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25 Years Later: Lessons from the Organizers of Justice for Janitors


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25 Years Later: Lessons from the Organizers of Justice for Janitors

Jono Shaffer, Stephen Lerner

On June 15, 1990, the Los Angeles Police Department viciously attacked immigrant janitors who were striking for the right to organize in Century City, Los Angeles. In a story that is now all too familiar, the police claimed they were defending themselves. Only later, when TV news footage exposed the police clubbing non-violent strikers, was the self-defense claim discredited. Two women miscarried, dozens were hospitalized, and 60 strikers and supporters were jailed.


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Why is justice too often only found in the streets?