The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota Local 26 is a proud sponsor of writer and photojournalist David Bacon’s upcoming appearance in Minnesota.
Bacon’s speech, “Illegal People” is scheduled for Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Macalester College, Weyerhauser Chapel located at 1600 Grand Ave. St. Paul, MN. The event is free and open to all.
Bacon returns to the “Untold Stories Labor History Series,” presented by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Bacon will talk about his new book, “Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants.” Bacon also is a renowned photojournalist and has documented the labor movement in the U.S. for many years.
Bacon says he is pleased to participate in the series thanks to SEIU Minnesota Local 26’s invitation. “Minnesota has been a place of many labor battles throughout history,” he says. “Another reason I am excited to be in Minnesota is so that I can meet with and talk to many of workers involved in these struggles—especially those involved in recent events involving the workers who were fired from their jobs at Chipotle stores.” He says such events are linked to broader trends seen around the country.
Bacon says Minnesota also has been a very important “testing ground” for workers’ rights. “In some ways people have looked to Minnesota for examples of what unions and workers can do that will help get justice for immigrant workers and workers in general. After all, when we solve problems faced by immigrant workers, we address issues faced by all workers,” he says. “But, unfortunately, some in the government and big corporations, would like to play us against each other.” Through solidarity, we will all benefit if we protect the rights of immigrant workers. Why? Because when you drive 12 million people underground out of fear then the cost of labor goes down across the board—benefitting greedy corporations and businesses.
*Bacon also is a keynote speaker at this year’s St. Cloud State University “Global Goes Local” conference. His speech, entitled, “The Political Economy of Criminalizing Immigrants,” is set for April 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Quotes about the book, Illegal People:
“David Bacon is the conscience of American journalism; an extraordinary social documentarist in the rugged humanist tradition of Dorothea Lange, Carey McWilliams, and Ernesto Galarza.”
—Mike Davis, author of No One Is Illegal
“Illegal People documents how undocumented workers have become the world’s most exploited workforce-subject to raids and arrests, forced to work at low pay and under miserable conditions, and prevented from organizing on their own behalf. In this richly reported book, David Bacon makes a powerful case for the centrality of ‘illegals’-of all nationalities-in the global struggle for economic justice.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
“David Bacon’s book brings us the reality of the deplorable conditions under which immigrants live when they get here. David also demonstrates that there is hope, and we can win something better, today, not just for immigrants, but for all working people. We just have to commit ourselves to make the policy changes that create these unacceptable conditions. ¡Sí Se Puede!”
—Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation
“Read this book to understand why we must stop uprooting people abroad and how we can ensure rights and jobs for all people in this country. Bacon’s book highlights the real value of a comprehensive approach to immigration reform, which America supports!”
—Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
Photos courtesy of David Bacon