Judy Ancel has been the Director of The Institute for Labor Studies at the university of Missouri/Kansas City since 1988. She teaches many of ILS's classes and especially loves teaching labor history, leadership and mobilization, and global economic issues. She has a B.A. from Stanford and M.A. in History from C.U.N.Y. She began teaching in community colleges in the 1970s. She has also worked in an electronics factory and a pump factory where she was a lathe machinist. She has been an activist all her life and a union activist and organizer in both the United Steelworkers and American Federation of Teachers.
She coordinates the Heartland Labor Forum, labor's radio show in Kansas City on Community Radio KKFI 90.1FM. She is President of the Board of Directors of the Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity, a non-profit organization which develops ties and mutual understanding between working people in the Kansas City area and maquiladora workers in Mexico and educates about immigration in the global economy. She has also served on the Executive Committee of The Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, a San Antonio-based tri-national non-governmental organization which educates and advocates on maquiladora worker issues. 
Center for Labor Renewal
Obama: Go Big on Immigration! Rally and March
- The PYO is a Kansas City based organization that seeks to carry forward progressive and revolutionary politics to the widest section of people.
- Join the Progressive Youth Organization and the Kansas-Missouri DREAM Alliance as we stand in solidarity of United We Dream's National Week of Action. We will gather in a rally and march to demand President Obama be accountable to the many separated families and those living in fear of deportation due to the broken immigration system and his lack of leadership. We need the President to GO BIG ON IMMIGRATION, our people can't wait!
Those indicating support on a Wherevent page for the march were Angie Vargas, Amanda Leigh Schieszer, David Ralph Young, Jose Pecina, Viridiana Davila, Kristin Chøw, Larry Hales, Gary Laing, Aracely Palma Luna, Florina Hernandez, Kevin Caldwell, Winifred Varner Jamieson, Jessica Piedra, Lilly Illusione, Wendy Medina, Aude Negrete Banos, Melissa Archer, Coche Bomba, Diane Charity, Jackie Saavedra-Solorio, Abel Muhammad, Magali Rojas, Antonio Neuritos, Jose Luis Becerra, Arnoldo Rivas, El Flaco Martinez, Angie De LaGhetto, Eric Zapata Boleware, Elizabeth Gomez, Micki Buschart, Karla Medina, Samantha Ochoa, Madina Salaty, Tafadar Sourov, William Simon Kang, Karen Santacruz Ortiz, Ahmad Maaz, Hannes V. Estrella, Luis Alvarado, Gustavo Romero, Juan Alvizo Diaz, Rodrigo Ferreira, Yesenia Jurado, Andrea Mejia Miranda, Sayra Gordillo, Judy Ancel, Edgar Galicia, Bianca Estala, Doug Schaible, Luis Panclasta, Will Suarez, Lin Biao, Tanke Tabardillo, Andrésito Herrera, Xanath Caraza, Catalina Velarde, Robert Sagastume, Cory Lumpenprole, El-kiss Kiris Kiss.