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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Angela Davis on Trump - Trying to Make America White Again - 29'  

Angela Davis on Trump -
Trying to Make America White Again

Socialist, iconic scholar, and activist Angela Davis takes on Trump in this stirring call for protest linking his victory to America’s history of racism and capitalism. She builds bridges between  numerous issues and ongoing movements for social change starting with support for Native Americans, black lives matter, ending mass incarceration and the death penalty, feminism, labor, immigration and the environment. She calls for a robust reaction not organized by the elite but based on community and workplace activism to fight not only Trump but also a system built on racism and the
capitalism. And she notes that Clinton’s enthusiasm even among women was at best tepid because she adhered to a bourgeois or middle class feminism that played down the needs of working class and women of color

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:Trumpcare Defeated - Obamacare or Medicare for All - 26:35  

Insurance coverage losses under the proposed American Health
Care Act replacement were a matter of life and death and how the defeat of Trumpcare can open the door to HEALTH CARE FOR ALL!
.  Deborah Burger, Co-President, National Nurses United and RN
.  Dr. Donald E. Moore, Physicians for a National Health Program, N.Y. Metro Chapter, and MD, MPH

As the Republicans pushed forward their abysmal replacement, the
American Heath Care  Act, much of the talk surrounding its impact
focused on insurance numbers and premium hikes. Those things are
certainly important.But this is more important: The Republican plan
would have caused unnecessary suffering and preventable death.
We’ll discuss how we know this, and how our great victory in
defeating Trumpcare opens the opportunity for the American public
to seize the time for HEALTHCARE FOR ALL, with a Single Payer System/Medicare for All!

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Trump’s Continuing War on Immigrants - 28:33  

Trump’s Continuing War on Immigrants

Justin Flores , VP, Farm Labor Organizing Committee
Andrea Cristina Mercado, Campaign Director.
National Domestic Worker Alliance
Carlos Jimenez, Executive Director,
Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO

While a Federal Appeals Panel unanimously rejected President Trump’s bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations, a related threat now to undocumented immigrants by one of Trump's prior Executive Orders on immigrants already in the U.S. is surfacing. Guadalupe García de Rayos , a 35-year-old mother of two, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Phoenix on February 9th and  deported to Mexico, a country she left 21 years ago, because she used a false social security card in Phoenix in 2008. Trump persists in the absurd claim that America will be safe and great again only after an assault on “bad dudes” and “criminal aliens,” like Guadalupe García de Rayos whom he has promised to arrest and remove by the millions. Building Bridges talks with three union organizers who believe that immigrant rights and labor rights are interrelated and that we must fight to defend the rights of undocumented and other immigrants.

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Organizing Labor’s Left Pole - 26:50  

Organizing Labor’s Left Pole 
Chris Brooks, staff writer and organizer, 

"Labor Notes"

As their membership and resources have continued 
to dwindle the question is what are the positions of 
and what can organized labor do to advocate for 
its workers against the likely assaults by the 
Republican  juggernaut.  We’ll talk with Chris 
Brooks about whether organized labor shows 
signs of returning to class-struggle unionism — 
to a no-shortcuts approach to organizing that 
centers labor’s relevance and strength on the 
capacity of workers themselves to take collective 
action in day-to-day battles with management. 
An injury to one is an injury to all.  Chris Brooks 
argues that it’s only this approach, the tried-and-
true method of the “left pole” within the labor 
movement, that will allow for there to be 
renewed and a resurgent labor movement.

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Opal Tometi on the Black Lives Matter Movement Fighting Trump - 26:58  

Opal Tometi Speaks on the Black Lives Matter Movement

Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter is a dedicated activist working at the intersection of racial justice and immigrant rights for more than a decade, Opal Tometi was incensed by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin—and inspired to take action. Starting the Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, Tometi (with Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors), prompted activism nationwide and introduced the banner under which this generation’s civil rights movement marches.  As the Executive Director at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Tometi is also at the helm of the country’s leading Black organization for immigrant rights, steering initiatives which include the first Congressional briefing on Black immigrants.  Tometi reveals raw insights into the adversity inflicted by social injustice, anti-black bias and uninformed views on immigration, educating and inspiring audiences, like the thousands that she addressed recently in Brooklyn to organize and stand together to fight Trump and to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.

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STOP Betsy DeVos - Protect Public Education - 28:58  

Betsy DeVos Trump’s Nominee for Education 
Secretary is an Enemy of Public Schools
Carol Corbett Burris became Executive 

Director of the Network for Public Education 
Foundation in August 2015, after serving as 
principal of South Side High School in the 
Rockville Centre School District in NY since 
2000.  In 2010, she was named Educator of 
the Year by the School Administrators 
Association of NYS and in 2013, she was 
named SAANYS NYS High School Principal 
of the Year. Dr. Burris co-authored 
Detracking for Excellence and Equity and 
authored On the Same Track: How Schools 
Can Join the 21st Century Struggle against 
Re-segregation. .

DeVos has not taught or worked in public 

schools, or been a parent of public-school 
children, or  earned experience or expertise as 
leader, scholar, or teacher educator in public 
school districts. Yet to advance Trump’s call 
to deregulate and privatize, she would be ideal.

Through her family foundation (funded by the 
Amway fortune), and through her personal role 
on boards for such advocacy organizations as 
Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in 
Education, she has effectively leveraged her 
wealth to shape policy, including the expansion 
of school-choice and voucher programs, 
alongside the deregulation of charter schools. 
The research is clear: none of these 'reforms' 
will strengthen public education overall, and 
instead, have already proven to indirectly or 
even directly exacerbate inequities.

Public education should be treated as a 

centerpiece for strengthening any democratic 
nation, and what the U.S. needs now is not 
the heralding of silver bullets but instead the 
investment in systemic reforms that draw on
both a sound body of research and a 
compelling vision of the promises of public 
schools. The narrow and ill-informed vision 
and rhetoric put forth by Trump and DeVos 
take us in the wrong direction.

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Rev. William Barber II Fighting for Justice and Against Poverty & Discrimination - 28:59  

In the Prophetic Tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Rev. William Barber II Talks About  the Fight for Justice and Against Poverty and Discrimination
Rev. William Barber II, a preacher who described himself as the son of a preacher, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, N.C., president of the North Carolina NAACP, a member of the organization's national board, chair of the NAACP's Legislative Political Action Committee and one of the primary organizers of Moral Mondays.

“We have witnessed the power of “moral fusion,” or organizing across racial lines …to build a coalition for progress in 21st-century America …The months and years ahead will not be easy, but right here in North Carolina we have seen a Moral Movement that can overcome Trump’s extremism. Join the Moral Movement…. Together, following the Second Reconstruction of the civil rights movement, we can look forward to a Third Reconstruction of racial justice and healing in America."

The Rev. William Barber, is one of the most important social justice leaders in the country today, who speaks in the moral tradition of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cornel West and who’ll talk to us about “The Moral Foundation of Worker Rights”. 

Rev. Barber has been prominent on the national stage calling for racial and economic justice: for immigration reform; against police brutality; and for $15 and a union.  He has been at the forefront of mighty rallies, marches and engaged in civil disobedience in his home state of North Carolina in the battle against homophobia, the suppression and
weakening of the African-American vote, attacks on Medicaid and reproductive rights and recently against the Republican’s efforts to legislate a coup that would strip the incoming Democratic Governor of political power.. 

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