Los Angeles

URBAN Los Angeles is a network of activist scholars which aims to create physical and virtual spaces where researchers working with communities can connect and collaborate. URBAN LA’s multidisciplinary, distributed network of community-based researchers is poised to become a robust source of collaborative knowledge creation and a powerful resource for struggling urban communities.

The Los Angeles node can be reached at:
amhuerta@cpp.edu, Co-Chair Dr. Alvaro Huerta


  • URBAN LA July 19, 2014 Meeting Highlights

    Attendees:  Dayna Cunningham, Phil Thompson, Penda Hair, Gerry Hudson, Devra Weber, Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Alvaro Huerta, Liliana Vasquez, Veronica Montes, Claire Hirschberg, Diana Zuniga, Kent Wong Minutes:  Kent Wong URBAN LA was fortunate to have four out-of-town guests, including Dayna Cunningham and Phil Thompson from MIT, two of the founders of URBAN, who presented an overview of ...

  • Enlace Prison Divestment Toolkits

    Among the proposals that emerged from the LA Node Mass Incarceration and Deportation Forum is the idea of organizing campaigns to pressure universities to pull out of private prison investments and to reinvest in socially responsible alternative criminal justice and immigrant rights programs.  Enlace has kindly shared toolkits which focus on pension and university divestment from the for-profit prison ...

  • Mass Incarceration and Deportation Forum (p II)

    The URBAN-Los Angeles node, together with a number of co-sponsors*, held a forum attended by over eighty participants on the connections between Mass Incarceration and Mass Deportation on Saturday, April 19th. The forum began with a panel facilitated by URBAN-L.A. chair Jose Calderon and included:  Jessica Karp, National Day Laborer Organizing Network; Edna Monroy, CA Immigrant ...

  • Mass Incarceration and Deportation Forum (p I)

    On April 19 URBAN LA will convene an interactive forum of leaders and activists who have been engaged in work on immigrant rights, mass incarceration, or both. The increase in mass deportation and mass incarceration reflects a systematic criminalization of communities of color, especially youth of color. Dialogue between scholars and community leaders will promote ...

  • Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate

    On October 9, 2013, Alvaro Huerta, Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) visiting scholar presented a talk on his new book, “Reframing the Latino Immigration Debate: Towards a Humanistic Paradigm” (San Diego State University Press, 2013).  In this collection of non-fiction essays, Huerta asks readers to reassess critical political and cultural issues unfolding along the U.S./Mexico border. Paired ...