Interview of Ines Lazarte
Interviewed for the UCLA Center for the Study of Women’s Chemical Entanglements: Oral Histories of Environmental Illness series. Member of the Women’s Collective in San Francisco, an organization that advocates for the rights of domestic workers such as caretakers and house cleaners.
- Chemical Entanglements: Oral Histories of Environmental Illness
- Social MovementsEnvironmental Illness
- Biographical Note:
- Interviewed for the UCLA Center for the Study of Women’s Chemical Entanglements: Oral Histories of Environmental Illness series. Member of the Women’s Collective in San Francisco, an organization that advocates for the rights of domestic workers such as caretakers and house cleaners.
- Lazarte, Ines
- Persons Present:
- Lazarte and LeGresley
- Place Conducted:
- The interview was conducted by telephone.
- Supporting Documents:
- Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research.
- Interviewer Background and Preparation:
- This interview was conducted by Megan LeGresley, an undergraduate student researcher, for the Center for the Study of Women, who graduated UCLA with majors in Economics and Political Science. She was a member of the 2018-2019 Chemical Entanglements Undergraduate Student Group.
- Processing of Interview:
- The interviewer prepared for the interview by reading a pre-interview questionnaire completed by the narrator.
- .75 hrs
- Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
- Series Statement:
- Chemical Entanglements: Oral Histories of Environmental Illness is a collection of interviews with over seventy individuals living in the U.S. and Canada whose family history, occupation, art practice, or activism have brought them into direct contact with illness experience and disability related to chronic, low-dose exposure to toxicant chemicals. The procurement of this collection (from March 2019 through September 2020) was sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women under the directorship of Rachel C. Lee, with interviews conducted by six undergraduates, five graduate students, two career staff, and two faculty members at CSW.
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Welcome to the call--Ines turns down the volume on her TV--Identifies as a Hispanic woman from La Paz, Bolivia--Grows up with her mother and adopted siblings--Works as a tailor before and after immigrating to the United States--Studies to be a nursing assistant and works caring for elderly people--Has to use toxic products during the pandemic and when going to houses as a caregiver--Products affect her throat and stomach--Learns biomagnetism treatment and cures her knees without surgery--Helps her coworkers using biomagnetism--Has worked with the Women’s Collective since its founding in 2000; found organization after suffering from wage theft--Helps pass the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights that guarantees overtime pay--Attends Zoom meetings and hopes to pass the Health and Safety for All Workers Act to secure CAL/OSHA--Prefers to use green products like Bon Ami, vinegar, and baking soda--Hopes governments recognize that almost everyone in the world is an immigrant, and current immigrants need help--Conclusion
Bienvenidos a la llamada--Ines baja el volumen en su televisión--Se identifica como hispana y una persona femenina de La Paz, Bolivia--Crece con su mamá y hermanas de adopción--Trabaja como una modista antes y después de emigrar a los Estados Unidos--Estudia para ser asistente enfermería y trabaja en cuidado de personas mayores--Tiene que usar productos tóxicos durante la pandemia y cuando va a casas como caregiver--Le afectan su garganta y estómago--Aprende el tratamiento de biomagnetismo y cura sus rodillas sin cirugía--Ayuda a sus compañeros usando biomagnetismo--Ha trabajado con la Colectiva de Mujeres desde su fundación en 2000, cuando ella sufrió robo de sueldos--Ayuda pasar la ley de pago extra--Asiste a las reuniones por Zoom y espera pasar una ley para asegurar CAL/OSHA--Prefiere usar productos verdes como Bon Ami, vinagre, y baking soda--Desea que los gobiernos reconozcan que casi todo el mundo es un inmigrante y los inmigrantes actuales necesitan apoyo--Conclusión