Building Bridges Radio: Your Community & Labor Report

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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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The Freedom Riders and Lessons for Today - 28'  

The Freedom Riders and Lessons for Today
The Rev. Dr. James Lawson , helped coordinate the Sitdown
strike in 1960, Freedom Rides in 1961, the Meredith March in
1966. While working as a pastor at the Centenary Methodist
Church in Memphis, he invited Dr. King to Memphis & played
a major role in the sanitation workers strike of 1968. Dr. King
called Lawson "the leading theorist and strategist of
nonviolence in the world.”

Diane Nash, a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee (SNCC) who participated in the sitdown strikes in
Nashville & rode the freedom buses into Alabama and Miss.
where she endured mob violence & imprisonment. Later, she
was hired by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC) & was a major organizer for the 1963 Birmingham

The movement by African-Americans, in the 60’s to desegregate interstate
travel facilities throughout the South was pivotal in challenging & ultimately eradicating the most onerous Jim Crow laws and breaking the back of what
were the police states of the South. The Freedom Rides, along with efforts
to integrate public accommodations, & educational institutions and the voter registration campaigns coalesced as a mass movement that triggered the
conscience of a nation and spurred it to action. Risking life and limb to
confront white supremacy, the civil rights activists forced major changes
in the power relationships of the nation.

Fifty years after the freedom rides, on this anniversary Building Bridges
looks back at & learns anew how the freedom riders organized and
mobilized to dramatically alter the very functioning of the state and what
e can emulate today in the face of increasing repression, by undemocratic
forces who seek to unravel fifty years of gains, ushered in by the freedom

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