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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 New Jim Crow: Felon Disenfranchisement plus New State Laws Impede Franchise - 27:15  

The New Jim Crow:
Purging the African American Vote by Felon Disenfranchisement
Jazz Hayden, Riverside Church Prison Ministry Campaign
To End The New Jim Crow

Today, nearly five million Americans are barred by law from voting at all
because of a felony conviction. (A felony is any crime that carries a
sentence of a year or more in prison.) More than 1 in 50 adults can't vote.
And because of the racial imbalance in the criminal justice system,
1.4 million black men are disenfranchised. That's 13 percent of the African-
American male population, a figure seven times the national average.
The laws vary from state to state. For example, in Maine, a convicted
murderer may vote while still in prison, but in Virginia, someone arrested for
selling drugs when he was 18 may never vote again. An American suffrage
movement-- voting rights for felons -- could make a considerable difference
in upcoming elections.
Another Aspect of the New Jim Crow: Impeding the Franchise
Lee Roland, counsel with the Democracy Program's Voting Rights
and Elections Team at the Brennan Center for Justice

Ahead of the 2012 elections, there’s been a wave of state legislation tightening
restrictions on voting that has swept across the country. It's been estimated

that more than 5 million Americans could be affected by the new rules in place
this year – which is a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last
3 presidential elections. Lee Roland counsel discusses this manifestation of
the new Jim Crow. download play stream

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