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Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

In 1997, I went to the Philippines to document child labor on the banana plantations producing for the Dole Corporation. The next year activists carried the information to Seattle to confront the global meeting of the World Trade Organization. Read more

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Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

A year after the death of labor rights activist Cesar Chavez, workers organize a march and 15,000 workers join in. Read more

Dispatches

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David Bacon

Everyone carried flags with the union’s black eagle—some adding “Arizona” or the name of some other state they’d arrived from. The United Fruit Workers organized a march from Delano to Sacramento to show that their union was very much alive. Read more

Dispatches

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Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

These photographs, shown in the halls of California oil workers and longshoremen, revealed to them how their counterparts in Iraq were treated, often by the same oil monopolies. Read more

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Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

Iraq had one of the most radical labor movements in the Middle East before the reign of Saddam Hussein. After the U.S. invasion in 2003 Bacon traveled to Iraq to learn what had become of the workers. He did not anticipate what he saw. Read more

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