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Ep.144 - Private Equity is Destroying Healthcare and How To Fight Back w/ Private Equity Stakeholder Project

Ep.144 - Private Equity is Destroying Healthcare and How To Fight Back w/ Private Equity Stakeholder Project

April 8, 2021

“The private equity model is inherently at odds with providing good quality patient care and providing good jobs.”

Welcome to the Harmony of Interest series where we explore ideas that positively shape our world.

For this recording, we are focusing on Private Equity’s role in the U.S. healthcare system. Joining me from the Private Equity Stakeholder Project is Virginia Rodino, who is the Director Of Communications, and Eileen O'Grady, Director of Healthcare Research.

The mission of the Private Equity Stakeholder Project is to identify, engage, and connect stakeholders affected by private equity with the goal of engaging investors and empowering communities, working families, and others impacted by private equity investments.

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • What is Private Equity and how is it differentiated from other forms of investment;
  • How Private Equity negatively impacts healthcare;
  • What is the Private Equity Stakeholder Project; and 
  • Policy solutions that involve organized labor, Congress, and investors.

You can learn more about the Private Equity Stakeholder Project and their work at: 

 

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143. Public Policy with Kelly Veney Darnell of the Bipartisan Policy Center - Policy Dialogues Ep.20

143. Public Policy with Kelly Veney Darnell of the Bipartisan Policy Center - Policy Dialogues Ep.20

April 5, 2021

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Board's video and podcast series called Policy Dialogues discusses current events through a policy lens.

Episode 20 focuses on public policy with Kelly Veney Darnell. Participants also included Evan Papp (UMD SPP ‘11). 

Kelly Veney Darnell is the Chief Operating Officer for the Bipartisan Policy Center, which is a Washington, DC-based think tank to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans.

Kelly has held political positions as the Federal Affairs Director for the City of Atlanta and as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman John Lewis in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She received her B.A. in Economics from Spelman College and a Master’s of Public Management from the University of Maryland. She received her law degree from the American University, Washington College of Law.

We discussed:

  • Why she first got interested in public policy;
  • What it was like working for Representative John Lewis;
  • The interaction between a Chief Operating Officer and public policy;
  • The work of the Bipartisan Policy Center; and
  • What it means to follow your north star. 

The views expressed do not represent official positions of the school or alumni network.

142. The buddhist forklift driver, the searching mother and the UN translator - Labor Goes To the Movies

142. The buddhist forklift driver, the searching mother and the UN translator - Labor Goes To the Movies

April 4, 2021

Elise and Chris discuss My Darling Supermarket, Identifying Features, Quo Vadis, Aida and Collective with retired SEIU staffer (and now buddhist monk) Peter Pocock and Empathy Media Lab’s Evan Matthew Papp. Everyday lives, the human face of migration, and a different point of view from women directors.

NOTE: these films are all available online in AFI Silver’s Virtual Screening Room, along with two upcoming films in the DC Labor FilmFest Spring Mini-Series:

LAPSIS (April 7, 7p ET) CLICK HERE for tickets; Post-screening Q&A moderated by labor journalist Sarah Jaffe, with Katie Parker, Administrative Organizer for NPEU, the Non Profit Employees Union and EPI Policy Analyst Margaret Poydock.

MARTIN EDEN (April 14, 7p ET); CLICK HERE for tickets; Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker and novelist John Sayles.

Produced by Chris Garlock. Video edited by Chris Garlock and Evan Papp.

 

141. New Deal Descendant Dr. June Hopkins talks about Harry Hopkins, FDR, the WPA, & the Need for a Job Guarantee

141. New Deal Descendant Dr. June Hopkins talks about Harry Hopkins, FDR, the WPA, & the Need for a Job Guarantee

March 30, 2021
Welcome to the Harmony of Interest series where we explore ideas that positively shape our world.
 
Dr. June Hopkins is author of Harry Hopkins: Sudden Hero, Brash Reformer and received her PhD in American History from Georgetown University and is Professor Emerita at Georgia Southern University.
 
She is also the granddaughter of one of my heroes, Harry Hopkins, who was an architect of the New Deal, and Administrator of the Works Progress Administration that created millions of government jobs during the last great depression while building the nation’s infrastructure through public works.
 
In World War II, Harry Hopkins was Roosevelt's chief diplomatic advisor and liaison with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. He supervised the $50 billion Lend-Lease program of military aid to the Allies.
 
In this conversation, we discuss:
 
  • Dr. June Hopkins background;
  • Harry Hopkins early years growing up in Iowa and as a social worker in New York City;
  • Hopkins working with FDR and Secretary of Labor Francis Perkins on the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration (TERA);
  • Hopkins time as Administrator for the Works Progress Administration (WPA);
  • World War II and being FDR’s main advisor; and
  • The Descendants of the New Deal’s call for to President Biden for a Government Guarantee Job’s Program
You can learn more about the New Deal and their work at:
 
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140. Identifying Features & Lapsis with Sarah Jaffe & Andrea Arenas - Labor Goes to the Movies

140. Identifying Features & Lapsis with Sarah Jaffe & Andrea Arenas - Labor Goes to the Movies

March 29, 2021

Elise and Chris discuss films from the DC Labor Filmfest Spring Screening Series with Andrea Arenas, Communications & Policy Coordinator for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and co-host of the El Desvio podcast (She’ll be doing the Q&A for IDENTIFYING FEATURES [SIN SEÑAS PARTICULARES] on Wednesday, March 31). We’re also joined by labor journalist Sarah Jaffe, author of Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted and Alone. Sarah also cohosts the terrific Belabored podcast (she’s doing the Q&A for LAPSIS Wed, April 7; 7:00 p.m. ET).

We talk about our first movies, about the things we’re missing from being stuck watching movies at home during the pandemic, and we even have some tips on how to watch scary movies. Grab your popcorn, sit back and relax, and enjoy the show!

Includes clips from Chaplin’s Modern Times, King Kong (1933), and trailers for Identifying Features and Lapsis. The DC Labor Filmfest Spring Screening Series is co-presented by the AFI Silver Theatre and the DC Labor FilmFest.

Produced by Chris Garlock. Video edited by Evan Papp of Empathy Media Lab.

About Labor goes to the Movies

If you like movies and are interested in the labor movement, hang out with Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant and DC Labor FilmFest Director Chris Garlock as they kick back and talk about their favorite films and chat with guests about work and workers on the silver screen.

139. EXCERPT - Women’s History Month, Machinists Union, and Long Island Migrant Labor Camps - LRPN Live

139. EXCERPT - Women’s History Month, Machinists Union, and Long Island Migrant Labor Camps - LRPN Live

March 25, 2021

Labor Radio Podcast Network’s Wednesday Livestream interviews labor leaders about current labor issues with rotating hosts made up of network members.

Guests for March 24th, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included Dora Cervantes (General Secretary Treasurer of the Machinists Union) and Mark Torres (Author, Teamster, and labor lawyer).

LRPN Co-Hosts: Tanya Hutchins (Activate L!VE and Machinists Union) and Andrea Arenas (El Desvio and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement - LCLAA).

Topics: 

  • Women’s History Month
  • Machinists Union
  • History of Long Island Migrant Labor Camps

Additional Credits: Produced by Chris Garlock (Union City Radio); Producer, engineer, and editor is Evan Matthew Papp (Empathy Media Lab). 

Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaborRadioPod or visit the website at: https://www.laborradionetwork.org/.

138. Women’s History Month, Machinists Union, and Long Island Migrant Labor Camps - LRPN Livestream

138. Women’s History Month, Machinists Union, and Long Island Migrant Labor Camps - LRPN Livestream

March 25, 2021

Labor Radio Podcast Network’s Wednesday Livestream interviews labor leaders about current labor issues with rotating hosts made up of network members.

Guests for March 24th, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included Dora Cervantes (General Secretary Treasurer of the Machinists Union) and Mark Torres (Author, Teamster, and labor lawyer).

LRPN Co-Hosts: Tanya Hutchins (Activate L!VE and Machinists Union) and Andrea Arenas (El Desvio and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement - LCLAA).

Topics: 

  • Women’s History Month
  • Machinists Union
  • History of Long Island Migrant Labor Camps

Additional Credits: Produced by Chris Garlock (Union City Radio); Producer, engineer, and editor is Evan Matthew Papp (Empathy Media Lab). 

Labor History in 2 by the Rick Smith Show.

Music by DC Labor Chorus Song “None of Us Are Free" written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell. Album Hail to the Thieves, Volume III: Songs to Take Our Country Back! Learn more at Labor Heritage Festival

 

About the Labor Radio Podcast Network

The Labor Radio Podcast Network is both a one-stop shop for audiences looking for labor content and a resource for labor broadcasters and podcasters. Resources include a weekly podcast summarizing shows produced by network members, marketing on social media, a website listing network shows and how audiences can find them, a database for contacting expert guests, access to a private listserv for Network members, and a weekly video call to increase solidarity and support amongst members.

Launched in April 2020, the Labor Radio Podcast Network focuses on working class issues that are often overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and strengthen organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.

If you are a journalist interested in learning more or if you’re a labor radio or podcast producer and want to join the network, contact us at info@laborradionetwork.org.

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137. Second Vatican Council’s Gaudium Et Spes - Pope Francis in Iraq - Faith and Labor (Ep.3)

137. Second Vatican Council’s Gaudium Et Spes - Pope Francis in Iraq - Faith and Labor (Ep.3)

March 24, 2021

Faith and Labor is a podcast video series exploring the history of Catholic Social Teachings and how it can be used to bridge divisions and guide humanity to solve the great challenges facing the working class.

Hosted by John Andrechak of Laborlines and Evan Matthew Papp of Empathy Media Lab, they discuss history, scripture, encyclicals, current events, and how faith and love is needed to strengthen solidarity and heal a world in disarray. 

Episode 3 focuses on Gaudium Et Spes, which means “Joy and hope” and and was published after the Second Vatican Council.

We will also discuss current headlines related to Pope Francis visit to Iraq, the Vatican stance against same-sex unions, and the Catholic Labor Network’s support for the Pro Act.

We would love to hear your feedback, ideas, and suggested guests for future shows, as we seek to promote what Pope Francis described in Fratelli Tutti as a more just and fraternal world where “Love shatters the chains that keep us isolated and separate; in their place, it builds bridges.”

#union #labor #pope #popefrancis #Vatican #vaticano #VaticanCity #faith #faithful 

136. The World Owes Me Something - Daniel K - PsyOp - EXCERPT TWO

136. The World Owes Me Something - Daniel K - PsyOp - EXCERPT TWO

March 23, 2021

This excerpt is from an interview with Daniel K of PsyOp.

Download the album: https://psyopdc.bandcamp.com

 

Follow PsyOp 

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Lyrics - The World Owes Me Something

All our yesterdays like ashes 

All our dreams in water washes 

Away into the winding stream 

Weaving winding byzantine 

Straight to the sea of desire 

Where dreams plot and where they conspire 

Kill the living steal their flesh 

To the land of nod and of death 

 

The world owes me something x 4

But I don't know what it is x2

 

One day one day we all will die 

We had a fountain but they stripped it dry 

And I feel a ripple in time itself 

Stop the travesty of souls to sell 

Debt collectors armed to the teeth 

Serve the papers and they kill the thief 

Anthill skyline blocks the sun 

Like a growing carcinogen 

 

(Chorus)

 

They won't rest until everything is commodified 

Cheapened deadened surveilled and privatized 

Prisoners of automated paralysis 

Humanity consumed by the sheer force of our artifice 

There's nowhere to hide in the desert of the real 

We must tear down the walls of the city on the hill 

The system zeroes in with it's omniscient eye 

A hunter honing in on it's kill

 At least the hippies had a reprieve from the churning gears 

At least they could (indistinct) greed and fear 

Now we are pawns of the atrociously wealthy 

Our only reprieve xanax blackouts and fentanyl ODs

 

135. Chandra Thomas Whitfield Host of In The Gap - LRPN Spotlight

135. Chandra Thomas Whitfield Host of In The Gap - LRPN Spotlight

March 22, 2021

Chandra Whitfield is host and producer of In The Gap podcast with episodes featuring everyday Black women and experts sharing their personal experiences on how the gender pay gap, pay discrimination and systemic inequality affects the lives and livelihoods of Black women in the American workforce. 

In 2020, Black women still only make 62 cents on the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic men. In recognition of these ongoing disparities, In These Times presents In The Gap, a 12-episode podcast series. Episodes feature everyday Black women and experts alike sharing their personal experiences and insights on how the gender pay gap, pay discrimination and systemic inequality affects the lives and livelihoods of Black women in the American workforce. 

About the Labor Radio Podcast Network

Launched in April 2020, the Labor Radio Podcast Network focuses on working class issues that are often overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and strengthen organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.

The Labor Radio Podcast Network is both a one-stop shop for audiences looking for labor content and a resource for labor broadcasters and podcasters. Resources include a weekly podcast summarizing shows produced by network members, marketing on social media, a website listing network shows and how audiences can find them, a database for contacting expert guests, access to a private listserv for Network members, and a weekly video call to increase solidarity and support amongst members.

If you are a journalist interested in learning more or if you’re a labor radio or podcast producer and want to join the network, contact us at info@laborradionetwork.org.

Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaborRadioPod or visit the website at: https://www.laborradionetwork.org/.

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Video and audio was produced by Evan Matthew Papp of Empathy Media Lab.

Music by DC Labor Chorus Song “None of Us Are Free" written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell. Album Hail to the Thieves, Volume III: Songs to Take Our Country Back! Learn more at Labor Heritage Festival.

134. Ethics and Public Policy with Dr. Chloe Schwenke - Policy Dialogues Ep.19

134. Ethics and Public Policy with Dr. Chloe Schwenke - Policy Dialogues Ep.19

March 21, 2021

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Board's video and podcast series called Policy Dialogues discusses current events through a policy lens.

Episode 19 focuses on ethics and public policy with Dr. Chloe Schwenke. Participants also included Evan Papp (UMD SPP ‘11). 

Dr. Chloe Schwenke is an international development ethicist, practitioner, human rights activist, researcher and educator. Her career has focused on gender equality and social inclusion, LGBTQ+, governance, peacebuilding, and human rights. 

Chloe is President of The Center for Values in International Development, which is a new non-profit organization comprised of both practitioners and ethicists, working together to make secular, universal moral values explicit,  informative, persuasive, and influential in international relief and development policy, programming, advocacy, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. She served as a political appointee at USAID under the Obama Administration, as Senior Advisor on democracy, human rights, and governance in sub-Saharan Africa, and on LGBTQ+ issues. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park.

We discussed: 

  • Her international development experiences in post apartheid South Africa;
  • The interaction between ethics and public policy;
  • Working for the Obama administration as one of the first transgender political appointees in the federal bureaucracy;
  • Her co-authored an article with the Center For American Progress titled: Transforming U.S. Foreign Policy To Ensure Dignity and Rights for LGBTI People
  • The mission of the Center for Values in International Development; and 
  • The tension in being a foreign policy practitioner advocating for policies that have yet to be fully embraced in the U.S.

The views expressed do not represent official positions of the school or alumni network.

133. Bang My Head Against The Wall - Daniel K - PsyOp - EXCERPT

133. Bang My Head Against The Wall - Daniel K - PsyOp - EXCERPT

March 21, 2021

This excerpt is from an interview with Daniel K of PsyOp.

Download the album: https://psyopdc.bandcamp.com

 

Follow PsyOp 

https://www.facebook.com/PSY-OP-105756408045635

https://www.instagram.com/psyopmusic/

 

Watch the full interview: https://www.empathymedialab.com/post/daniel-k-of-psyop-debut-album-howl-from-the-void-eml-s-artist-profiles 

 

Lyrics - Bang My Head Against the Wall

Got the vision but can't shake the coil 

Film the revolt but air the rerun 

Cauterize the burn but leave the tumor 

Growing and growing and growing 

 

Bang my head against the wall 

It's all I can do 

Bang my head against the wall 

It's all I can do 

It's all I can do 

 

The rush of blood is like a shot in the arm 

A catalyst for excision of pain 

After a while it all goes numb and you're 

Bleeding and bleeding and bleeding 

 

(Chorus)

 

Piece together the shattered mirror 

The shards of glass won't fit together 

So realize with a sinking feeling 

You'll never see your reflection 

Again

132. A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem - Labor Goes to the Movies

132. A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem - Labor Goes to the Movies

March 19, 2021

Elise and Chris discuss “The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem” with director Yu Gu and mark the anniversary of “Salt of the Earth,” the classic labor film that opened on March 14, 1954 and was banned soon after.

Includes trailer for A Woman’s Work and Salt of the Earth.

Produced by Chris Garlock. Video edited by Evan Papp.

About Labor goes to the Movies

If you like movies and are interested in the labor movement, hang out with Labor Heritage Foundation Executive Director Elise Bryant and DC Labor FilmFest Director Chris Garlock as they kick back and talk about their favorite films and chat with guests about work and workers on the silver screen.

131. Daniel K of PsyOp Debut Album Howl from the Void - EML’s Artist Profiles

131. Daniel K of PsyOp Debut Album Howl from the Void - EML’s Artist Profiles

March 15, 2021

The debut EP of DC-based PsyOp brings you into the fractured mind of one Daniel K, a twisted prophet of rage who speaks of shifting dreamscapes and the unnameable terrors of the night.

Howl from the Void fuses nihilist anthems of decadence and decay ('Bang My Head Against the Wall,' 'The World Owes Me Something'), hardcore bruisers ('Before the Gates'), and jagged postpunk ('Copy and Paste') to create a breathless display of alienation, paranoia, and outrage towards the dystopian techno-horror that is our world today.

Henry and John of grind powerhouse No Mas, along with co-writer Seth Abelson and producer Dag'Nabbit, conjure a vivid backdrop to K's scouring vocals and piercing lyrics. PsyOp draws from the righteous fury of classic hardcore and the nihilism of 70's punk to create something fiercely its own. 

Download the album: https://psyopdc.bandcamp.com

Follow PsyOp 

https://www.facebook.com/PSY-OP-105756408045635

https://www.instagram.com/psyopmusic/

 

Also, you can read Daniel K’s short story Hikikomori: https://www.empathymedialab.com/post/hikikomori-by-danial-kadir 

 

EML’s Artist Profiles

Empathy Media Lab’s Artist Profile series focuses on the role of artists in society. Inspired by James Baldwin’s numerous essays and interviews like James Baldwin on the Creative Process and the Artist’s Responsibility to Society and The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction, this series will profile artists, highlight their work, and explore the creative process and the role of the artist in today's society.

Empathy Media Lab is produced by Evan Matthew Papp and we are a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. Support media, authors, artists, historians, and journalists, who are fighting to improve the prosperity of the working class. 

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130. Legislating Policy with Matt Verghese - Policy Dialogues Ep.18

130. Legislating Policy with Matt Verghese - Policy Dialogues Ep.18

March 15, 2021

“The American people want a government that works, they want a government that is responsive to their needs and is responsive to how they are suffering right now.”

Matt Verghese is the chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Anthony Brown who represents Maryland's 4th congressional district. Matt has also served as a senior advisor on the Van Hollen for Senate campaign as well as Political and Communications Director for the Maryland Democratic Party, and as Senior Legislative Aide in the Montgomery County Government.

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Board's video and podcast series called Policy Dialogues discusses current events through a policy lens.

Episode 18 focuses on Legislating Policy with Matt Verghese (UMD SPP ‘10). Participants also included Evan Papp (UMD SPP ‘11). 

We discussed: 

  • Why he first got interested in public policy; 
  • The connection between public policy and politics;
  • The January 6th political violence on Capitol Hill to prevent the certifying of the electoral college; 
  • The media’s relentless emphasis on bipartisanship; and
  • Where he sees opportunity and hope.

The views expressed do not represent official positions of the school or alumni network.

129. Jordie Abela Co-Host of Solidarity Breakfast out of Melbourne, Australia - LRPN Spotlight

129. Jordie Abela Co-Host of Solidarity Breakfast out of Melbourne, Australia - LRPN Spotlight

March 13, 2021

“I see a lot of hope in struggle and people willing to be empathetic...it comes back to that ideal of humanity and care. And when we start caring about other people and because we want them to be as happy as we are, that's something I'm seeing more of in Australia. There's hope there.”

Jordie Abela is co-host of Solidarity Breakfast out of Melbourne, Australia. Solidarity Breakfast is a Rank and File Worker and Trade Union Show, covering current affairs, progressive issues and news and events from the labour movement. 

About the Labor Radio Podcast Network

Launched in April 2020, the Labor Radio Podcast Network focuses on working class issues that are often overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and strengthen organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.

The Labor Radio Podcast Network is both a one-stop shop for audiences looking for labor content and a resource for labor broadcasters and podcasters. Resources include a weekly podcast summarizing shows produced by network members, marketing on social media, a website listing network shows and how audiences can find them, a database for contacting expert guests, access to a private listserv for Network members, and a weekly video call to increase solidarity and support amongst members.

If you are a journalist interested in learning more or if you’re a labor radio or podcast producer and want to join the network, contact us at info@laborradionetwork.org.

Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaborRadioPod or visit the website at: https://www.laborradionetwork.org/.

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Video and audio was produced by Evan Matthew Papp of Empathy Media Lab.

Music by DC Labor Chorus Song “None of Us Are Free" written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell. Album Hail to the Thieves, Volume III: Songs to Take Our Country Back! Learn more at Labor Heritage Festival

#LaborRadioPod

#1U

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128. Uber vs. Aslam, California’s Prop 22, & Fighting for the Global Rights of Gig Workers - LRPN Livestream

128. Uber vs. Aslam, California’s Prop 22, & Fighting for the Global Rights of Gig Workers - LRPN Livestream

March 11, 2021

Labor Radio Podcast Network’s Weekly Wednesday Livestream interviews labor leaders about current labor issues with rotating hosts made up of network members.

Guests for March 10th, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included Yaseen Aslam (Uber BV v Aslam and President of the App Drivers & Couriers Union), Willy Solis (Gig Worker Collective), and Maria C. Figueroa (Cornell University-School of Industrial and Labor Relations).

LRPN Co-Hosts: Bama Athreya (The Gig Podcast) and Maximilian Alvarez (Working People Podcast and The Real News Network).

Topics Discussed: 

  • The UK Uber vs. Aslam;
  • Organizing against Prop 22; and 
  • How to build solidarity in the fight for Global Rights of Gig Workers

Additional Credits: Produced by Chris Garlock (Union City Radio); Producer, engineer, and editor is Evan Matthew Papp (Empathy Media Lab). 

 

Additional Links

Episode 3 of The Gig Podcast to learn more about Uber vs. Alsam in Judgement Day Overview: James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam decided to challenge the premise that they were not Uber’s workers.  In the UK we follow their precedent-setting lawsuit as it rises to the UK Supreme Court.  In the US we talk to drivers and organizers on the eve of their historic victory in California, the passage of Assembly Bill 5 that set a standard for all gig workers to be classified as workers.

Labor History in 2 by the Rick Smith Show: March 10, 1925 The Radium Girls

Music by DC Labor Chorus Song “None of Us Are Free" written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell. Album Hail to the Thieves, Volume III: Songs to Take Our Country Back! Learn more at Labor Heritage Festival

 

About the Labor Radio Podcast Network

The Labor Radio Podcast Network is both a one-stop shop for audiences looking for labor content and a resource for labor broadcasters and podcasters. Resources include a weekly podcast summarizing shows produced by network members, marketing on social media, a website listing network shows and how audiences can find them, a database for contacting expert guests, access to a private listserv for Network members, and a weekly video call to increase solidarity and support amongst members.

Launched in April 2020, the Labor Radio Podcast Network focuses on working class issues that are often overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and strengthen organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.

If you are a journalist interested in learning more or if you’re a labor radio or podcast producer and want to join the network, contact us at info@laborradionetwork.org.

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127. EXCERPT Uber vs. Aslam, CA’s Prop 22, & Fighting for the Global Rights of Gig Workers - LRPN Livestream

127. EXCERPT Uber vs. Aslam, CA’s Prop 22, & Fighting for the Global Rights of Gig Workers - LRPN Livestream

March 11, 2021

Labor Radio Podcast Network’s Weekly Wednesday Livestream interviews labor leaders about current labor issues with rotating hosts made up of network members.

Guests for March 10th, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included Yaseen Aslam (Uber BV v Aslam and President of the App Drivers & Couriers Union), Willy Solis (Gig Worker Collective), and Maria C. Figueroa (Cornell University-School of Industrial and Labor Relations).

LRPN Co-Hosts: Bama Athreya (The Gig Podcast) and Maximilian Alvarez (Working People Podcast and The Real News Network).

Topics Discussed: 

  • The UK Uber vs. Aslam;
  • Organizing against Prop 22; and 
  • How to build solidarity in the fight for Global Rights of Gig Workers

Additional Credits: Produced by Chris Garlock (Union City Radio); Producer, engineer, and editor is Evan Matthew Papp (Empathy Media Lab). 

 

Additional Links

Episode 3 of The Gig Podcast to learn more about Uber vs. Alsam in Judgement Day Overview: James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam decided to challenge the premise that they were not Uber’s workers.  In the UK we follow their precedent-setting lawsuit as it rises to the UK Supreme Court.  In the US we talk to drivers and organizers on the eve of their historic victory in California, the passage of Assembly Bill 5 that set a standard for all gig workers to be classified as workers.

Labor History in 2 by the Rick Smith Show: March 10, 1925 The Radium Girls

Music by DC Labor Chorus Song “None of Us Are Free" written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell. Album Hail to the Thieves, Volume III: Songs to Take Our Country Back! Learn more at Labor Heritage Festival

 

About the Labor Radio Podcast Network

The Labor Radio Podcast Network is both a one-stop shop for audiences looking for labor content and a resource for labor broadcasters and podcasters. Resources include a weekly podcast summarizing shows produced by network members, marketing on social media, a website listing network shows and how audiences can find them, a database for contacting expert guests, access to a private listserv for Network members, and a weekly video call to increase solidarity and support amongst members.

Launched in April 2020, the Labor Radio Podcast Network focuses on working class issues that are often overlooked in the corporate-controlled media. The goal of the network is to help raise the voices of working people and strengthen organized labor to demand and achieve better treatment from workplaces and elected officials.

If you are a journalist interested in learning more or if you’re a labor radio or podcast producer and want to join the network, contact us at info@laborradionetwork.org.

Follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #LaborRadioPod or visit the website at: https://www.laborradionetwork.org/.

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126. Labor Union Women Prez,  Labor Artist, Teacher: Elise Bryant - Harmony of Interests

126. Labor Union Women Prez, Labor Artist, Teacher: Elise Bryant - Harmony of Interests

March 10, 2021

Elise Bryant is Executive Director of the Labor Heritage Foundation and President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

Elise Bryant launched her labor arts career as the artistic director of the University of Michigan’s labor theater project, Workers’ Lives/Workers’ Stories in 1982.  She joined the National Writers Union and began her screenwriting career with a script for the documentary, Porgy and Bess: an American Voice which aired on PBS. In 1998 Elise made her Washington, DC stage debut in Theater J’s production of Goodnight Irene and founded the DC Labor Chorus.

She directed two productions of the labor jazz opera, Forgotten: the Murder at the Ford Rouge Plant, in Detroit and in the Washington, DC area.  Most recently she directed the labor jazz opera Love Songs From the Liberation Wars: the 1940s Tobacco Workers Struggle.

After working 35 years as a labor educator, Elise retired from her professorship at the National Labor College to start her own consulting service, the E.L.I.S.E. Consortium.  

Elise is a lifetime member of the Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World), a member of the AFM Local 1000 as well as CWA/Newspaper Guild Local 32035. In 2012 she was given the Lifetime Achievement award from the international organization, United Association of Labor Educators.  In 2017 she was elected President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).

We discuss:

  • Growing up in Detroit and using theater arts for activism;
  • Directing labor jazz operas;
  • Labor education and the National Labor College;
  • The role of art in labor movements;
  • The Coalition of Labor Union Women;
  • The Labor Heritage Foundation; and the
  • Future of organizing.

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125. Author Eric Lotke discusses his book Union Made Published by Hard Ball Press - Buy Your Copy Today

125. Author Eric Lotke discusses his book Union Made Published by Hard Ball Press - Buy Your Copy Today

March 8, 2021

Union Made captures the blood, sweat, tears, courage, love, and solidarity that animates a union organizing drive. This book provides a window into the challenges faced by workers who are fighting for dignity and a more humane workplace. 

Buy this book to better understand why every working person has a right to form a union without harassment from the boss.

Union Made was written by Eric Lotke who is an author, lawyer, criminal justice and union activist.

 

Overview of Union Made

Catherine Campbell is a union organizer. Nate is an accountant working for a company that's planning a hostile takeover of Pac-Shoppe, the company Catherine is organizing.

It's a love story.

Union Made is a fast-paced romance with a strong female lead and a gripping labor campaign that explores union organizing from the inside. It reveals the tactics, strains and risks of mobilizing a diverse group of workers to stand together against a giant corporation.

As Catherine’s campaign falters in the face of Pac-Shoppe’s illegal hardball tactics, Nate’s sympathy for the workers and fascination with Catherine grow. Can the lonely accountant interest her by sharing evidence of Pac-Shoppe’s dirty tricks? How much trouble will he be in if he reveals corporate secrets to the union?

Release date March 15, 2021.

 

Union Made is published by Hard Ball Press

Tim Sheard is the Executive Editor of Hard Ball Press.

Veteran nurse Timothy Sheard is a writer, publisher, mentor to writers and union organizer with the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. After writing 7 mystery novels featuring hospital custodian-shop steward Lenny Moss, he launched Hard Ball Press to help working class people write and publish their stories. Timothy believes that when workers write and tell their stories, they build rank and file solidarity and union power, as well strengthening the fight for social justice solidarity. Their stories help to combat the anti-labor and anti-working class assaults by the One Percent. Hard Ball Press is the premier publisher of working class life.

You can watch EML’s interview with Tim Sheard here: https://www.empathymedialab.com/post/pandemic-nurse-s-diary-a-tribute-to-healthcare-workers-fighting-covid-19 

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