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Dr. Steven Pitts, PhD works at the UC Berkeley Labor Center. He is a "decades old friend" of Bill Fletcher, Jr..[1]

Center for Third World Organizing

Steven Pitts is a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for Third World Organizing.[2]

"Revolution in the Air"

Saturday, May 7, 2005 University of California, Santa Barbara UCEN Conference Center.

Roundtable: Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to the Factories, Steel Milles and Auto Plants

Moderator: Kerry Taylor, University of North Carolina Roundtable:

This event is part of the 31st Annual Southwest Labor Studies Conference sponsored by the Southwest Labor Studies Association and the Labor and Working Class History Association. This year’s conference theme is "Labor in Protest: The Legacy of the 1960s for the U.S. Labor Movement."[3]

Anti Walmart symposium

The Wal-Mart, Race & Gender: Local Controversies, Global Process symposium was held on January 21st 2006 at the University of Chicago. It was an opportunity to put the many-faceted struggle against Wal-Mart—and the nature of the corporation itself—into context.

Organized by the university’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and the Center for Gender Studies, the "symposium drew about 250 people into a mostly sober discussion of the Wal-Mart menace, and the particularities of how it impacts the various groups it seeks to crush or coopt— the kind of conversation that is sorely needed by all who claim to be “movement” people."[4]

The issue “goes beyond whether Wal-Mart is a good or bad employer,” said Steven Pitts, a labor specialist with the University of California at Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. There is a “crisis in the Black community…. We need a movement for quality jobs.” Pitts is one of the authors of the study, “Beyond Wal- Mart: The Need for Quality Jobs in Black America.” “There is a crisis of unemployment, but equally important, there is a crisis of bad jobs in the Black community.” Pitts had earlier distributed charts showing the disproportionate distribution of “bad” jobs among Blacks in the Bay Area and Chicago.[5]

Black Commentator

As of 2009 Steven Pitts was listed on the Editorial Board for the Black Commentator.[6]

What's a Jew to do About the (gulp) Economy?

On 14 May 2009, Pitts spoke at the Progressive Jewish Alliance hosted event, What's a Jew to do About the (gulp) Economy?. The event was held at the Gaia Arts Center, UC Berkeley Labor Center. The invitation stated,

"Join us for lively conversation that will unfurrow your brow and have you rolling up your sleeves. Find out about local fights for economic justice, the Employee Free Choice Act, and more!"[7]

Ella Baker Center supporter

In 2009 Steven Pitts was a financial supporter of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, California.[8]

Employee Free Choice Act

On May 6 and 7 2009, more than 1,000 workers across the state attended vigils in San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego to highlight the urgency of passing the Employee Free Choice Act. They were joined by a diverse group of interfaith leaders, community allies, economists, academics and elected officials, who came out to express their support for workers’ rights and the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

Hundreds of Bay Area union members attended a 26-hour vigil at the Federal Building in San Francisco organized by the San Mateo County and San Francisco Labor Councils and California Labor Federation. The event was designed to call on Congress to pass the EFCA and urge Senator Dianne Feinstein to sign on as a co-sponsor.

Several elected officials spoke in support of the EFCA, including San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Assembly member Fiona Ma, San Francisco Board of Supervisors members Eric Mar and David Campos and Board President David Chiu.

Noted University of California-Berkeley economist Steven Pitts highlighted the economic necessity of the Employee Free Choice Act: “Academics and economists across the country agree that the Employee Free Choice Act is critical to rebuilding our economy and restoring the American Dream,” he said. He pointed out that if EFCA was passed and more workers were given the freedom to choose union representation in the workplace, the state’s economy would benefit from their increased spending power.[9]

Oakland Rising 5 year birthday party

June 2013 Oakland Rising poster; ·

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Our 5 year birthday party is just 10 days away! Do you have your ticket yet? — with Richard Raya, Nikki Fortunato Bas, Pamela Drake, Jahmese Kathleen Myres, Michael Riemenschneider, Andy Katz, Mimi Ho, Igor Tregub, Andy Kelley, Steven Pitts, Melanie Cervantes, Nicole Derse, Lailan Sandra Huen, Kim Carter Martinez, Nwamaka Agbo, Brooke Anderson, Mary Thomas, Kate O'Hara, Timmy Lu, Peggy Moore, Dani McClain, EO Okiwelu, Lanese Martin, Marc Philpart, Rebecca Saltzman, Alex T. Tom, Jose A. Dorado, Rachel Richman, Tonya Love, Sheryl Walton, Andrea Lee, Aimee Allison, Sharon Rose, Rebecca Kaplan, Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett, Cole B. Cole, Jessamyn Sabbag, Malcolm Amado Uno, Phil Hutchings, Michelle Matos and Maria Poblet.

Ear to the Ground Project

Ear to the Ground Project;

We would like to express our deep respect and appreciation for everyone who took the time to talk with us, and the organizations that generously hosted us during our travels. Interviews were confidential, but the following people have agreed to have their names listed for this publication:

Most of those listed were connected to Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Steven Pitts was among those on the list. [10]

Retail Justice Alliance Steering Committee

As of 2015 the Retail Justice Alliance Steering Committee included;[11]

Comrades

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Steven Pitts May 11, 2016 with Lanita Morris, Roz Myers, William Dobson, Darcus Gilmore, Renaye Manley, Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Sherri Bell, Sonia Askew, Reece Chenault, Danielle Mahones, Bill Fletcher, Jr., and Roz Avent Dance.

Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing

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Revolutionary Strategies to Beat the Rising Right Wing, was a nationwide conference call organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sunday October 30, 2016.

What's the nature of this right-wing threat? What has this election cycle changed about the political terrain we're fighting on? How do we need to prepare for whats coming after the election? Hear about these crucial questions from our panel of top political strategists, including Nelini Stamp, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Linda Burnham, and Sendolo Diaminah.

Those invited, on Facebook included Steven Pitts .[12]

Thanked by Zweig

"The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret, Second Edition By Michael Zweig acknowledged Joe Berry, Ron Blackwell, Jim Borbely, Ross Borden, Gene Bruskin, Jeff Crosby, Fernando Gapasin, Penny Lewis, Stephanie Luce, Maria Maisto, Jack Metzgar, Rachel Micah-Jones, Dennis O'Neil, Jay D. Mazur, Steven Pitts, Warren Sanderson, Heidi Shierholz, Craig Smith, Megan Smith, Ralph Trioche, Luis Valenzuela, Victor Wallis, Kris Warner, Devon Whitham, Anne Weigard, and Robert Saute for their help.

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