Author Event on Friday, June 14 , 7 PM
Ten Years of Work and Struggle in the Fields of California
Bruce Neuburger will discuss his book on the history of the powerful farm workers movement that surged out of the fields beginning in 1965, what became of that movement, and the situation of California farmworkers today.
"Bruce Neuburger's Lettuce Wars adds a new and carefully observed chapter to the farm labor saga in Steinbeck country during the Chavez years. The author details the exhausting work, low pay, strikes, and setbacks as well as his encounters with key union leaders and the friendships that sustained him. But don't mistake Lettuce Wars for an ethnography or regional history. It's the story of Neuburger's real life in a notoriously hardscrabble labor market, one that seemed like a vestige a generation ago but now serves as the default model in a new era of global neoliberalism. If you've ever felt that we're all 'casual labor' now, Lettuce Wars is the book for you."
--Peter Richardson, author of A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America
Think about how our food is produced, who does it and under what conditions. And the most basic question: how can it be that we live in a world in which there is no right to eat? What might all this look like under different conditions in a revolutionary society? Check out this excerpt from a talk by Bob Avakian.