Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Plática: David Bacon

"The Right to Stay Home: How U.S. Policy Drives Mexican Migration"

Tue, November 12, 2013 | Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206), Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

In this plática, David Bacon will examine how migration is criminalized, and how mass detentions and deportations have skyrocketed, while guest worker programs treat migrants as low-wage workforce with few rights. Bacon will consider how indigenous migrant communities propose an alternative -- the right to alternatives to forced migration, and basic human and labor rights for those who do migrate.

Award-winning photojournalist and author David Bacon spent twenty years as a labor organizer.  For the last two decades he has been a reporter and documentary photographer, and a longtime radio host. His previous books include The Children of NAFTA, Communities Without Borders, and Illegal People (Beacon, 2008). He is an associate editor at Pacific News Service and writes for TruthOut, the Nation, the American Prospect, the Progressive, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. As an immigrant rights activist he helped organize the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Labor Immigrant Organizers Network.  He belongs to the Pacific Media Workers Guild/CWA.

Sponsored by: the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Texas Center for Educational Policy

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