Today's show, hosted by Joe Clement, features interviews about teachers struggling against the businessizing of education, single-payer healthcare in Oregon, neoliberalism and gay marriage, and a Well Read Red about the connection between the war against women and labor struggles nation-wide. The show is also peppered with music by Utah Phillips and a reading from the Industrial Workers of the World's constitution.
Last week, 45 people were arrested in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, for watching a video on the uprising in Egypt. They were charged with treason and were tortured by government personnel. One of the detainees was pushed out of a second floor window resulting in a broken leg. Some of the detainees are HIV positive and in need of their life-saving medicine. All have been denied access to medical treatment, lawyers and proper meals.
On this show, you'll hear interviews with organizers and community members who are working to make public transit affordable and equitable. They are part of an inspiring movement for social and environmental justice.
First, we bring you an interview with Esperanza Martinez of LA's Bus Riders Union. A little later in the show, we'll take a trip on Trimet with a dozen dynamic organizers from OPAL, Organizing People Activating Leaders, OPAL, and Bus Riders Unite
It's kinda nice when we remember we're strong. The extraordinary pro-worker demonstrations that started in Wisconsin two weeks ago -- and have since spread -- give lie to the conventional wisdom that the labor movement is dead. Wisconsin's new governor, Scott Walker, made busting the state public employees' union his first order of business. The union, along with sympathetic Wisconsinites of all stripes, busted him right back -- hard. And they show no sign of backing down.
Dave Mazza hosted this week's Voices from the Edge about the ongoing 2011 Wisconsin Protests. Open lines with KBOO Listeners.
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