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?
With Gresham teachers on Wednesday, April 25th, KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge interviews picket captains, rank & file union members, community and student supporters as well as capturing the announcement of a tentative agreement after only hours on strike.
1,300 school teachers, represented by the Oregon Education Association (OEA) in the Parkrose, Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds school districts, may go on strike, some as early as this Wednesday, if their school boards continue down their current path -- the implementation of severe attacks on teachers’ benefits and working conditions. Host Jamie Partridge brings us an excerpt from a teachers March 20th rally at Gresham High Gym.
This program takes its name, “the Old Mole,” from Marx’s image for the Revolution that works underground and suddenly emerges into daylight where least expected. The first revolution approaching what he had in mind was the October Revolution in Russia in 1917. In 1981, Warren Beatty produced, directed, and starred in a blockbuster movie Reds about the period. Our Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Jan Haaken see much to like in its portrayal of the period and the life of political commitment. The two main protagonists, John Reed and Louise Bryant, lived and met in Portland.