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David Bacon, writer, photographer, and former union organizer visited the IUSB campus in November where he had two successful presentations. He is author of numerous books, including  Illegal People—How Globalization Creates Migration, and, Criminalizes Immigrants and The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Migration.

  • 4th Annual South Bend Sings for Labor
    When:  Monday April 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM
    Where: Fiddler's Hearth South Bend.

Sing FyerOn Monday April 30 Fiddler’s Hearth in South Bend will host the 4th Annual South Bend Sings for Labor at 8:00 pm.   This event, honoring Workers History Month and May Day was developed by Paul Mishler, Professor of Labor Studies at IUSB to bring together the lively acoustic music community and the labor and social justice communities.  In the United States, Joe Hill, Aunt Molly Jackson, Florence Reece, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger who sang songs about social justice and labor rights helped create the singer/songwriter tradition.  This tradition was continued in the 1960s by Joan Baez, Phil Ochs and others, and today continues with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Anne Feeny and Holly Near. This tradition also developed a strong presence in Latin America as the Nueva Cancion (New Song) movement of the 1960s and 1970s with such singers as the Cubans Sylvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes, the Argentinian Mercedes Sosa, the Puerto Rican Roy Brown and the vocal groups Quilapayun and Inti-Illimani from Chile.

Each year, for the past four years local singers have gathered to use their voices and their instruments to carry on this tradition. This year singers include Baily Williams, Jane Pellauchaud, Anival Fausto, the Groups Milk and Bread and Acoustic Justice and of course, David James, Michiana’s constant voice for labor and social justice.

All are welcome! Bring your Labor Hearts and Voices.

For more information contact:

Paul Mishler (   520-4469