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David Bacon on Migration and Globalization

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Award-winning author and photojournalist David Bacon spoke here in D.C. last night at the AFL-CIO about his new book Illegal People: How globalization creates migration and criminalizes immigrants.

Bacon is emphasizing the need to frame the immigration debate in this country within its larger context (economic globalization).  It's globalization that is the cause of so many people having to migrate in the first place.  If earlier migrants (i.e. people already here in the U.S. whose families migrated in previous generations) understand the reason why people in other countries are having to come here now, I think we will be able to have a more rational debate about how to create more humane policies and reduce human suffering all around.  Globalization and immigration are different parts of the same story.  To speak of one without the other is to give only a partial telling of that story. 

Guest Work: A Graduate in Ghana

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I apologize if I'm bombarding everyone with too much rich content at once, but I know if I hold off on these guest works any longer I'll just forget to post them. 

Kia Alexander, originally from Oakland, CA, is a good friend of mine from college.  Instead of following the herd of undergraduates that go into finance, she decided to go her own way and has ended up in Ghana.  She sent me an email update from there and I asked her if I could publish it on Citizen Orange. The only way to solve the problems associated with is through a global perspective and Kia certainly provides that.  Below is the email.
I have two pieces of guest work that I wanted to publish on Citizen Orange, but I haven't gotten around to doing it until now.

This first piece is a poem by a local activist in Arkansas, Michael Ogelsby.  I met Ogelsby through email and another important migrant rights activist, Dorinda Moreno.  Instead of introducing Michael Ogelsby, I'll just lead off with his poem, which was the first I knew of him.

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