Building Bridges Radio: Your Community & Labor Report

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


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.

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Obama "JOBS Act" is a Fraud with William Black -27:38 play stream download

Obama “JOBS Act” Is A Prescription for Fraud & Financial Fraud

Is A Prime Jobs Killer
William Black, professor of economics and law at
the University of Missouri, Kansas City, author of
"The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One," and deputy staff director of the national commission
that investigated the cause of the savings and
loan debacle.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, (JOBS),
the cynical bill that emerged from Congress and was
signed by President Obama has been described by
its opponents as something only a financial scavenger
could love – claiming it will add to the unprecedented
level of financial fraud by our most elite CEOS that
have devastated the U.S. and European economies
and cost over 20 million people their jobs. William
Black dissects the "JOBS Act" and reveals why it is
a recipe for fraud.

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Another Police Killing in Newburgh, N.Y. - 27:43
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Community Seeks Justice For Michael Lembhard, The Latest
African-American Youth To Die By The Hands Of Newburgh Police
Lillie Howard, community activist whose grandson was killed by
Newburgh police
Juanita King, cousin of Michael Lembhard, killed by Newburgh police

Anger still rages in the latest police killing March 7, in the city of Newburgh,

NY of Michael Lembhard. Governor Cuomo has turned down Newburgh’s
request for a special prosecutor in the case of the fatal shooting. Newburg’s
Mayor, Judy Kennedy meanwhile told a community forum that she and the
City Council will await an Orange County grand jury's verdict before
deciding whether to consider any disciplinary action of their own in the
police shooting death of Lembhard. Meanwhile, the officers involved remain
on administrative leave. The community has been relentless in its pursuit of
justice for Lembhard, vowing never to let it happen again – too many young
people are being lost and Lembhard’s death is the latest in what they claim
is due to police discrimination and brutality towards the African American
community. The community hopes that Lembhard’s death will lead to a
federal probe of the Newburgh police department.

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New National Taxi Union Fights Highway Robbery; plus, Further NYPD Racial Surveillance - 28:08 play stream

New National Taxi Union Fights Highway Robbery,
Demanding Owners Stop The Greed & Lower The Lease!
Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance

The NY Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) rallied at SLS Jet Garage

in Long Island City, Queens, who has a practice of not allowing drivers
to pay lease in advance for their shifts, and then charging those same
drivers as much as $25 per day for not paying in advance, adding up
to more than $9,000 a year. NYTWA has been targeting SLS Jet for
its current Stop the Greed, Lower the Lease campaign. We will also
discuss the NTWA’s, as new chartered union with the AFL-CIO, which
will be celebrated at an upcoming reception with AFL-CIO President
Richard Trumka in NYC. The new National Taxi Workers Alliance,
the 57th chartered union of the AFL-CIO, is a watershed moment in
U.S. Labor History. This is the first new charter for non-traditional

workers in over 60 years & the first for independent contractors.
NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Extended To Activist

With Speakers from:
Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM); Mosque of Islamic

Brotherhood; Peoples’ Justice for Community Control
& Police Accountability; CAAAV Organizing Asian
Communities; & NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

Representatives from the Muslim community with civil liberties

advocates came to Police Plaza to decry the NYPD Intelligence
Division’s blanket surveillance of a community based on religion
and race, and to condemn new revelations about surveillance of
community-based advocacy groups. Recent documents unearthed
reveal that the NYPD surveilled dozens of community organizations,
over the last decade. One document reveals that an undercover
NYPD officer traveled to New Orleans to attend the People's
Summit, a gathering of groups organized around their shared

opposition to U.S. economic and trade policies. The undercover
effort entailed groups opposed to U.S. immigration policy, labor
laws and racial profiling. The new revelations heighten & broaden
the serious questions that have yet to be answered by the NYPD
and elected officials surrounding it's Muslim surveillance program
accusing Police Commissioner Kelly of overstepping his authority
with surveillance tactics that critics claim violate the U.S.

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Justice For Trayvon Martin - 26 minutes
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As We Demand Justice For Trayvon Martin
His Death Reveals A Long-Frayed Racial Nerve
Linn Washington, Professor of Journalism at Temple University
Colin Goddard, shot 4 times at the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and
Assistant Director of Federal Legislation for the Brady Campaign
to Prevent Gun Violence

The murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black youth in

Sanford, Florida, who was shot by George Zimmerman, cloaked in the
reactionary “Stand Your Ground” law, is a crime against humanity and
violation of human rights. The refusal of the Sanford police department
to arrest Zimmerman, despite having evidence that he pursued Trayvon,
and aired profanity and alleged racial epithets along with the cover up
actions by the Sanford police department, sends an age old racist
message - that Black people have no rights that a white is bound to
respect. We’ll examine the demands for the arrest of Zimmerman, the
temporary stepping down of the Sanford police chief and analyze the
role of the National Rifle Association whose vision for America is
embodied in this tragic shooting, with its successful push for the
enactment of laws for carrying of concealed weapons, and the Stand
Your Ground law, which has been referred to as the Shoot to Kill law.

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