Monthly Archives: April 2018
The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM sends solidarity greetings to our listeners and supporters on the eve of International Workers Day, May 1st.
We hope that our weekly one hour program every Monday from 4-5pm provides news coverage and analysis of issues and struggles impacting working people, their families and communities in way that educates, inspires and mobilizes for worker power.
Our first guest from 4:15-4:30 is Deborah Arnold, a member of the Housing Justice League, who will pass on information about nationwide protests opposing HUD budget cuts to affordable housing programs. These actions are taking place tomorrow, May 1, including here in Atlanta at Senator David Perdue’s office in Buckhead.
Following on the heels of the housing foreclosure crisis which saw thousands of people lose their homes to fraudulent and unethical banking and mortgage practices, Atlantans now face escalating rents, exorbitant home sales prices and aggressive development projects in inner city neighborhoods that are displacing communities of color, seniors and low-wage workers.
Please tune in to hear about the work of the Housing Justice League at 4:15.
Next, a parent of two children attending DeKalb County schools will discuss why the demands of the DeKalb bus drivers should be met.
Hannah Hawkins is a community supporter of the workers who participated in a “sick-out” to draw attention to their lack of a living wage and a pension for their years of service as well as issues regarding the condition and safety of the school buses.
Across the country, teachers and other education workers including bus drivers, maintenance and cafeteria workers, have taken bold measures to bring the reality of underfunded public education to the country’s attention.
This interview will be heard from 4:30-4:55.
For more information about The Labor Forum including the archive of past programs, please see wrfglaborforum.org
Tune in Monday, Ap. 23 to The Labor Forum on WRFG, 89.3FM for news of worker struggles here and around the world.
Today’s first guest is Ebonee Williams with the Atlanta-N. Georgia Labor Council providing information about Workers Memorial Day,an annual commemoration of those workers who died on the job. The statistics of those killed and injured while at work are alarming –and preventable. Williams will provide information about the Saturday, Ap. 28 event. This interview is from 4:15-4:30.
At 4:30, labor activist and longshore worker retiree, Clarence Thomas of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 will discuss the plans for May Day 2018 which include an 8 hour work stoppage at multiple California ports. This year the politically conscious union is joining with an immigrant rights march.He will recount the militant formation of the union and its decades of international solidarity and anti-racist actions.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89,3FM. For additional information, please see http://www.wrfglaborforum.org
On Monday, Ap. 16, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM welcomes Ken Mitchell and Linda Pogue, both with Disability Link who are members of a coalition, Us Protecting Us, formed to respond the the high number of people with disabilities that are killed by police.
The shooting of Air Force veteran, Anthony Hill by officer Robert Olsen on March 9, 2015 while the young man was naked and acting erratically outside his Chamblee apartment, brought together a diverse cross-section of community members to envision another way to keep people safe.
Mitchell and Pogue will also talk about the upcoming Ap. 23 court proceedings for Robert Olsen, indicted on various charges including murder in the killing of unarmed Anthony Hill.
This interview will be conducted from 4:15-4:30.
At 4:30, Traci Drummond and Andrew Reisinger will be in the studio to inform the Labor Forum audience of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Great Speckled Bird, an Atlanta underground newspaper that reflected the changing political and cultural times. Scholars from many fields make use of the Labor Archives at GSU to research and examine the interplay of hard-hitting articles on war, police brutality and worker struggles with counterculture content and artwork that characterized the Bird.Some of the paper staff went on to help found and establish WRFG in 1973 as a progressive, community radio station.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, please see wrfglaborforum.org
The Atlanta action is one of many that are happening across the US on Ap. 14-15, initiated by a number of national organizations and coalitions including United National Anti-war Coalition, Black Voices for Peace, Code Pink, International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, US Peace Council, ANSWER and many, many others. For more information on the national organizing, see springaction2018.org
Please help spread the word on your various social media formats.
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