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WRFG 32nd Annual Labor Day Blues Barbecue

WRFG Labor Forum program on Monday, August 14

Members of UNITE HERE Local 23 will honor the contributions of TeeTee Dangerfield to her union, workplace and community on The Labor Forum, on WRFG 89.3FM.
TeeTee, a Black transgender woman,was viciously murdered on July 31. She was well-loved and respected by her co-workers and customers at the airport restaurants where she had worked for 12 years. At 4:15pm, we will discuss the strong position of UNITE HERE in denouncing all forms of bigotry and transphobia and supporting all workers’ right to dignity and safety on the job and in the community.

At 4:30pm, Lamont Lilly, a NC-based community activist, poet and journalist,will join the Labor Forum team for a discussion on an issue of great importance to working and poor people, that of mass incarceration. The US leads the world in the number of people imprisoned behind bars. Private, for profit prisons are a growth industry. Hundreds of thousands work for little or no pay, often for major corporations who set up inside the walls.
It is a fact that there are now more Black people caught up in the prison system whether in jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved at the height of chattel slavery. He will connect the significance of Black August and its initiation by prisoners to the struggle of working people as a class, fighting against multiple forms of repression, exploitation and oppression.

The Labor Forum program seeks to encourage, empower and build solidarity among all workers to win justice and human rights for all..

The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM, Atlanta’s progressive, community radio station for 44 years. For additional information, please go to

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WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, July 24

On Monday, July 24, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM, 4-5pm, will pay tribute to Joyce Brookshire, a remarkable songwriter and advocate for her Cabbagetown community of mill workers and mountain folk.

Brookshire died on June 4 of this year at age 76.
This past week-end, a celebration of her life was held with a score of musicians singing her songs decrying  poverty and war; describing the hardships of being a mill worker and suffering from hunger and homelessness. She cast a scathing eye on the “urban pioneers” gentrifying her neighborhood and the politicians who glorified militarism. Joyce sang of the beauty of the mountains where she was born and where the roots of many Cabbagetown residents could be found. Her songs proudly proclaim her strength and abilities as a woman.
Joyce Brookshire is featured along with the Indigo Girls and a number of other noted Atlanta musicians on the WRFG produced album, “Don’t Eat Out of Dented Cans.”
Elise Witt, well-known Atlanta singer and musician. will provide commentary during The Labor Forum’s tribute to this working class singer and songwriter, a people’s musician.
This special tribute program is airing during the second week of WRFG’s summer pledge drive. It is an example of why community radio is so vital to our collective consciousness
of the talents, contributions and value of so-called everyday people.
You are urged to make your donation to WRFG and The Labor Forum by calling in during the show (or anytime) at 404.523.8989, go online at or use the WRFG app on your mobile device. You also can mail your check to 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta 30307 or walk it in.
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WRFG Summer Pledge Drive & 44th Birthday Celebration!!!

Friends and Supporters of Independent, Community Radio,

WRFG 89.3FM, your station for progressive information, began its 2017 Three Week Summer Pledge Drive on July 17.

A hallmark of our station is the committed listeners and supporters who have provided the bulk of the budget
that sustains a non-commercial 100.000 watt, around the clock station, year after year since 1973.

24 hours a day, you can call 404.523.8989 and speak with an airshifter who will gladly take your pledge

Advances in technology now allow you to contribute to the station by going online at on your
computer or smart phone and donating quickly and securely.

And of course, you are welcome to mail a check or hand deliver your donation at 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta 30307.

Please help us make our goal of $50,000 by Aug. 6. Every dollar is needed to pay our re-occurring bills over the summer months.
WRFG is a 501(c)3 organization and your donations are tax deductible as allowed under IRS rules.

The pledge drive coincides with our 44th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!!!

We invite all listeners and supporters to celebrate the amazing reality of a progressive, community radio station that runs
24 hours a day with all volunteers — and without commercials. There is no other station in Atlanta that offers the diversity of music
and on-air hosts and progressive, community-driven content.

The party is Saturday, July 29 from 7pm-midnight at Stagga Lee’s Goodtime Emporium, 1945 Moreland Ave SE 30316(across from the Starlight Drive-in.

There will be food and beverages, music and dancing. A special attraction is line dancing instructor, Mr. CardioTone who will demonstrate the fun of group dancing.

There is no charge at the door but birthday “presents” will be joyfully accepted.

Please help spread the word about the Pledge Drive and Birthday Party by sharing this message and our Facebook event page.
Thank you.


WRFG Summer Pledge Drive, July 17-August 6–PLEASE Make your Pledge.

On Monday, July 15, from 4-5pm, Atlanta-N. Georgia Labor Council President, Dewey McClain will be taking financial pledges from workers and WRFG supporters on air at 404.523.8989.

A long-time friend of The Labor Forum program and a contributor to WRFG 89.3FM, he will be joining Dawn O’Neal, Paul McLennan and Dianne Mathiowetz in conversation about the importance to working people to have a weekly radio program that stands up for worker rights.
The WRFG Summer Pledge Drive will go from July 17 to Aug. 6.
Donations can be made anytime by phone at 404.523.8989, online at or by mail with a check or money order to WRFG,1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta 30307.
WRFG has 501(c)3 status and all donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules.
The Labor Forum team appreciates your support.

WRFG Labor Forum on Monday, July 10

On Monday, July 10. The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM discusses the crisis in healthcare particularly for the disability community, seniors and single adults posed by the current legislation known as Trumpcare.

Our guests in the studio are Zan Thornton, a member of ADAPT and Rita Valenti, a nurse and activist in the single-payer movement.
Please tune in for this important conversation on a life and death issue affecting poor and working people across the country. The interview will be from4:30 until 4:55.
In other local news, the Labor Forum team will talk aoaut deportation and detention of immigrants and the city’s attempt to take the Peoplestown home of the Dardens through the use of eminent domain.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM. For further information, the website is http://www.wrfglaborforum,org

WRFG Labor Forum program on Monday, July 3

Victor Manuel Lemagne Sanchez, Secretary General of Cuba’s Hotel and Tourism Union will be our special guest on The Labor Forum, WRFG 89.3FM on Monday, July 3 from 4:15-4:55pm. 

The 55 year old Lemagne has held that position since 2011 and also is on the executive committee of the Federation of Cuban Workers, (the CTC is the national umbrella organization of unions in Cuba). In addition, He is an elected delegate to Cuba’s National Assembly 
This is the first time since 2001, that a Cuban union leader has been granted a visa to meet with US union members.
Brother Lemagne is touring the United States with visits to a number of cities including Los Angeles and the Bay Area in California, Chicago and NYC. 
The Labor Forum is honored to be able to discuss the role of Cuban unions in the workplace, government and society in general with him. He will be speaking in Spanish with translation by Jose Perez.

WRFG Labor Forum program on Monday, June 26

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