Marissa Alexander, survivor of and organizer in defense of legal rights for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse
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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Baltimore: Problems And Conditions Precipitating Police
Brutality In The Community!
Stephan Janis, author of You Can't Stop Murder: Truths About
Policing in Baltimore and Beyond and Why Do We Kill?: The
Pathology of Murder in Baltimore. Janis' recent stories include
The True Toll of Policing in Baltimore - The Arrest of a 7-Year-Old and A Walk Through The Neighborhood Where Freddie Gray
Lived and Died
As protesters decry Freddie Gray's death and plan more rallies in Baltimore, we speak with Stephan Janis, an award-winning investigative reporter with The Real News, who has authored two books exposing corruption and incompetence in the Baltimore police department, and we’ll examine the confluence of poverty, poor governance, and racial animus that fuels police violence in the city.
Voices From the Epicenter of Protest
Eddie Conway, The Real News Network Correspondent and a
veteran of the Black Panther Party recently released who was held
as a political prisoner for four decades in a government frame-up.
Eddie Conway speaks with residents of Gilmor Homes about the charges brought against 6 Baltimore police officers
Roll Back Low Wages: Nine Stories of New Labor Organizing in the United States
Sarah Jaffe, labor journalist, author of Roll Back Low Wages Albert Scharenberg, co-Director Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, NY Office
The Fight for $15 Campaign comes against a backdrop of the mass incarceration and other forms of state violence against people of color and immigrants, stagnating wages, chronic unemployment, underemployment and starvation pay, and Building Bridges will drill down deeper to examine the economic conditions behind the Fight for $15 Campaign and the coalescence of workers groups stimulating these campaigns and new forms of organization for interest of the working class. If we were to select one word to best describe the most important current trend in the economy of the United States, “precarity” would be a leading candidate. America’s middle class is shrinking and recent polls suggest that possibilities for merit-based advancement are at their lowest point ever. A growing number of people work low-wage jobs under precarious circumstances, often without long-term job security, health care, or possibilities for advancement or retirement. Many quite literally find them- selves one sick day away from being fired and replaced by another person desperate to feed her or his family.Precarity in our working lives, or in those of our neighbors, our friends, or our loved ones, has increasingly become the new norm. With inequality on the rise, the U.S. government largely beholden to corporate interests, and austerity the economic recipe du jour, the implications are significant for the future of working people
Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report is broadcast weekly in the N.Y.C. to the Metropolitan area over WBAI, Pacifica on Mondays from 7-8 PM EST. Building Bridges and most WBAI Programs are now being archived for 90 Days. They are also being PodCast. These links will be live ca. 15 minutes after the program ends. To listen, download or PodCast archived shows go to http://archive.wbai.org/allshows.php?sort=nameaz
We also produce half hour version, Building Bridges National, Edition which is distributed to over 40 broadcast and internet radio stations.
Building Bridges National Edition is regularly broadcast over radio stations: WGOT - Gainesville, Florida, WUOW - Oneonta, N.Y. WWUH, - West Hartford, CT WVJW- Benwood, WV KRFP, Moscow, ID KCSB, Santa Barbara, CA WXOJ, Northampton, MA KSOW,Cottage Grove, Oregon WKNH ,Keene, NH CKDU, Halifax, N.S., Canada KRFC, Fort Collins, Colorado WRPI, Troy, New York WNRB, Wausau, WI KRBS, Oroville, CA WHLD,Buffalo,NY Radio Free Olympia,Olympia,WA, KQRP Salida, California East Hill Radio, Snoqualmie, WA, , KSKQ, Ashland, Oregon as well as internet stations: Radio Veronica,West Point, PA ,The Journey Radio WXXE Seattle Radical Radio Radio for Radio forPeace International, Radio Labourstart, AmericanFM.org, RadioDriftless.org , Grateful Dread Public Radio ========================================
BUILDING BRIDGES SPECIALS
A Conversation with Harry Belafonte__The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Its Legacy____Charlie King & Karen Brandow: IWW in Songs ____Greenhouse: The Big Squeeze ____ Gerald Horne - Red Seas ____Emma's Revolution: Pat Humphries & Sandy O ____ Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks to Labor ____Domestic Workers Uniting ____ Mearsheimer-The Israel Lobby ____Drehle-Triangle Fire ____Tye-Pullman Porters____ Utah Phillips ___ Virtual May Day Demonstration ___ Mother Jones ___ Michael Moore - Sicko ___ Immigrant Nation or Divided Nation - 2007 ___ Sisters on the Frontline - 2007 ___ Bearing Witness - A Portrait of Women in War - Iraq(2007) ___ Ruby Dee: A Life Lit by some Large Vision: Selected Speeches and Writings by Ossie Davis ___ Rep. John Conyers - National Health Care: The Time Has Come ___ Pete Seeger ___ Si Kahn: The Fox in the Henhouse - Part I ___ Si Kahn: The Fox in the Henhouse - Part II ___ Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers with Robert Greenwald