The system that puts food on our tables is broken and corrupt. The Food Chain Workers’ Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food. In this conversation with director Joann Lo, we hear how they are organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
Larry Bowlden warns us away from the best-selling novel by Robert Goolrick, A Reliable Wife, and corrects the mistaken idea that he never reviews books he doesn't like. You can read more of his reviews here.
Clayton Morgareidge hosts this Old Mole episode which surveys the Occupy movement; the differences between the US and the UK labor movements; workers' struggles in our broken food industry; and an implausible story about a poisoned husband.
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How fair and democratic are "winner-take-all" elections? Rob Ritchie is the director of Fair Vote, and in this conversation he and the Old Mole's Bill Resnick discuss how most elections work against third-party candidates and how elections could be get more voices into the electoral arena. More information.
Mainstream gay organizations and the liberal media have spent millions campaigning for the end to "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the US military. Is that where the GLBT movement should be spending its money? Denise Morris hosts a discussion with Yasmin Nair and Ryan Conrad, both of the Against Equality Collective. Ryan is co-editor of Against Equality: Don't Ask to Fight Their Wars.
Brad Manning, a young, gay soldier imprisoned and accused of giving classified information to Wikileaks, has been abandoned by the mainstream GLBT movement. Why? Is it because he shows exactly why the military is not a place gays should be trying to get equal access to? Denise Morris reads from a piece by Larry Goldsmith, "Bradley Manning: Rich Man's War, Poor (Gay) Man's Fight."
Israel wants a war, but not with Iran, for that would lead to disaster. It would rather fight the Palestinians in Gaza -- again -- but Hamas is depriving the Israelis of good reasons. Uri Avnery explains how Hamas has stolen a war in this blog post, read here by the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Avnery is a founding member of Gush Shalom (peace bloc), independent movement in Israel.