Daily Archives: April 23, 2017
May Day is one week away and the pressing issues affecting the working class become more numerous and resistance multiplies.
Over the last several programs, The Labor Forum has highlighted historical facts about May Day, its origins and past struggles as well as
what is being organized in Atlanta for May 1.
On the Ap. 24th program, we will share the views of other communities being impacted by displacement and gentrification and deportation and detention, issues that will be addressed in May Day actions in Atlanta and across the country.
At 4:15,we will hear from Brian Eagan and Chris Yonker, artist activists who helped inspire a creative community of galleries, performance spaces and artist studios close to the 5 Points MARTA station in buildings largely abandoned for years. With the sale of Underground Atlanta to a developer intent on building luxury housing, retail and office space, this grassroots, vibrant,arts community is threatened with the loss of affordable and accessible work and living spaces.Tune in to hear about the fight against gentrification rises in still another part of Atlanta.
In recent days, the Somali community in particular has been hit hard in Clarkston by ICE agents who have taken long-time residents into custody. Several hundred Somalis across the country are likely to be deported back to their country of birth which is devastated by a drought and famine and suffers violence and strife from internal forces and outside troops.
At 4:30, Glory Kilanko of Women Watch Africa and Lovette Kargbo-Thompson with Black Alliance for Just Immigration will discuss the impact of US policies that cause African and Caribbean peoples to leave their homes to live in this country. The harm the recent orders from the Trump administration is creating in communities like Clarkston is largely an untold story.
The Labor Forum with its message of class unity and solidarity in action airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, please see http://www.wrfglaborforum.org.
Award-winning investigative journalist, author and co-host of Democracy Now!!, Amy Goodman will speak on Thursday, May 4 at 1st Iconium Baptist Church 542 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta 30316 at 7pm.
Tickets are $10.00 at the door or through wrfg.org.
#DemocracyNow! is an independent, daily global news hour hosted by Goodman & Juan González. The program is heard weekdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on WRFG 89.3 FM.
#AmyGoodman began her journalistic career in 1991 by covering the #EastTimor independence movement. After she and fellow journalist, Allan Nairn witnessed a massacre of Timorese demonstrators, they were badly beaten by Indonesian occupying soldiers.
In 1996, she co-founded “Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report” at radio station WBAI in NYC. Twenty-one years later, it is broadcast on 1408 stations around the world as well as on television and the internet.
In Sept. 2016, Goodman and her crew traveled to Morton County, North Dakota to cover the months-long struggle led by Native people to stop the construction of the #DakotaAccess Pipe Line.
The non-violent actions of thousands of indigenous men and women along with many supporters, calling themselves “Water Protectors,” had remained a “non-story” to corporate media.
Democracy Now!’s film footage of private security personnel pepper-spraying and siccing attack dogs on a group of Native elders as well as Goodman’s own arrest on criminal trespass charges and later riot charges brought worldwide attention to Standing Rock.
Goodman is on a 60 city tour entitled “Democracy Now! Covering the Movements Changing America.” She will be talking about the grassroots activism challenging the status quo.
All proceeds from the May 4 program will benefit #WRFG 89.3FM, Atlanta’s independent, #CommunityRadio station since 1973.
For more information, go to wrfg.org or our Facebook page, WRFG 89.3 FM.
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