Strikes, protests and occupations greet the arrival of the World Cup in Brazil this week. In one of the world's most unequal societies, the Workers Party government is spending tens of billions of dollars building world class stadiums, displacing slum dwellers, and ramping up police and the armed forces, preparing for the huge world soccer championship -- while healthcare, education and public transportation suffer cuts. Eduardo Albergaria, aide to a Congressional minister and activist in the Party of Socialism and Freedom (PSOL), talks with Labor Radio host Jamie Partridge about the opportunities and challenges facing the working class struggle. 29:40 minutes (27.16 MB)
Joe Clement talks with Hart Noecker and Nick Caleb about gentrification in Portland and a Pedalpalooza ride* they're organizing to raise awareness and stimulate action around it. Hart and Nick discuss how they came to Portland, how they've seen it change, why they and others refer to this change as "gentrification", and why this is such a pressing issue. The promised online portion starts right after a 10 second musical clip at the end. In it they dive into a more open conversation about density, green capitalism and how the market distorts and undermines the aims of development, organizing working and poor communities to take, and more.
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