Hosts Marvin Simmons and Bill Bires speak with members of the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance. The group is working to create a community of people who desire to find justice, answers and support for the generational victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin. It was founded by children of Vietnam Veterans to serve as a voice for the children of Vietnam Veterans including second and third generation victims of Agent Orange and Dioxin Exposures worldwide. The members of the group believe in empowering each other to hold the companies and governments responsible for causing devastation and suffering to our generations.
Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore speaks on "Get Up, Stand Up"
Michael Moore – Get Up, Stand Up (lecture)
Bob Marley sang this song, Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight
You can fool some people sometimes
But you couldn't fool all the people all the time
And now you see the light, stand up for your rights.
Norm underscores how May Day is about the recognition of class-structure in society. Abigail offers her perspective as a worker with the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. They talk about the meaning of the song bread and roses and social justice organizing, the work of the Portland Liberation Organizing Council. Abigail summarizes what PCASC is up to now (a campaign to get Wells Fargo to divest private prisons, a know your rights workshop for the immigrant community, and other local organizing), climate justice work they've done, and a film about privatizing water in Boliva ("Even The Rain").
Bill Resnick has Terran Connally of the Portland Liberation Organizing Council, which has grown out of the Occupy movement, to talk about events and expectations for May Day 2012 in Portland. They consider the potential for this May Day to be the single greatest concerted activity in human history because of not only the Occupy movement agitating Americans, but the increasing unrest in Europe over neoliberal social domination. They talk about the shift from economic growth to a different model of development, which PLOC advocates and organizes in terms of "community-led solutions".
Norm Diamond and Abigail Singer co-host today's special May Day Old Mole, which focuses on the Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and events expected for May Day. We hear:
Norm Diamond talks with Steve Early, who attended a symposium in Lawrence Massechusetts about the Lawrence Strike of 1912 (here's a PDF of the schedule). They talked about why there is renewed interest in the Lawrence Strike, even as it was nearly erased from labor history until three decades ago; about the site of the symposium in one of the mills where workers went on strike; the role of the IWW's inclusive organizing in the Strike's success; and the inter-union cooperation of and rank-and-file participation in the symposium.
Human rights and social justice for the global south
Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with human rights and social justice activist Kelvin Hazangwi about linkages between the global south and countries such as Greece, Spain and Ireland around the economic justice issues of debt, banks and who is impacted by our current financial systems. Who has global power and why? What can we do about these injustices?
Host Per Fagereng speaks with Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992.
Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 29 years. In 1987 he organized the largest peace protest in Florida history when over 5,000 people marched on Cape Canaveral in opposition to the first flight test of the Trident II nuclear missile. He was the organizer of the Cancel Cassini Campaign (launched 72 pounds of plutonium into space in 1997).