David Bacon to speak in Boston, 9/9/08

Photojournalist David Bacon, a frequent contributor to Dollars & Sense, will be speaking on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Jamaica Plain Forum in Boston. If you live in the area, please attend his talk, which is sure to be enlightening. … and come over to the Dollars & Sense table and introduce yourself to members of our collective!

Speaking of Jamaica Plain Forum: Please save the date–Friday, Nov. 7, 2008–when Dollars & Sense will sponsor our own JP Forum event, “Ask Dr. Dollar,” with longtime D&S contributor Arthur MacEwan, professor of economics at U.Mass-Boston. MacEwan will answer questions from the audience about the latest economic crises and what to expect from the new administration in Washington.

Here’s more information about David Bacon and the Sept. 9 event:

“There are no Illegal People”
Lecture and discussion with David Bacon, photojournalist and author.

The Jamaica Plain Forum (http://www.jamaicaplainforum.org/)
First Church in JP, UU
6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

David Bacon will share first-hand observations on how the United States’ trade and economic policy sets off a domino effect which ends in high immigration rates. In seeking to create a favorable investment climate for large corporations, socioeconomic conditions are created that displace communities and set migration into motion. Trade policy and immigration are intimately linked, Bacon argues, and are, in fact, elements of a single economic system. Bacon powerfully traces the development of illegal status back to slavery and shows the human cost of treating the indispensable labor of millions of migrants—and the migrants themselves—as illegal. He also analyzes NAFTA’s corporate tilt as a cause of displacement and migration from Mexico and shows how criminalizing immigrant labor benefits employers.

Award-winning photojournalist David Bacon spent thirty years as a labor organizer and immigrant rights activist. His articles appear in The Nation, American Prospect, Dollars & Sense, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Bacon hosts a weekly radio show on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California.

David’s new book “Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants,” will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

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