Web resources - The New Los Angeles

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)

LAANE is recognized as a national authority on issues affecting the working poor and an innovator in the fight against working poverty. Founded in 1993, LAANE is recognized as a national authority on issues affecting the working poor and an innovator in the fight against working poverty. Combining a vision of social justice with a practical approach to social change, LAANE has helped set in motion a broad movement based on the principle that hard work deserves fair pay, good benefits and decent working conditions.

Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University

Using LA as a laboratory for understanding the urban experience, the center has become a university leader in developing multidisciplinary courses, producing highly regarded applied research, and promoting civic involvement. The Center maintains its mission of providing students with a strong liberal arts education that emphasizes human values, reflects critically on the human condition, and integrates intellectual investigation with social awareness. 

Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College

The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) is a community oriented research and advocacy organization based at Occidental College in Los Angeles.  It serves as the umbrella for a variety of affiliated programs addressing work and industry, food and nutrition, housing, transportation, regional and community development, land use, and urban environmental issues.

Center for Labor Research and Education, UCLA

As part of the University, the Labor Center serves as an important source of information about unions and workers to interested scholars and students, creating a bridge between the University and the labor community in Southern California. Through its extensive connections with unions and workers, the Labor Center also provides Labor with important and clearly defined access to UCLA's resources and programs.

Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride

The Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride was a campaign launched to expose the injustice of current policies toward immigrants. Nearly 1,000 immigrant workers and their allies boarded buses and traveled across the US from Sept. 20-Oct 4, 2003 spreading the word about their work.

Liberty Hill Foundation

Liberty Hill wants to end the problems facing L.A., not just mend them. The foundation supports the most effective organizations and work hand-in-hand with them to make Los Angeles a place where everybody can lead a decent life.

Justice for Janitors Campaign

The campaign is about hard-working janitors uniting for fair working conditions with support from our communities. Over the years, Justice for Janitors has worked to provide better wages, basic benefits, and job security for janitors who clean buildings in major cities and suburbs.

Center for Law in the Public Interest

Over the past 30 years, CLIPI cases have often embodied the defense of social justice and the establishment of important legal precedents in areas ranging from Civil Rights to Environmental Justice in the Los Angeles Area.

Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF)

The leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States. Its mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 40 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.

Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, USC

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute advances critical, insightful thinking on key issues affecting Latino Communities through objective, policy-relevant research, and its implications, for the betterment of the nation.

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

The NALEO Educational Fund carries out this mission by developing and implementing programs that promote the integration of Latino immigrants into American society, developing future leaders among Latino youth, providing assistance and training to the nation's Latino elected and appointed officials and by conducting research on issues important to the Latino population.

Community Coalition of Los Angeles

Community Coalition is a grassroots community-based organization working to build a powerful voice in South Los Angeles to create, influence and change public policy.

Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California

Mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.

Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates

KIWA's mission is to empower low wage immigrant workers and to develop a progressive constituency and leadership amongst low wage immigrant workers in Los Angeles that can join the struggle in solidarity with other underrepresented communities for social change and justice.

Concerned Citizens of South Central LA

This organization intends to foster community interest around social, economic, and environmental conditions in the SCLA area. Additionally, to assist in the development of low income housing in Southern California communities by providing technical and other assistance to nonprofit housing development corporations.

Industrial Areas Foundation

IAF leaders and organizers first create independent organizations, made up of people from all races and all classes, focused on productive improvements in the public arena. IAF members then use those new political realities to invent and establish new social realities.

Sweatshop Watch

Sweatshop Watch is a coalition of over 30 labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's, religious and student organizations, and many individuals, committed to eliminating the exploitation that occurs in sweatshops.


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.UNITE HERE boasts a diverse membership, comprised largely of immigrants and including high percentages of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American workers. The majority of UNITE HERE members are women.

UNITE HERE has a new campaign Hotel Workers Rising, an effort to empower thousands of hotel workers employed in cities across North America as they work to improve their jobs and secure better lives for themselves and their families.


UNITE HERE Local 11 is widely recognized as one of the most active rank and file unions in Southern California, striving to build multi-raical coalitions among community, church, academic, ,ethnic, and political organizations throughout Los Angeles. The door-to-door precinct work of housekeepers and food service workers has been critical in raising the percentage of Latino voters in Los Angeles City and County elections.  Maria Elena Durazo is the President of Local 11.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO represents working men and women in forming coalitions with community partners as well as serving as the coordinating center for labor’s political activity.  With over 350 affiliated locals representing over 800,000 workers, organized labor is acknowledged as a powerful force in Los Angeles metropolitan and state politics.   Maria Elena Durazo is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) is an interfaith association of over 600 religious leaders throughout Los Angeles County who come together to respond to the crisis of the working poor.

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

The nation’s largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities.

Change to Win

Change to Win is a labor federation with six million members who are working together to build a movement of working people with the power to provide workers: a paycheck that supports a family, affordable health care, a secure retirement, and dignity on the job.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

CHIRLA works to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees and to foster an environment of positive human and community relations in our society.

Good Jobs First

Good Jobs First is the nation’s leading resource center for grassroots groups and public officials seeking to make economic development subsidies more accountable and effective. They promote smart growth policies that enhance the well-being of working families.

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

A consortium of community centers in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York working together to project a national progressive voice on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues and promote the full participation of Korean Americans in American society. 

Partnership for Working Families

An economic justice organization, working to reform development policy throughout the country to ensure public resources are invested in ways that are economically sound and provide a return to the community. The Partnership seeks to systematically involve the community in development decisions, and track and report the results of reform efforts to the public.

Service Employeers International Union (SEIU)

Focused on uniting workers in four sectors–-hospital systems, long term care, property services, and public services–-SEIU is the largest health care union, the largest property services union, and the second-largest public employees union.


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