WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 AT 7PM
BLUE AND GREEN
BY SCOTT CUMMINGS
How an alliance of the labor and environmental movements used law as a tool to clean up the trucking industry at the nation's largest port.
In Blue and Green, Scott Cummings examines a campaign by the labor and environmental movements to transform trucking at America's largest port in Los Angeles. Tracing the history of struggle in an industry at the epicenter of the global supply chain, Cummings shows how an unprecedented “blue-green” alliance mobilized to improve working conditions for low-income drivers and air quality in nearby communities. The campaign for “clean trucks,” Cummings argues, teaches much about how social movements can use law to challenge inequality in a global era.
Appraising the campaign, Cummings analyzes the tradeoffs of using alternative legal frameworks to promote labor organizing, and explores lessons for building movements to regulate low-wage work in the “gig” economy. He shows how law can bind coalitions together and split them apart, and concludes that the fight for legal reform never ends, but rather takes different turns on the long road to justice.
Scott Cummings is Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics and Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where he teaches and writes about the legal profession, public interest law, law and social movements, and community economic development. Professor Cummings is co-author of the first public interest law textbook, Public Interest Lawyering: A Contemporary Perspective, and co-editor of a leading legal profession casebook, Legal Ethics.
Doug Smith is a Staff Attorney in the Community Development Project at Public Counsel, where he works with community-based organizations, community organizers, and resident leaders in low-income communities across LA County to advance a variety of grassroots movements for social justice and equity. Smith joined Public Counsel in 2013 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow.
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