Van Jones reclaim the American Dream movement kicks off tomorrow. Denise and Mark Brenner - the director Labor Notes - talk about the struggle the labor movement has ha d engaging American working-class history. Mark and Denise emphasize that the labor-movement doesn't have a PR problem; it has had a movement problem, and we only have to look to past concrete labor-struggles in the form of strikes and occupations to see what can be done. Recently even, Mark points out, Egypt wasn't changed by "changing the narrative", but by filling Tahrir Square and closing down factories.
Bill and Jane talk about the relationship between welfare and the working-poor, paying special attention to working-mothers in Jane's research. Jane says she and her colleagues have wanted to know how the relationship between government, families and business has changed to affect the division of labor she and feminists call "social reproduction" - basically getting people into the next generation. She laments that a lot of people in government today seem to think that tax-payers arrive on the scene fully developed and ready to work. Jane hopes to dislodge that assumption and show that children and adults need many things - like healthcare, childcare and the flexibility to take care of personal crises - secured by their community to flourish individually.
Paul Grussendorf My Trials: What I Learned In Immigration Court
Host Carlos Chavez interviews Paul Grussendorf next Wednesday, June 29th at 9-10am. They discuss his new book (e-book) My Trials: What I learned in Immigration Court. This will be a call in program, so we welcome your questions at (503) 231-8187.
Robert Weissman points out it is still possible for government-owned companies like GM to be directed toward producing public goods, like mass-transit. Rob also suggests that there's no reason the government couldn't operate a publically-owned bank through Citi-group and not rip people off or use other predatory practices. If anything, this would, like unions, put pressure on the private sector to change. Then there is how the government could encourage sustainable development by investing in key industries for the public good (like green energy, high-speed rail and others). Rob points out how Texas is one of the leading producers of wind-power because of State-level investment.
Portland Rising , a project of JOBS with JUSTICE, is calling worker rights activists to Get on the Bus for a Day of Action.On June 30th several busloads of demonstrators will travel to job sites in support of m