Monthly Archives: January 2016
On Monday, Feb. 1, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM will speak with a Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly member about the dire conditions the recent historic snow storm caused for the city’s majority working class and poor neighborhoods. Days after the end of the blizzard, with schools still closed, and many streets unplowed, PPA members went with shovels and food staples to the housing projects and low-income areas where many families were stuck without access to transportation and grocery stores. It’s a story of real solidarity that you will want to hear.
From 4:30-5pm, Verdaillia Turner, president of the Ga. Federation of Teachers will shed some light on the recently-announced plan by the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendant to close and privatize several “low-performing” city schools and its relation to the Governor’s Opportunity School District take-over scheme.
Over the last several years, state funding for public education has been cut by billions of dollars,;teachers have had classroom size increased and more mandatory testing of their students.At the same time, public money is being siphoned off to private management companies. She will be discussing the need for a grassroots movement to support quality,public education for all of Georgia’s children.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM in Atlanta.
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On Monday, Jan. 25, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM speaks with activists who participated in the four day encampment in front of the DeKalb County Courthouse in advance of the grand jury hearing on the killing of Anthony Hill by police officer, Robert Olsen.In a decision notable for its rarity, the grand jury returned indictments of felony murder, aggravated assault, violation of oath of office and making false statements.
In the 4:30-5pm segment of the program, listeners will hear about the refusal of Four Seasons Environmental, contracted to do maintenance at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, to recognize the successful union election by its employees and to bargain in good faith. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 members will be in the studio to talk about the low wages and unfair labor practices that plague the workers who maintain the equipment and grounds at the federal facility.
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On Monday, Jan. 18, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM will speak with two of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strikers, Alvin Turner and Baxter Leach about the historic stance taken by these workers for respect, safe working conditions and higher pay.
Dr. Martin Luther KIng Jr recognized the importance of their struggle and came to Memphis to support them, setting the stage for his assassination.
The Labor Forum will speak with these two heroes of the labor movement as well as the current vice-president of AFSCME Local 1733, Keith Johnson, about the ongoing fight for worker rights and against racism and inequality in Memphis.
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Why Workers Should Oppose Immigration Raids and Deportations is the issue Labor Forum co-hosts, Dianne Mathiowetz, Paul McLennan and Tamieka Atkins will discuss with program guests on Monday, Jan. 11 on WRFG 89.3FM.
Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) barged into metro Atlanta homes in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, Jan 2, taking several dozen women with their children into custody in preparation for deportation. These families were among those from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who made the perilous journey to the US, seeking refuge from the violence of drug cartels,gangs and state repression.
Jardyn Lake of Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Stephanie Alvarado with Southerners on New Ground will talk about the significance of this policy by the Obama administration in light of the refugee crisis globally and the escalating anti-immigrant, Islamophobic rhetoric in US politics.
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The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM features Ayana Dunlap-Bell and Larry Pelligrini on the first program of 2016, Monday, Jan. 4.
Opening at 4pm with weekly segments of Labor Headlines and This Week in Labor History, at 4:15 Ayana Dunlap-Bell will report on the role of young workers in the movement for economic and social justice from 4:15-4:30
From 4:30 until 5, people’s lobbyist, Larry Pelligrini will provide the audience with information about likely legislation to come before the Georgia General Assembly when its session begins Jan. 11.
A number of bills harmful to working and poor people are anticipated and Larry will discuss the process and ways that grassroots organization can fight back against the monied interests.
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