This program features music by the Rice Workers Choir of Novi Di Modena, songs sung by women workers who organized to achieve the first 8-hour day. Also discussed are the rising costs of food, Mothers' Day as part of the Peace Movement, and Christian fundmentalism in the US military. Hear the whole show, hosted by Bill Resnick, by clicking the arrow above. Or hear individual pieces going to their links below.
In these first four segments, you can hear the music of Novi Di Modena and a discussion of their music by Italian scholar Clarissa Clo.
Music and labor history: women rice workers and their songs. In this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick, Clarissa Clo relates the history of women's labor in the rice fields of Italy, their contribution to the rights of labor, and compares their songs with the music made by slaves in the South of the US.
Becca Griggs and Eryn Slack, members of UNITE HERE Local 9 spoke with Bread & Roses on May 9, 2008 about the ongoing boycott of the Portland Hilton. In this short interview, Becca and Eryn talk about hotel work experiences, the union's demand for a fair contract and actions the public can take to support these workers.
For more information about UNITE HERE go to their website: unitehere.org
The first ever national study of day labor worker centers found abuses of workers rights to be BUSINESS as usual for most day laborers.
The director of the national day laborers organizing network was joined by the director of the center of urban studies from the university of illinois to present the findings of the study here in portland.