Roxana Tynan

Twenty-two years ago, I arrived at LAANE by way of an idea. I had been serving as economic development deputy to Councilmember Jackie Goldberg, and our idea was this: if…

Senator María Elena Durazo

When Miguel, Madeline Janis, and I co-founded LAANE, Los Angeles was recovering from the 1992 unrest, and the Mayor and City Council were still by-and-large barricaded against the concerns of…

Manuel Pastor

LAANE’s establishment 30 years ago pioneered a new kind of hybrid institution: one based in the labor movement but not entirely of it; one tied to organizing but also focused…

Steven Greenhouse

Back in 2018, when I was writing my book, Beaten Down, Worked Up — which discusses how America’s unions and workers were taking it on the chin — I wanted…

Vivian Rothstein

In the late 1990s, I was running the Ocean Park Community Center, a network of shelters and services for homeless women and men, runaway youth, and battered women in Santa…

Stuart Davidson

The world is a broken place, it is in desperate need of repair.  I learned as a child that it was the obligation of all people to repair the world,…

Kent Wong

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of LAANE, we acknowledge LAANE’s historic role in the transformation of Los Angeles labor.  This is especially crucial at a time of unprecedented worker…

Yvonne Wheeler

On LAANE’s 30th Anniversary, I am proud to reflect on our long partnership and the many times we have stood, shoulder-to-shoulder, to fight for livable wages and a middle-class future…

Madeline Janis

In the fall of 1993, I was 33 years old with three young kids when María Elena Durazo and Miguel Contreras recruited me to jump-start the organization that a few…

John Grant

Following the exuberance, successes, and rose-colored optimism of the ‘60’s and 70’s, there were few remainders of social justice present in the subsequent decades. Los Angeles’ history as an anti-union…