SPEAKER BIOS • 2003
Ortiz is Assistant Professor in the Department of
Community Studies at UC Santa Cruz where he teaches courses on comparative
social movements, the African Diaspora, and the history of democracy.
He is a member of the UCSC Faculty Association and the American
Federation of Teachers. His work in the labor movement began when
he walked the picket line with the Greyhound bus drivers in their
1990 strike. He served as a volunteer boycott organizer with the
United Farm Workers of Washington State during their boycott of
Chateau Ste. Michelle Wines which led to the first-ever union contract
for Washington farm workers in 1995. Paul is co-author of Remembering
Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Jim Crow South.
Deppe is the Bay Area Chapter Coordinator and national
board member for 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women,
the nation's largest non-profit membership organization of working
women, now celebrating its thirtieth year. Central goals of the
organization are to work to end discrimination based on race, gender,
or sexual orientation; to promote family-friendly policies in the
workplace by pushing forward such legislation as FMLA and ENDA;
to support and act as a resource for individual women who are experiencing
workplace harassment; and to address issues of welfare and temporary/contingent
labor on a national level. Deppe, a long-time activist and teacher
in San Jose, has worked with 9 to 5 since 1993. www.9to5.org
Gustafson is the president of the Coalition of University
Employees (CUE) Local 10. She also acts as coordinator of the CUE
Grievance Committee. She has worked as a Payroll Personnel Coordinator
at UCSC for the last three years.
Jacobs is an at-large steering committee member of CUE
Local 10 and works on fostering campus union solidarity by acting
as a liaison between CUE and University Labor United—a coalition
of campus unions. She also represents CUE on the Women's Center
Policy Board. She has worked at UCSC for three years as Assistant
to the Director and as a post-graduate researcher for the Center
for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UCSC and is also an alum,
graduating in 1997 with a BA in Latin American & Latino Studies.
Klein is currently the Secretary for CUE Local 10. Becky
was the chair of the CUE Strike Organizing Committee and was instrumental
to the success of last fall's strike. Becky is a Financial Assistant
for the UCSC Baskin School of Engineering and has been on campus
for two and a half years.
True is treasurer for CUE Local 10 and is also coordinator
of the CUE media committee. He has worked as an Assistant Coordinator
of the Copier Program at UCSC for the last year and a half.
Lessin has been twice nominated for an Emmy during
her more than thirteen year career in social-issue documentary television
and film. She was Supervising Producer for Michael Moore's Bowling
for Columbine.As a daughter of immigrants, she was concerned
about the effects of September 11 on the Muslim community and used
her video talents to focus attention on discrimination and mistreatment
of immigrants of Middle Eastern descent for NPR and the ACLU. Lessin
witnessed an historic meeting of two great animal mascots at Disney
World: Mickey Mouse and Crackers, Moore's Corporate Crime Fighting
Chicken. Lessin and Crackers were escorted away in handcuffs by
Disney people for asking questions of theme park guests.
"Chie" Abad spent six years working under wretched sweatshop
conditions as a garment worker on the Pacific island of Saipan,
in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Marianas. Her attempt to organize
Saipan's first garment workers union was met with intense intimidation
by factory management and led to her termination. Rather than return
to her home in the Philippines, Abad came to the US in order to
expose the harsh reality of Saipan. Working with Global Exchange
and other US organizations, Abad has served as a spokeswoman for
Saipan's garment workers on a lawsuit to improve living and working
conditions on the island.
Price is a union electrician and a videographer with
a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. She teaches Women's
Studies, Politics and Film Studies at various universities, and
has worked in the field of video production for more than a decade.
Price produced Faces of Tradeswomen,commissioned by the U.S.
Women's Bureau, and In My Own Words, Against All Odds,the
story of the first African-American journeywoman in the electrician's
union in Los Angeles. She also produced Gender in the Global
Construction Sitefor the Beijing Women's Conference. Hammering
It Outwas the result of three intensive years of research and
interviews with tradeswomen, state workers, contractors and union
officials in Los Angeles.
Fritz is a third generation coal miner form Southwestern
Indiana. He worked for Peabody Coal at the Lynnville Mine for 11
years and was recently diagnosed with black lung. Active in his
local union, Fritz served on the safety and newsletter committees,
as chair of the strike committee, and was founder and chair of the
Labor Education Foundation. Taking a job with the Organizing Department
of United Mine Workers of America, Fritz worked for a year on a
project in Matewan, WV. In 1994 he was appointed Deputy Director
of Organizing at International headquarters in Washington, DC. In
addition to organizing, he works on history and video projects and
other special events. Before working in the mines, Fritz made TV
commercials for sporting events in 16mm film, and later moved into
video. As a union staffer, Fritz has used film and video to educate,
train and motivate both the public and union members. A highlight
was working with Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple on the video
Out of Darkness,a history of the UMWA struggles.