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Carol Oppenheimer Oral History Interview


Carol Oppenheimer Oral History Interview

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Carol Oppenheimer grew up in a socially conscious family and engaged in her first Labor action with Haitian apple pickers in Western Massachusetts while she attended Smith College. Oppenheimer was drawn to the community organizing of Saul Alinsky, the folk music of social justice concerns, and civil rights actions of the 1960s. After finishing law school, she started teaching as the first woman on the UT Austin Law faculty. Following her heart, Oppenheimer worked in social, labor, and environmental justice organizations and engaged in numerous endeavors for women’s rights and equity, law and social policy, and health and safety on the job. Working with her partner, Morty Simon, Carol championed safe and just legislation for New Mexico and US workers.

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Tony Mazzocchi The Man Who Hates Work and Loves Labor, OCAW (Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers International Union), Karen Silkwood case, Tom Udall (Health and Safety Dept. Gov. Toney Anaya), Cesar Chavez (short handle hoe campaign in NM), worker protection on the job, The LANL Gaurds’ Union, UPTE (University Professional and Technical Employees), David LaGrande, ergonomic standards, VDTs regulation, Nina Wallerstein (UNM), Phelps Dodge smelter, AFSCME Local 624, NM Highway Dept. PCBs and Dioxin cleanup, Robert Encinias (AFSCME), 1988 NM 1199 Nurses’ strike, LANL whistleblower case, David Coss, Robin Gould, Marcella Diaz (Somos un Pueblo Unido), Robert Chavez, Temo Figueroa, Michelle Gutierrez (AFSCME), Santa Fe Living Wage Network, Santa Fe Forward.


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Carol Oppenheimer Oral History Interview