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The Right to Stay Home w/ David Bacon

On this episode, my guest is David Bacon, a California writer and documentary photographer. A former union organizer, today he documents labor, the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His latest book, In the Fields of the North / En los campos del norte (COLEF / UC Press, 2017) includes over 300 photographs and 12 oral histories of farm workers. Other books include The Right to Stay Home and Illegal People, which discuss alternatives to forced migration and the criminalization of migrants. Communities Without Borders includes over 100 photographs and 50 narraatives about transnational migrant communities and The Children of NAFTA is an account of worker resistance on the US/Mexico border in the wake of NAFTA.

What migrants were finding when they got here was very, very difficult work, low pay, poverty, immigration raids, police harassment, and sometimes worse than that. Why leave Mexico if this is what you're going to find?

Show Notes

David’s Early Years

Learning about Immigration through Unions

The Meaning of Being Undocumented

NAFTA and Mexican Migration

The Source of Corn / Maize

Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations / Frente Indigena de Organizacaions Binacionales

The Right to Stay Home

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Campaign

The Face & History of Immigration in the USA

Immigration Reform and Amnesty

The Violence of Fortuna Silver Mines in Oaxaca

Solidarity, Change and Optimism



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