Can social workers help folks in need when they themselves are in need -- poorly paid and over-worked? Old Mole Iven Hale draws on her own experiences as a social worker to illuminate what social workers are up against and their need for a union to improve their work. 8:28 minutes (4.84 MB)
New Avenues for Youth runs nonprofit businesses that provide employment training opportunities for homeless and at-risk youth. Our social purpose enterprises are a key vehicle for youth to develop the skills needed to obtain permanent employment, access post-secondary opportunities, and build a pathway to long-term success. The enterprises include two Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShops, and a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream catering and cart business.
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Frann Michel reports on Portland Public School and Portland Association of Teachers contract talks. Teachers are not fighting for wages, so much as work and ultimately learning conditions -- including class size, standardized testing, and prep-time during the day. She shares stories from teachers, students, and parents, exposing the District's false narrative of greedy teachers and austerity. She points out that the K-12 public school system, while not perfect, is not fundamentally broken as such and its problems cannot be traced to organized/unionized teachers, or else wealthier school districts and places like Finland would have comparably bad rates of success. 8:23 minutes (7.68 MB)
The speaker is one of the main proponents of a growing movement to curtail the "rights" and destructive practices of corporations at a local, grassroots level. Linzey started the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund in Pennsylvania working for clients trying to stop factory hog farms from moving into their area and similar environmental issues. He soon found his work stymied by a structure of law skewed by Constitutional and legal protections for private property and corporations. Out of that has grown a new "community rights" movement to educate people about the real legal and political structures that maintain corporate dominance as well as crafting local ordinances and ballot intitiatives to curtail corporate power. 63:21 minutes (58 MB)