Dr. Kim Scipes on how the CIO can help us in our organizing today

In order to help deepen current organizing efforts in Chicago and beyond, Open University of the Left (OUL) invited long-time political activist and professor of sociology at Purdue University Northwest Dr. Kim Scipes to speak on CIO labor organizing in Chicago during its years of greatest strength (1933-1955).

In his talk, he compares the CIO to what activist Jane McAlevey, a current organizer, is now proposing. Kim also speaks specifically about current community work in Michigan City, Indiana. He presented information on Oct, 13, 2018, at at the Lincoln Park branch of the Chicago Public Library at 1150 W. Fullerton Ave.

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