Monthly Archives: May 2017

WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, May 22

The Labor Forum, a weekly program dedicated to bringing the issues,voices and solutions to problems facing working people around the world to the listeners of WRFG 89.3FM welcomes Amilcar Valencia to our airwaves during the 4:15-4:30 segment on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Amilcar will discuss the recent deaths of 27 year old Panamanian man, Jean Carlos Jimenez-Joseph at Stewart Detention center on May 15 and 58 year old Indian immigrant, Atul Kumar Bahibhai Patel on May 16, following his incarceration at the Atlanta City Detention Center, both while in ICE custody.

The escalation of ICE raids, arrests and deportations in the first four months of the Trump administration have created widespread fear among communities of color, whether documented or not.

Amilcar as a member of El Refugio, a hospitality house open to those visiting detainees at Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Ga.can speak with personal knowledge of the cruel realities of US immigration policy.

At 4:30, Kali Akuno, a respected leader in the creation of a grass-roots centered decision-making for the city of Jackson, MS will discuss how this majority Black city is creating a model for economic and social justice.He will talk about the impact of the mayoral race on the issues facing workers and their families.

Akuno is a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and a champion of self-determination for oppressed people and human rights for all.

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Friday, May 19, Walmart Truth Telling Tour in Atlanta

WRFG Labor Forum program on Monday, May 15

Every Monday from 4-5pm, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM brings you the voices of working people, leading the struggles for economic and social justice.

On May 15, at 4:15 Allison Johnson will update our listeners on the efforts by community residents in the neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field to reach a binding agreement with Georgia State University and Carter developers to include.their needs in the plan.
To underscore their determination not to be ignored, community members and their supporters have been occupying the corner of Abernathy and Hank Aaron, in front of Turner Field for close to 45 days. They have maintained the tent city despite horrific rain and wind storms, scorching heat and police harassment.
They are demanding affordable housing, jobs for community members, walkable sidewalks, green space and increased public transportation.
On Friday, May 19, the Walmart Truth Telling Tour will be stopping in Atlanta. Katie Foster of the AFL-CIO will be our guest from 4:30-4:55 to talk about the continuing issues of low-pay, wage theft, discrimination and other labor law violations that characterize this highly profitable corporation.  The tour is a project of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and will be holding an event in the IBEW Building parking lot, 501 Pulliam St 30312 at 2pm.
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“Stamp Out Hunger” campaign–May 13, 2017

WRFG Labor Forum program on Monday, May 8, 2017

Readers of the Atlanta Constitution last Sunday (Ap. 30) saw a full page ad with hundreds of names of UPS mechanics and others who service the cargo planes operated by the highly profitable package delivery company
The ad was directed to the corporation’s management, asserting their demand for contract negotiations to move forward including maintaining their full coverage of healthcare benefits.
This was followed by picketing at UPS stores in Atlanta by members of Teamsters #2727 and a demonstration outside the UPS stockholders’ meeting in Wilmington, Delaware on May 4.
On Monday,May 8, Tim Boyle, President of Teamsters Local 2727 will be calling into The Labor Forum at 4:30 to talk about the protracted negotiations and the firm stance the union is taking on retaining their healthcare plan. Please tune into WRFG 89.3FM for this timely interview.

At 4:15, members of the National Association of Letter Carriers #73 will be in the studio to talk about the annual canned food drive that postal workers conduct to aid their communities across the country.President Eric Sloan, Assistant Vice President Stephanie Matthews and Food Drive Coordinator Eileen Ford will explain the purpose and details of the 25th “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign taking place on Sat. May 13.

The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM with “Labor Headlines” and “This Week in Labor History” segments followed by interviews with local and national organizers and activists engaged in all the issues important to working and poor people.

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