Joan Friedland Oral History Video Interview


Joan Friedland Oral History Video Interview


Joan Friedland’s Labor story starts in Arizona and New Mexico where she worked with DNA People’s Legal Services in Window Rock AZ and Gallup NM. Upon moving to Santa Fe NM, Friedland assisted grassroots organizations in Northern New Mexico in legal matters focused on civil rights, Labor issues, and law enforcement abuse. In 1971, Friedland joined the Community Law Center in Santa Fe. In her work with the Center, Friedland represented various individuals and organizations that included the Brown Berets (East L.A) who marched in Santa Fe, prison abuse victims, women in the New Mexico Penitentiary, acequia organizations, and employment and workplace rights, e.g. nurses at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe. Friedland represented Pedro Archuleta, founder of La Clinica del Pueblo and Land Grant rights’ activist in the Tierra Amarillo grand jury. Continuing her legal work, Friedland became active in support of immigration rights and continues that work today.

Labor Involvement

Lawyer DNA Window Rock, Gallup, Navajo Nation; Community Law Center Santa Fe, NM; National Immigration Law Center

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Landlord/tenant cases, DNA People’s Legal Services, “drunk in Gallup, ” Godfrey Reggio (La Gente and La Clinica de la Gente), Teirra Amarillo Coop and Clinic, Betitia Martinez (El Grito del Norte), Morty Simon, Chicano Day School Santa Fe, Community Law Center, Women’s Prison Project, National Lawyers’ Guild, Pedro Archuleta, Mexico City, undocumented workers, Miami FL, immigration law, Women’s Refugee Commission, National Immigration Law Center, Reporters’ Union at the Santa Fe New Mexican


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Joan Friedland Oral History Video Interview