Susan Erem, co-author of On the Global Waterfront: The Fight to Free the Charleston 5, talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how the longshoremen of South Carolina were prosecuted on trumped-up charges of inciting a riot, and how, with international labor support, they were victorious. Bill and Susan discuss the political forces at play in the case. More about the book here.
Last week, picketers gathered at the new Tropical Smoothies location on East Burnside to bring attention to the lack of fair wages and benefits used by the general contractor. The contractor has raised questions about the unions practices. KBOO reporter Don Wolfe has the story from both sides.
Host Bruce Silverman produced this series of programs to inform us about what needs changing in our community, our nation and our world. Today he looks at W.A.G.E.S. Women housecleaners in San Francisco have created their own cooperatively-owned cleaning companies.
American historian Christopher Phelps talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about parts of Martin Luther King Jr.'s that get overlooked on the day we celebrate him. Phelps's article on this topic is here.
Clayton Morgareidge--today's Well-read Red--discusses and summarizes a theme from Michael Hardt's and Antonio Negri's 2004 book Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire: A necessary element of capitalism--private property--is decomposing in an age when the dominant form of production is immaterial and infinitely reproducible.
Bill Resnick talks with labor activist and writer Sam Gindin about what progressives need to do when the economy goes in the tank. Economic crises don't signal the end of capitalism or the rise of the working class. The answer: Organize! More about Sam Gindin here. Gindin's essay "Anti-Capitalism and the Terrain of Social Justice" won the Daniel Singer prize, and you can read it here.