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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Clemency for Indigenous Activist Leonard Peltier - 28:40  

Forty Years of Imprisonment, Forty Years of Injustice
Attorneys Seek Clemency for Indigenous Activist Leonard Peltier

Attorneys for indigenous activist Leonard Peltier have submitted a formal application for executive clemency to the Office of the Pardon Attorney, at the U.S. Department of Justice.  An innocent man, Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1977 and has been imprisoned for over 40 years.

Attorneys Martin Garbus, who has written numerous briefs that have been submitted to the United States Supreme Court; a number of which have resulted in changes in the law on a nationwide basis; participated in  drafting several constitutions and foreign laws and been involved in prisoner exchange negotiations between governments and Cynthia Dunn, director of a nonprofit corporation that works with youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota subsequent to having worked for 28 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, where she prosecuted a broad variety of cases including public corruption and civil rights offenses make the case for clemency for Leonard Peltier 

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Vegas Hotel Union Says Boycott Trump; Baja Farmworkers Fight Back - 26:53  

Unions to Trump: “Pay your hotel workers fair wages and recognize our union!”
Bethany Khan, Director of Communications,
Culinary Workers Union Local 226

As far as Nevada’s unions are concerned, hotel mogul-turned-Republican president elect Donald Trump should put his money where his mouth is, and pay his hotel’s workers in Las Vegas fair and living wages and recognize their union too.  The 500-plus workers, who seek to join Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 226, are battling Trump management over union recognition, wages and working conditions.  They say that hotel management is not only breaking labor law – including by verbal threats and physical assaults, but that they’re sure not following Trump’s campaign slogan
“Make America Great Again!”  So the hotel workers’ Geoconda Arguello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the 55,000 member union local, Nevada’s largest, said “Trump should start right here in Las Vegas with workers at his hotel. Many of them are immigrants who work hard to provide for their families. They deserve equal treatment and should be respected for their contributions to this city,” she added, “I came from Mexico many years ago and became an American citizen to have a better opportunity for me and my family.” Maria Jaramillo, a housekeeper at the Trump Las Vegas, told the union “This country is a nation of immigrants, and we all work hard and deserve to be treated fairly.”
Driscoll’s Harvest of Shame: the stories of the Farmworkers in San
Quintin (Mexico) and Skagit County (Washington State) and Why
They Say Boycott Driscoll Foods
. Al Rojas, a Founding Member of the United Farm Workers; current Pres. , Sacramento Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (AFL-CIO)
. Eduardo Rosario, President, NYC Chapter, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement 

70,000 farmworkers in the Valley of San Quintin, Baja California (Mexico) have been waging intermittent strikes, organizing road blockades and mass mobilizations since March 2015 to demand an increase in their daily wage from $7.50 per day, an eight-hour workday, health care, overtime pay and vacation days, an end to the widespread sexual abuse, and, the legal recognition of their independent union— as the bargaining agent for these 70,000 workers.  These farmworkers pick strawberries, tomatoes, and other
fruit primarily for export to the United States under the label of Driscoll’s, through its Mexican subsidiary, BerryMex.

The workers describe conditions in San Quintin as rat-infested camps, some without functioning toilets, where they routinely having their wages illegally withheld, and face debt after being gouged by the overpricing of necessities sold at company stores, and with pay so low that it amounts to less than one-tenth of what U.S. based farmworkers earn.  And, how has the Baja California government responded to the farmworkers, they sent in police to quash the farmworkers’ protest, severely wounding 70 workers, many with rubber bullets shot at close range, leaving some of the workers
in critical condition.  There’s blood on Driscoll’s fruit and vegetables and the question is how we can support the farmworkers, who through their blood, sweat and tears put food on our tables.
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Standing Rock Sioux Victory over DAPL - 28:54  

Standing Rock Sioux Victory over Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)
Jeffrey Haas, who has an extensive background in mass defense
from his days as a lawyer for Black Panthers and co-founder of the
People’s Law Office, a Chicago lawyers’ collective that rose up to
meet its historical moment—the defense of hundreds of Vietnam War
protesters in the aftermath of the 1968 Chicago Democratic Party
convention. The People’s Law Office would go on to challenge police
brutality and prisoner torture, achieving significant victories and key
vindications. Haas as well authored The Assassination of Fred
Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black

We’ll celebrate the victory of the denial of the easement for
installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline by the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers. 

Jeffrey Haas, civil rights attorney who joined the legal team at the
Standing Rock Camp in North Dakota, where Native Americans and
others have been protesting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline joins us
to talk about the momentous occurrence, and why the struggle isn’t over
and the ligation that remains over the violence perpetrated against the

The  pipeline demonstrators injured by rubber bullets, water cannons
and tear gas canisters during the wintry nighttime standoff with police two
weeks ago have filed a class-action lawsuit against the sheriff of the North
Dakota county involved. The suit describes in new detail the evening of
November.20, when more than 200 people protesting the Dakota Access
oil pipeline were injured by “less-than-lethal” weapons.  The lawsuit alleges
that sheriff’s deputies and police officers used excessive force when they
deployed impact munitions,like rubber bullets, as well as explosive tear
gas grenades and water cannons against protesters. It argues that the
tactics were retaliatory, punishing those involved for exercising free
speech rights.

"We beg for your forgiveness": 
Veterans join Native elders in celebration ceremony

Wes Clark Jr., the son of retired U.S. Army general and former supreme
commander at NATO Wesley Clark Sr., was part of a group of veterans at
Standing Rock one day after the Army Corps announcement. The veterans
joined Native American tribal elders in a ceremony celebrating the Dakota
Access Pipeline easement denial. Lakota spiritual leader and medicine
man Chief Leonard Crow Dog and Standing Rock Sioux spokeswoman
Phyllis Young were among several Native elders who spoke, thanking the
veterans for standing in solidarity during the protests.

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Building Bridges: Nationwide Strike - $15 & Union - 28:26  

‘We Won’t Back Down’ says The Fight for $15,
Strike Nationwide!

. Isaias Sapon, McDonald's worker, Texas 
. Rob Hill,  VP and Organizing Director of 32BJ

As newly-elected politicians and newly-empowered corporate special interests threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the right, working Americans announced that their four-year-old Fight for $15 will not back down and that any efforts to block wage increases, gut workers’ rights or healthcare, deport immigrants, or support racism or racist policies, will be met with unrelenting opposition.  To show their determination in the face of the seismic shifts in the political climate, workers in the Fight for $15 waged their most disruptive protests yet, expanding their movement
to nearly 20 airports serving 2 million passengers a day, and risking arrest via mass civil disobedience in front of McDonald’s restaurants from Detroit to Denver. Workers spanning the economy—including baggage handlers, fast-food cooks, home care workers, child care teachers and graduate assistants— demand $15 and union rights, no deportations, an end to the police killings of black people, and politicians keep their hands off Americans’ health care coverage.

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Close Rikers Island NYC Jail Now Rally - 28:56  

Attend the rally to close the notorious jail marked by violence and
corruption and impervious to substantive reform: Close Rikers Island!

We’ll bring you highlights of the rally to Shut Rikers Down!  Johnny Perez, a member of the Jails Action Coalition who experienced solitary confinement himself, Akeem Browder the brother of Kalief Brower, who tragically became the face of everything wrong with Rikers when he committed suicide after spending three years there--two of them in solitary--because his family couldn't afford the bail when he was charged with  allegedly stealing a backpack say SHUT IT DOWN!

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