Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how the $15 minimum wage ordinance that was recently passed by the City Council in Seattle came to be. Arun points out how people are agitated by the bank-bailouts, the role played by Socialist Alternative and Kshama Sawant's election to the City Council, the contentiousness about and limitations to the final ordinance. They also consider what kind of organizing is or is not behind getting the ordinance passed. In this vein, they talk about "militant shopfloor organizing" vs. electoral organizing, the role played by independent media, weilding control at the "point of production, and the problem of finding solidarity as "all that is solid melts into air."
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Laurie Mercier interviews Peter Hart about his recent writings on media coverage and revisionism surrounding the Iraq War. They consider the shifting of blame for instability in Iraq from the US occupation to "age-old ethnic conflicts"; the abscence of coverage of Iraqi suffering; and the way the Iraq War is portrayed as something that "happened to the US".
Since the founding of the US, the postal service has delivered mail quickly and securely from any place in the country to any other place in it, all for a price anyone could afford. Now many corporations and members of congress want to break up this birthright and hand it over to private, profit-making companies. Willie Goshell is an officer in the National Association of Letter Carriers and active in the Portland Campaign to Save Our Post Office. Here he talks with Bill Resnick about how much we would be losing if Postal Service gets privatized, and what we can do to stop it. 19:03 minutes (13.08 MB)
Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities. 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)