The Hands that Feed: California Farmworkers, Past and Present
Presented by UC Press
Hearing Room 1: 1:45—3:00pm

More than 75 years ago, The Grapes of Wrath sparked a national discussion about the grinding poverty faced by California’s migrant farmworkers. Later came the successful boycotts and strikes of the 1960s and 70s. But today, workers in the fields continue to earn low wages and face dangers from pesticides to heat stroke. How did we get here? How might conditions be improved?

Award-winning journalist and photographer DAVID BACON (The Right to Stay Home) has documented the lives of farmworkers since 1988. A former factory worker and union organizer, his work has appeared in The New York TimesSan Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation.

LORI FLORES (Grounds for Dreaming) teaches on the histories of Latinos in the United States, labor and immigration, the American working class, the US West, and the US-Mexico borderlands at SUNY Stony Brook.

DAWN MABALON (Little Manila Is in the Heart) is an associate professor of history at San Francisco State University whose research and teaching focuses on race and ethnicity, California and the West, and Philippine and Filipina/o American history.

GABRIEL THOMPSON (moderator) is an independent journalist who has written for SlateMother JonesHarper’s, and The Nation. His most recent book is America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century.