The working class is missing from popular TV shows, as this analysis by Josh Eidelson shows. Josh's funny and biting piece, published on the Dissent website and on his blog, is read here by the Old Mole's Joe Clement. It's called "Welcome to TV-Ville, Population: Richer Than You."
Bill Resnick talks with Andrew Sernatinger, a baker, activist, and labor-organizer in Madison, Wisconsin about the class struggle there. What is left out of the mainstream conversations is progressive taxation, while Democrats appear on the side of unions mostly for their campaign contributions. Sernatinger has hopeful news about the multitude of radical progressive organizations who are keeping the focus on Wall Street and the role of tax breaks in the so-called budget crisis. Following the interview, host Laurie Mercier provides even more recent news from Sernatinger about the changing political situation.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this episode of the Old Mole which deals with food and world hunger, a book about a future after capitalism, labor and the left in the AT&T merger with T-Mobile, and the political horizons for cyborgs.
"What could a telecom merger mean for economic democracy?" asks Josh Eidelson in an article published in Dissent. AT&T is merging with T-Mobile. Is that a bad thing because it limits competition in a communications industry? Or a good thing because AT&T is a union shop and T-Mobile is not? Eidelson argues the latter in this piece, read and commented on here by the Old Mole's Joe Clement. For an opinion piece that attacks progressives for suppporting the merger, check out this NY Times editorial.
Portland Rising , a project of JOBS with JUSTICE, loaded 150 activists on three buses for a day of action in solidarity with seven different private & public sector unions whose contracts expired on that same day, June 30th .JwJ Director Margaret Butl
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, after six weeks of rotating strikes, a lockout, and back-to-work legislation, continues to struggle for a fair contract. Denis Lemelin, national president of CUPW, is interviewed by Portland letter carrier, Jamie Partridge, about the issues which pushed Canadian postal workers out on strike -- automation, new work methods, staffing, benefit cuts, and a two-tier workforce.