Monthly Archives: September 2015

WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, Sept.28

On Monday, Sept. 28, The Labor Forum, WRFG 89.3FM, will discuss two important events happening in Atlanta this week.

The final negotiating session for the secret, corporate power grab trade deal that is known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be held in Atlanta. The impact of the TPP will severely undermine worker rights, food safety, environmental regulations and principles of democratic governance.

Melinda St. Louis from Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and Neil Sardana, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, will talk about the danger of the TPP and the Oct. 1 day of protest in Atlanta.

Yvonne Robinson, Secretary-Treasurer, of the Georgia AFL-CIO, will be the guest from 4:30-5pm to talk about “misclassification” and the hearings on pending legislation to correct this attack on workers’ pay, benefits and working conditions. Employers in multiple fields use this deceptive practice of labeling their workers “independent contractors,” making them ineligible for unemployment and workers compensation benefits. Despite working for companies for years, they are not treated as “employees,” and have to pay their own social security taxes and often bear the expense of the equipment needed to do the job. Port truck drivers, home healthcare workers, limo drivers and construction workers are just some of affected by this “misclassification.”.

Tune in from 4-5pm to The Labor Forum on 89.3FM every Monday, online at http://www.wrfg.org, on mobile Apps and watch the program on The Labor Forum YouTube channel where programs are archived in video and audio.

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#StopTPP Rally on Thurs, Oct 1

It’s do-or-die time on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We need your help in Atlanta ensuring it’s the latter.

Trade ministers from throughout the Pacific Rim are meeting at a fancy hotel in downtown Atlanta next week as part of a last-ditch effort to complete the TPP negotiations. They’re getting close, but we can stop them. If we do, and the Atlanta round fails, many believe the TPP could be knocked off track indefinitely.

It’s not just us saying that. Just days ago, Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said that if the Atlanta TPP round fails to deliver a finished pact, “there is a risk that an agreement will be put off for years.”

The TPP threatens the economy, environment and public health at home and abroad — and we now have a real shot to stop that. Very rarely do protests have the potential for immediate results as this one.

We need your help mobilizing as many people as possible to Atlanta. This is the main event…

Atlanta Mobilization to #StopTPP
Thursday, October 1 • 12:00 noon AND 5:00 – 7:00pm
Woodruff Park • International Peace Fountain (Map: bit.ly/ATLStopTPPMap)
Peachtree St & Auburn Ave • Downtown Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta #StopTPP Coalition calls on all allies across the US and the world to join us on Oct 1st to #StopTPP!

Schedule:
Make Some Noise #StopTPP Rally: 12 – 2 pm
#StopTPP Mass Rally: 5 – 7 pm

Gather for Rallies At: Woodruff Park – International Peace Fountain
Peachtree St & Auburn Ave • Downtown Atlanta, GA (Map: bit.ly/ATLStopTPPMap)

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks are coming to Atlanta in an effort to finalize the pro-corporate deal, the Atlanta #StopTPP Coalition and the broader Atlanta community says, “No Way!” We as citizens in the global community won’t stand for a wholesale auction of our rights, our freedoms, and our democracy to multinational corporations who put profits over people.

Community members and concerned citizens from labor, faith, youth, senior, environment, LGBT, and others are coming together and inviting all within our United States and the global community to draw a line in the sand in Atlanta and to demand that the TPP shall not pass!

We will not stand for the TPP corrupting our democracy and eliminating our rights by putting corporations such as Walmart, Chevron, Cargill, and McDonalds in greater control of our daily lives leading us into a global race to the bottom. The undemocratic and secretive TPP would threaten good jobs, public services, access to affordable life-saving medicines, the environment and our climate, consumer health and safety and much more in our communities across the world.

We call on all allies across the world to join the Atlanta community on Oct 1st as we take on the TPP! We shall not be moved, we shall #StopTPP!

RSVP on Facebook: bit.ly/ATLStopTPP

Regional Transportation Info: tinyurl.com/ATLStopTPPTransportation

I know this is a last-minute call to action, and that many of you live far away. This is important enough that I’m asking you to do your best to be there anyhow. If you’re thinking about coming from a distance, you can click here to request information about possible carpools and caravans from throughout the region. If you’re in or near Atlanta, you can also sign up here for additional information about TPP resistance efforts taking place over the coming week.

Whether or not you can make it, you can make a real difference by spreading the word about the protest. Please share this Facebook invitation and click here to Tweet about the Atlanta TPP protests.

Many thanks,

Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director
CITIZENS TRADE CAMPAIGN

Online: citizenstrade.org
Twitter: @citizenstrade

WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, Sept 21, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 21, The Labor Forum, 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM will speak with Atlanta activists about two issues of importance to working people and their families — the killing of unarmed men, women and children, particularly people of color, by police and the forced displacement and destruction of working class neighborhoods by gentrification and upscale development.
At 4:15pm, our guest will be Xavier Best with SCLC Youth and member of the DeKalb County Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability
The deaths of Kevin Davis, Anthony Hill and Troy Robinson at the hands of DeKalb police has produced citizen demands for real change in policing procedures and tactics. Xavier Best will talk about the groups that are involved and the actions being taken by the Coalition.
From 4:30-5pm, The Labor Forum audience will hear from the residents of Peoplestown, a historic neighborhood of the city’s Black working class, who are facing forced removal from their homes and their demolition under the guise of flood control. Tanya Washington, an affected homeowner will be among the activists fighting this power move by the city joining us in the studio. Ms. Mattie Jackson, the 93 year old community leader whose home is also scheduled to be torn down is expected to join the program by phone.
The Labor Forum can be heard on your radio at 89.3FM, also online at www.wrfg.org and on mobile devices using the WRFG App. The program is live streamed on The Labor Forum YouTube channel where a video and audio archive of programs can be found.
Please send your comments and program suggestions to wrfglborforum@gmail.com and check out our Facebook, twitter page and website.

WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, Sept.14, 2015

Please tune in Monday, Sept. 14 from 4-5 pm to The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM to hear Martha Gravatt, Chrysler worker discuss the UAW contract with the Big 3 auto companies that expires on Sept. 15 – what the issues are  and the importance of the fight against two-tier wage systems.

At 4:30, the recent resistance by detainees at for profit Stewart Detention Center and the subsequent lock-down by the Corrections Corporation of America staff will be covered by two activists who were able to visit last Tuesday. With some 1800 men, many who are in the process of deportation, this prison has been plagued with issues of poor, uneatable food, lack of medical care, inaccessible legal aid, guard indifference and brutality, unsanitary conditions and more.

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Meeting of Southern Workers Assembly — Sept, 5, 2015–Charleston, SC

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