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The Story of Ben Fletcher the Black Wobbly Dockworker Who Led the Most Powerful, Democratic Union of His Day with Peter Cole, author, Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly The discussion amidst a global pandemic makes a case for Fletcher's relevance to the most urgent political projects of the present. Fletcher, a Black man led an avowedly revolutionary union that forced corporations in Americas third-biggest city and fifth-largest port to deal with a union in which the great...
Topics: Industrial Workers of the World, Ben Fletcher, Peter Cole, Black Lives Matter
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Women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by the poverty wages allowed under our current minimum wage laws: 45% of women (74.2 million), 59.7% of Black people (23.7 million), 64.1% of Latinx people (38 million), 40.8% of Asian people (8 million), and 58.9 percent of Native and Indigenous people (2.14 million), living in the richest nation in the world, are poor or low-income. Their work on the frontlines during the pandemic must be recognized with an increase in the federal...
Topics: women workers, women's history month, women covid-19
 Is now a teachable moment for economists? with William Spriggs, Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Economics, Howard University & Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO Professor William Spriggs challenges his fellow economists, in reaction to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and slams what he sees as attempts to deny racial discrimination. Dr. Spriggs argues that economists should stop looking for a reason other than racism " some omitted variable " to account for...
Topics: black lives matter, income inequality African Americans
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Now we celebrate International Working Women's Day and Womens History Month from 1911 to 2021 " from The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 which led to International Women's Day our first stop is the protest to demand "Stop Liox/Wash Supply's union-busting campaign against immigrant laundry workers." The protesters also seek to highlight working-class solidarity, from NYC's laundry workers and the Hunts Point market workers in the Bronx, who inspired with their January strike --...
Topics: women's history month, women workers, laundry workers.
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We're off to the rally, steps away from Broadway shows shut down by spiking COVID, where workers are gathering to demand Amazon recognize the union being organized by the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) and that its roughly 750,000 US workers be free from Amazons terror tactics to stop their unionizing. Grueling peak season work requirements, sexual harassment and unsafe super-spreader conditions are fueling the union drive. Now, just moments before the rally is set to kick off we just the news that...
Topics: Amazon, labor uniions. COVID
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From the River to the Sea Palestine Must be Free " Free, Free Palestine! with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and author of The Hundred Years War on Palestine 73 years since the onset of the catastrophe, with Apartheid Israel having believed Palestinian memories would fade away, has witnessed unity and courage of a people unbowed, relentlessly fighting for their land and rights, and resisting the last of the colonial monsters. As in...
Topics: Al Nakba, Free Palestine
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Water is life, Protect The Wildlife Say Indigenous Activists Leading Thousands In Protest of Enbridges Tar Sands Line 3 Pipeline In Northern Minnesota with . Simone Senogles, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) an Anishinabe from the Red Lake Nation of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota . Angel Stevens, an Anishinaabe wild rice harvester and a member of the anti-pipeline Manoomin Camp . Silas Neeland, one of our youngest indigenous water protector warriors They screwed up our lake: tar sands...
Topics: Oil Pipelines and Environment, Indigenous People and the Environment
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Workers at all of Kellogg's U.S. Cereal Plants on Strike Say Make Sure There's No Snap, Crackle, Pop at Your Breakfast Table Calling for Consumer Boycott with Dan Osborn, who has worked at the Omaha Nebraska plant for 18 year The strike involves pay and benefit issues such as the loss of premium health care, holiday and vacation pay and reduced retirement benefits and creating an inherently racist two-tier system, that would create a transitional class of employees with lower pay and benefits....
Topic: Kellogs union
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Bezos Says Get Back, but Amazon Workers Continue to Fight Back Amazon fired Christian Smalls now hes leading a grassroots effort to unionize the fiercely anti-union colossus more than 5,000 workers in the Statin Island warehouses! with Christian Smalls fired and discriminated against Amazon worker leading the charge to unionize and Madeline Wesley, pro-union Amazon worker/organizer, at the Statin Island facility
Topics: Amazon, labor unions
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Six Poultry Workers Killed & Dozens Injured in Non-Union Georgia Plant Chemical Leak With Known Health & Safety Violations with Adam Obernauer, Director of Retail Organizing, the Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union "We cannot allow this to continue to happen. Workers' lives are not disposible." " We stand with the workers at this facility and countless others who need worker-led health and safety committees, to prevent needless injuries, or as we tragically saw...
Topics: Georgia poultry plant deaths, Amazon unions, black lives matter
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Part 1 of a 2 part program to be sent next week Alabama Striking Coal Miners, 4 Months on the Picket Line Say A Fair Contract Is A Matter of Life & Breath! with . Cecil Edward Roberts, Jr., Pres. of the United Mine Workers of America (UMA), a sixth-generation coal miner and one of the labor movements most stirring orators . Braxton Wright, striking coal miner . Haeden Wright, pres. of a local UMWA womens auxiliary unit For the first time in four decades, union mine workers in Alabama are...
Topics: Alabama coal strike, labor unions
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The novel coronavirus is having a sobering effect on the American economy, but its impact on Blacks has certainly exacerbated the already troubling wealth gap! with Duke professor William Sandy Darity Jr. is an American economist and researcher whose research spans economic history, development economics, and monetary theory, but the bulk of his research is devoted to inequality in the context of race. Hes the 'founder of stratification economics.' His varied research interests have also...
Topics: black lives matter, labor unions, race and class
How Capitalism Shapes the Multi-Racial Class Struggle with Prof. Nelson Lichtenstein Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the center for the study of work, labor and democracy brings an understanding of the issues and ideas, past and present that illuminate the nature of American capitalism to shape the multi-racial working class struggle. In the fighting spirit of May Day now Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win!
Topics: black lives matter, labor unions, occupational safety and health, temporary workers
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Seattle's Capitalists Bundles Of Cash & Red-Baiting have been Unable To Defeat Socialist, Seattle socialist, city council member Kshama Sawant Seattle socialist city councilwoman Kshama Sawant has been subject to repeated corporate-backed attempts to remove her from office and she just defeated yet another. Despite attacks from some of the worlds most powerful capitalists, Sawant isn't going anywhere.
Topics: Kishama Sawant, Seattle, socialism
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Building Bridges produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash Presents: The Supreme Court Licenses Deputizing Private Vigilantes To Control Womens Bodies: the Gutting of Roe v. Wade with Chelsea Wiggins, counsel the National Abortion Federation, to unite, represent, serve, and support abortion providers in delivering patient-centered, evidence-based care. The whole point of the rule of law, is to prevent vigilante justice, to have a sense of rules, rights, and obligations that cant be taken away by...
Topics: Abortions, Women Rights, Abortion law Texas
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JFK 8 Amazon Workers say dirtry company tactics won't stop their unionizing with . Natalie Monarrez, Amazon worker . Connor Spence, Amazon worker We want to change our relationship with the company and make it less of a dictatorship there and more of a partnership" said Connor Spence, who is a worker and union organizer, trying to form an established union call Amazon Labor Union.
Topics: black lives matter, Amazon union, Jeff Bezos
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Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey To A World Without Borders with Todd Miller, an activist and who has researched and written about border issues for twenty years. His works include Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security and his newest book Build Bridges, Not Walls! Todd Miller has been reporting from international border zones for over twenty-five years and takes us on a journey that...
Topics: U.S border, immigration, Central America
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A Building Bridges Juneteenth special We who believe in freedom cannot rest We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes Until the killing of black men, black mothers sons Is as important as the killing of white men, white mothers sons. Ellas Song, Sweet Honey in the Rock Dr. Tiffany Crutcher who joins us from the Juneteenth freedom festival in Tulsa. Dr. Tiffany Crutcher is the founder of the Terence Crutcher Foundation named after Her twin brother, Terence Crutcher, who was unarmed...
Topics: Juneteenth, Tulsa Race Massacre
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"SHE" Deserves More: Women in the Low-Wage Workforce During the Pandemic with  Shailly Gupta Barnes, Policy Director at the Kairos Center. She coordinated and edited Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America report for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival I was making $5/h... and got laid off around the start of the pandemic. They told me they didn't need me anymore because of the coronavirus. Our work has always been undervalued, underpaid and our rights have...
Topics: women workers, black lives matter
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Michelle Colon held a sign in one hand, KEEP YOUR LAWS OFF MY BODY & FIGHT FOR WOMENS RIGHTS while she used her other hand to create a barrier between anti-abortion street preacher Keith Dalton and abortion rights protesters in Jackson Mississippi. Michelle Colon, the founder of Mississippis SHERO (Sisters Helping Every Woman Rise and Organize) says aint no stopping them fighting against the medical biases that Black and Brown women face when seeking reproductive health, no matter what the...
Topics: Abortion Rights, Women's Rights
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Teamsters Vow to Unionize Amazon, Taking on an Anti-Union Behemoth with Sean OBrien, Teamsters for a Democratic Union supported candidate for the Presidency of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) O'Brien discusses his commitment for one of the nations largest unions, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to mount a nationwide effort to organize Amazons delivery and warehouse workers, declaring that the multibillion-dollar behemoth is an existential threat to workers...
Topics: Teamsters, Amazon, Sean O'Brien
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Support the Postal Workers, theyre on the job to save our postal service with Jonathan Smith, president of the NY Metro Postal Workers Union The battle over the future of the Postal Service, which was a focus of American political life last year, is still on. Corrupt and incompetent Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced in March (with the backing of the present Postal Board of Governors, headed by Chair Ron Bloom) a 10-year plan to remake the post office from a constitutionally mandated...
Topics: postal workers, postal service
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The Abolish ICE NY NJ Coalition Rallies to End Detentions, Stop ICE Transfers from Criminal Custody, Stop Deportations & Abolish ICE! Migrant detainees, on hunger strike and recently released hunger strikers who were detained in Hudson County Jail and Buffalo Federal Detention Facility facing deportation tell their harrowing stories. 
Topics: Immigration, refugees, deportation, ICE
Now a celebratory moment as the powerful Teamsters Union prepares to usher in a new era of union democracy for the rank-and-file members and says its prepared to struggle and win against the bosses war on the workers. Celebrating the Teamsters united victory, well hear from Fred Zuckerman, newly elected general president and then well speak with the legendary Ken Paff Teamsters for a democratic union national organizer and Antoine Andrews, lead shop steward from teamsters local 804 representing...
Topics: Teamsters Union, Labor Unions
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 Supreme Court Decision Subjects Farmworkers to Latest Harvest of Shame with Hugh Baran, Staff Attorney, National Employment Law Project Legendary journalist Edward R. Murrows HARVEST OF SHAME is among the most famous television documentaries of all time. This long-acclaimed 1960 expos on the plight of migrant farm workers portrayed with brutally honest depictions the working conditions, the living conditions that, as Murrow remarks, "wrong the dignity of man. Now by a 6-3 vote along...
Topics: farmworkers union, SCOTUS farmworkers
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Wildfires, Droughts, Heatwaves, Floods, and how Labor is Stepping Up to the Plate to Fight Climate Breakdown There has never been a better or more critical time to invest in climate action and, address longstanding racial and economic inequality say organizers of the Climate Jobs Summit. The climate summit will brought together the newly established state Climate Jobs coalitions, labor leaders, union climate activists, environmental and environmental justice advocates, clean-energy developers,...
Topics: climate change unions, environment & unions
Silence is Not an Option: Rev. William Barber draws connections between global systems of oppression from militarism to racism to classism and hammers home the importance of solidarity with Palestine with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign and president of Repairers of the Breach   Says Rev. Barber, “The Palestinian experience is one we can relate to through our own moral and spiritual experience. We have to address the displacement of native people...
Topics: Rev. Barber Palestine, Save the Post Office, Tulsa Race Massacre
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While the RWDSU challenges Amazons roadblocks to its unionization drive at Amazons Bessemer Alabama warehouse we cant help but think how different the outcome would be if the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act was the law! with Pro-Union Workers, Bessemer Alabama Amazon Warehouse with Brandon Magner, labor lawyer and who writes about unions and the law at Substack, Labor Law Lite While Amazon has left no stone unturned in its efforts to gaslight its own employees. We wont let Amazons...
Topics: Amazon union, RWDSU, black lives matter
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Global migration expert Oscar Chacon on the Root Causes of Latinx Migration and U.S. Foreign Policy Oscar Chacon, Ex. Dir. of Alianza Americas, a network of migrant-led organizations working in the US and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America discusses the often overlooked structural constraint related to immigration patterns, that is the US political and economic involvement in the country of...
Topics: Alianza Americas, Temporary Protected Status VP Harris, immigration
Silence is Not an Option: Rev. William Barber draws connections between global systems of oppression from militarism to racism to classism and hammers home the importance of solidarity with Palestine with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor Peoples Campaign and president of Repairers of the Breach Says Rev. Barber, The Palestinian experience is one we can relate to through our own moral and spiritual experience. We have to address the displacement of native people wherever they...
Topics: Israel apartheid, Rev. Barber, Tulsa Race Massacre, Palestine liberation
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This is Part 1 of a 2 part program. Part 2 will be featured next week. "We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest Until It Comes" O, let America be America again " The land that never has been yet " And yet must be " the land where every man is free. (Langston Hughes) Dr. Brian Jones, Dir. of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, discusses the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021 - we must worker harder, organize better, to decolonize our minds, reveal...
Topics: capital insurrection, Donald Trump, black lives matter
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Mumia on the Pacifica Bylaws Amendment
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Whatever happened to the 8-hour day, ask immigrant woman home attendants doing 24-hour shifts? Margaret Lee, organizer with the Aint I a Woman Campaign and Prof. Shirley Lung, former Dir. of the Center for Immigrants Rights and author of Criminalizing Work and Non-Work: The Disciplining of Immigrant and African American Workers demand that those benefiting the most from sweatshop labor are held accountable"whether in garment factories, home healthcare, or offices. A century after Sojourner...
Topics: working women, home care attendants, Asian Americans
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NYTimes Kicks Its Tech Workers To The Streets Over Fight To Unionize " with Nora Keller, NYTimes Product Manager, union organizer Hey, if the New York Times claims to print all the news thats fit to print why do you think they failed to publish an article about their own tech staff walking off their jobs over the newspaper publishers illegal efforts to stymie their unionization campaign!
Topics: NY Times, New Guild, Tech Guild
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Now were off to the Pro Act Holiday Tour to Stop Scrooge Bosses Infringing Workers Right to Unionize! At the last leg of the national pro act holiday tour rally Our Revolution field director, and national pro act holiday tour organizer Mike Oles told us that pro act is the most important labor law since FDR, since the 1930s, thats the Protecting the Right to Organize Act popularly called the PRO Act. Lets find out why the PRO Act is so important and what it would do for workers ,
Topics: pro act, labor unions, unions
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Tell US AG Merrick Garland Drop the Charges Against Journalist Assange If extradited to the United States, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would face 175 years in prison for exposing evidence of U.S. war crimes and the chilling of a free press might never thaw out with Majorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, member of the bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Cohn testified before Congress about...
Topics: Julian Assange, Amazon union
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Insurgent Supremacists The Rights Wings Challenge to State and Empire We are joined by Matthew Lyons who has been studying and writing about right wing politics for over 25 years and focuses on and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals and the state.
Topics: Trump elections, black lives matter, capital insurrection
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Another Tale of Two Classes!  While SCOTUS Paves the Way To Evict  Tens of Thousands of Tenants Declaring Pandemic-Related Economic  Hardship, Global Billionaires See $5.5 Trillion Pandemic Wealth Surge with  Omar Ocampo, researcher Institute for Policy Studies A one-off 99 percent levy on billionaires’ wealth gains during the pandemic  could pay for everyone on Earth to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and  provide a $20,000 cash grant to all unemployed workers, according to new ...
Topics: corona virus, inequality
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Luis Angel Reyes Savalza, an immigration attorney, himself undocumented and who was arrested for demanding the release of people in state prisons and immigration jails, calling the situation really alarming, rips the Democratic Party for 35 years of failed promises, and now excluding a path to citizenship from the Budget Reconciliation Bill and leaving 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. 
Topics: road to citizenship, undocumented immigrants, immigration
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A 55 minutes 57 seconds Building Bridges Special for Women’s History Month Fannie Lou Hamer: Her Song on the Road to Freedom, a one woman play written, performed and song by the magnificent MZuri Moyo Aimbaye. Fannie Lou Hamer started picking cotton at age six and was forced to leave school at  12 to work full time.  Rather than defeat her this would strengthen her resolve for the empowerment of her people and  foretold her becoming  the mother of the voting rights movement in the...
Topics: Fannie Lou Hamer, voting rights, black lives matter