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Annelise Orleck will be speaking on her latest book, We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages (4/10)

On April 10th at 5:30 p.m.  in Taylor Hall Room 203, Annelise Orleck of Dartmouth College will be delivering the C. Mildred Thompson Lecture, talking on her latest book, We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages (2018).

Tracing a new labor movement sparked and sustained by low-wage workers from across the globe, We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now is an urgent, illuminating look at globalization as seen through the eyes of workers/activists: small farmers, fast-food servers, retail workers, hotel housekeepers, home-healthcare aides, airport workers, and adjunct professors who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage. With original photographs by Liz Cooke and drawing on interviews with activists in many US cities and countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines, it features stories of resistance and rebellion, as well as reflections on hope and change as it rises from the bottom up.

Orleck is the author of five books and co-editor of two: Her first book, Common Sense and A Little Fire: Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States, originally came out in 1995 and a second edition was published in 2017. Her other books include Soviet Jewish Americans (1999); Storming Caesars' Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty and Rethinking American Women's Activism (2014). She is co-editor of The Politics of Motherhood: Activist Voices from Left to Right (1997) and The War on Poverty, 1964-1980: A New Grassroots History (2011.)

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, March 6, 2019