Luis Larin

Leadership Organizer
United Workers
After organizing against free trade in Guatemala, Luis came to the U.S. and experienced poverty as a day laborer. As a Leadership Organizer with United Workers, he helped with their successful Living Wages at Camden Yards Campaign. UW currently focuses on Fair Development in Baltimore, creating an organizing model at the intersection of public resources, poverty and human rights.

Presentations from Facing Race 2012

From Brooklyn to Baltimore: the Fight for Fair Development

In the name of economic progress, low-income communities of color? including workers, residents and small business owners?often pay for "urban revitalization" with the loss of their livelihoods, their homes and the affordability of their neighborhoods. In a highly unequal racial and economic terrain, how can we reclaim development that is fair and accountable for all people? How can we develop our communities in a way that is sustainable and puts our needs before those of private developers? Grassroots organizers from Baltimore and New York share stories, lessons and winnable strategies from innovative movements, being led largely by the poor and people of color, who are taking ongentrification, displacement and poverty wages.

Speakers: Rachel Falcone, Luis Larin, Michael Premo, Lucas Shapiro