Meet Bruce Neuburger and Ann Aurelia Lopez
"Lettuce Wars & California farmworkers in the 1960s – 1970s and the fields today"
Bruce Neuburger, author of the new book Lettuce Wars: Ten Years of Work and Struggle in the Fields of California, and Dr. Ann Aurelia Lopez, author of The Farmworkers’ Journey will discuss both the history of the powerful movement that surged out of the fields beginning in 1965, what became of that movement, and the situation of California farmworkers today as well as the prospects for the future. Think about how our food is produced, who does it and under what conditions and what it might look like under different conditions or in a different society. And bring your thoughts to this discussion: presentations followed by Q and A.
what people are saying about Lettuce Wars, published by Monthly Review Press:
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 and American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams.
Inspired by the worldwide movements of his time, college educated Bruce Neuburger in concert with his beliefs lived a decade of commitment as an anti-Vietnam War participant and as a "lechuguero" in the agricultural fields of the Pajaro and Salinas valleys ... highly recommend reading his memoir.---Sid A. Valledor, Author of The Original Writings of Philip Vera Cruz