Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Old Mole which deals with food and world hunger, a book about a future after capitalism, labor and the left in the AT&T merger with T-Mobile, and the political horizons for cyborgs.
"What could a telecom merger mean for economic democracy?" asks Josh Eidelson in an article published in Dissent. AT&T is merging with T-Mobile. Is that a bad thing because it limits competition in a communications industry? Or a good thing because AT&T is a union shop and T-Mobile is not? Eidelson argues the latter in this piece, read and commented on here by the Old Mole's Joe Clement. For an opinion piece that attacks progressives for suppporting the merger, check out this NY Times editorial.
Portland Rising , a project of JOBS with JUSTICE, loaded 150 activists on three buses for a day of action in solidarity with seven different private & public sector unions whose contracts expired on that same day, June 30th .JwJ Director Margaret Butl
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, after six weeks of rotating strikes, a lockout, and back-to-work legislation, continues to struggle for a fair contract. Denis Lemelin, national president of CUPW, is interviewed by Portland letter carrier, Jamie Partridge, about the issues which pushed Canadian postal workers out on strike -- automation, new work methods, staffing, benefit cuts, and a two-tier workforce.
Arthur Stamoulis of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign talks about the demonstration planned for Congressman Earl Blumenauer's Office on Monday, July 11 * 12:00 noon at 729 NE Oregon St (Near the 7th Avenue MAX Station)
Fifty-one union leaders were assassinated in Colombia last year — more than in the rest of the world combined. At least 17 have been assassinated so far this year.
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.