Saturday, November 19, 2022



Will Jane Arraf write about those  strikes?  No, The Whore of Baghdad has always licked where her bread was buttered.  "The News We Kept To Ourselves," remember?  He was describing what CNN kept secret for years about Iraq, what CNN correspondents didn't cover to keep the government happy.  And who was CNN's correspondent?  That's right, Jane Arraf.

The Whore of Baghdad.  She'll die someday and people will note that she covered Iraq for decades -- for multiple outlets -- CNN, THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, NPR, THE NEW YORK TIMES . . .

All those years, all those outlets but somehow she never broke one story.

That's how she kept her job -- by never reporting on anything that somebody else hadn't already reported on.  So, as she did this week, she'll write about a bomb strike on Iraq if Iran can be implicated but the regular attacks on Iraq by Turkey -- going on for years now -- will be ignored by her over and over. 

Now let's talk things people want noted and things we do note.

Or rather, what we don't note.

BLACK POWER MEDIA is a great outlet.  We rarely note their Morning Mix programs.  By the time I get to hear it, it's no longer morning.  And if I don't hear it, I can't say "They take on " whatever.  They don't note what each morning's episode is about.  If they did, they'd get more streams.  But they don't.  And my time's limited so I'm not able to stream and figure it out.  We note a lot of their content but we don't know the Morning Mix unless I've streamed it because I have to provide something other than "Morning Mix" to get people coming here to even consider streaming it.

By the same token, we're noting less of REVOLUTIONARY BLACKOUT than I'd like.  But that's actually on them.  3 days ago, they did a segment with a term we're not going to use ever.  Al Sharpton was their target.  We're not using that term.    

I just don't think it's appropriate here.  They can do whatever they want but anything we repost here is not going to be that.  I don't approve of racism and I don't approve of things that continue it.  There are many terms one can use, for example, to note Colin Powell and how awful he is.  I don't need to use the c-word.  I don't need to perpetuate that term.  It's a racist term and I'm just not going to allow it here.

I don't stream everything that goes up here.  If it's text, I glance at it sometimes and that's it.  

If I've streamed any of it on YOUTUBE, there's a thumbs up rating from me.  

Danny Schechter has a friend who still e-mails this site and sometimes we note him and sometimes we don't.  I'm sorry.  Don't know what else to tell you other than that if you sound crazy, I'm not posting your writing.

Maybe you're not crazy, maybe you're bravely going where people need to be going.  I don't know.  But I'm not interested in it.   There are still US troops in Iraq, we all know that right?  And there is still a war going on there and the US government is still destroying the lives of Iraqi people.

So I'm not interested in your theories on a 'new world order.'  Or how this or that is going to monitor us.

We are being monitored.  Our government is illegally spying on us.  You want to write about that, e-mail and I'll be happy to share it.  

But there are too many immediate issues going on.  How about those get covered?

Hip Hop Caucus.  I'm just not interested in your churn out the vote efforts.  Do you ever stand up for real issues?  I don't know what you think you've accomplished.  But maybe you're not trying to change the country maybe your just trying to get your share of the pork that whoring for a political party can provide?

You'd seem a lot more valid in our lives, HHC, if you stopped whoring for a party and started really addressing issues.

OZY?  I know Krystal and Saager laugh at that company -- they also believe it no longer exists (wrong) -- but I'm fine with noting them here as long as it's not about any war.  I don't think they should cover it.  They don't know enough to do so or not enough to do so in a way that would please this community.

That's not me attacking them.  You know, the way REVOLUTIONARY BLACKOUT's attacking Jon Stewart.  They brought Kit on to attack him.  He's "lost his damn mind" according to them.

No, he hasn't.  Jon has done what he's always done.  I'm real sorry that you're all so stupid and ignorant (like a 'documentary' on NETFLIX that just debuted this weekend) that you don't know the history of the person you're talking about.  Jon is not a leftist.  He's always been a centrist.  That's what his nonsense rally was about.  This is who he is.  He hasn't 'lost his mind' though maybe RB and Kit have lost their own minds since they're too crazed to grasp this is what Jon has always done.

I know Jon and I like Jon.  I disagree with him -- and he with me -- and that's fine.  It's not the end of the world.  That segment where's he attacked?  It's the worst of rage theater.  

He hasn't sold out.  He hasn't betrayed anything.  This is who he is and he's long been an admirer of Hillary Clinton.  He's also working on his new show a national conversation, on bringing in everyone.  Now he doesn't seem to grasp just how many of us are not being served by the duopoly.  And that's a valid criticism.  And you can scream "He's Dupe of the Duopoly" or something similar and you'd be making a valid critique but stop pretending that he's 'lost his mind' because he spoke with Hillary and Condi is a valid criticism.  He hasn't changed at all, that's who Jon has always been.

ANTIWAR.COM's Scott Horton is making a valid criticism.  

It's a shame that RB and Kit are focusing somewhere else.  

Kit really needs to be neutered.  Clip them off so he will calm down.  He's like a toy poodle yapping and never knowing what he's barking at.  

So in eight or so hours Ava and I are going to be ripping apart a 'documentary' -- from a fool who could never keep a job and was fired from one of them for lying -- and we were both like, "Do we have to cover this?"

Because it gets old.  

Having to call out this, having to call out that.  

It gets old.

But what's the alternative?

Sarah has to call them out in part because some on the slightly left used the Trump era to rehab Bully Boy Bush.  

Did you miss Nance praising Bully Boy this week?  I didn't miss it.  I heard it and realized, "Oh, so there were more reasons than we knew why she blocked John Conyers from trying to impeach Bully Boy Bush."

On US presidents, let's note this,

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social justice writing and photography - the reality check and beyond, part one


By David Bacon and John W. McKerley
a chapter in The Routledge Handbook of the Anthropology of Labor, Routledge 2022

Part One of Two

As a non-anthropologist, I've spent many years doing social documentary work that is very similar to that of anthropologists, recording and editing oral histories and taking photographs.  The purpose of this work is to help document social reality as a participant in movements for social change.  In this article, I describe the reasons for beginning this work, and the cooperative relationships developed with social movement organizations, from unions to migrant rights organizations.  As I do this work I try to balance a commitment to the work itself - the aesthetics of photographs and the faithfulness and emotional power of narratives - and a commitment to producing work that has the power to move people and participate in using it to those ends.  The article, therefore, describes the personal journey of one person doing this work, in a way that may be relevant to the experience of others.

This article is the product of an oral history interview done by John W. McKerley, PhD, an oral historian at the Labor Center at the University of Iowa, and adjunct lecturer at the Center for Human Rights in the university's College of Law.

Farmworkers and Yakama nation acivists march together on May Day

Learning to organize

Being a union organizer was very good training for being a documentarian. The first union I went to work for was the Farm Workers Union and it was the beginning of my education, which is still going on.  I grew up in Oakland, raised in a left-wing family where I listened to Paul Robeson records and songs of the Spanish Civil War. I could probably sing Freiheit when I was six. So what did I know about life in rural areas or working in the fields or Mexicans or Chicanos or immigration or any of those things?  The workers in the union were my first teachers.

Coming from a union family, the idea of paying attention to what workers have to say was not a strange idea. But in the union I really had to do it. The first job I had in the UFW was as what we called a legal beagle. Your job was to go out and take statements from workers about why they had been fired, to support whatever organizing campaign the union was involved in. That forced me to learn Spanish really fast.  Translating for me was not high on the list of priorities for the union's organizers.

But the workers were usually very helpful.  They would be patient and correct my crooked Spanish. People who will listen to you and don't correct you are not helping you much. But this job also made me pay attention to them, to what they had to say. Initially my questions were utilitarian.  "What were the circumstances under which you got fired?  What did the foreman say? What happened before and after?"  But to be good at it, you had to do what I call social investigation.

So I had to try to understand who the people were, especially because my background was different from theirs. The union threw me into this and made me learn about their culture in a lot of different ways. Since you were paid $5 a week plus room and board, very quickly people clued you in that the time to visit people at home was dinnertime because they'd feed you. So I learned how to cook the way the workers did, along with the language.

After the years with the UFW I went to work in a factory, with the idea of organizing a union.  It was a huge factory - National Semiconductor - with 10,000 people in the plant.  It was fascinating to see the process of making semiconductors and integrated circuits. But the people who worked in there were even more interesting. I could see right away the stratification of the workforce - Filipina and Chicanos and Latina women on the bottom, with the jobs getting more male and whiter as you went up.  I began learning more about Filipino culture, which I'd started to learn about in the farmworkers union.  It eventually led to meeting a woman I later married, the daughter of Filipino farm workers.

What I'm getting at is that union organizing and workplace activism in general makes you a good listener. You have to learn how to listen, and listening is complicated.  It's not just hearing the words, it's trying to really understand what people are telling you, and asking questions to elicit someone's world. On the one hand, I want to get the raw material of people's experience. It's often very colorful and can be very moving emotionally, giving you a vision into somebody's world. But I also want to understand how people analyze that world.

I reject the idea that the function of workers is to provide raw material, while some smart academic is going to come along later and explain what it all means. That is a very patronizing way of looking at workers. So workplace activity and union organizing is good training for that as well too. You want to understand what happens to people and see how they change it.

You want people to tell you the story of their lives, really.  A good oral history session can go on for three or four hours, if the opportunity is there. I'll go all the way back to, "Okay, who are your mother and father, and what did they do and where do you come from? And all the rest of the way until today."  Part of the challenge is to get that story and be sensitive to how people are telling it to you, so that you know when you come upon something important. Sometimes you have to  pull the story out of people. You have to see that it's there and then ask questions to get them to tell you.. But many times it's as though people have been waiting for the chance to tell it.

By the time we get to the end I want to know, "What do you think about it all?  What does justice mean to you?"  That's a real common David Bacon question. "If you think that the world is an unfair place, what's unfair about it? And what do you think it should be? And how would you go about changing it?" That started with that first training, interviewing fired workers.  Usually by the time we finish, people have already been talking about these questions in terms of their own lives.

I want people to analyze their own world because I learn from it. One of the most important concepts that I've learned in the last 20 years came from meetings of the Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales, an organization of indigenous migrants from Mexico. I got to know those people 20 years ago as a photographer. I would go to their meetings and take pictures and give them the pictures and listen, interviewing people and recording oral histories. They're people migrating from communities in Oaxaca, essentially economically displaced people. It's become so hard to survive that they have no alternative but to leave to find work somewhere else. They look for work elsewhere in Mexico, and then cross the border to look here in the United States.

Triqui women weavers show their support for the Frente Indigena at the end of the organization's binational assembly.

In these meetings people would talk about a dual set of rights. On the one hand you have the right to stay home, and on the other hand you have the right to migrate and to be treated as a social equal. The more you look at it, the more you see that these rights are inseparable, especially in the minds of the people who are migrating. It's a much more sophisticated way of seeing migration than you find, certainly in the mainstream media or academia. People have analyzed their experience and they know what it is that they think has to happen. It's a very complicated concept in the end, because in order to have the right to not migrate, you need social change in people's communities of origin. That leads you to the question of how people organize for social change and political change. There were lots and lots of debates about politics and strategy, for instance.

My understanding of it came from listening. Part of it was the interview process, because I would get people who were thoughtful about it to talk to me. It also came from listening in group settings. As a documentarian I listen to people on an individual basis. But I'm also very interested in how people fight for social change, and that's a collective process. So I learn a lot by being with people when they are together, whether in a meeting talking or in a demonstration or a march - the kinds of things that happen when people are trying to force change to take place. And because I'm a photographer, I take pictures of all of it.

I've been very interested over the years in documenting visually the culture of social change. How do people do it? What does it look like? For instance, there was a while maybe 10 years ago when people discovered you could have a much more colorful march if some got up on stilts in costumes holding signs and banners.  Or there were big puppet figures people would carry. The culture is just fascinating to me.

In this last year of the pandemic, a whole other iteration was the car caravan. People were afraid to march but they wanted to demonstrate, so they would do it in cars.  At one point there was a car caravan protesting the murder of George Floyd in the Port of Oakland with 2000 cars. I've never seen so many cars in one place.

Learning how to listen

Documentation to me came out of that process of being an organizer and learning how to listen. And of course, as an organizer you also have to interact. I stopped being a legal aide and became a union organizer as soon as my Spanish was good enough. And then I was an organizer for that union and other ones for a long time.  As an organizer, part of the reason you're listening to people is that you have this idea in your head of what has to happen. I spent a lot of my time organizing strikes, and in order to do that, you have to convince people that this risky idea is something they have to consider. You can't order people to do things like that. You have to convince people. To do that you have to listen, you have to understand who you're talking to.

I became an organizer for a foundry workers union, helping Mexican workers in a factory go out on strike.  When I started, the workers asked me, "Is this is a good legal strike?" I said, "Oh yes, striking is legal in United States under federal labor law." So we went on strike. And first thing that happened was that the police came and divided our picket line and escorted strike breakers into the struck plant. The workers looked at me with betrayal in their eyes. They said, "You said this was a legal strike." I said, "Well, it is." And they pointed and said, "But look."

What they meant when they said legal strike, and what I meant when I said legal strike. were two very, very different things. I had to learn about the history of the Mexican labor movement and what a legal strike means to Mexicans. I eventually took pictures of strikes in maquiladoras on the border. Workers would put a red and black flag on the door of the struck factory. In a legal strike in Mexico, when that flag gets put on the door, even the owner of the factory cannot go inside. People's labor rights, at least on paper, are way in advance of what we have here. So when they were saying "a legal strike," what they meant was, "Okay, are we going to close this factory down?  And if it's legal and the labor board approves it then the strike is on, right?"

It took me a while to really understand that. I learned not just by listening but by interacting, by this bitter experience of organizing a strike and seeing the strike breakers come in.  Then we'd have these discussions about "Now what do we do? How do we conduct an effective legal strike in United States when our rights are different?" It was a learning experience for the workers too. They had to learn the bitter reality of working class life here in United States.

Strikers at D'Arrigo Brothers Co. call to workers to join them, while sheriffs keep them from going into the field.

At the same time I was learning about Mexico. Starting from the time in the Farm Workers Union I began talking to Mexican workers and they'd tell me their stories.  One old man told me the story of growing up in Baja California, where his father was active in the land reform struggle. They burned down the hacienda and killed the hacendado, and later other people came and killed his father.  He had to run to the US. His history was very moving to me, and from that point on I was interested in Mexico and the border and migration. What happened to people that had them come here? I've been investigating that and learning about it ever since.

Organizing the strikes was a watershed also because it made me learn more about the left in Mexico and about Mexican politics. Eventually I went to Mexico and made a lot of friends who are political activists of one kind or another, and of course photographers too.  It's been a very enriching experience for me, a very important part of my life.

This is how I learned the documentary process. As I practice it, it's an interactive one. There has to be some mutuality to it. In other words, you have to be willing to participate. Participation can be something that's basically just learning, but it can be more than that, depending on where and how you're doing the documentation.  My whole idea of being a journalist and a documentary photographer is that we are participants in the world. We are not abstracted out of it. We are not objective. We are not coming in from Mars. We are part of this world and the more conscious we are about that and the more we actually participate actively in it, the better documentarians we are. Professors in journalism school hate me.

I don't work for a union anymore. I haven't for a long time and I don't organize strikes anymore. But when I made the transition to doing the work that I do now, I had to come to terms with the purpose of the documentation. The purpose of the work that I do is to affect the way people think. There are a lot of ways of doing that.  The organizer does that. You sit in a meeting with people and you convince them to go out on strike. That's definitely affecting people's ideas. What I do now is less direct or immediate but it reaches more people. It's still part of participating in the struggle for social change, but it's participating in a different way.

At the same time there's an important craft to taking photographs and an important craft in writing.  It is very important to learn the craft, not to shortchange it and say content is everything and craft is nothing.  If the purpose is to communicate, you have to do it in a way people understand and that's effective. That's a pragmatic way of looking at it. But there are artistic and aesthetic parts of this as well. I didn't really appreciate aesthetics much as a union organizer but I certainly do as a photographer.  We can certainly recognize beautiful photographs when we see them and I want to take some of them.  I study photographers a lot. I just got through reading a book about Rodchenko, the Soviet photographer of the 20s. He was one of the people who pioneered taking pictures from extreme angles.  He was trying to break up people's sensibilities and make you pay attention. But he was also completely committed to using these techniques to advance social change.  

I'm not saying that this documentation is the only form of photography or the only form of journalism but it is very, very important. We need to get people to practice it more and understand it better, because it's part of the process of social change and we need social change in our world. Part of the movement for social change consists of communication -- photography and journalism.

From organizer to photographer and writer

When I was an organizer, and beginning to make the transition to the work I do now, we would go out on strike somewhere, and I would take pictures of people on the picket line, and make prints, and hand them out to people.  We'd all laugh and joke about how you'd take the photos home and show them to your family, and 20 years from now you'll show your grandkids what you did to stand up for justice. It was a morale booster. It made people feel like their experience counted for something. And it was useful. We could get support with these photos -- send them off to a newspaper somewhere, and maybe they would write an article. My photography had a very utilitarian purpose at first.

In the last few years working for unions I knew that I needed to change. At one point I got laid off and went to work for a left-wing newspaper for a little while, just writing labor stories. I picked up a camera again and started taking pictures, which I did when I was much younger.  I gave some pictures to the woman I was writing for, and she said, "David, you have to remember to look at the light." All the pictures were dark silhouettes, barely usable. But what she told me stuck in my mind, and it still does.  It's such an obvious thing for photographers, look at the light. Photographs are made of light. In other words, be aware, pay attention, be conscious, look.

But after that I had to go back and do more organizing work for a while, just for the income. I started taking classes at our local community college. Fortunately it had a very good photography program that taught me some of the basic skills - how to develop film, how to print, how to use lighting.  They weren't art courses - they were for people who needed to make a living at it. It was a little hard, going to class after work, since there really is no after work for organizers. I was trying to pull out time here and there to do it. But it made me fall in love with photographs.

As my interest in it grew, I helped organize a strike in Pomona, in Southern California, and I decided to document it from beginning to end. I knew I could be in places where nobody else could. As an organizer I would never let a stranger into certain meetings because we had to be able to talk with each other without worrying about somebody else listening. But as the organizer I could be there, and I could take the pictures.

At first the workers thought it was kind of a weird.  There I was with a camera all the time taking pictures, but after a while they just ignored it. It was just David with his camera. In the end we lost the strike, and one of the bitterest series of pictures I have is of the meeting where we voted to go back to work. There's one of a guy crying, and others where people are shocked. In one somebody is making a speech, and while you can't obviously see the words you can see the emotion. I know what he was saying - "No, we're not going to do this!"  But in the end we had to, and the next series shows the workers marching back to the plant, and the company refusing to rehire them and let them go back to work.  Bitter, bitter photos.

A Cal Spas striker begins to cry at the realization that we had to end the strike.

I'm not really sure how somebody who didn't go through that meeting would feel looking at these pictures, but, but people do react to them. I saw that they worked, as pictures. I was learning as a photographer. One of the things I learned, obviously, was to watch people's faces. That's still what I do. I'm interested in people, and how you can convey the meaning of somebody's experience through their image.  You have to watch what's going on, emotionally, in people's faces.

Another factor is timing. You have to predict what's going to happen next, so that you're ready for it. You have to figure out what you're including in the photograph besides the person, especially for a portrait photograph. I've learned the technique of using a very wide angle lens, and getting very close to the person. Their face or figure is really big in the frame, but you also get all of this other material in the background. Because it's a wide angle, enough is in focus that you can actually appreciate that environment. It's not anything I invented or discovered, but it's a very useful technique.

That strike was a learning experience. In that meeting, people trusted me because they knew who I was. We had fought together. We were brothers and sisters. And as I went on, because of who I was photographing and interviewing, I had to confront the question of legal status.  Fortunately, I'd learned as a union organizer how to talk to people about it.

For a few years I was pulling myself out of the world of direct union organizing, and learning how to do this other documentary work, and trying to practice it at the same time. After that strike in Pomona I would try to survive as a freelancer, not really be able to make enough money for us to live on. My wife was working, thank God, so we weren't starving.  But the bank account would go down and down, and down. Finally I'd go take a job running some union's campaign for a while, and make a paycheck.  The account would go up, and I would go back to freelancing.  Eventually, after three or four years, I didn't have to take any more organizing jobs. From that point on, I was just doing this work.

One of the first documentary projects I did on my own, not because of a job, was in the Coachella Valley.  I'd worked there years earlier for the Farm Workers Union.  There are a lot of date palms in Coachella - one of the places in the world, outside of the Middle East and North Africa, where they grow dates commercially. It's a very dangerous job, because workers have to climb ladders up into the crowns of trees 40 feet tall and higher. I'd helped those workers organize a union, and I knew that world. I thought, I'm going back to Coachella and document the valley and those palmeros. Coachella was also the first place I ever saw an immigration raid. I've been an immigrant rights activist for many years, so that also made it an important place for me.  

When I originally took those pictures I didn't have any place to publish them. Eventually I discovered that there were a few academic journals that might. I became friends with the editor of Contexts, the journal of visual sociology, and he published the Coachella photos and a series about indigenous Mexican farm workers.  I began realizing there was a possible outlet for this work.

At the same time I was developing my ability as a writer, and that had its own trajectory. Even as early as the pictures in Coachella, and the Pomona strike, I began to interview people and record the interviews. It really helped me during that time that I started a radio program for our local Pacifica station.  I would interview people on the air, and later transcribe the interviews and try to turn them into articles - the UPS strike, a union election in a maquiladora, the lockout of San Francisco's hotel workers.

From the very beginning almost all my writing has been based on people's voices. Once in a while I'll write something where it's just me speaking, like a news analysis article. But even those usually have at least some voices. From the beginning, because of that organizing experience, I've always been concentrated on what people say and think.

A palmero climbs a ladder into the crown of a date palm tree, to pollinate the flowers.



Photographs by David Bacon

October 1, 2022 to February 10, 2023

Leo & Dottie Kolligian Library
University of California Merced
5200 N. Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343



More Than a Wall / Mas que Un Muro explores the many aspects of the border region through photographs taken by David Bacon over a period of 30 years. These photographs trace the changes in the border wall itself, and the social movements in border communities, factories and fields. This bilingual book provides a reality check, to allow us to see the border region as its people, with their own history of movements for rights and equality, and develop an alternative vision in which the border can be a region where people can live and work in solidarity with each other. - Gaspar Rivera-Salgado

David Bacon has given us, through his beautiful portraits, the plight of the American migrant worker, and the fierce spirit of those who provide and bring to us comfort and sustenance. -- Lila Downs

- a book of photographs by David Bacon and oral histories created during 30 years of covering the people and social movements of the Mexico/U.S. border
- a complex, richly textured documentation of a world in newspaper headlines daily, but whose reality, as it's lived by border residents, is virtually invisible.
- 440 pages
- 354 duotone black-and-white photographs
- a dozen oral histories
-  incisive journalism and analysis by David Bacon, Don Bartletti, Luis Escala, Guillermo Alonso and Alberto del Castillo.
- completely bilingual in English and Spanish
- published by El Colegio de la Frontera Norte with support from the UCLA Institute for Labor Research and Education and the Center for Mexican Studies, the Werner Kohlstamm Family Fund, and the Green Library at Stanford University

Price:  $35 plus postage and handling
To order, click here:

"The "border" is just a line. It's the people who matter - their relationships with or without or across that line. The book helps us feel the impact of the border on people living there, and helps us figure out how we talk to each other about it. The germ of the discussion are these wonderful and eye-opening pictures, and the voices that help us understand what these pictures mean." - JoAnn Intili, director, The Werner-Kohnstamm Family Fund



Photographs by David Bacon

La Quinta Museum
77885 Avenida Montezuma
La Quinta, CA 92253
January 8, 2023 – April 16, 2023

Global Museum
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 
October 8 - December 3, 2023


Online Interviews and Presentations

Red Lens Episode 6: David Bacon on US-Mexico border photography
Brad Segal: 
On episode 6 of Red Lens, I talk with David Bacon.

David Bacon is a California-based writer and documentary photographer. A former union organizer, today he documents labor, the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights.  We talk about David's new book, 'More than a Wall / Mas que un muro' which includes 30 years of his photography and oral histories from communities & struggles in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

Letters and Politics - Three Decades of Photographing The Border & Border Communities
Host Mitch Jeserich interviews David Bacon, a photojournalist, author, broadcaster and former labor organizer. He has reported on immigrant and labor issues for decades. His latest book, More Than A Wall, is a collection of his photographs of the border and border communities spanning three decades.

Exploitation or Dignity - What Future for Farmworkers
UCLA Latin American Institute
Based on a new report by the Oakland Institute, journalist and photographer David Bacon documents the systematic abuse of workers in the H-2A program and its impact on the resident farmworker communities, confronted with a race to the bottom in wages and working conditions.

David Bacon on union solidarity with Iraqi oil worker unions
Free City Radio - CKUT 27/10/2021 -
Organizing during COVID, the intrinsic value of the people who grow our food
Sylvia Richardson - Latin Waves Media
How community and union organizers came together to get rights for farm workers during COVID, and how surviving COVID has literally been an act of resistance.
Report Details Slavery-Like Conditions For Immigrant Guest Workers
Rising Up With Sonali Kohatkar

The Right to Remain

Beware of Pity

En Español
Ruben Luengas - #EnContacto
Hablamos con David Bacon de los migrantes y la situación de México frente a los Estados Unidos por ser el principal país de llegada a la frontera de ese país.

Jornaleros agrícolas en EEUU en condiciones más graves por Covid-19: David Bacon
SomosMas99 con Agustin Galo Samario

"Los fotógrafos tomamos partido"
Entrevista por Melina Balcázar Moreno - Laberinto

David Bacon comparte su mirada del trabajo agrícola de migrantes mexicanos en el Museo Archivo de la Fotografia


Online Photography Exhibitions
Documentary Matters -  View from the US 
Social Documentary Network
Four SDN photographers explore themes of racial justice, migration, and #MeToo
There's More Work to be Done
Housing Assistance Council and National Endowment for the Arts
This exhibition documents the work and impact of the struggle for equitable and affordable housing in rural America, inspired by the work of George “Elfie” Ballis.
Dark Eyes
A beautiful song by Lila Downs honoring essential workers, accompanied by photographs

A video about the Social Justice Photography of David Bacon:

In the FIelds of the North
Online Exhibit
Los Altos History Museum

Virtual Tour - In the Fields of the North
History Museum of Tijuana
Recorrido Virtual de la Exposicion - En los campos del norte
Museo de Historia de Tijuana

The David Bacon Archive exhibition at Stanford Libraries

Exhibited throughout the pandemic in the Cecil H. Green Library at Stanford. The online exhibition (, which includes additional content not included in the physical show, is accessible to everyone, and is part of an accessible digital spotlight collection that includes significant images from this body of work. For a catalog: (



Photographs and text by David Bacon
University of California Press / Colegio de la Frontera Norte

302 photographs, 450pp, 9”x9”
paperback, $34.95 (in the U.S.)

order the book on the UC Press website:
use source code  16M4197  at checkoutreceive a 30% discount

En Mexico se puede pedir el libro en el sitio de COLEF:

Los Angeles Times reviews In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte - click here

THE REALITY CHECK - David Bacon blog

Other Books by David Bacon - Otros Libros

The Right to Stay Home:  How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration  (Beacon Press, 2013)

Illegal People -- How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants  (Beacon Press, 2008)
Recipient: C.L.R. James Award, best book of 2007-2008

Communities Without Borders (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2006)

The Children of NAFTA, Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border (University of California, 2004)

En Español:  

EL DERECHO A QUEDARSE EN CASA  (Critica - Planeta de Libros)


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