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David Bacon is a pho­to­jour­nal­ist, author, polit­i­cal activist, and union orga­niz­er who has focused on labor issues, par­tic­u­lar­ly those relat­ed to immi­grant labor. He has writ­ten sev­er­al books and numer­ous arti­cles on the subject.

His most recent book is In the Fields of the North / En los cam­pos del norte: , David Bacon doc­u­ments the expe­ri­ences of some of the hard­est-work­ing and most dis­en­fran­chised labor­ers in the coun­try: the farm work­ers who are respon­si­ble for mak­ing Cal­i­for­nia Amer­i­c­as bread­bas­ket. Com­bin­ing haunt­ing pho­tographs with the voic­es of migrant farm workers.

Host Sylvia Richard­son speaks to David about how US for­eign poli­cies com­bined with regres­sive trade agree­ments have been respon­si­ble for dis­plac­ing mil­lions of peo­ple from coun­tries like El Sal­vador, Haiti and Mex­i­co, and how Trump is adding insult to injury by repeal­ing the TPS Sta­tus (Tem­po­rary Pro­tect­ed Sta­tus) from peo­ple who have been liv­ing and con­tribut­ing to Amer­i­can soci­ety for many decades. And how as cit­i­zens we must stand togeth­er and pro­tect those most vul­ner­a­ble despite who the pres­i­dent is.