Building Bridges Radio: Your Community & Labor Report

Produced and Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash over WBAI,99.5FM in the NYC Metro Area

WHO WE ARE

WORKERS OF THE WORLD TUNE IN! Introducing "Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report"

Our beat is the labor front, broadly defined, both geographically and conceptually. We examine the world of work and workers on the job as well as where they live. We examine the issues that affect their everyday lives, with a particular sensitivity towards human rights abuses, environmental concerns and the U.S. drive for global domination. We record their global struggles and provide analysis of their efforts to empower themselves and transform society to provide greater democratic, human, social, political and economic rights. Each program consists of feature stories, generally interviews, within a historical context, often accompanied by sound from demonstrations, rallies or conferences, and complemented and enhanced by poetry and instrumental or vocal -- people's culture.

Over the years Building Bridges has produced a weekly one hour program, Mondays from 7-8 PM EST, covering local, national and international labor and community issues over radio WBAI-Pacifica 99.5 FM in New York. We also produce half hour version, Building Bridges National, which is distribtued to over 40 broadcast and internet radio stations.


For more information you can contact us at knash@igc.org
In Struggle Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash

The Scottsboro Boys Case Then & The Central Park Five Case Now - 28:21  

Waiting for Justice, The Scottsboro Boys Case Then & The Central Park Five  Case Now
featuring 
Prof. Kwando Kinshasa, author The Scottsboro Boys in Their 
Own Words: Selected Letters, 1931-1950, and Omowale Clay, activist with the December 12th Movement

The Scottsboro Boys in Their Own Words - the prison letters of nine African American youth facing the death penalty, and what they teach us and today's manifestation of Scottsboro the case of the Central Park Five.  Nine African American’s were indicted in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 falsely accused of  rape.  Though most of the defendants were barely literate and all of them were teen-agers when incarcerated, over the course of almost two decades they  learned the basic rudiments of effective letter writing and in doing so forcefully expressed a wide range of perspectives on their circumstances, the nature of the case, and falsity of the charges against them. Now Prof. Kwando Kinshasa author of  The Scottsboro Boys in Their Own Words: Selected Letters, 1931-1950, his latest work in his trilogy on the case talks about their survival, 
courage, resistance and political growth, in their own words through their extraordinary letters, and those of their families and attorneys. Prof. Kinshasa is also joined by community activist Omowale Clay to discuss the contemporary parallel to Scottsboro, the case of the Central Park Five, both ensnared by a racist system, both still waiting for justice!  

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Dirt from Under the Golden Arches: Workers Take McDonald's to Court - 26:31  

Dirt from Under the Golden Arches: 
Workers Take McDonald's to Court 
with
Joseph Sellers, plaintiff’s attorney

Fast-food workers hit McDonald's with multiple class-action lawsuits claiming McDonald's is deliberately and systematically stealing employees' wages by forcing them to work off the clock, shaving hours off their time cards and not paying them overtime, among other illegal practices. For workers already struggling to afford the basics, it's nearly impossible to make ends meet. But, McDonald’s— which raked in nearly $5.6 billion in profits last year — doesn't pay workers for all of their hours. Attorney Joseph
Sellers said: “McDonald's has tried to shield itself from liability for these unlawful employment practices committed at its franchise 
restaurants. But we found evidence that McDonald's Corp. had indeed exerted the control over the daily operations at these franchise restaurant that makes it legally, jointly responsible for these unlawful pay practices. We believe it's time that McDonald's accept responsibility for the pay practices in its franchise restaurants as it serves jointly as an employer there.” 

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Immigration Reform for 2014? -27:32  

Taking the Pulse on Immigration Reform for 2014?
featuring
Oscar Chacon, Ex. Dir., National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities Coalition 



Will there be immigration policy reform in 2014?  The answer, sadly, seems unlikely - at least not the kind of reform that would result in solid, forward-looking public policy.  But, having coming to that reality, advocates remain determined and are  going beyond all the current proposals in Washington and digging even deeper into the structural problems with our outdated, isolationist and fundamentally inhumane policy regime around immigrants and immigration. Along with this process, in the short term activists are increasing their efforts to put a stop to the rampant detentions and deportations that are causing so much pain in immigrant communities and we’ll talk about how both fronts are progressing.

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250 UPS Workers Received Pink Slips; The Newark Schools Crisis  

Two Hundred Fifty UPS Workers Received Pink Slips
featuring 
. Jairo Reyes, fired UPS worker
. Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate
. Tim Sylvester, President Local 802, IBT

United Parcel Services (“UPS”) workers, numerous elected officials and Teamsters Local 804 members in Queens delivered 100,000 petition signatures in support of the 250 drivers whose jobs are on the line. UPS has issued termination notices to the Teamster drivers for participating in a walkout and protest after the company fired a union activist in violation of a signed agreement.  What began as a routine disciplinary matter has become a flashpoint for workers’ rights in New York City. 
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The Current Crisis In Newark Schools
featuring 
Larry Hamm, Chairman, People's Organization for Progress, Newark, NJ

Newark is in the throes of a broadening community based 
resistance of parents, teachers and longtime city residents to draconian efforts to privatize Newark schools without the communities consent by the state imposed superintendent Cami Anderson.  Anderson has proposed public school closings and job cuts, while advancing Charter  schools.  She wants charter chains in five troubled district schools that serve K-8 students. She has proposed charters take over management of the schools entirely.  She is also establishing nine more “renew” schools, in which she will give principals the right to select their own teaching staffs. Larry Hamm analyzes the Anderson plan and what is needed to help preserve and fix Newark’s troubled public school system.

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Cornel West: The Struggle to Free Oscar López Rivera - 27:59  

The Colonization of Puerto Rico & The History of African-Americans: 
Same Struggle, Same Fight 
and the Imperative to Free Oscar López Rivera
with
. Jose López, Ex. Dir. Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago IL., 
brother of political prisoner, 70-year-old Oscar  López Rivera
. Dr. Cornel West, America’s most renowned public intellectual, 
author of over 20 books and activist 
. Dr. Samuel Cruz, sociologist of religion, race, Latino studies, 
sexuality and gender, Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church.   

Cornel West and Samuel Cruz are joined by Jose López to continue the groundbreaking ‘Common Ground and Common Hope: Black & Latino Dialogue’ of 2012 and in the aftermath of their historic trip to Puerto Rico discuss the impact of their recent talks and  connect many of the most pressing moral, spiritual and political issues raised to the ongoing struggle to liberate Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner who has been incarcerated for over 32 years.  They draw on Dr. King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ written in April 1963, where he defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.  Oscar  López Rivera has been imprisoned since 1981 for seditious conspiracy, directly related to his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico.  He was not accused of causing harm or taking a life.  He is the longest-held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, and among the longest-held political prisoners in the US. He is a caring community organizer; a creative, self-taught artist; a voracious reader; and a  brilliant thinker whose imprisonment constitutes an ongoing human rights violation.

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Governor Cuomo's Budget's Wrong! It's Tax the Rich and Feed the Poor, Not the Other Way Around! - 26:36  

Hey Gov. Cuomo Your Budget’s Wrong!
with 
Frederick Floss, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute 

When it comes to the state budget  Cuomo's approach is out of focus and falls far short in making the essential public investments to expand opportunities for the millions of New Yorkers in poverty or still struggling to pull away from the great recession of 2008-9. New York State has gone through six years of austerity and that has stretched the financial capacity of its municipalities, schools and agencies to the limit. This isn’t the time for large, multi-year tax cuts paid for with projected surpluses and substantial, unspecified out-year budget cuts.  We’ll shovel through the "budget" and uncover how the steep tax and spending cuts will seriously erode the state’s ability to invest in its people, communities and the infrastructure.

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NYC Financial Services Reform to Combat Inequality - 26:21  

New York Has the Financial Muscle to Leverage to Combat Inequality 
with 
Connie Razza, Research Dir., Center for Popular Democracy 
and
Arthur Cheliotes, Pres. Local 1180, Communication Workers of America

New York is among the most unequal cities in the US.  This inequality has become the most pressing issue in New York City and New York State.  The good news is New Yorkers are demanding action - and now a broad coalition of organizations has a plan to help create a new economy that serves the needs of working families and their communities.  New York City is uniquely positioned to lead the way in holding Wall Street to a new standard.  The city and its related authorities and has the financial leverage and economic power to demand that Wall Street fundamentally change how it relates to our communities.  New York City should not be a passive participant in a market that is rigged by the financial sector.  With hundreds of billions of dollars to shop on financial services, the City can shape the market.
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State Owned Banks Can Help Revive the Economy
with
Ellen Hodgson Brown 
Chairman and President Of the public banking institute 

Hodgson Brown explains the rationale behind state owned banks. For Michigan, California, Florida, and other states looking to solve their economic problems, the state owned bank model, and the Bank of North Dakota in particular, should be studied in depth, as such a bank could provide the credit needed within that state 
economy during depressions and other tough economic times.

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Part 2 of Amiri Baraka's Homecoming Tribute: The Euology of his Son Ras Baraka , the Next Mayor of Newark, NJ - 28:40  

Part 2 of The Homecoming Tribute for Amiri Baraka Featuring the Euology of his Son Ras Baraka , the Next Mayor of Newark, NJ

The Homecoming tribute of writer and revolutionary icon Amiri Baraka shut down a section of one of downtown Newark’s main streets, dignitary style. African drummers flanked the entry to Newark Symphony Hall, greeting each attendee with ancestral rhythms and setting the tone for what would be a service filled with music, poetry, remembrance and fire; the fire you light when a world-changing, shape-shifting native son has left us.   

Inside, every seat was taken by those who came from around the corner and around  the world for Amiri Baraka, beat poet, Black Nationalist, Marxist, Griot, Shaman, Lighter of Fires; a man whose intellectual and spiritual breadth was reflected in his perpetual search for his truest place in the world and to free others to realize theirs. 

Poet Saul Williams intoned “This is a stick up. Amiri get out of the coffin”– and with that  he conjured up Amiri Baraka’s spirit and lifted ours as did Woody King Jr. and Danny Glover, Asha Bandele, Michael Eric Dyson, Jessica Care Moore and Tony Medina.  And Sonia Sanchez was there with an offering from Maya Angelou. And Sister Souljah was there. And Haki  Madhubuti was there. And Cornel West was there. And Larry Hamm was there.  Oliver Lake, Kevin Maynard and Avery Brooks were there. And Glynn Turman was there. And Ras Baraka was there; the son. The chosen son, the next Mayor of Newark, rhapsodizing, channeling the spirit of his father in an epoch offering - Amiri announcing from the grave the power of a father to shape his son into a reflection of himself and into his own man.

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Amiri Baraka - Homecoming Tribute for The Action Figure, The Instrument​alist of Words, The Writer, The Master Teacher - 28:57  

The Homecoming Tribute for The Action Figure, The Instrumentalist of Words, The Writer, The Master Teacher Amiri Baraka

The Homecoming tribute of writer and revolutionary icon Amiri Baraka shut down a section of one of downtown Newark’s main streets, dignitary style. African drummers flanked the entry to Newark Symphony Hall, greeting each attendee with ancestral rhythms and setting the tone for what would be a service filled with music, poetry, remembrance and fire; the fire you light when a world-changing, shape-shifting native son has left us.   

Inside, every seat was taken by those who came from around the corner and around  the world for Amiri Baraka, beat poet, Black Nationalist, Marxist, Griot, Shaman, Lighter of Fires; a man whose intellectual and spiritual breadth was reflected in his perpetual search for his truest place in the world and to free others to realize theirs. 

Poet Saul Williams intoned “This is a stick up. Amiri get out of the coffin”– and with that  he conjured up Amiri Baraka’s spirit and lifted ours as did Woody King Jr. and Danny Glover, Asha Bandele, Michael Eric Dyson, Jessica Care Moore and Tony Medina.  And Sonia Sanchez was there with an offering from Maya Angelou. And Sister Souljah was there. And Haki  Madhubuti was there. And Cornel West was there. And Larry  Hamm was there.  Oliver Lake, Kevin Maynard and Avery Brooks were there. And Glynn Turman was there. And Ras Baraka was there; the son. The chosen son, the next Mayor of Newark, rhapsodizing, channeling the spirit of his father in an epoch offering - Amiri announcing from the grave the power of a father to shape his son into a reflection of himself and into his own man. 

This was a revelatory moment for those present at the tribute for Amiri Baraka, The Action Figure, The Instrumentalist of Words, The Writer, The Master Teacher who was forever seared on my cerebellum and soloing in my nervous system. The entire experience was evidence of our collective genius. The People were there…because they could not imagine not being there” and now you’ll be there to.  We’ll take you there and you’ll be imbued with the passion of the beloved community,  socially engaged people 
working for empowerment.  And amongst the brilliant tributes and 
encouraging instruction for activism to continue, we’ll weave the poetry, the speeches of Amiri Baraka beckoning us to fan the embers and reignite the struggle for justice.

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Professor Stanley Aronowitz - Working for an Economy, By the People, for the People - 27:35  

Working for an Economy, By the People, for the People withProfessor Stanley Aronowitz
 
Stanley Aronowitz is the director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work at the CUNY Graduate Center, a distinguished professor of sociology and urban education, author of 23 books , and ran for governor of New York in 2002.  He is one of the great public intellectuals of our times.  Author of 23 books, he’s known around the world for writing classics like False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness, 40 years ago, and The Crisis in Historical Materialism nearly 30 years ago. His more recent books such as The Jobless Future, How Class Works, Implicating Empire, The Politics of Identity: Class, Culture and Social Movements, and upcoming The Death and Rebirth of American Labor: Toward a New Labor Movement define the philosophic road to travel and offer a foundation for our thinking about the solution to our economic quagmire, our growing wealth inequality and deepening poverty.

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Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel and the American Studies Association - 27:58  

In Response to Responses to the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
withRiham Barghouti, Palestinian American, who worked lived in Palestine for 10 years and worked at Birzeit University, founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
and Adalah-NY
and Andrew Ross,  Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, N.Y.U. Member, American Studies Association


NYS Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) and Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill that would give colleges and universities in New York 30 days to withdraw their support from groups like the American Studies Association, which recently voted for such an academic boycott, or NYS lawmakers Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) and Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) want to strip aid from universities whose faculty participate in academic organizations that urge a boycott against Israel.  The bill passed the Senate but is stalled in the Assembly. This is in response to the American Studies Association (ASA), which recently voted for such an academic boycott. Cornell,  New York University, Columbia, SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Stony Brook are among the institutions with faculty affiliated with the ASA, made up of 5,000 professors. The ASA over-whelmingly voted to refuse to enter into formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions, or with scholars who are expressly serving as representatives or ambassadors of those institutions , or on behalf of the Israeli government, until Israel ceases to violate international law. and human rights. We’ll discuss the growing efficacy of the boycotts, divestiture and sanctions movement.

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Single-Pay​er Heathcare in NYS and the USA - 27:21  

Could This Be the Year in NYS for a Single-Payer 
Health Care System?
with
Assemblyman Richard Gottfried,Chair NYS Assembly Health 
Committee
and
Dr. Mary O'Brien, Board Member,Physicians for a National 
Health Program, primary care physician at Columbia University who also participates in the medical economics section of the clinical practice course for 4th-year medical students.

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried,  is rolling out his bill establishing a statewide single-payer health care system, a structure often shorthanded by advocates nationwide as “Medicare for All.”  Even though the nation is only beginning to implement the federal Affordable Health Care Act, Gottfried said the Empire State shouldn’t have to wait years before seeing where it falls short. “Federal health care reform has done a lot of good, but it still leaves us in the hands of insurance companies.,” “It would save the billions of dollars that we now spend on insurance company administrative costs. … You and your doctor would work to keep you healthy. New York Health would pay the bill with funding from broad-based revenue based on ability to pay,” Gottfried said and “New York can do better.”

Plus
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jim McDermott discuss the state by state approach to enacting Medicare for all single payer health insurance plan as pioneered by Vermont which could become the model for the nation.

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Pete Seeger In Conversation & Song - 56:19  

PRESENTE: In Conversation & Song with Pete Seeger  

No, death cannot silence our beloved Pete Seeger.  His rhythms and tunes will find their way beyond time and across borders to wherever people toil and yearn to build a way for humankind against greed and hate.  His songs will forever inspire a chorus and when sung by enough people  the choir can tear down walls, overthrow tyrants and, break the chains of serfdom. Not overnight in a crescendo, but little by little.  Pete Seeger knew a song could not stop a bullet, could not stop a truncheon, but he believed that from little things, big things grow. He was a messenger of a power invisible and indivisible. As he once wrote: ''Songs won't save the planet, but then neither will books or speeches. Songs are sneaky things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons.Penetrate hard shells.''  Pete Seeger never tired and indeed was inspired and energized to make the world a better place through his music and activism. His lifelong commitment to the cause of peace and to addressing the plight of the downtrodden has been an inspiration to all those who have championed society's victims and have done what they could to combat injustice.



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U.S. Government Profits from Sweatshops -26'  

Building Bridges Expose  - How  the U.S. Government Profits from Child Labor, Forced Overtime, Wage Violations, and Other Illegal, Dangerous and Inhumane Conditions
with Ian Urbina,  N.Y. Times investigatory reporter
and
Molly McGrath, International Campaigns Coordinator, AFL-CIO


Just as major brands and retailers buy from thousands of global suppliers who fail to comply with laws, protect workers and respect workers' rights, the federal government’s system for purchasing goods and services has failed to ensure that workers who produce these goods in global supply chains do so free from danger and exploitation. From its workers’ uniforms, to clothes using the logo of its armed forces, to goods sold at large stores on military bases, the U.S. government is the buyer, brand owner or retailer of more 
than 1 billion dollars of clothes. Yet it pays virtually no attention to the conditions in the many thousands of workplaces around the world (including the U.S.) where the goods are made 


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Rashid Khalidi on Israeli-Palestinian - 28:56  

Unpackaging the US Role and What Happened in this 
Latest Round of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks
with 

Rashid Khalidi, author of six books about the Middle East, his writing on Middle East history and politics has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe and numerous other journals
and newspapers.  His most recent book is "Brokers of Deceit:
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East".
Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in N.Y.C. 
 


Khalidi draws on his own experience as a Palestinian negotiator and combines history, common sense, and his first hand understanding of Arab-Israeli peace talks, as brokered by Washington, to unpackage the latest endeavor and discussing the difficult but essential steps needed to achieve peace in the region.

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Lynne Stewart Interviewe​d at Home - 29'  

Live, In Conversation with Peoples’ Lawyer and Former U.S. Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart, and Commentaries from Political Prisoners Representatives, her Attorney and Family on Her Release

Lynne Stewart, just freed from prison following a worldwide campaign to release her and even as she battles cancer is preparing for the next phase of her life – “I see myself fighting to bring home all of the political prisoners, who have sacrificed their lives for causes and community.  I see myself taking up the cause of women in prison and the inequities they and their children face.  Mostly, I hope I will be able to speak to new would-be lawyers who have just embarked on the yellow brick road toward justice and rouse their hearts and souls …” and that of all who will be listening.

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Unemployment Emergency: One-Million Plus Have Lost Benefits  

What's Ahead for More than One-Million who Just Lost Unemployed Benefits ,  the Unraveling of the Safety Net and Planning for Job Creation,  to Address Income Stagnation and Wealth Inequality
with 
Richard Eskow, Senior Fellow, Campaign for America’s Future


The unemployment insurance program provides laid-off workers with a fraction of their old salary for a fixed period of time while  the  search for a new job.  Roughly 1.3 million out-of-work Americans lost their unemployment insurance Dec. 28,    because Congress declined to renew an emergency 
aid  program for the jobless that expired.   While Congressional Democrats are now attempting  to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program , if that  effort fails, the nation's safety net for the unemployed will shrink drastically.  Congress is also slated to debate how much more to cut the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (food stamps).   But what's not on the agenda for Congress is  devising a way out of the recession for the 99% , which has been prolonged by continued federal deficit reduction and income inequality.   Richard Eskow discusses these challenges and looks at what is to be done about job creation, wage stagnation,  and income and wealth inequality.




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A Victory Against NSA Surveillance - 27:08  

Obama Tried to Stop Judge From Path-Breaking Victory for Fourth
Amendment Against NSA and Shows Flaw in Obama Arguments About 1979 Supreme Court Decision.
withBrett Max Kaufman, ACLU National Security Project
 

Ho, ho, ho it’s the holiday season and we’re calling, texting, emailing, and engaging in digital communication like never before, but at least, thanks to Edward Snowden who initiated a historic debate about surveillance and privacy we now know our private communications aren’t as private as we thought, the NSA is tuning in and collecting massive amounts of our data.  But, perhaps Judge Richard Leon’s recent court decision, the recommendations of a government panel on surveillance policy and pressure on Congress to abolish the spy agency’s surveillance programs will finally dump the lump of coal in the NSA’s  stocking it so deserves. Building Bridges will shed light on how the government is collecting, sharing and storing our data, go inside Judge Leon’s ruling, analyze the government’s panel's recommendations on changes to the NSA and discuss what else we need to do to protect our privacy.

Plus 
Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who revealed the mass surveillance programs organized by the US and other governments, gives this year's The Alternative Christmas Message on Britain’s Channel 4.

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Low Wage Airport Workers Protest Scrooge Employers During Holiday Travel Season - 27:49  

Low Wage Airport Workers Protest  Scrooge Employers During Holiday Travel Season 
with
* Shareeka Elliot, a terminal cleaner at JFK's Terminal 8 (American Airlines) 
for a contractor called Airway Cleaners
* Rob Hill, Vice President, Local 32BJ, SEIU
* Rose Oby, a security guard at LaGuardia airport (Delta Airlines) 
for a contractor called Aviation Safeguard
* Hector Figueroa, President, Local 32BJ SEIU

Thousands of employees of the largest private contractors at airports are protesting to call the public’s attention to the prevalence of poverty wages and poor working conditions that are creating a crisis for workers and the traveling public at the airports.  “Supporting yourself on $7.90 is hard,” Shareeka Elliott, a terminal cleaner for Airway Cleaners at JFK told the crowd.  “Supporting yourself and two growing girls is nearly impossible.  My take home wage does not begin to cover bills, daycare, and food for me and my daughters. I feel like I’m drowning in debt.” “These are hard-working men and women doing some of the most vital jobs to keep our airports running smoothly and safely,” 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa said. “They should not have to live in poverty to do it. Their families should not have to live without health care because they happen to be working at our airports.”  So, now during the busiest holiday travel season of the year workers are forced to take their complaints straight to the tarmac.

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The New South Africa and The Lonmin-Mar​ikana Mining Massacre - 28:05  

What The Lonmin-Marikana Mining Massacre Says About 
The New South Africa
with
Mazibuko Jara, editor, “Amandla, South Africa’s new progressive magazine Standing for Social Justice”, a leader of the Democratic Left Front in South Africa, bringing together 40 South African social movements into a broad anti-capitalist front, former media officer of the South African Communist Party, and first chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign challenging big pharma and an AIDS denialist government to win ARV treatment. 

Nelson Mandela was an inspiration for reformers and revolutionaries through-out the 20th century. He galvanized a mighty force of freedom fighters to break the back of the apartheid system. But the transition from the apartheid system in South Africa left intact the capitalist economic system and the continued exploitation and poverty of South Africa's majority black population. On 16 August 2012 – the south African police massacred 34 striking miners at Marikana mine, owned by the London-based Lonmin company. A democratic South Africa was meant to bring an end to such barbarity. And yet the president 
and his ministers, locked into a culture of cover-up. 

Jara discuses the  political situation in South Africa in the after-math of the Lonmin-Marikana mineworker massacre, and its broader context, including internal ANC battles over that tragedy and what it means for working class struggles and efforts to build the left

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Protesting Wal-Mart's Brave New World of Business - 28:55  

Wal-Mart May Be The Face of Twenty-First-Century Capitalism 
But Now Its Workers at 1,500 Sites Across the US Risk Jobs and Arrest for Regular Hours, Better Pay, Benefits and Respect! 
with
the Wal-Mart workers and supporters, speaking out, 
engaging in civil disobedience and their arrests at the Secaucus,
NJ store protest

Wal-Mart is the nation’s largest retailer, second-largest corporation, and largest private employer (with over 1.4 million workers).  The Walton family is the richest family in the world, their wealth inherited from Sam Walton founder of Wal-Mart. Collectively, the Walton’s own over 50% of the company, and are worth a combined total of $150 billion.  In 2011, six members of the Walton family had the same net worth as the bottom 30% of American families combined. Wal-Mart made $16 billion in profits last year. Meanwhile Wal-Mart workers oftentimes make so little that they 
qualify for public benefits.  

Labor Historian Nelson Lichtenstein calls Wal-Mart a “template” firm. The Wal-Mart model of employment is based on low wages, low benefits and rapid job turnover, has become the template for American firms to follow, This model erodes the American middle-class standard of living, while its principals accumulate unimaginable profits. But, brave Wal-Mart workers aren’t taking this lying down - they risked their jobs to take part in more than 
1,500 protests around the country on Black Friday, including engaging in civil disobedience in nine cities -- Chicago, DC, LA, Dallas, Minnesota, Sacramento, Seattle, the Bay Area and New Jersey.  These actions came on the heels of strikes throughout the month in Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Ohio and Dallas and the rise of fast food workers’ strikes and unionization drives and movements across the country for increasing the minimum wage. 

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Stopping Stop & Frisk, and Ending the System of Mass Incarcerat​ion - 28:58  

Bloomberg Hasn’t Given Up and Neither Are We: Stopping Stop & Frisk, and Ending the System of Mass Incarceration  
with
* Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country, host of nationally syndicated TV show Our World With Black Enterprise, author "The Classroom and The Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America" by Mumia Abu-Jamal 
& Marc Lamont Hill
* Arturo O’Farrill, Grammy winning, pianist, composer, educator, founder and Artistic Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance,
* Djibril Toure, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Plaintiff in Daniels v. The City of NY

There was the most recent prominent police murder of 13 year old Andy Lopez, in California; there is the growing rate of incarceration and caging of millions of people in US prisons; there is still Stop and Frisk and other racial profiling 
policies.  And, thus there is the imperative to confront these policies and dismantle the practices of the discriminatory and cruel criminal justice system. Building Bridges presents highlights from two of the events sponsored by the STOP Mass Incarceration Network and Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) to STOP Stop & Frisk, to STOP Mass Incarceration!

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Corporate Power Tool of the 1% - 27:25  

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Corporate Power Tool of the 1% 
with
Lori Wallach, Dir. Of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Recently WikiLeaks released "the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing 
more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP."  WikiLeaks is sparking a public debate about the contents of this agreement that wasn't possible when the agreement was secret from public opinion. The TPP is much more than a 
trade and tariffs agreement, it will give transnational corporations greater control over our food policies, Internet access, medicines and health care, the environment, regulation of banks and labor standards. The TPP provides 
for trade tribunals permitting corporations to sue governments for the loss of “expected future profits,” if a country passes an environmental or a health law that will “cost the corporation money.”  Indeed corporations will have inordinate  power over virtually every aspect of our lives. Building Bridges entertains the discussion with Lori Wallach on the TPP that WikiLeaks intended.

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Hey Governor Cuomo, We Need a Real Minimum Wage Now! - 28:55  

Hey Governor Cuomo, We Need a Real Minimum Wage Now!
with
Assembly member Linda Rosenthal
Senator Jose Peralta
The Coalition for a Real Minimum-Wage Increase

The new minimum wage bill will not be indexed to inflation, instead Governor Cuomo’s wage bill raises the minimum wage to only $9 an hour in three years - too little, too late.  We need a real minimum wage increase that lifts people out of poverty and enables them to adequately support their families.  Governor Cuomo’s minimum wage law also excludes hundreds of thousands of tipped workers from receiving an increase and fails to allocate any resources for 
labor-law enforcement to investigate workers’ complaints of employers’ rampant violations of an failure to pay the minimum wage.  The Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage Increase is campaigning for a real minimum wage and to strengthen minimum wage law and its enforcement.

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Court Halts NYC Stop-and-F​risk Ruling - 26:57  

Court Halts NYC Stop-and-Frisk Ruling, Removes Judge 
with
Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

On October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted Mayor Bloomberg’s motion to stay the remedial decision in Floyd v. City of New York, a federal class action lawsuit filed against the NYPD and the City of New York that challenges the NYPD's practices of racial profiling and unconstitutional stop-and frisks. They also remanded the case to the District Court to assign a 
new judge. We’ll discuss what this decision means for the continuation of stop and frisk, the concerted, pernicious manifestation of racial stereotyping and criminalization of entire communities and whether judge Shira Scheindlin, who merely made public statements in which she answered critics of her ruling, 
was targeted for rebuke and removal from the case.

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