists from
over 400 affiliated organizations.
Ai-jen Poo is the Lead Organizer for Domestic Workers United,
an organization of nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in New
York organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help
build a movement to end oppression for all. DWU helped to organize the
first national meeting of domestic workers organizations at the US
Social Forum in 2007, which resulted in the formation of the National
Domestic Workers Alliance.
Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

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