Bill Deverell, Director, Huntington USC Institute discusses the history of Simon’s Brick Yard #3, “It’s seen by many people as ironic that there is virtually nothing left there today, but in fact that’s fairly typical of Los Angeles having a sense of amnesia quality to its past, and an ineffable ability to cover up what once was, but when the Simon’s Brick Yard was roaring through the 20’s and even into the Great Depression period, it was seen to be the world’s largest brick yard.”
“The Brick People” chronicles the story and legacy of the first generation of Mexican immigrants who struggled to work at Simons Brickyard #3 in Los Angeles during the early part of the 20th century. The bricks they made literally and culturally laid the foundation for Los Angeles and the surrounding region.
Produced by UC Irvine professor Alejandro Morales, this documentary explores themes of immigration, discrimination and cultural foundry as told by former residents and historians of Simons, California.
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The passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have a pervasive impact on the nation and particularly California, the most populous and diverse state in the country.
In this new program from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Robert Wood Johnson Post-doctoral Scholars Program in Health Policy Research, Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President for Special Initiatives, The Kaiser Family Foundation, and Bruce Bodaken, Chairman and CEO, Blue Shield of California examine access, cost and quality of care issues.
California’s dubious ranking as the state with the most foreclosures is matched in its grimness by recent bankruptcy declarations by San Bernardino, Stockton and Mammoth Lakes, continued declines in property and sales tax revenues, and massive unfunded liabilities in public worker pension plans.
The six panel discussions, available this month on UCTV, include everyone from labor leaders to the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. These diverse voices examine the severity of the crisis; possible paths to reform; the politics, principles and laws governing municipal financial restructuring; issues such as outsourcing, public-private partnerships and how to deal with credit markets; and the efficacy of pension reforms, including those just signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
You can find these and other programs at the IGS series page on the UCTV website. Get informed!
Tomorrow is a holiday in the State of California. While some of us may have the day off, work will be at the top of our minds as we honor Latino labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar E. Chavez, who was born on March 31, 1927.
Chavez is an inspirational figure to so many — especially here in California, where he co-founded the organization that would become the United Farm Workers (UFW). But what inspired him to transition from farm worker to labor organizer?
Using archival footage, oral history interviews and more, the documentary “Organize! The Lessons of the Community Service Organization” looks at the pivotal grassroots effort launched in the 1940’s that empowered a generation of Mexican-Americans, including Chavez. Poor immigrants were able to move into the mainstream of American society through voter registration drives, lawsuits and legislative campaigns. Over 50 years later, the leaders of the movement reflect on the impact.
Take this opportunity to host your own Cesar Chavez Day celebration by watching the documentary. You might also want to browse around the Cesar Chavez learning resources put together by the California Departement of Education.