The Moles celebrate Labor Day by burrowing into issues surrounding several kinds of labor. Labor Historian Nathan Lichtenstein talks labor movement strategy and the SEIU with Bill Resnick. Mike Snedker and Jan Haaken consider the plight of sex workers in Portland. Frann Michel analyzes controversies about women's labor and women's sexuality. And Clayton Morgareidge reviews progressive takes on Barack Obama. Hear the whole show by hitting the arrow above, or separate pieces by following the links below:
Old Mole Frann Michel draws on Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale to focus on the exploitation and coercion of of women's reproductive labor. More specifically, she examines recent political battles over access to abortion, contraception, and sex education, and the need for women to be free to choose when and whether to bear and raise children. You can read her piece with many links to follow up on right here.
Attorney Mike Snedeker and the Old Mole's Jan Haaken reflect on the place of sex work --especially prostitution-- in society. They discuss the controversy in Portland about "prostitution free zones" along SE 82d Avenue, and the different approaches to these matters in European countries like the Netherlands, emulated by Proposition K on the November ballot in San Francisco.
Bill Resnick talks with labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein about debates over building the labor movement, dealing especially with the SEIU (Service Workers International Union), the nation's largest union. He discusses these issues also in a recent op-ed column in the LA Times.
In today's installment of Kboo's feature “Civil Liberties Watch “, reporter Linda Olson-Osterlund interviews Daniel Metcalfe, a lawyer who has challenged the politically-motivated hiring and firing of U-S attorneys at the U-S Department of Justice.