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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In Struggle Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash

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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