A native Angelino, Judy Branfman has a broad background in the arts, education, planning, and community outreach and organizing. A documentary filmmaker, she is currently completing a film about Los Angeles’ 1920s labor and free speech history seen through the eyes of her great aunt Yetta and Yetta’s precedent-setting free speech court case. Judy has worked on large history-based arts projects about LA’s garment workers and labor history, and Boston’s history of community development activism. For over 25 years she has worked with non-profits, unions, and municipalities on labor, immigrant-rights, gender, clean money, and diverse community development issues. She has taught labor and social justice-related courses at UCLA – and produced large community-based events focusing on LA’s multi-ethnic, labor history.
Labor topics Judy can speak about
LA’s Labor History (1900-30s, current), LA’s Garment Industry, Labor and Film/Arts, Labor and Family History (participatory), Women and Work (maybe)
How and why did you become involved in the Labor Movement?
Through my activist family of course!
What labor leader, past or present, had the biggest influence on you? How/why?
I think Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta had the strongest direct impact on me – through the grape boycott I learned about low income immigrant labor, direct action, boycotts, and community involvement in labor struggles (one of the topics I’m most interested in)
How can students and faculty connect with you? (I.e. a link to your website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
The Facebook page for the film I’m working on is at = http://www.facebook.com/LandOfOrangeGrovesAndJails