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Building Bridges Radio:Northwest Strike;CBC Lockout;NYU Unionbusting

Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg | WBAI Radio's Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Produced & Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Monday, August 29 7 - 8 p.m. EST, over 99.5 FM
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Worker Freedom | The hundredth anniversary of the Industrial Workers of the World will be
celebrated by artists, historians, musicians and today's Wobbly organizers.
The event will feature performances, talks and a slide show commemorating
the Wobblies role in Labor history.
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The Bankers Own The Earth [Updated]

--(A)-- | We are living in an usury-market economy, not a free-market economy. It is by design that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, not by accident. [Changes: A few new quotes and links have been added, dead links have been removed. A visit to after reading this is highly recommended.] more...  0 Comments

Voices of the Lost and Forgotten- Pt. 4: Families In Poverty

Jay Shaft | Part four in a five part series on the alarming increases of homelessness, poverty, and hunger in America.

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Street Vendors Converge on City Hall to Protest Unfair $1,000 Vending Fines

The Street Vendor Project | These fines, often imposed for such violations as not displaying one's license or being too close to a store front, can reach $1,000, which is equal to three months' earnings for many vendors and threatens to put them out of business. The vendors were joined by NYC Council member Robert Jackson and mayoral candidates Fernando Ferrer and Anthony Wiener, who all gave speeches singing the praises of vendors as hardworking small business owners in pursuit of the “American Dream,” and speaking out against the exorbitant fines. more...  1 Comments

General Strike--DON'T BUY GAS***Sept. 1, 2005****

jwnyc | You can't get arrested for taking a day off work. Take the day off, don't buy gas. more...  4 Comments

Billionaires Support Their Silent Advocate, Betsy Gotbaum, at City Hall

Maya Foxnew | Getting drunk on power, Billionaires for Betsy and Bloomberg took time off backroom schmoozing and dealing at City Hall to show their support for their Silent Advocate, Betsy, brandishing signs saying "Silence is Golden" and "Silence=Wealth." "We are truly Buy-Partisan, as that is the way to get things done at City Hall, whether it is a 1.6 Billion dollars of Corporate Welfare for Morgan Stanley, or 20 to 40 story buildings in Brooklyn", says Emma Nent Domain.
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State Governors Sharpen Attacks on Oppressed Immigrants

Alex Gould | On Friday August 12, Arizona governor Bill Richardson, a Democrat, declared a state of emergency in the counties bordering Mexico. On Monday, Janet Napolitano, the Democratic governor of Arizona, declared a similar emergency in her state. The California legislature is debating a similar declaration. Usually associated with disasters such as floods and earthquakes, these state of emergency declarations are being issued to get 3.25 million dollars in federal funds to increase the militarized policing of the US-Mexico border. more...  2 Comments

Fascists Don't Resign. They Must Be Removed II.

Lloyd Hart | "Why hasn't Karl Rove resigned?" seems to be the question written on the faces of all my liberal friends as they walk around Martha's Vineyard this summer in a conscious stupefied form of denial I have literally never seen before. more...  0 Comments

NYU Union To Rally August 31

UAW 2110 | UAW Local 2110 writes: "On Wednesday, August 31st, our historic first contract covering the NYU graduate assistants will expire. The NYU administration has announced they will not bargain a new agreement. How can they get away with this? Last summer, the Bush-dominated National Labor Relations Board narrowly voted to overturn the rights of graduate employees at private universities to organize."

From a previous report on the NYU union issue: "Several hundred people packed a Town Hall Meeting at NYU on Tuesday July 12 in overwhelming support of the first graduate student labor union at a private university in the United States." [Read More]

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Literacy in Economic Questions

Ulrich Duchrow | The neoliberal total market was created through political strategies, above all through the installation of dictatorships by the secret service and military interventions of the US, not by democracy. more...  0 Comments

BIKE NATIONAL CONVENTION 2 continues with Group Rides all weekend long!

bike ninja | STILL WE RIDE!
In celebration of our great biking community, TIME'S UP! is hosting over 2 weeks of rides, workshops & events to commemorate another year of bicycle action and enthusiasm. The BNC will provide New Yorkers and visitors a chance to participate in rides that showcase NYC's unique bike-riding environment and the communities of cyclists who inhabit and support it. more...  3 Comments

Starbucks Workers vs. Billionaires for Bush on WBAI

Worker Freedom | Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
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David Broncoccio and Now - Sellouts or Brain Dead

Don Beck | In the first five minutes of his show about Enron, he mentioned the BILLIONS (38 to be close) that Enron stole from California alone. Ten minutes later he referred to Enron as the "Bankrupt Energy Giant".
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Building Bridges-Mon,8-15-Starbucks Unionists;NLRB Outrage;Gambian Kora Musician

Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg | WBAI Radio's Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Produced & Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Monday, August 15, 2005, 7 - 8 p.m. EST, over 99.5 FM
or streaming live at
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Nickel-and-Dimed on Knickerbocker Ave

Sarah Stuteville | “They pay minimum wages. This store doesn’t. That one across the street doesn’t either,” says Manuel Guerrero, a union organizer for the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU). Guerrero walks down Knickerbocker Avenue’s busy retail strip in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, cataloguing abuses on streets choked with cheap clothing and sneaker shops, bodegas, and 99-cent stores. more...  0 Comments

A Reality Check for Corporate America

Addison Wiggins | Without business investment, we have no right to expect a recovery..The parallels between corpoate failures and government policy are alarming..The half-hearted debate over the twin deficits in trade and budget involve some big numbers but the Fed is not concerned.." more...  0 Comments

Playing Hardball Against Soft Drinks (Indypendent)

Diane Mason | The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke is a global movement that seeks to hold the Coca-Cola Company accountable for its gross human rights abuses in Colombia, to educate the public about Coke’s crimes worldwide and to give support to others in their struggles against the beverage giant. Coke is implicated in the kidnapping, torture and murder of union organizers at their bottling plants in Colombia. These crimes echo a similar pattern of intimidation by the company in Guatemala in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

As a result of the work of the NYC-based Corporate Campaign, Inc./Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, the sale and marketing of Coke products has been banned from colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Rutgers University, with NYU expected to follow. The group has also won the support of major labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union and the New York State United Teachers, as well as the Union Theological Seminary. Ray Rogers, the campaign’s director, was the recent focus of a segment on “WB11 News at Ten” that reported the conclusion of City Councilman Hiram Monserrate’s Columbian investigation – that Coke is indeed complicit in the alleged abuses.
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Incalculable Damage: Coca-Cola's Operations in India (Indypendent)

Diane Mason | In July, the Coca-Cola Company threatened to sue award-winning Indian photographer Sharad Haksar for causing “incalculable damage” to its goodwill and reputation. Haksar had placed a giant billboard in Chennai, one of India’s largest cities, which displayed the Coca-Cola logo painted on a wall in the background of a photograph depicting water scarcity. The photographer claimed his work was “solely an expression of creativity.” Coca-Cola demanded that he remove the billboard and make an unconditional apology. He has refused. more...  0 Comments

Monsanto seeks patents on breeding (Indypendent)

Brian Thomas Fitzgerald | It’s official. Monsanto Corporation is out to corner the world’s food supply as they pig-headedly set about hog-tying farmers with their monopoly plans. Not content to control the patents on pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified seeds, the corporate giant has made a move toward the barnyard in an attempt to own that most famous Monsanto invention – the pig. more...  0 Comments

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