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Compelling photojournalism, immigrant rights discussion panel coming to Washington State History Museum

On Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 5:30-8 p.m., the Washington State History Museum will host a discussion panel titled “The Fight in the Fields: Migrant Workers Fight for Their Rights in Washington State,” followed by a gallery tour. These events are free to attend and open to the public.

The discussion panel is held in conjunction with In “Washington’s Fields: Photographs by David Bacon,” featuring the captivating work of this photo journalist, author, activist and organizer. Following the panel conversation, Bacon will lead a tour through the exhibition, which opens Feb. 1 and is on view through May 10. 

While the people in Bacon’s photographs are integral to the process of putting food on tables throughout our country, their daily lives are often unseen. This selection of photographs conveys the struggles and hopes of individuals working in farm fields across eastern Washington, the challenges they face, and their efforts to organize to improve their conditions. A skilled storyteller and analyst, Bacon has also written books on this subject. 

The panel has been organized by Dr. Michael Honey, University of Washington Tacoma’s Haley Professor of Humanities and Labor Solidarity Project Chair. In addition to Bacon, panelists include Rosalinda Guillen, director of Community2Community, which helped workers organize at Sakuma Farms; Ramon Torres, president of the new farm workers union Familias Unidas por la Justicia; and UWT Associate Professor Vanessa deVeritch Woodside.  Farm workers and community members will also participate in the conversation about worker and immigrant rights in Washington State.

According to Honey, “Immigrant’s and worker’s rights can hardly be separated in today’s climate of racism and repression at the border and in the notorious detention centers of ICE in Tacoma and elsewhere. This exhibit and discussion are designed to shine a light on the continuing struggle of farm workers for a degree of dignity and justice.”

David Bacon will also give an opening talk at University of Washington Tacoma in BB 104 from 12:30-1:20 p.m. on Feb. 11, open to the community and free of charge.

EVENTS

Seminar, photojournalist/activist/organizer David Bacon at UWT:Tuesday, Feb. 11, 12:30-1:20 p.m., University of Washington, room BB 104, free and open to the public.

Discussion panel: “The Fight in the Fields: Migrant Workers Fight for Their Rights in Washington State,” Tuesday, Feb. 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Included with museum admission, and free for WSHS members.

Gallery tour, “In Washington’s Fields: Photographs by David Bacon led by Bacon,” photojournalist/author/activist/organizer, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7-8 p.m., Washington State History Museum.

Exhibition on view: “In Washington’s Fields: Photographs by David Bacon,” Saturday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, May 10, Washington State History Museum, included with museum admission, free for WSHS members, free from 3-8 p.m. on third Thursdays.

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