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Editor and award-winning journalist Gabriel Thompson discusses the latest Voice of Witness book, Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture. Gabriel will be joined by one of the book's narrators, Oscar Ramos, who grew up in a family of migrant farmworkers and is now a teacher in East Salinas, the heart of the city’s farmworker community.
About Voice of Witness
Voice of Witness (VOW) is a San Francisco-based non-profit that promotes human rights and dignity by amplifying the voices of people impacted by injustice. Through their oral history book series and education program, they foster a more nuanced, empathy-based understanding of human rights crises. Learn more at voiceofwitness.org.
Praise for Voice of Witness
“To read a Voice of Witness book is to feel one’s habitual sense of disconnection begin to fall away.”—George Saunders, author of The Tenth of December
“[Voice of Witness] books are amazing... beautifully produced, with incredible editing and literary sensibility. Voice of Witness has done a better job than I’ve seen anybody do with having people tell their stories in a way that really engages you.”—Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
“The Voice of Witness series is a megaphone for our country’s most marginalized voices.”—Van Jones, former special advisor to the Obama White House, author of Rebuilding the Dream
About Chasing the Harvest
The Grapes of Wrath brought national attention to the condition of California’s migrant farmworkers in the 1930s. Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers’ grape and lettuce boycotts captured the imagination of the United States in the 1960s and ’70s. Yet today, the stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California’s fields—one third of the nation’s agricultural work force—are rarely heard, despite the persistence of wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and uncertain futures. This book of oral histories makes the reality of farm work visible in accounts of hardship, bravery, solidarity, and creativity in California’s fields, as real people struggle to win new opportunities for future generations.
Lives from an invisible community--the migrant farmworkers of the United States
Founded by Dave Eggers, Lola Vollen, and Mimi Lok, Voice of Witness has amplified the stories of hundreds of people impacted by some of the most crucial human rights crises of our time, including men and women living under oppressive regimes in Burma, Colombia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe; public housing residents and undocumented workers in the United States; and exploited workers around the globe.
The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has been one of the world's most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises for over four decades. In this oral history collection, men and women from Palestineincluding a fisherman, a settlement administrator, and a marathon runnerdescribe in their own words how their lives have been shaped by the historic crisis.
The men and women in "Invisible Hands" reveal the human rights abuses occurring behind the scenes of the global economy.