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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NYC Rally to Save Postal Jobs & Services From A Management Gone Postal - 27'
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Saving Postal Jobs & Services From A Management Gone Postal

Community/Labor United for Postal Jobs & Services joined with postal
workers to rally to save postal jobs and the services provided. The

plan is to shut down 4,000 post offices, eliminate 223 which is half of
the mail processing centers nationwide , end Saturday mail delivery
and fire 220,000 postal workers. In N.Y.C. alone, Postmaster General
Donahoe wants to eliminate 34 post offices. There is no fiscal crisis
that warrants these cuts, which will destroy the post office system. But
there is a Congressionally manufactured crisis caused by its imposition
of onerous and unnecessary financial mandates on the Post Office.
Unless we stop Congress, the public postal system will be destroyed
and Wall Street will swoop down and sell it to corporate vultures.

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OWS vs Mass Incarceration in Harlem play stream download

Hundreds Rally Against Prison Industrial Complex And Mass
Incarceration at the Lincoln Correctional Facility in West Harlem

The Occupy Wall Street Prisoner Solidarity Subcommittee along with

hundreds of allies heeded Occupy Oakland's call to action and marched
in solidarity with Pelican Bay prisonerâs hunger strike protest, with
brothers and sisters who are dispossessed by the criminal INJUSTICE
system, with immigrant detainees & with political prisoners everywhere.
They raised their voices against the growth of the privatization of the
prison system and mass incarceration - the New Jim Crow. The
characterization of the system of mass incarceration as the New Jim
Crow raises the racist nature of the prison system, pointing out that
between 1970 and 1995, the jailing of African Americans increased
seven fold. African Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population -
and 53% of the nation's prison population. There are more African
Americans enslaved under correctional control today - in prison or jail;
on probation or parole - than there were in 1850.

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Demand NY MTA Bring Back Laid Off Workers and The Line Against Unemployment 27:58
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Protest Demand NY's MTA Brings Back Laid Off Workers
Transport Workers Local 100
OWS Labor Outreach Committee

TWU Local 100, elected officials, and community supporters called on

the MTA to use nearly $500 million dollars in its GASB 45 Fund to
restore services cut in 2010, and to rehire over 120 laid-off Station
Agents, and settle a fair contract for 38,000 TWU Local 100 members.
According to MTA budget documents, the agency holds approximately
$489 million in a reserve fund called the GASB 45 Fund (Government
Accounting Standards Board). Since 2006, the MTA has been

depositing tens of millions of dollars every year in this account. Even
in 2010, when bus and subway services were reduced or eliminated
altogether, the MTA stashed money away instead of drawing from its
reserve fund to avoid service cuts.
Thousands Joined The Line Saying “NO MORE PINK SLIPS”
Arthur Cheliotes, President, Communications Workers , Local 1180

On Super Tuesday March 6, from 8:14 to 8:28 am New Yorkers joined

to form the world's longest unemployment line for 14 minutes - 1 minute
for each of the 1 million currently unemployed Americans. This visually
stunning and politically significant form of protest symbolized the
14 million Americans who lost their jobs during the last five years, and
the 10 -15 million people who have given up hope of finding a job and
are not even counted in current unemployment statistics. More people
were living in poverty last year than in any year since the Census
Bureau began keeping records half a century ago, while the richest
1% has tripled its wealth and corporations are being bailed out without
giving back. The Line, a creative action stretching arms and joining

together to say, No to Pink Slips, Yes to Government and Business
Putting America Back to Work!

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Red Seas with Gerald Horne -26' download play stream

Red Seas: Ferdinand Smith & Radical Black Sailors in the
United States & Jamaica
Gerald Horne, Prof. of History and African-American studies at the
University of Houston

During the heyday of the U.S. & international labor movements in

the 1930s and '40s. Ferdinand Smith, the Jamaican-born co-
founder and second-in-command of the National Maritime Union,
stands out as one of the most "if not the most" powerful black
labor leaders in the United States. Smith's active membership in
the Communist Party, however, coupled with his bold labor
radicalism & shaky immigration status, brought him under
continual surveillance by U.S. authorities, especially during the
red Scare in the '50s. Smith was eventually deported to his
homeland of Jamaica, where he continued his radical labor and
political organizing until his death in 1961. Horne draws on Smith's
life to make insightful connections between labor radicalism & the
Civil Rights Movement "demonstrating that the gains of the latter
were propelled by the former & undermined by anticommunism".
Moreover, Red Seas uncovers the little-known experiences of black
sailors & the contribution to the struggle for labor and civil rights,
the history of the Communist Party & its black members, and the
significant dimension of Jamaican labor & political radicalism.

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