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Richard J Margolis Award

About Richard J. Margolis

Career Highlights

selected articles

Selected New Leader Columns

Reports & Monographs

Op-Ed Pieces & Book Reviews

 

Past Winners

2016
David Denver Robinson

 

2015
Daniel Hernandez

 

2014
Blaire Briody

 

2013
Patrick Arden

 

2012
Inara Verzemnieks

 

2011
Sabine Heinlein

 

2010
Doug Hunt

 

2009
Joe Wilkins

 

2008
Gabriel Thompson

 

2007
Stephanie Griest

 

2006
Marie myung-ok lee

 

2005
Kisha Lewellyn

 

2004
Nelson smith

 

2003
John Bowe

 

2002
Iyesatta Massaquoi

 

2001
Otis Haschemeyer

 

2000
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

 

1999
Susan Parker

 

1998
Laura Distelheim

 

1997
Julie Lasky

 

1996
E.J. Graff

 

1995
Josip Novakovich

 

1994
Maggie Dubris

 

1993
Judith Levine

 

1992
Richard Manning

 

Gabriel Thompson

 

Gabriel ThompsonGabriel Thompson's work with Mexican immigrants as a community organizer inspired him to labor among them and write about their lives. After four years as a community organizer working primarily with recently arrived Mexican immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, Thompson began researching a narrative nonfiction book that became There's No Josť Here: Following the Hidden Lives of Mexican Immigrants (Nation Books, 2007).  Later in 2007, Nation Books published Thompson's second book, Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Save Our Democracy.   While working on the two books, Thompson wrote a number of articles about the immigrant experience for publications including New York, The Nation, The New York Times and In These Times

 

Thompson' third book, Working in the Shadows, (published January, 2010) offers a first-hand look at the lives of low-wage Latinos.  In researching the book, Thompson spent a year in locations across the country working alongside immigrants in three industries dominated by immigrant labor: agriculture, poultry processing and food delivery.

 

"My hope with the book is to provide the most intimate look at immigrant work to date, a version of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed for the Mexican immigrant," says Thompson.  "Amidst the ongoing and heated national debate over immigration reform, my book will give Americans an unvarnished look at the jobs that immigrants perform, and perhaps introduce a new level of empathy, causing them to assess a bit more value to the role that they play in supporting our economy."