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Los Angeles Harper Lecture with Virginia Parks: Jobs and Politics: Urban Responses to Walmart
Drawing on her research in urban inequality, Virgina Parks looks at grassroots efforts to address the problems of low-wage work.

Cost: $20 General Admission
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Over the past 15 years, cities increasingly have become sites of political engagement around the issues of jobs and inequality. In particular, cities have served as the most active political arenas for the debate over low-wage work, primarily in response to the political claims made by grassroots actors calling for improved job standards and higher wages. Drawing upon a comparative case study of community-labor campaigns initiated by Walmart site disputes in Los Angeles, Parks will examine how grassroots community actors have addressed the problem of low-wage work in a somewhat unexpected way--through their efforts to ensure that urban economic development benefits local community residents and workers.

Virginia Parks is an associate professor in the School of Social Service Administration. A geographer, Parks specializes in the study of urban inequality. Her teaching and research interests include urban labor markets, racial and gender inequality, immigration, urban politics and policy, and community organizing. Her recent research includes an analysis of the sources of metropolitan racial wage inequality and the ways in which unions mediate the racial and ethnic division of labor.
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Event Information
Sunday, Oct 13 2013 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm [ iCal ]
The Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210