David Bacon on How US Policies Fueled the Great Mexican Migration

Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:49 By Thorne Dreyer, Rag Radio | Audio Segment
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Noted journalist, author, documentary photographer, and long-time labor organizer David Bacon discussed the issues raised in his provocative and heavily-researched article, "How U.S. Policies Fueled the Great Mexican Migration." Now based in California, Bacon was a union organizer for two decades, and today documents the changing conditions in the workforce, the impact of the global economy, war and migration, and the struggle for human rights. His books include "Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants" (Beacon Press, 2008), "The Children of NAFTA" (University of California Press, 2004), and "Communities Without Borders" (Cornell University Press, 2006). He belongs to the Pacific Media Workers Guild and the CWA, and was an organizer of the Free South Africa Labor Committee, the Labor Immigrant Organizers Network, and board chair of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

You can read "How U.S. Policies Fueled the Great Mexican Migration," by David Bacon on The Rag Blog ( David Bacon previously appeared on Rag Radio on Sept. 7, 2010 and you can listen to the podcast of that interview at the Internet Archive.

Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio ( is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog ( and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Running time: 55:40.

Thorne Dreyer

Thorne Dreyer, a pioneering '60s underground journalist, edits The Rag Blog, hosts Rag Radio, and is a director of the New Journalism Project. Dreyer was an editor of The Rag in Austin and Space City! in Houston, was on the editorial collective of Liberation News Service (LNS) in New York, was general manager of Pacifica's KPFT-FM in Houston and was a correspondent for Texas Monthly magazine. Dreyer can be contacted at

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