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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kim Bobo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Bobo lives in the Roger's Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author is Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice. Previously, Ms. Bobo was a trainer at the Midwest Academy and Director of Organizing for Bread for the World.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid-And What We Can Do About It
ISBN: 1595584455

The New Press. 2008

In what has been described as “the crime wave no one talks about,” billions of dollars worth of wages are stolen from millions of workers in the United States every year—a grand theft that exceeds every other larceny category. Even the Economic Policy Foundation, a business-funded think tank, has estimated that companies annually steal an incredible $19 billion in unpaid overtime. The scope of these abuses is staggering, but activists, unions, and policy makers—along with everyday Americans in congregations and towns across the country—have begun to take notice.

While the first edition of Wage Theft in America documented the scope of the problem, this new edition adds the latest research on wage theft and tells what community, religious, and labor activists are now doing to address the crisis—from passing state and local wage-theft bills to establishing mayoral task forces and tapping agencies that help low-wage workers in spotting wage theft. Offering a sweeping analysis of the crisis, citing hard-hitting statistics and heartbreaking first-person accounts of exploitation at the hands of employers, this new and updated edition of Wage Theft in America offers concrete solutions and a road map& for putting an end to this insidious practice.

Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists
ISBN: 092976594X

Seven Locks Pr. 2001

This manual is for grassroots activists seeking social, political, environmental and economic change at all levels of organization ->local, state and national. The handbook has been used by Midwest Academy since 1973 in its organizing and activism seminars. Central to the Academy and the manual are three guiding principles: that for people to organize and seek change effectively they must win real improvements in peoples' lives, get a sense of their own power, and alter the relations of power. The main topics presented in the handbook are direct action organizing, organizing skills, and sources of support for organizing. The new edition was inspired by the transition into a new millennium, which prompted a new awareness of the need to bring activists from diverse movements into a unified whole. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Lives Matter: A Handbook for Christian Organizing
ISBN: 0934134871

Sheed & Ward. 1986

This book is drawn from eleven years of experience in organizing on hunger. It is meant to assist the many committed volunteers organizing across the country. Although directed to Christians organizing on hunger, this book also should be useful to Christians organizing on other social justice concerns. Many of the techniques and approaches for starting and maintaining a group, public speaking, lobbying elected leaders, and using the media hold true no matter what issue is addressed. It should also be helpful for organizers who do not come from a faith perspective, but work extensively within Christian communities.

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