Collective Prosperity: The Power of a Multiethnic Agenda, a New York Model.

Jayaraman, Saru, and Aarti Shahani.

Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy 20 (2008).


This article examines both the workplace and the jail as key sites to explore how strategic alliances may be forged between Black and brown, citizen and noncitizen communities. Focusing on Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York and

Families for Freedom in New York, we will (1) explore the relationship between immigration status and race; (2) illustrate the centrality of multiethnic organizing in the restaurant industry for building a labor movement that relies on immigrant recruitment; and (3) expose how the dramatic increase of noncitizens and immigration enforcement in the criminal justice system, historically a space of African American discipline, is redefining core immigration concerns.

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