Cristina Tzintzún & Manuel Pastor

Cristina Tzintzún was co-founder of the Workers Defense Project in Austin, Texas, and is currently executive director of Jolt, a new organization seeking to mobilize Latino voters in the Lone Star State.

Manuel Pastor is a professor of sociology and is the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at the University of Southern California; his forthcoming book, State of Resistance, looks at political transformations in California.

 

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