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  • Why are Mexican teachers being jailed for protesting the education reform?

    Why are Mexican teachers being jailed for protesting the education reform?

    by David Bacon LATEST BULLETIN:  On Sunday, June 19, Federal armed forces in Oaxaca fired on teachers and supporters in the Mixteca town of Nochixtlan, and at press time, it had killed at least a dozen people and wounded several dozens more. On Sunday night, June 12, as Ruben Núñez, head of Oaxaca’s teachers union,

  • The fight isn’t over for farmworkers overtime work hours pay

    The fight isn’t over for farmworkers overtime work hours pay

    by David Bacon For the state’s first hundred-plus years, certain unspoken rules governed California politics. In a state where agriculture produced more wealth than any industry, the first rule was that growers held enormous power. Tax dollars built giant water projects that turned the Central and Imperial Valleys into some of the nation’s most productive

  • Community development pushes back against  profiteers in the Mission

    Community development pushes back against profiteers in the Mission

    by Josh Wolf After catching fire three times and being razed to the ground, the lot at 22nd and Mission Street holds two possible futures that evoke the two competing trajectories for the future of the Mission. MEDA, a non-profit community developer, has made multiple offers to buy the property to build affordable housing, but

  • Teaching violence – how US police went from Mayberry to madness

    Teaching violence – how US police went from Mayberry to madness

    The question is: How to stop it by Claire Bernish Policing in the United States metamorphosed drastically over the last few decades after the NDAA in 1990 allowed departments to obtain surplus military equipment free of charge. With the weapons and gear of war likewise came the warrior ethos. Though unprepared to handle accouterments of the

  • The Revolt of the Chapulines

    The Revolt of the Chapulines

    by David Bacon Chapulines are small insects, like grasshoppers.  When they’re toasted with lime and garlic, they’re a delicacy that’s as much a part of Oaxacan indigenous culture as mezcal or big tlayuda tortillas.   One worker standing in line in the edge of a San Joaquin Valley blueberry field laughed at the name.  “We’re

  • Civil rights and anti-war movements

    Civil rights and anti-war movements

    How activism developed in Santa Clara Valley by David Bacon In the 1960s the upsurge of the civil rights and anti-war movements transformed the politics and social movements of the Santa Clara Valley. In part, this reflected growing population and changing demographics. In 1950 Santa Clara County’s population was 290,000, and 12 percent were people

  • Roots of social justice  organizing in Silicon Valley

    Roots of social justice organizing in Silicon Valley

    by David Bacon The South Bay has its history of violence, structural racism and worker exploitation. But it also has a long history of resistance-of courageous organizers who built movements that have had an impact far beyond the Santa Clara Valley. The Santa Clara Valley’s social movement history began with the indigenous resistance to colonization,

  • Voices from Juárez worker’s movement

    Voices from Juárez worker’s movement

    by David Bacon Ciudad Juárez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, is the center of a growing rebellion of laborers in the border factories. Since September, workers have set up encampments, or plantones, in front of factories, they’ve marched through the streets, they’ve demanded recognition of independent unions. In response, the companies

  • New transit lanes have Mission residents seeing red

    New transit lanes have Mission residents seeing red

    by Josh Wolf A red strip of paint running down one of San Francisco’s most well-known streets has ignited a controversy that has divided the city over transit, parking, bicyclists, and local businesses. In February, initial changes to Mission Street that involved removing some bus stops began to draw some ire within the community. People