Building Bridges Radio: Your Community & Labor Report

Produced and Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash over WBAI,99.5FM in the NYC Metro Area


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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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Occupy Wall St. Bid to Reclaim Space, OWS Jobs For All - 28'  

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OWS Undaunted By Dozens Of Arrests In Bid To Reclaim Space,
Continues Its Work
The 99 Percent

Celebrating its 3rd month of existence OWS came to take back The
Commons, a space owned by Trinity Church, to assert freedom of
expression and the right to assemble as fundamental freedoms.
While more than 50 arrests ensued still through creative, bold
actions OWS has renewed a sense of hope, revived a belief in
community and awakened a sprit of resistance. “To Occupy”,
the word has been repurposed by OWS to mean to come
together in a resistance movement with people of many colors,
genders and political persuasions who can no longer tolerate the
greed and corruption of the 1% and their governmental shills.
Demands For Jobs For All Grows
Connie Kaplan, 99er, activist
Eric Lernerl Cindy Klumb
Tony Perkins

The Labor Outreach Committee, of OWS, POP, OWS en Espanol,
The Jobless Working Group OWS and Occupy Harlem are among
an expanding chorus advocating for a democratically controlled
public works and public service program, with direct government
employment, to create tens of millions of new jobs at good union
wages. The new jobs will go to meeting the needs of the 99%.
The program would be funded by raising taxes on the rich and
corporations and by ending U.S. wars and would be open to all,
regardless of immigration status or criminal record.

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Occupy West Coast Shuts Down Ports, While NYC Targeted Goldman Sachs - 28'  

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Occupy West Coast Shuts Down Ports,

While NYC Targeted Goldman Sachs
Maria Cardenas, Occupy Oakland
Michael Novick, Occupy LA
OWS demonstrators, NY at Goldman Sachs

The Occupy movement in West Coast port cities called for

shutdowns of their ports. In solidarity OWS, NY targeted
Wall Street giant, the owner of half of one of the world’s
largest transportation and shipping outfits, Goldman Sachs.
The ports were targeted because of the firing of port truckers
organizing at SSA terminals in LA, owned by Goldman Sachs
and the attempt to rupture ILWU union jurisdiction in
Longview, WA by EGT, an exporter led by Bunge Ltd, owned
by 1% bankers which reported a $2.5 billion profit last year
while impoverishing workers in Argentina and Brazil.
These economic blockades were in response to the nationally
coordinated attacks on the Occupy movement.

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Newark Unemployment Protest in 6th Month is a Model for the Nation 28'  

Newark Unemployment Protest in 6th Month is a Model for the Nation
Larry Hamm, Chairman, People's Organization for Progress, Newark, N.J.

The U.S. economy is struggling, but in many black communities

Americans are in the throes of a depression. With unemployment
exacting an outsize toll on African-American men and women, a
coalition initiated by the People’s Organization for Progress has
been demonstrating daily for over 6 months in a busy intersection
in Newark flanking a statue of Abraham Lincoln outside the Essex
County Courthouse. This persistent and visible protest in one
location has received widespread attention throughout the City
and support from labor, student, religious and other community
groups including Occupy Newark who see unemployment as a
crucial civil rights issue emerging from the country’s economic
woe. "We are more than a half-century away from the Montgomery
bus boycott, but we are dealing with issues just as pressing,"

said Larry Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for
Progress. Hamm and like-minded activists started the 381-day
protest modeled after one of the most famous battles of the
Civil Rights era — the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955-56.
They are calling on President Obama and Congress to institute
a jobs program akin to the Works Progress Administration of

the Great Depression, that employed millions of unskilled
Americans in public works jobs. Unemployment is 16 percent
among black Americans, a rate rivaling those of the 1930s.
Newark’s jobless rate hovers around 15%, while the national
rate is 8.6 percent.
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Occupy City Univeristy of NY Students and Faculty Protest - 27'  

NYC Students Stand Firm After CUNY Police Bully Them During Occupy
City Univeristy of NY (CUNY) Protest Over Tuition Hikes
Occupy CUNY Student Members Hector Agredano & Emma Francis-Snyder Barbara Bowen, President of CUNY Professional Staff Congress

Students, faculty, Occupy CUNY and OWS demonstrated outside
Baruch College to protest the Board of Trustees' meeting, where the
Board passed measures to further squeeze the public out of CUNY.
Even though these meetings are legally obligated to be open to the
public, Baruch's president announced that the Vertical Campus would
be closed to almost everyone by 3pm. However, protestors reclaimed
CUNY on the outside, and exposed the Board's illegitimate actions inside.
Police violence has already occurred at Baruch, in response to protests
about tuition hikes, and unfair labor practices targeted toward adjunct
and other faculty, and the privatization of the public CUNY system. But,
like pro-democracy movements from UC-Davis to Occupy Wall Street
the protestors stood firm - our schools and communities are not for sale,
and we will not give up our rights to free speech and assembly.

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