The Right to Stay Home

The Right to Stay Home

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The story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities to the poverty that forces people to migrate to the United States People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that countrya€™s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation. In The Right to Stay Home, journalist David Bacon tells the story of the growing resistance of Mexican communities. Bacon shows how immigrant communities are fighting backa€”envisioning a world in which migration isna€™t forced by poverty or environmental destruction and people are guaranteed the a€œright to stay home.a€ This richly detailed and comprehensive portrait of immigration reveals how the interconnected web of labor, migration, and the global economy unites farmers, migrant workers, and union organizers across borders. In addition to incisive reporting, eleven narratives are included, giving readers the chance to hear the voices of activists themselves as they reflect on their experiences, analyze the complexities of their realities, and affirm their vision for a better world.American Apparel pays better than most garment factories. In Minneapolis, the twelve hundred fired janitors got a higher wage than non-union workersa€”and they had to strike to win it. The history of workplace immigration enforcement is filledanbsp;...

Title:The Right to Stay Home
Author:David Bacon
Publisher:Beacon Press - 2013-09-10


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