On Monday, November 21 from 4 to 5 p.m., The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM will be discussing the issue of homelessness in Atlanta – past and present. Our two guests will be Terry Eaton who is the author of “Raising Our Voices, Breaking the Chain – The Imperial Hotel and Prophetic Politics” and Chuck Steffen, professor of history at Georgia State University. We will discuss the lessons from the 16 day occupation of the Imperial Hotel which began on June 18, 1990 and bring the story forward to the present day struggles around Turner Field, the Task Force for the Homeless, and for affordable housing in the city.







Lakota Sioux and other indigenous leaders at Standing Rock have called for a day of action to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), SunTrust Bank is headquartered in Atlanta and has invested millions of dollars into the pipeline. Join us to demand SunTrust Bank pull out of the pipeline project. If you bank with SunTrust it can start with you – move your money and meet us in the streets.

Join us at CNN Center to build a community altar to send love, light and strength to this struggle but also to raise visibility and spark dialogue. Please bring an offering and if you’ve closed an account and they give you a confirmation slip please bring it with you.

First Nations people are in the fight of their lives, trying to protect the land and sustain life. Lets collectively lift our voices to demand and end to this pipeline the ongoing repression of ALL indigenous communities. We stand with Standing Rock, in support of indigenous sovereignty, in defense of the land and water that give us life.

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WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, Nov. 7

On the Monday, Nov. 7 edition of The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM, 4-5pm, we will go to the frontlines of two struggles in Philadelphia and Atlanta.

First, at 4:15pm, we will speak with a member of Philadelphia’s TWU #234 whose 4700 subway, bus and trolley workers have been on strike for a week. The management of SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) is demanding concessions on health insurance that would increase premiums, as well as detrimental changes to pensions and other benefits. One of the big issues concerns safety with these public transportation workers forced to work with only 9 hours break between shifts.
Officials are attempting to get a court injunction Monday morning to force the workers back on the job on Nov. 8.
Labor Forum listeners will hear directly from one of the strikers about the outcome of the court hearing and how the union will proceed to fight for their members ‘rights and the safety of the public.
In Atlanta, advocates for affordable housing and compassionate and comprehensive services for those who are without homes, living in shelters, in  cars, and abandoned buildings and on the streets are mobilizing for a 24 hour action at Atlanta City Hall on Monday, Nov. 7.
Mayor Kasim Reed has escalated his attacks on the Peachtree-Pine shelter by threatening to use eminent domain to take the building and turn it into a super police station to specialize in fighting terrorism.
City Council with the exception of Felicia Moore has supported his effort to evict the Task Force for the Homeless and the hundreds of men, women and children who shelter there with no plan for any alternative housing or services.
The working poor, senior citizens, students,and unsheltered people will pack the City Council chambers at 1pm to demand action to prevent displacement of residents in gentrifying neighborhoods, to support the building of affordable housing, to fund all the services needed for those currently without homes and to stop undermining the work of the Task Force..
A 24 hour tent city will be set up on the grounds of City Hall to bring the issue directly to city officials.
The Labor Forum will talk with organizers, Marshall Rancifer of Justice for All Coalition and Avery Jackson and Taiza Troutman of #ATLisReady about the crisis of decent and affordable housing in Atlanta and the dominant role of developers, corporations and other monied interests in shaping the city’s future.
The WRFG Fall fund drive ends Nov. 13. The Labor Forum especially urges all listeners of the Labor Forum and supporters of independent community radio to donate as much as you can. You can call 4040.523.8989 anytime or go online at http://www.wrfg.org and click the DONATE button for easy instructions. Checks can be mailed to WRFG, 1083 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta 30307.
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Interview with Ajamu Baraka, human rights and anti-imperialist activist

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WRFG LABOR FORUM program on Monday, Oct 31– interview with Ajamu Baraka


To close out the month and begin the second week of the Fall fund drive at WRFG, The Labor Forum interviews Ajamu Baraka, human rights and anti-imperialist activist whose resume includes being a former director of the US Human Rights Network and is currently a vice-presidential candidate on the Green Party ticket.
Our far-reaching discussion with Ajamu will begin at 4:15 with his analysis of the struggle at Standing Rock and whether the connections between indigenous rights, militarized police repression and environmental safety and sustainability can define a powerful movement for fundamental change.

We also will ask him about the widening role of US military forces and weaponry in multiple war zones and how that impacts domestic politics. What effect does the enormous Pentagon budget have on the Fight for $15, as well as the crises in education and healthcare?

The Labor Forum airs every Monday from 4-5 on WRFG 89.3FM; is streamed at http://www.wrfg.org and is available on the WRFG APP. The Labor Forum videos its program live on our YouTube channel.

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WRFG Labor Forum Program on Monday, Oct, 24

The Labor Forum on WRFG 89.3FM, 4-5pm, invites you to tune in on Monday, Oct. 24 as we introduce the new director of the Atlanta chapter of the Domestic Workers Alliance, Jacklyn Izsraael to our audience. From 4:15 to 4:30, we will discuss the organization’s plans to gain a living wage and benefits for household workers such as nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.

As promised, this week the Labor Forum will hear from two of the US delegates who attended the recent World Federation of Trade Unions conference in Durban, South Africa, Martha Grevatt, Chrysler worker and UAW member and Johnnie Stevens with Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services. Among other questions, we will ask what ideas or lessons did they learn from the struggles of other workers who attended this conference that will aid their own work in the US?

The fall pledge drive to sustain WRFG 89.3FM begins on Monday, Oct. 24 and goes until Nov. 13.
All listeners who appreciate the weekly news, analysis and interviews on The Labor Forum are urged to make a financial contribution by going online at http://www.wrfg.org, clicking on the DONATE button and following the prompts. You can note your support for The Labor Forum or any of the other programs on WRFG.

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Listeners like you have kept community radio, WRFG on air for 43 years, allowing us to remain commercial free and independent of corporate or government control. Thank you in advance for your generous support.

WRFG LABOR FORUM Program on Monday, Oct 17

From 4-5pm, every Monday, WRFG 89.3FM broadcasts The Labor Forum, an hour of news, labor history and interviews with those engaged in the struggles for worker rights on the job, in the community and around the world.

On Monday, Oct. 17, from 4:15-4:30pm, Devyn Springer, a student at Kennesaw State University will explain why students and faculty opposed the naming of Sam Olens to the position of president of the university and what that appointment reveals about the political process.

At 4:30pm, Ed Childs,Chief Steward of Local 26, UNITE HERE, along with other striking workers will call in from Boston following today’s student walk-out in support of the dining hall staff. On strike since Oct. 5, the workers are up against the elite Ivy League school with its $37.6 billion endowment and powerful alumni. Th contract fight is over Harvard’s demands for cuts to retirement and health benefits as well as its failure to abide by living wage agreements in the expired contract.

This strike is representative of the upsurge among women, people of color and immigrants in service jobs to demand respect, decent pay and working conditions.
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