Old Mole Variety Hour on 04/01/13
Joe Clement hosts and we hear:
- Joe talks with Dan Gross, co-author with Staughton Lynd of the book, "Labor Law for the Rank and Filer". They talk about labor law as an overall impediment to the labor movement, but how it can still figure into successful organizing today. They also talk about solidarity unionism and its advantageous differences from business unionism. In addition to his labor law background, Dans been an organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World and helped co-found the Starbucks Workers Union when he was a worker there. He's currently the executive director of Brandworkers International, a nonprofit that trains "workers in social change tools and [facilitates] member-led workplace justice campaigns".
- Bill Resnick talks with Gwen Sullivan, president of the Portland Association of Teachers, about high-stakes testing. She speaks about the resistance to it we see organizing around the country, and argues this is a fight for and not against education.
- Denise Morris talks with author and queer activist, Matilda Bernstein Sycamore about her new memoir "The End of San Francisco". They consider the strategies she uses when remembering her own life and how they unlock or suggest new ways of understanding the past, present and potential future of queer liberation. Matilda will be speaking at Powell's City of Books on Monday the 1st at 7:30PM.
Don't forget this is a membership-drive special! Copies of "Labor Law for the Rank and Filer" and "The End of San Francisco" will be available as gifts to new and renewing members! Tell your friends to tune in and call in! 1-877-500-5266.