Past Event

Wage Theft in America with Kim Bobo

During the recent Chicago sit-in by workers at Republic Windows and Doors, wage theft in America grabbed national headlines. Join us as Kim Bobo, Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice, discusses her new book, Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid-And What We Can Do About It. This program will be moderated by Sanhita SinhaRoy, managing editor of In These Times.

Bobo argues that every year billions of dollars’ worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers, a grand theft that exceeds every other larceny category on record annually. In today’s economy, this crime affects more Americans than ever before. Bobo’s book is an incisive manual for activists, workers, and concerned citizens on how to prevent flagrant exploitation of America’s working people and includes a sweeping analysis of the crisis, hard-hitting statistics, and heart-breaking first-person accounts.

This event is co-sponsored by The Public Square, the Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues, Interfaith Worker Justice, In These Times, and the Chicago Public Library.

More About Kim Bobo and Sanhita SinhaRoy:

Kim Bobo is the Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice and a columnist for Religion Dispatches.  Prior to founding Interfaith Worker Justice, she was a trainer for the Midwest Academy and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World. She is the author of Lives Matter: A Handbook for Christian Organizing and the co-author (with Jackie Kendall and Steve Max) of Organizing for Social Change, the most widely used manual on progressive activism in the country. Her new book, Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid- And What We Can Do About It, is the first and only book to document the wage theft crisis in the nation and propose practical solutions for addressing it.

Sanhita SinhaRoy joined In These Times in 2007 as managing editor. She worked previously as editor of the Progressive Media Project in Madison, Wis., where she solicited, edited and distributed op-ed articles from groups underrepresented in the mainstream media. Sanhita has served as a union steward for the UAW Local 2320 in Madison, and has been a member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, the Asian American Journalists Association and other professional groups. Her commentaries have been published in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the Baltimore Sun, Detroit Free Press, and Houston Chronicle, among others.


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