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The Right to Stay Home

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The Right to Stay Home by David Bacon
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Sep 02, 2014 | ISBN 9780807061213

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“An important contribution to the current immigration debate.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Americans mostly think of immigration in terms of its impact on the US. David Bacon’s work reminds us that migration has a profound impact on the places migrants leave from, just as surely as it does on the places they go to. He argues persuasively that the right not to migrate cannot be divorced from immigrant rights. The heart of his work is in human stories, and this book validates its ideas with vivid testimony, in migrants’ own words, from those most affected.” —John W. Wilhelm, president of UNITE HERE!

“Bacon’s book, which is enhanced by 11 personal narratives, will help readers gain a significantly more sophisticated understanding of the context and on-the-ground reality of undocumented migrants in the U.S.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Combining evocative personal narratives with penetrating geopolitical analysis, this compelling book vividly reveals the devastating effects on Mexico of the global class war of the past decades and their impact on the United States. Perhaps the most striking demand of the victims is ‘the right to not migrate,’ the right to live with dignity and hope, bitterly attacked under the neoliberal version of globalization.” —Noam Chomsky
“A must-read for organizers, immigrant advocates, policy wonks, and citizens who care about our history and values as a nation. This book puts a human face on the immigration debate, its impact on people on both sides of the border, and the indispensable elements of real comprehensive immigration reform—who got us into this mess and what we need to do to fix it.” —Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union and former vice president of the United Farm Workers

Table Of Contents

Introduction ix
From Perote to Tar Heel
Pushing People out of Veracruz  1
Smithfield Goes to Mexico  4
And Veracruz Migrants Come to the United States  10
The Union Campaign in Tar Heel  14
Demands for Change, on Both Sides of the Border  18
A Union for Tobacco Workers  22

Narrative One. You Don’t Need to Be a Doctor or Scientist
to Smell the Stench: The Story of Fausto Limon 31

Narrative Two. We’re Here Because of the Economic Crisis:
The Story of David Ceja and Guadalupe Marroquin 35

Cursed by Gold or Blessed by Corn
Communities Resist Canadian Mining Companies  41
Killings in San Jose del Progreso  47
Oaxacans Debate Poverty and Migration  53
A Government Committed to the Right to Not Migrate?  61
Can the Triquis Go Home?  71

Narrative Three. If We Don’t Attack the Roots
of Migration, It Will Continue to Grow:
The Story of Rufino Dominguez 82

Narrative Four. We Want to Talk about the Right
to Stay Home: The Story of Aldo Gonzalez 93
The Right to a Union Means the Right to Stay Home
Mexican Miners Resist Repression and Poverty  98
Labor Law Reform a Boss Could Love  104
Calderon Goes to War with the SME  113
Migration and Cross-Border Labor Solidarity  122
Narrative Five. We’re Fighting for Our Right to Keep on
Living in Cananea: The Story of Jacinto Martinez 130
Narrative Six. No Matter What the Result, We Will Continue
to Resist: The Story of Humberto Montes de Oca 135
Defending the Human Rights of Migrants
Special Courtrooms for Immigrants  142
Bush Ties Workplace Raids to Immigration Reform  146
Myths and Realities of Enforcement  153
Mississippi Resists Political Raids and Anti-Immigrant Bills  158
Utah’s Immigration Bills: A Blast from the Past  170
Narrative Seven. They Pay Us a Wage That Barely Allows Us
to Make a Living: The Story of Lucrecia Camacho 177
Narrative Eight. We Made Them Millions of Dollars:
The Story of Lupe Chavez 184
Fighting the Firings
Mass Firings: The Obama Administration’s Workplace Enforcement Policy  188
The Firings Spread, along with Resistance  195
Protest Tactics Cross the Border  204
Marching Away from the Cold War  211
Narrative Nine. This Law Is Very Unjust:
The Story of Teresa Mina 220
Narrative Ten. When We Speak You Hear a Roar:
The Story of Keith Ludlum and Terry Slaughter 223
Human Beings or Just Workers?
How Do You Say Justice in Mixteco?  230
Something Less Than Citizens  238
Enforcing Labor Rights for Border Crossers  247
Canada’s “Model” Guest Worker Program  253
The Pitfalls of Regulating Guest Worker Programs  261
Narrative Eleven. The Future Doesn’t Exist for Us Here:
The Story of Miguel Huerta 270
The Right to Not Migrate and Radical Reform 273
Challenging the Washington, DC, Consensus  274
The Right to Not Migrate Is a Social Movement  283
Acknowledgments  288
Sources  289
Index  292

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