Labor activist Jane McAlevey on the state of the labor movement
Host Cecil Prescod interviews labor activist Jane McAlevey about the state of the labor movement and how to make unions matter again. McAlevey has been an organizer in the labor and environmental justice movements for the last twenty years. She is a PhD candidate at CUNY Graduate Center and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her latest book is Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement, a look at how one militant union organizer fought the bosses—and national labor leaders. It is published by Verso.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod honor the International The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundation of international human rights law. Adopted in 1948, the UDHR has inspired a rich body of legally binding international human rights treaties.
Today is Human Rights Day, an annual celebration of human rights and a day of advocating for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.
In 2012 the focus is the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Colorlines publisher Rinku Sen about "We Are the Majority and We Demand Justice."
Rinku Sen spoke at the "Facing Race" conference in Baltimore on November 17th to discuss what happens next, after an election in which people of color were once again a deciding force. Sen says “This election proved to us that our alliances are gaining speed and strength.” What’s left, Rinku explained, is to marshal those alliances and fight for meaningful change.
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview Norman Solomon about his article "How to Build a Grassroots Power Base," in The Nation magazine and about whether Democrats in Congress will push back against White House pressure for a ‘grand bargain.’ After providing much of the grassroots energy that kept Mitt Romney from winning the presidency, Solomon contends, progressive activists must now concentrate on a new task -- restraining the president’s tendency to give ground to GOP leaders on Capitol Hill.
Guest host Paul Roland speaks with Patricia and Darren Williams, who were forcibly evicted from their Northeast Portland home on October 30. Part of a growing resistance in Portland and around the nation to home foreclosure evictions, the Williams' were pepper-sprayed along with supporters by sheriff's deputies and riot police, who showed up in force to carry out the eviction.