WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, June 19

The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM, is streamed online at www.wrfg.org and has a mobile app.

On Monday, June 19, at 4:15,co-host Dawn O’Neal will report live from the Atlanta City Council meeting where once again the chamber will be filled with residents demanding recognition of the needs of the Turner Field neighborhoods.The issue of displacement of communities of color and working class families by the rapid gentrification of in town areas and the lack of affordable housing is reaching a crisis point. Meanwhile, city agencies continue to grant tax breaks and huge subsidies to luxury apartment buildings, high-priced office buildings and a new football stadium and renovations to the Hawk’s arena.
From 4:30-4:55pm, Seri Poole, Shawanna Valson and Stanley Smalls, members of ATU #732 will update our listeners on the status of MARTA MOBILITY services under the new subcontractor, MV Transportation. Although an arbitrator has ruled that MARTA violated its contract with the union in outsourcing the mobilityservices and ordered the restoration of the work, MARTA is continuing to defy the ruling. Paratransit drivers will describe the current situation for the workers and their passengers.

WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, June 5–please share

One of the central goals of The Labor Forum is to build solidarity among working and poor people around the world. Working class people, whether in this country or elsewhere, often confront the same issues of exploitation by the same multi-national corporations and similar oppression by profit-driven economies, enforced by like-minded governments. The corporate media falsifies the struggles and ignores or discredits the people’s victories.

Venezuela has been the target of US electoral intervention, military threats, economic sabotage and media lies for close to 18 years, ever since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1999 and the development of social programs that benefited the poor and working people of the country.

Right-wing elements, funded and backed by the US, have taken advantage of the downturn in oil prices and the resulting economic crisis by organizing violent and destructive demonstrations that destroy public property and harm other Venezuelans.

Voices in the media and Congress are calling for open US intervention.

On Monday, June 5, the Labor Forum will feature two guests to address the background and current situation facing working class and progressive forces in Venezuela.
Please tune in for a special 45 minute segment starting at 4:15 with Berta Joubert from the International Action Center and Jorge Marin, Venezuelan activist living currently in Boston.

The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, please see http://www.wrfglaborforum.org

The history of US intervention in South and Central American countries is long and bloody with support for military coups and right-wing governments that engaged in brutal repression, civilian massacres, massive corruption and the impoverishment of working and Indigenous and African descended peoples.

A scenario similar to the 1973 coup in Chile is being visited upon the progressive government of Venezuela with open involvement of US corporations and the US administration to affect regime change against President Maduro and overturn the advances of the Bolivarian Revolution.
The International Action Center has initiated a call for Days of Solidarity with Venezuela and its people who are determined to make change benefiting the majority of the country’s people.
In Atlanta, on Tuesday, June 6, there will be a demonstration at CNN at the corner of Marietta St. and Centennial Olympic Park from 4:30-5:30 to demand “US Hands Off Venezuela” and expose CNN for its biased reporting.

PLEASE share the event and bring signs and banners.In solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the Venezuelan People

For additional information, see www.iacenter.org or Facebook Page for the event.

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.

For more information about The Labor Forum, see our website at http://www.wrfglbaorforum.org

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.
For additional information about the prorgram, please go to http://www.wrfglaborforum.org

“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.

For more information and archived programs, please see http://www.wrfglaborforum.org

WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday,April 23

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.

WRFG Presents Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! Thursday, May 4

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.

Link to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1740151266285502/

WRFG LABOR FORUM program on Monday, April 17

With just two weeks before May Day, The Labor Forum speaks with organizers in Atlanta, Roanoke, Va and the Triangle cities of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, NC to hear about their plans and why May day is important.

Beginning at 4:15, Ga Latino Alliance for Human Rights leader, Adelina Nichols will detail the actions scheduled for Atlanta on Monday, May 1.
Then Shelea Haskins from Roanoke and Manzoor Cheema from the Triangle will call in and describe what will be happening in their cities.

The struggle for the 8 hour day in the US is the impetus for what is now an internationally recognized day dedicated to worker solidarity in the fight for social and economic justice. The current vicious attacks on workers’ rights are fueling greater participation in May Day in the US and strengthening class solidarity.

The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5pm on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, http://www.wrfglaborforum.org

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