Frann Michel brings us the Well-read Red. She muses on the dire state of labor, and by the end focuses on the need to challenge not just injustice in the wage-system, but to decouple income from jobs and overthrow the wage-system as such.
A MAQUILA WORKER IN NICARAGUA DESCRIBES THE FIGHT TO FORM A UNION. AS FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS HAVE PROLIFERATED, MAQUILAS - PLANTS USED BY TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS IN ORDER TO PAY LESS IN WAGES TO WORKERS AND TAXES TO GOVERNMENTS - HAVE SPREAD ACROSS LATIN AMERICA, BRINGING AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LARGELY FEMALE WORKFORCE THAT COMES WITH PERSONAL AND SOCIAL COSTS.
Portland leaders of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists reflect on last week's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Tina Turner Morfitt, who was in Washington DC, Audrey Terrell who was in Portland, and Deborah Hall share their perspective on the struggle for justice, then and now.