Spaces for self-care and self-retreat become a critical part of our daily living. Facilitated by Victor Narro, Art Project Director of the UCLA Labor Center, and Laureen Lazarovici, spend an afternoon discovering mindfulness practices that we can be implemented at any time to keep us centered and grounded. Over the course of the workshop, participants will discover how to enter in to periods of self-reflection and renewal to have lasting meaningful impact for our families, our friends, our community, and ourselves.
This workshop is open to all and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves. The exhibition will be open during the program. All Beta Main exhibitions and programs are FREE.
Laureen Lazarovici is a journalist, writer, and strategic communications expert who gives voice to working people and those struggling for social justice. She is managing editor for the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership and serves on the board of the Pilipino Workers Center.
In October 2015, Laureen became trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator. SoulCollage® is a gentle, creative process where participants create small collages they can use as tools for self-discovery and self-reflection in different types of photography. Laureen enjoys using this process to help activists reduce stress and bring their whole selves to their work by using multiple cameras.
Victor Narro is a nationally known expert on immigrant rights and low-wage workers, he has been involved with immigrant rights and labor issues for over 30 years. Currently Project Director for the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, Victor’s focus is to provide leadership programs for Los Angeles’ immigrant workers, policy and campaign planning for unions and worker centers, and internship opportunities for UCLA students. Victor is Professor for the Labor and Workplace Studies Program at UCLA; Guest Lecturer for the UCLA Graduate School of Urban Planning; and Lecturer in Law at UCLA Law School.
Over the past 30 years, Victor has worked with the Los Angeles labor movement on major immigrant worker policy and organizing campaigns with janitors, hotel workers, laundry workers, sanitation workers, port truckers, and more recently, the CLEAN Carwash Campaign. Victor is co-author of Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America’s Cities (2008), and Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles (2010). He is also co-editor of Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy (Cornell University Press, 2010).
More recently, Victor has become a leading voice for self-care and spirituality in the work for social justice through his new book, Living Peace: Connecting Your Spirituality with Your Work for Justice (CreateSpace Publication, 2014) and its Spanish translation, Paz en Acción Conecta tu espiritualidad con tu trabajo por la justicia social (2015).