Sunday, April 03, 2011


I'm scheduled to be on with Mimi and Ken from the vigil on Monday between 7 and 8 pm. Hope to see some of you there or at least know you are listening on WBAI (99.5 FM).

WBAI’s Radio Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash
Monday, April 4, 2011, 7 – 8 pm EST, over 99.5 FM
or streaming live at
Martin Luther King’s Economic Justice Agenda
From Memphis To Wisconsin
Forty three years ago, a struggle by 1,300 sanitation workers for economic justice
brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis. On the eve of his death, hours after
marching with the AFSCME sanitation workers, being denied the right of collective
bargaining & facing down the armed forces of a city & state, Martin Luther King, Jr.
declared: “work that serves humanity…It has dignity and it has worth.”
Today in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida and more than a dozen other states,
well-funded, corporatist politicians are trying to take away the union rights Dr. King
gave his life for. This year, to commemorate his sacrifice, the AFL-CIO has called
for nationwide events and actions to link the struggle of 1968 to the challenges we
face today, We Are One. And, Building Bridges will be there to bring you the
April 4th protests and continue the legacy of Dr. King.
Carrying On The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Vincent Harding,
an associate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, has written
numerous books, including "Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero". On this
43rd year since the death of Dr. King, speechwriter, confidante Dr. Harding
discusses Dr. King’s economic justice activism and its relevance for us today as
workers battle for the survival of their labor organizations, against give backs,
stagnating wages and unemployment
From Ground Zero Of the War on the Workers: Reports from
Wisconsin and Ohio
Peter Rickman, Teaching Asst., LaFollette Law School , Univ. of Wisconsin,
& member of the Teaching Assistants’ Assn., AFT Local 3220
Joseph Rugola, Exec. Dir., Ohio Assn. of Public School Employees, AFSCME

The Ohio legislature just passed Gov. Kasich’s union busting bill which nullifies public
employee rights. Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walkers’ rush to cut public sector worker
benefits, and bust their unions in Wisconsin has been stymied by court action. But
the workers in both states aren’t taking the assaults lying down, we’ll find out how
they’re carrying on the legacy of Dr. King and attend the We are One demonstration
in Madison Wisconsin.
Carrying It On: They Stay Get Back, But Workers Rally For A Living Wage
On Anniversary of Dr. King’s Death

We'll go live from the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn where a community/labor
coalition is demanding passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, to address
the plight of the working poor in New York City. More than $2 billion of our tax dollars
is being spent annually in the name of economic development and job creation, but
is actually creating poverty wage jobs, rather than living wage jobs.
Workers' Rights Are Civil Rights - NYC Teachers Fightback on April 4
with James Eterno, Chapter Chair, UFT, Jamaica High School

The UFT is drawing inspiration from Dr. King and will stand in solidarity with workers
under attack across the country with a vigil at Battery Park. We’ll join this protest live
where the UFT with labor and community activists protest Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to
lay off thousands of NYC teachers, shred their seniority and pension rights and close
26 public schools while expanding charter schools.
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