The Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice would like to thank the many individuals and organizations who gave their time, space and expertise to the project, particularly the courageous women and men who agreed to share their stories. This report would not have been possible without their participation.

Church leaders, union members, small business owners and other community leaders provided invaluable assistance by identifying areas for outreach and providing secure spaces to hold community discussions and interviews. We hope that our work builds on the longstanding efforts of the many workers, medical researchers and members of the labor movement who have dedicated their lives and careers to protecting the health and safety of workers everywhere. We owe a great debt for their insight, analysis and inspiration.

Special thanks are due to the dedicated interview team for their long hours spent listening carefully, and also to Micah Gell-Redman, José Aguilar, Charlotte Sanders Alexander, Leah Lotto, Jeremy Blasi, Scott Nova, and the supporters of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice.


author • tom fritzsche

editors • jamie kizzire, booth gunter

project coordinators • meredith cabell,
shay farley, tom fritzsche

interviewers • tom fritzsche, leigh ann webster, janet sosa, meredith cabell, nancy cole, verónica bustabad, shay farley, kristi graunke, jan lanier, amara nickerson, zayne smith, naomi tsu, elise mccaffrey, david morales, carly stadum, and nicole sykes 

statistical analysis • professor ed pappanastos, chair, division of information systems and quantitative methods, troy university, sorrell college of business

additional writing and editing • christina iturralde, shay farley

additional research • kristin donovan, leigh ann webster

transcription • verónica bustabad, jennifer hand, michael krombach, zach mollengarden, matthew myrick, and caty o’quinn

translation • gloria lima

designer • crystal jeffers

                                                     design director • russell estes

To view this report online, visit www.splcenter.org
or www.alabamaappleseed.org