Jim Cook is engaged in a struggle to save the U.S. Postal Service from a crisis that may bring it down and leave all our mail in the hands of private corporations. Here he talks with Bill Resnick about why the crisis is a fake and what needs to be done about it. Jim is President of the local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78 is A collection of first-person and historical essays spans the people’s history of San Francisco in the tumultuous decade from 1968, the year of the San Francisco State College strike, to 1978 and the twin traumas of the Jonestown massacre and the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. This volume provides a broad look at the diverse ways those ten years shaped the world we live in today. From community gardening to environmental justice, gay rights and other identity-based social movements, anti-gentrification efforts, neighborhood arts programs and more, many of the initiatives whose origins are described here have taken root and spread far beyond San Francisco.
Tonight's show features the current struggles of workers in two ports. First we speak with Dan Coffman, President of ILWU Local 21, about the Longview workers' courageous fight against the transnational corporation EGT, and how their community has mobilized and braved police brutality to stand up for good local jobs.
The latest news from the Occupation Movement, protests at the white house, Newt Gingrich, problems with oysters, mysterious bruises and other injuries in Japan, global warming and the occupation, housing issues, changes to the post office and listeners' calls.
Fifty Oregonians joined thousands of activists from across the country to Take Back the Capitol this week in a campaign sponsored by the OCCUPY movement, Jobs with Justice, and the Service Employees International Union. Under the banner of "Good Jobs, Not Cuts. Extend Unemployment Benefits" the local contingent was organized by We Are Oregon, Oregon Action, and SEIU locals 49 and 503. KBOO reporter Jamie Partridge was in Washington DC Tuesday and has a word with one of the unemployed workers in the Portland contingent, Kimberly Bacon.