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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In Struggle Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash

Making of Global Capitalism with Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin plus Mouseland - 27'  

The Making of Global Capitalism:

The Political Economy of American Empire
. Leo Panitch, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political
Economy in the Dept. of Political Science at York University
. Sam Gindin, former Research Dir. of the Canadian Autoworkers Union and Prof. at York University

Panitch and Gindin discuss the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state, including its role as an informal empire promoting free trade and capital movements. Through a powerful historical survey, they’ll show how the US has superintended
the restructuring of other states in favor of competitive markets and coordinated the management of increasingly frequent financial crises. Analyzing the first great economic crisis of the twenty-first century, they identify the centrality of the social conflicts that occur within states rather than between them and how these emerging fault lines hold out the possibility of new political movements transforming nation states and transcending global markets.
"The Story of Mouseland"
Narrated by Tommy Douglas, leader of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and, later, the New Democratic Party of Canada, both social democratic parties.

A political fable expressing the CCF's view that the political system was flawed in offering voters a false dilemma: the choice of two parties, neither of which represented their interests.   
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Mexican Caravanistas Against the Drug Wars; Ending Mass Incarceration with Jazz Hayden - 27:17  

Mexican Caravanistas Cross Border & Journey Across US, Their Message, Peace, Justice & Dignity, No To The Increasing Militarization In The Fight Against Drug Abuse

Mexican activists in the first bi-national caravan of more than 115 mostly victims of the drug war arrived in New York on their month-long journey across the US. They called attention to organized crime, money laundering by HSCB, Citibank and other greedy financial institutions who they say are equally responsible for the bloodshed caused by the drug merchants and corrupt Mexican government officials serving them and supported as well by the US government. Memorializing the more than 60,000 who have died, which includes the son of poet Javier Sicilia, a caravan organizer, on both sides of the border, the message is to stop militarizing and treat drug abuse as a public health problem, not a war.
Ending Mass Incarceration
Jazz Hayden, longtime member of The Riverside Church Prison Ministry, a founding member of the Ministry's Campaign to End the New Jim Crow,dedicated to combating mass incarceration and building caring communities.

For the past four years, Jazz Hayden has videotaped police officers as they performed illegal stop and frisks in Harlem as part of his coverage of the Harlem community as a citizen journalist. Now Jazz Hayden the peoples’ documentarian and leading exponent against police and prison abuse, is currently being persecuted by the NYPD and is fighting his own felony charges.  play stream download

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Southern Workers, Occupy Activists and Undocumented Immigrants Protest at DNC - 27:47  

Southern Workers and Occupy Protest at the DNC

. Angaza Laughinghouse, Pres. ,UE Local 150,
North Carolina Public Service Workers,
. Rev. Stephen Copley, Dir., Arkansas Interfaith
Alliance and Chairman, Ntl. Nonpartisan Let Justice
Roll Living Wage Coalition,
. Yen Alcala with the Coalition to March on Wall Street
South and Occupy Charlotte

No, say it ain’t so – was it really so that the Democratic National Convention(DNC) had the chutzpa to convene, of all days, on Labor Day, in a nonunion convention hall, in a right to work state? Well, it’s true! So, there’s all the more reason to join and build bridges with the worker advocates that converged in Charlotte last week. We bring you on the ground coverage with southern worker coalitions organizing public and private sector workers for labor rights in their Southern Workers Assembly; and other activists from across the country who converged on Wall Street South (the second largest concentration of finance capital in the
U.S., after N.Y.C.).
Undocumented Immigrants’ Freedom Bus Ride!

Undocumented immigrants taking a page from the civil rights movement rode on a bus for justice from Arizona to Charlotte, N.C. to the Democratic National Convention. Across the states they challenged the champions of prejudice by their voices, and with actions against discrimination, harassment, and deportation. They are ready to move the country forward and they demanded that the Democratic Party match their courage by stopping the arrests and deportations and enacting comprehensive immigration reform.
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Assaults on the Safety Net - 27:58  

How We Can & Why We Must Stave Off The Assaults On Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security & Public Assistance
. Joe Baker, Pres., Medicare Rights Center, serves on the US Dept. of Health and Human Services Medicare/Medicaid Advisory Panel, former NYS Deputy Sec'y for Health and Human Services under Gov. David Paterson
. Timothy Casey, Senior Staff Attorney with Legal Momentum
. Nancy Altman, Co-Chair, Strengthen Social Security Campaign

Sixteen years ago Pres. Clinton and a bipartisan Congress replaced Aid To Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) which has proven to be a disaster for poor parents and children, even more so in the midst of recession and economic downturn. The shredding of the safety net began with AFDC and is expanding with proposals to cut, to privatize, to block grant or set up vouchers for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Both political parties seem willing to sacrifice key elements of these programs at the altar of the budget deficit
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