Labor Radio on 03/19/12
WORKERS DEMOCRACY in VENEZUELA
Since 1999 and the election of Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan workers have been creating a participatory democracy which they call “Socialism for the 21st Century”. Host Jamie Partridge interviews former Portland organizer Patrick Leet, who has spent the past five years in the midst of this “Bolivarian Revolution.” Leet covers a range of topics, from the Venezuelan labor movement, education system, the media, and housing law to the Latin American common market and neoliberal economics.
At the end of the show, Partridge pays tribute to recently deceased labor songwriter and longshore (ILWU) union member, Harry Stamper of Coos Bay.