David Bacon 
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Re: “David Bacon, the Laborers' Laborer

While we live in a system, and work for employers, that pit workers against each other over jobs all the time, especially in working class communities like Oakland, the big question is what we do about it. Getting organized and finding common ground with each other is the only way working people can get some power in a situation like this. There are good examples of unions and community organizations that are doing it, like the hotel workers in San Francisco, or the Molders in the East Bay. I've written a lot about this. Here are some articles:
Black and Brown Together, American Prospect, 3/2008
Looking for Common Ground in Katrina’s Wake, Colorlines, 11/2005
Mississippi Workers Fight Racial Divisions after the Country’s Largest Immigration Raid, TruthOut, 9/2008
Changing Demographics – A Promise of Survival, Dollars and Sense, 9/1999
Why the Union Won at Smithfield, American Prospect, 12/2008
Hotel Workers Get it Right, Science and Society, 4/2009
Civil Rights and the Hotel Strike, Black Scholar, 2005

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Posted by David Bacon on 10/05/2011 at 8:20 AM

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