This week is the busiest week of the year for the US Postal Service. Despite all the business, the postal service is on the verge of bankruptcy because of a pre-funding mandate imposed by a lame-duck Congress in 2006.
Here in Portland, a door-to-door canvassing group called Working America is taking up the cause of saving America's postal service.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode which surveys the Occupy movement; the differences between the US and the UK labor movements; workers' struggles in our broken food industry; and an implausible story about a poisoned husband.
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The system that puts food on our tables is broken and corrupt. The Food Chain Workers’ Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food. In this conversation with director Joann Lo, we hear how they are organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
A few weeks ago, British public employees mounted the biggest general strike since the 1920s. Why have we seen nothing like that from unions in the US? Joe Clement introduces and then comments on what labor journalist Mike Elk had to say about this question.
Nationally known journalist Arum Gupta has visited over 30 Occupy sites in more than 20 states around the country, and he reports here in conversation with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier where the movement stands and where it may be headed. Gupta is a founding editor of the Indypendent, a frequent contributor to OccupyUSAToday, and Guernica.
Kit Kittredge, grandmother, peace activist and CodePink member on Gaza, Cairo and Tahrir Square
Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Kit Kittredge, a 53 year old mother, grandmother and peace activist.
She is an active member of CodePink Women for Peace. Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, Veterans For Peace and Ground Zero Center for Nonviolence. She works as a Massage Therapist and is a volunteer Firefighter/EMT in Quilcene Wash.. In addition to promoting peace and social justice Kit spends time with her family and growing organic food.