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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Supreme Court, Arizona's Anti-Immigration Law and Mass Incarceration - 27:17  play stream  download

High Court Signals Receptivity To Arizona's Anti-Immigration Legislation Which Could Result In Mass Incarceration Of Latinos
Isabel Garcia, Director of Derechos Humanos, in Tucson, Arizona
Foster Maer, Senior Litigation Counsel of Latino Justice, PRLDEF

The lawyer arguing against provisions in Arizona’s anti-immigration law said that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds SB 1070 there could be “mass incarceration” of Latinos. And, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who had signed the proposed legislation into law in 2010 agreed as she stood on the court house steps after its argument that incarceration of Arizona’s estimated 400,000 undocumented immigrants was up for consideration, if the highest court lifted the block on SB1070’s enforcement. During oral argument on SB 1070 by the high court Justice Scalia cynically suggested mass incarceration could be avoided by “simply deporting these people,” and in the one-hour argument both conservative and liberal justices expressed skepticism to the challenges to the Arizona law, filling immigrants, and immigration advocates with apprehension. Meanwhile, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana and Utah have proposed or enacted similar legislation and await the court’s ruling expected in June. We’ll parse out the arguments and discuss what’s at stake for the country's immigrant populations, and the fabric of democracy.

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