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David Bacon: Immigration Is A Form Of Fighting Back

Looking at the Root Causes of Migration

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David Bacon: Don’t Punish the Dreamers

The “dreamers,” young recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, more than anyone are the true children of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) —they have paid the price for the agreement. Yet they are the ones punished by the administration of President Trump

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David Bacon: What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants

Immigrant labor is more vital to many industries than it’s ever been before. Immigrants have always made up most of the country’s farm workers in the West and Southwest. Today, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 57 percent of the country’s entire agricultural workforce is undocumented. But the list of other industries dependent on immigrant labor is long—meatpacking, some construction trades, building services, healthcare, restaurant and retail service, and more

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David Bacon: Bay Area Service Workers Up in Arms

Twelve AT&T Park concession workers were arrested and another 50 were forcibly removed by police, during an act of civil disobedience on June 18, 2013. Workers sat down in front of one of the park’s most profitable concessions, Gilroy Garlic Fries, and prevented anyone from ordering food, while hundreds of supporters picketed outside the stadium. Read more…

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David Bacon: Corporate Education Reform at San Francisco College

On March 14, the day before the Trustees at San Francisco Community College District handed in the report that may decide the life or death of California’s largest community college, student and faculty marchers headed downtown to City Hall. A sinuous line of hundreds of chanting, banner-waving people stopped traffic on Mission Street, the main Read more…

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David Bacon: Watsonville Teachers and Students Take on Methyl Iodide

Teachers at Watsonville’s Ohlone Elementary School were more than relieved when Arysta Life Science, a giant Japanese chemical company, announced on March 20 that it would no longer sell methyl iodide in the U.S. for use as a pesticide. The school on the edge of Watsonville, is separated from agricultural fields by a 30-foot-wide road. Read more…

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David Bacon: Immigrant Pacific Steel Workers March Against Unjust Firings

Two hundred immigrant workers and hundreds of supporters marched through downtown Berkeley on February 17, protesting their firing from Pacific Steel Castings. The company is one of the city’s biggest employers and the largest steel foundry west of the Mississippi River. Starting at City Hall, they walked for an hour past stores and homes as Read more…

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David Bacon: Oaxaca’s New Government Calls for Migrant Rights

The Oaxacan Institute for Attention to Migrants, and its director Rufino Dominguez, called for a new era of respect for the rights of migrants in commemorating the International Day of the Migrant in the Palacio del Gobierno, Oaxaca’s state capitol building. Representing the newly-elected state government, Dominguez paid tribute to the contributions of the braceros, Read more…

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David Bacon: Mexico’s Indignados Have Had It

On September 5, Mexican President Felipe Calderon gave the fifth state of the nation speech since his (many say fraudulent) election in 2006. He didn’t have an easy time finding a positive spin for the escalating toll exacted by his war on drug gangs—50,000 dead, mostly innocent civilians, in the last 5 years. Making his Read more…

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David Bacon: Eight Years Of Iraq’s Occupation

The war in Iraq is supposedly over. The U.S. administration says the occupation, which began on March 20, 2003, is ending as well with the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops. But as the U.S., Great Britain, and France begin another military intervention in North Africa, their respective administrations are silent about the price Iraqis are Read more…

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