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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Finally N.Y. State's Farmworkers Prevail Over State's Harvest of Shame - 26:19  

Finally N.Y. State’s Farmworkers Prevail Over State’s Harvest of Shame 

Jessica Ramos, N.Y.S Senator,  Chair of Labor Committee

Jose Chapa,  Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign Coordinator, Rural & Migrant Ministry 

We'll celebrate and the N.Y.S. Legislature’s passage of progressive bills, with gains in such diverse areas as tenants’ rights, drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants and yes finally labor rights for N.Y. farmworkers.  Advocates for farmworkers have been engaged in a decades-long fight for basic labor and human rights for farm workers since they were exempted from a 1938 federal labor reform law – relegating them to a habitual harvest of shame, and deprivation.  

"Today we are correcting a historic injustice, a remnant of Jim Crow era laws, to affirm that those farmworkers must be granted rights just as any other worker in New York,” said Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens).  Under the new Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act farmworkers  will now have the right to unionize and overtime pay as well as the guarantee of at least one day off per week.  Under the new legislation,  farmworkers are also eligible for unemployment insurance, paid family leave and workers’ compensation benefits. 

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