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The WRFG 89.3FM Fall Pledge Drive starts Monday, Oct. 23.
Our 4:15-4:30 guest is Ebone Williams, office administrator and program coordinator for the Atlanta- N.Georgia Labor Council who will bring our listeners information about a delegation of union women from Kenya and Brazil visiting Atlanta on Oct. 27. She will announce the events offering opportunities to meet and share common concerns affecting working women in each of our countries.
At 4:30, Atlanta AFT president, VerdailliaTurner will will discuss the crisis in public education with forces at the national and local level undermining public schools in favor of privatized education. Quality, public education for all is a matter of importance for all working families.
Both guests will join The Labor Forum team in encouraging donations to the station in recognition of the unique opportunity WRFG offers to community members and leaders to inform the public about issues and raise solutions from the perspective of “those who do the work.”
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm.
Much needed financial contributions can be made online at wrfg.org or by calling the station at 404.523.8989. Checks can be mailed to WRFG, 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta 30307. The Labor Forum team would appreciate your donation be attributed to our program.
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On Monday, Oct. 16, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM welcomes Atlanta area activists in the struggle against racism and police violence.
At 4:15pm, we will hear from the KSU cheerleaders whose action of “taking a knee” at a university football game on Oct. 7 has prompted criticism from
Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and State Rep. Earl Ehrhart as well as support from university students, faculty and staff and community groups.
The action of athletes “taking a knee” is part of the national response to the hundreds of Black men and youth and others dying yearly at the hands of police.
The two guests at 4:30-4:55pm will be discussing the upcoming activities in Atlanta, Oct. 19-22, part of the National Stop Police Brutality
days of action.
Gerald Griggs, attorney and vice president of the Atlanta NAACP, along with Patricia Scott whose son was killed in the Fulton County jail will describe
the conditions facing communities of color, poor and working people with the criminal justice system, the police, courts and jails. They are both taking
part in the Oct. 19-22 events and will discuss the goals and details of the activities.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM. The program takes up the many issues impacting working families,on the job and
in the community.
The program strives to bring information, build unity and express solidarity among all the members of the working class.
The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM welcomes back Sara Patenaude of Hate Free Decatur to update the progress being made in the struggle to remove the Confederate Monument from Decatur Square as well as defending the rights of immigrants from ICE detainers.. Sara will be on air from 4:15-4:30pm.
At 4:30pm, union organizer, Reese Soulter with the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, IBT, will take up the issue of universal healthcare by discussing the failure of profit-driven insurance plans versus the merits of a single-payer program like Medicare for all.
Any improvements that were made by the Affordable Care Act are steadily being reversed by Congress and the Trump administration. The resulting health care crisis for millions of poor and working people demands new and different approach to health care. Reese will explain the benefits a single-payer program.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, the website is http://www.wrfglaborforum.org
On the Oct. 2 Labor Forum program on WRFG 89.3FM, co-host Dawn O’Neal will be reporting from the Atlanta City Council meeting where legislation decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana will be voted on. The current statute of one year in jail and a large fine is one of the main reasons for the mass incarceration of many young, working class people, Black men in particular. The proposed ordinance would make possession of small amounts a $75 ticket.
On Monday, Sept. 18, The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM gets an update from Houston activists about the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey on working class and poor communities that continues to worsen as clean-up and recovery pass their neighborhoods by.
Secunda Joseph with BLM HTX has been engaged in grassroots emergency relief efforts in Black and Brown areas of the city and Gloria Rubac, a long-time death penalty abolitionist and prisoner rights activist, played a key role in bringing attention to the plight of thousands of people held in jails and prisons as the flood waters were rising.
This interview will begin at 4:15 and end at 4:55pm.
The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm eastern on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, please see http://www.wrfglaborforum.org
On Sunday, Sep 10, Hate Free Decatur held a march and rally to focus on taking down the monument to white supremacy that stands in the city square. The march to the monument began at the Beacon Municipal Center, an historic place in the city of Decatur. What is now a community center is where the city’s African-American public schools – Herring Street School, Beacon Elementary, and Trinity High – once stood.
Known as “the Bottom” in its earliest days, when it was settled by freed slaves after the Civil War, this square mile of Decatur was the site of a thriving African-American community of homes, business, churches, and schools. In the early part of the 20th century, the area became known as “Beacon Hill” or just “Beacon.” Like any small community, it had its own landmarks, characters, business and community leaders, and other common threads that formed a rich fabric of life.
The oldest African-American congregation in Decatur, Antioch AME Church, was founded by freed slaves in 1868. In 1882, Thankful Baptist Church was established in a modest log house. Mother Burnett established Lilly Hill Baptist in her home in 1913. Despite challenges Beacon churches have grown in size and prominence. Churches continue to be important places for the whole community to gather and come together.
The first school for African-Americans in Decatur was a small parochial school started by a Presbyterian minister. In 1902, the first public school for African-Americans opened. That school relocated in 1913 and became known as Herring Street School. With support from the community, the school expanded and was rebuilt as Beacon Elementary School and Trinity High School in 1956 and 1957. Although the Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that segregated schools were unconstitutional, it would be 18 years before Decatur’s public schools were completely integrated.
Despite the scarcity of resources available to them, teachers formed a Teachers’ Club at Herring Street School to provide college tuition scholarships for their students. Teachers and school administrators were widely respected throughout the Beacon community, and school principals were admired civic leaders.
The fight against apartheid segregation had long been waged in Decatur’s Beacon community but it began to coalesce as a movement around 1950 with formation of the Decatur Colored Citizen League. In 1955, the DeKalb Chapter NAACP was organized in Decatur. In the early days, the NAACP was often referred to as “the movement” for fear that affiliation with the organization could cost you your job, or worse.
One of Decatur’s most prominent citizens, Mayor Emerita Elizabeth Wilson, helped knock down many racist barriers in the city, and continues to work to maintain the history of the Beacon community. She worked closely with the Decatur Colored Citizen League and the NAACP, and became the first African-American city commissioner and mayor of the City of Decatur. After moving to Decatur in 1949, Wilson was at the forefront of efforts to integrate Decatur schools, acted as a state and national PTA officer, and played a key role in founding the Beacon Hill Clinic and the Oakhurst Community Health Center. Wilson continues to dedicate her life to making positive change in her community.
The Beacon area continued to survive despite attempts by the city to destroy it. The policy of what was called “urban renewal” began in the late 1930s. A residential and commercial area was cleared to build one of the earliest public housing efforts in the country. Development expanded in the 1960s. Families and businesses were again displaced to make way for the Swanton Heights housing project and other public developments including the new Decatur High School, and the county courthouse.
Decatur’s African-American community faced the destruction of their homes and businesses and the attempts to erase its history with strength, resilience, and organization. When we gathered last night at Beacon Municipal Plaza, Mawuli Davis, an organizer with Hate Free Decatur and leader of the Beacon Hill branch of the NAACP told us we were standing on sacred ground. With gentrification all around us, especially in the city of Decatur, we must work to honor and preserve the history of African-Americans who waged a relentless struggle against white supremacy while we continue the fight against white supremacy and all other forms of oppression in the present.
The movement against all forms of white supremacy grew in strength and visibility following the Aug. 12 mass resistance to a neo-Nazi, KKK rally in Charlottesville, Va. and the murder of anti-racist activist, Heather Heyer by one of the bigots.
Large demonstrations have taken place from coast to coast connecting the hundreds of years of mass genocide of indigenous peoples, African slavery, KKK terrorism and Jim Crow segregation to today’s mass incarceration, income inequality and poverty wages, and police killings.