Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Special: Yelena Siwinski, Mark Torres, Brenda Walker, Clarence Taylor on WBAI, 6PM

Labor Day- Monday, September 5th, 6pmWBAI-Building Bridges Radio Show
Education Panel to start the program at 6PM on
the issues ahead for this coming school year for parents/teachers/children - preserving and enhancing public education.

  • Yelena Siwinski  (GEM/Grassroots Education Movement)
  • Mark Torres (PPM/Peoples Power Movement)
  • Brenda Walker (CPE/Coalition of Public Education)
  • Clarence Taylor (Recently released book - "Reds At The Blackboard")

      WBAI’s Radio Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
                           Produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
               Monday, September 5, 2011,  6  - 11 pm EST, over 99.5 FM
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Fighting the Merchants of Austerity, a Building Bridges Labor Day Special

Now, in the U.S. one percent of the population rakes in almost a quarter of the national
income and has amassed forty percent of the wealth. That class sees this as a problem
it’s simply not enough!

For corporate America, the recession has  meant the opportunity to mold the economy
into something approximating the Third World model: vast wealth, power and privilege
for those at the top, and chronic unemployment, falling wages, and inadequate or
nonexistent services for the rest of society.

The mantra of the “haves and have mores” has been to further slash benefits and
entitlements at a time of heightened need, while simultaneously calling for more tax cuts
for themselves. And, President Obama has as well advocated for cuts in Medicare,
Medicaid and Social Security, life-sustaining entitlements, as sacrifices on the altar of a
balanced budget, while talk of the pain of the ever increasing masses of theunemployed
has all but disappeared from the mainstream discourse.

The merchants of austerity across the country demean those fighting for  jobs, and those
seeking to hold onto jobs with benefits as some insidious special interest undermining
the public good.  The hope that the protests in the mid-west against ultra-reactionary
state governments and union busting employers would prove to be a catalyst to create a
national movement have yet to reach fruition.  But, there are voices raised offering
guidance and inspiration not only for fighting the cuts backs, but for forging a new agenda
for us, which must involve mass redistribution of the wealth.

This Labor Day join Building Bridges as we bring a diverse array of voices to you who not
only resist going backwards, but will provide new insights to reverse the war on the workers
and move forward.   
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1 comment:

  1. Yelena should ask Mulgrew the same question -he hasnt a clue.
    I remember Yelena well; Mulgrew ordered that a story I wrote about her taking her class to the Aviation Museum be held until after the election because he told me she "wasnt with Unity."
    Mulgrew of course doesnt know its illegal to make such distinctions but he does so every day.
    Deidre McFadyen, my tyrannical editor, held the story from FEb. to June 2010..
    McFADyen told me she got in truble for assiging the story before checking to see if the member had proper UNITY credentials.
    some shake down racket Mulgrew is running- pay up -to the Unity bank account- or we ignore you.

    September 5, 2011 9:18 PM


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