Gabriel Thompson is a journalist and author in Oakland. He is the author of America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century (University of California Press), Working in the Shadows (Nation Books), and There’s No José Here (Nation Books). His most recent book is Chasing the Harvest, an oral history collection from California’s fields.
Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.
Without its lifeline, a stream of federal aid, Lemoore is in crisis mode—and residents of all political stripes are united in outrage.
Industry leaders and their Senate allies are trying to kill reforms protecting immigrant workers.
Yes, a small minority of protesters destroyed property, but the vast majority were nonviolent in their general strike against corporate greed.
In less than two weeks, Occupy Oakland went from its first public action to calling for a city-wide general strike.