Watch Sewing Resilience

By Lesly Ayala and Jamie Reniva

About Sewing Resilience

Sewing Resilience is a short film by Artivists Wil Prada and Pea Nuñez about the life of Santa Puac, a mother of three, garment worker, and worker-leader in the movement to end exploitation in the garment industry of Los Angeles, the capital of U.S. garment production. For Puac, organizing for justice is always a family affair because her children are her motivation on her quest to fight for justice. Sewing Resilience premiered, in late 2019, at the UCLA Labor Center as part of the Working Families in Focus photography and film…


Photo by Daniel Foster marked with a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

By Lesly Ayala

College students are facing immense stress and multiple struggles during this pandemic. Many students have lost their jobs or their homes. Others are essential workers facing the risk of COVID-19 infection. Most are struggling with online classes. The burden of financial insecurity has added more stress on top of juggling to finish essays, meet deadlines, and the fear of getting sick. I know this because I am a senior at UCLA experiencing this stress. The federal government and universities are not doing enough to support us.

When the government announced that it would be giving out stimulus…


International Workers Day, or May Day, is celebrated by workers across the globe every year on May 1. Beginning in the 19th century, this day was chosen by trade unionists to commemorate the contributions and sacrifice of workers. In May 2000 in Los Angeles, activists also rallied for immigrant worker rights, a May Day tradition that has since spread throughout the country.

The UCLA Labor Center, Labor Studies, and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) provide educational activities that allow students to learn about this historic day by participating in local worker and community-based events. This year…


By Jamie Reniva and Lesly Ayala

Many of you know Saba as the Research Director at the UCLA Labor Center, but did you know she is also the co-founder of Re:Work Radio — our podcast that spotlights the voices of workers, immigrants, and people of color? While Saba is usually the one asking the questions, we decided to flip things and interview her to learn more about the woman behind the mic.

What sparked the birth of Re:Work Radio?

Henry Walton hosted a show called Labor Review for over nineteen years on KPFK. He wanted to retire, and about seven…


We often see children as innocents who need love, support, and stability. But not all young people are nurtured this way. Too often youth from marginalized communities of color are not seen as needing protection — they are treated as the ones we need protection from.

We see this in this episode with Phal Sok, who was once a kid in Long Beach forced to grow up too soon. This episode is part two of our series on Cambodian refugees who get caught up in the criminal justice system at a young age.

Listen to the whole episode at reworkradio.org or your favorite podcast platform:

Apple: bit.ly/uclalabor
Spotify: bit.ly/uclarework
Google: bit.ly/googlereworkradio
Stitcher: bit.ly/uclareworkradio
Pocket Casts: bit.ly/reworkucla


In today’s political climate, there’s a prominent narrative of “bad” immigrants who don’t deserve to be here. This isn’t new — it’s a part of a much longer history of criminalizing immigrants and refugees in the United States.

This episode is the first of two that explore the experiences of Cambodian refugees who get caught up in the criminal justice system at a young age. Billy Taing shares his story of fleeing the Khmer Rouge and resettling in America with his family, only to continue facing hardship.

Listen to the whole episode at reworkradio.org or your favorite podcast platform:

Apple: bit.ly/uclalabor
Spotify: bit.ly/uclarework
Google: bit.ly/googlereworkradio
Stitcher: bit.ly/uclareworkradio
Pocket Casts: bit.ly/reworkucla


Uber. Lyft. Their arrival has transformed daily life and raised important questions about job quality, employment law, and creating an economy that works for everybody. What’s it like to be a woman driving for these rideshare companies? In this episode of Re:Work Radio, Alexandra Carbone shares her story.

Listen to the whole episode at reworkradio.org or your favorite podcast platform:

Apple: bit.ly/uclalabor
Spotify: bit.ly/uclarework
Google: bit.ly/googlereworkradio
Stitcher: bit.ly/uclareworkradio
Pocket Casts: bit.ly/reworkucla


Wil Prada is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and photographer whose work uplifts labor and immigrant rights.

Photograph by Wil Prada for “Working Families in Focus” exhibit.

In late 2019, the UCLA Labor Center premiered Working Families in Focus, the first photography and film exhibit directed by Los Angeles artists of color to capture the lives of janitors, garment and domestic workers, and their children at their unions or worker centers. (See highlights from the premiere in our UCLA Labor Center Instagram Story Highlights.)


By Kent Wong, Director, UCLA Labor Center

Rev. Lawson, John Lewis, and Nancy Pelosi marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma

In March 2020, the UCLA Labor Center organized a labor delegation to travel with Rev. James Lawson Jr. to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, the home of the civil rights movement. Montgomery was the site of the bus boycott in 1955 that catapulted Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to international prominence. …


What happens when you go to work and no one else in the room looks like you? Being the “only one” often means more scrutiny, less support, having to work harder, or to justify why you’re even there.

As we transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month, we invite you to listen to this episode of Re:Work Radio where Zayana Ross-Torrence shares her experience as a Black woman studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and then working in emergency services — an industry dominated by White men.

Listen to the whole episode at reworkradio.org or your favorite podcast platform:

Apple: bit.ly/uclalabor
Spotify: bit.ly/uclarework
Google: bit.ly/googlereworkradio
Stitcher: bit.ly/uclareworkradio
Pocket Casts: bit.ly/reworkucla

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