2017
Reading List: 
Peter Shapiro, Song of the Stubborn One Thousand (Haymarket 2016), Frank Bardacke, "Watsonville: How the Strikers Won, The Year Left (Verso 1987)
Description: 
Discussion of the successful strike by 1,000 mainly Mexicana workers at the largest plant in what was, at the time, the "frozen food capital of the world." Song of the Stubborn One Thousand, Peter Shapiro's recently published history of the strike, serves as a point of departure for a discussion of the strike's implications today, including the importance of worker self-organization (a key element of the strike's success) and the need for a global strategy in labor struggles (the domestic frozen food industry would become a casualty of NAFTA after the strike).