Maria Bustillos is a journalist and critic living in Los Angeles.

The New Heartland: “We’re Like the India of the U.S.”

Q&A with Rob England

Rob England, the statewide political coordinator for the Communication Workers of America, has an easy laugh and a perceptive expression; he is 31 with dark hair, a plaid shirt and a neatly trimmed short beard. I interviewed him on Thursday at Dagny’s, an unassumingly cool downtown Bakersfield coffee house that serves good coffee in colorful, mismatched ceramic mugs.