Two progressive advocacy groups, OSPIRG, the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, and Environment Oregon, are experiencing labor strife. Today, outside the call center for the Fund for the Public Interest, at the Portland Telephone Outreach Project, where telephone workers fundraise for these two groups, union activists staged an informational picket. KBOO labor reporter Jamie Partridge has the story.
Bill Resnick is our host today with live coverage of the West Coast port shutdowns. Bill talks with activists on the scene here in Portland and in Oakland. Also on the show, the Movie Moles take us back in time to the politics of It's A Wonderful Life, Tom Becker reads a piece about why people fear atheism, and letter carrier and local union president Jim Cook explains why our Postal Service is in danger. Throughout the show, we hear holiday caroling from Wobbly members with lyrics updated to suit our mutinous times.
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.