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Seeking Spatial Justice$
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Edward W. Soja

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666676

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666676.001.0001

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Seeking Spatial Justice after 9/11

Seeking Spatial Justice after 9/11

Continuities and Conclusions

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Seeking Spatial Justice

Edward W. Soja

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses various the social movements in Los Angeles that exemplified the concept of spatial justice following the 9/11 tragedy. These social movements such as Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Union, protested against corporations who used the 9/11 tragedy as an excuse to displace their regular employees. They promoted the passage of a displaced worker ordinance in December 2001, requiring employers to prioritize the rehiring of workers laid off by events three months earlier. The broader justice movement in Los Angeles as well as its particular focus on seeking spatial justice seems to not only have survived the regressive siege that followed 9/11 but has emerged reinvigorated and renewed.

Keywords:   9/11, Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees, social movements, Los Angeles

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