Larry is the grandchild of Jews who emigrated from Russia to Chicago in the 1920s. He has been a leader in the immigrant and farmworker rights movements since 1977 in Oregon, including co-founding Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), Oregon’s farmworker union. Since 1977, he has been a fully accredited representative authorized to practice immigration law at the administrative level. In 2013, he stepped down as PCUN Secretary-Treasurer as part of generational shift of leadership and took up roles advising and supporting capacity building of FIRM, NPNA and its member organizations.
Larry seems to have coined numerous phrases which encapsulate the sense and sensibilities of social justice struggle. One of his most recent ones is “Así Se Puede” (roughly, “Thus We Can”), a call which has guided his decades of movement work as a “solutions-oriented radical.”