MONMOUTH – Award-winning photojournalist, labor activist and author, David Bacon, will give a lecture and lead discussion on globalization and migration at Western Oregon University on Sunday, Feb. 1. The event will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in room 211 of the Instructional Technology Center.
Bacon spent 20 years as a labor organizer and immigrant rights activist. His articles have appeared in “The Nation,” “American Prospect,” “The Los Angeles Times” and the “San Francisco Chronicle.” He also hosts a weekly radio show on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, Calif. He has been a reporter and documentary photographer for 18, and has exhibited his work nationally, in Mexico, the United Kingdom and Germany.
His activism has touched a wide range of topics including farmworkers, hunger, strikes, unions, immigrants and transnational working communities. His photography and stories on these issues, and more, can be found on his Web site, http://dbacon.igc.org.
Copies of Bacon’s recent book "Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants" will be available for sale at the event. In this book, Bacon argues that a globalized political and economic system creates illegality by forcing people into immigration and then denying them rights and equality when they do what they’ve been forced to do – move to find work. He explores the human side of globalization, exposing the many ways it uproots people in Latin America and Asia, driving them to migrate.
Publisher’s Weekly stated in a review of his book, “[I]ncisive investigation…Bacon’s timely analysis is as cool and competent as his labor advocacy is unapologetic. In mapping the political economy of migration, with an unwavering eye on the rights and dignity of working people, Bacon offers an invaluable corrective to America’s hobbled discourse on immigration and a spur to genuine, creative action.”
The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, WOU MEChA, Polk Commons Café, WOU Communication Club, Rural Organizing Project. If special accommodations are needed, please contact WOU’s Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250.
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Dr Eliot Dickinson, political science professor
Kari Koch, Rural Organizing Project