STPEC Brown Bag with Brendan Carey (Unite Here)

Event Details

January 29, 2014
11:15 am-12:45 pm

Campus Center

Room: 162-75

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Deborah Reiter

STPEC Activist Brown Bag Lunch Series

We are proud to announce the second year of the STPEC Activist Brown Bag Lunch Series. This semester, four extraordinary local activists will visit UMass to share their experiences and perspectives on activism in the Valley and beyond. Come ready to ask questions (for example, about internship opportunities!) and participate in a wider discussion of their work. The series is open to the general public, so please bring your friends.

Since fall 2012 Brendan Carey has been an organizer at Unite Here, a labor union representing workers in the textile, garment, factory, hotel, domestic, casino, and food service industries throughout the United States. Since joining Unite Here, Brendan has successfully worked to organize the food service workers in Springfield College and Worcester State University. Brendan has also worked with the Alliance to Develop Power (ADP) (Springfield, MA) as an organizer. At ADP Brendan won a campaign on an Anti-Secure Communities Resolution with Latino immigrants in Amherst, MA, and organized bus riders to successfully oppose fare hikes in FY 2012-2013. Previously Brendan had worked with POWER, a housing justice organization in Los Angeles, where he organized a successful campaign to stop the privatization of 6,400 units of Los Angeles public housing. Brendan's early experience with grassroots organizing came while living and doing volunteer work in Mexico.

An optional 1-credit course (STPEC 291R) is available for students who attend all four brown bags and two separate discussion meetings. Sign up directly on Spire.

Light refreshments will be served, but you are encouraged to bring a lunch.