Ana Juárez started her first job at the age of fifteen, as a sewing operator’s assistant in Mexico. She was working at a local contracting company of global brands like Levi Strauss & Co. when senior workers began to organize.
When people tell their own stories, history is written from the bottom up.
Clive Porabou was born on the Pacific island of Bougainville. Transnational mining company Rio Tinto was beginning to dig the world’s largest open-pit copper mine, displacing native residents. Armed conflict started even before excavation began.
While manufacturing circuit boards for Samsung, Hye-kyeong Han was diagnosed with a brain tumor, leading her to undergo a number of surgeries and radiation treatments. She was just 26 years old.
In North Carolina, when school gets out each summer, a stream of young people—nearly all Latino—head into the fields to help bring in the state’s most profitable crop: tobacco. Neftali Cuello was twelve years old when she first accompanied her family into the fields.
After dozens of interviews, the guiding question of this oral history project shifted from, “Who are the people in the factories?” to, “How are workers and communities putting their futures at risk when they demand something better?”
A journey into agriculture, from early irrigation to industrial farms.
A journey into the garment industry, from Elizabethan England to Rana Plaza.
A journey into the electronics industry, from transistor radios to semiconductor suicides.
A journey into resource extraction, from colonization to transnational corporations.