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No Time - A beautiful sad soul blues folk tune by Ronald Charles McKernan

No Time - A beautiful sad soul blues folk tune by Ronald Charles McKernan

June 30, 2022

I heard this song over a decade ago on some b-side of a forgotten bootleg. The melancholy soul expressed in the singing and lyrics will forever resonate and I can’t help but sing along. 

Since I couldn’t find this song to stream or find the lyrics to sing after many searches, I decided to make a video with lyrics to pay homage to this beautiful soul blues folk tune.

This was the last known recording of the artist in 1973–No Time. Rest in peace Ronald Charles McKernan, September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973, Founding member of the Grateful Dead.

Video: https://youtu.be/E7Sq-dnFP6o

About EMLab’s Artist Works

Artist Works is an EMLab brand that explores the labor, concepts, and inspiration behind the artists illuminating and shaping our world. 

EMLab 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, and laborers who are fighting for a brighter day for everyone, everywhere. Union solidarity forever.

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Chisenga - Global Hip Hop Artist, Producer, and Sound Engineer

Chisenga - Global Hip Hop Artist, Producer, and Sound Engineer

June 29, 2022

“Sometimes I'll be feeling all alone…like, am I the only person that believes it? But I believe in it enough to know that where there's a will, there's a way.”

Chisenga - Hip Hop Artist Extraordinaire

Chisenga is a Grammy-recognised Hip-Hop artist born in Zambia and now based in Perth, Australia. His latest album is Rhythm and Poetry

Born in Lusaka, Zambia, his interest in performing began at the early age of 10. With time spent at home with his mother listening to country music and later, his step-dad grooving to classic soul music, he developed an appreciation and understanding for music that would later inspire the sound he would craft in years to come.

From the time he was recognised for releasing the first locally produced Hip-Hop album in his birth country Zambia, Officer in Charge was and still stands as one of the most successful Hip-Hop albums from that country. He was further introduced to Africa and the rest of the world through MTV Base and Channel-O, the two major African music channels that broadcast across Africa. 

His song The Fire Inside once took a No. 1 spot across Africa on both MTV Base and Channel-O charts, which earned him a Channel-O Video Music Award for Best Music Video, Southern Africa.

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About EMLab’s Artist Works

Artist Works is an EMLab brand that explores the labor, concepts, and inspiration behind the artists illuminating and shaping our world. 

EMLab 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, and laborers who are fighting for a brighter day for everyone, everywhere. Union solidarity forever.

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My soul has grown deep like the rivers - Langston Hughes

My soul has grown deep like the rivers - Langston Hughes

June 28, 2022

“I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.”

The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes was first published n the June 1921 issue of The Crisis, the magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The poem is found in The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Copyright © 1994 the Estate of Langston Hughes. 

Poem: The Negro Speaks of Rivers 

I’ve known rivers:

 I’ve known rivers ancient 

as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.

I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.

I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.

I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I’ve known rivers:

Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

About The Artist Spotlight Series 

The Artist Spotlight Series explores art, artists, and the ideas behind the art illuminating and shaping our world.

The Artist Spotlight Series is an EMLab brand 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.

Follow our work at https://www.empathymedialab.com/artistspotlight

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Driving home with the Labor Radio Podcast Network

Driving home with the Labor Radio Podcast Network

June 27, 2022

“There's a lot of solidarity, a lot of love and in both Philadelphia and Chicago, and it's been a great road trip with the Labor Radio Podcast Network.”

Empathy Media Lab partnered with the LRPN to capture the voices of the global trade union movement from the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia to the Labor Notes conference in Chicago. 

Evan Papp, Chris Garlock, and Patrick Dixon reflect on these conferences on their drive back to Washington, D.C.

Follow the Labor Radio Podcast Network (https://www.laborradionetwork.org/) and listen to the podcast (https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/).

#LaborRadioPod #Chicago @LaborNotes #LaborNotes2022 #LaborNotes #1U

Why Love? A message from Belief Street Faith and Labor.

Why Love? A message from Belief Street Faith and Labor.

June 26, 2022

WHY LOVE?

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. 

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 

But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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CEOs Screwing Workers with Sarah Anderson of the Global Economy Project at IPS and Co-Editor of Inequality.org

CEOs Screwing Workers with Sarah Anderson of the Global Economy Project at IPS and Co-Editor of Inequality.org

June 25, 2022

“At Amazon, the CEO got $213 million last year, and that was 6,474 times as much as median worker pay at the company, which was about $32,800.”

Sarah Anderson Director of the Global Economy Project at IPS and Co-Editor of Inequality.org

Executive Excess 2022

The CEOs at America’s largest low-wage employers are grabbing huge raises while workers and consumers struggle with rising costs.

Sarah Anderson and her co-authors at the Institute for Policy Studies found that more than half of our nation’s 100 largest low-wage employers changed their own rules to ensure huge payouts for CEOs in 2020 — while workers lost wages, jobs, and even their lives. On average, the CEOs at these rule-rigging firms pocketed 29 percent raises while their median worker pay fell by 2 percent. Learn more at: https://ips-dc.org/report-executive-excess-2022 

About Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and is a co-editor of the IPS web site Inequality.org. Sarah’s research covers a wide range of international and domestic economic issues, including inequality, Wall Street reform, CEO pay, taxes, labor, and international trade and investment. Sarah is a well-known expert on executive compensation, as the lead author of more than 20 annual “Executive Excess” reports that have received extensive media coverage.

During the Obama administration, she served on the Investment Subcommittee of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP). In 2009, this subcommittee carried out a review of the U.S. model bilateral investment treaty. In 2000, she served on the staff of the bipartisan International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission (“Meltzer Commission”), commissioned by the U.S. Congress to evaluate the World Bank and IMF. Sarah is a co-author of the books Field Guide to the Global Economy (New Press, 2nd edition, 2005) and Alternatives to Economic Globalization (Berrett-Koehler, 2nd edition, 2004).

Prior to coming to IPS in 1992, Sarah was a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and an editor for the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from The American University and a BA in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Overview on Executive Excess Reports

Over two decades, Institute for Policy Studies researchers have examined how extremely high levels of compensation affect executive behavior. Such massive jackpots, we’ve found, give executives incentives to behave in ways that may boost short-term profits and expand their own paychecks at the expense of our nation’s long-term economic health. Tax dodging, mass layoffs, reckless financial deals, offshoring jobs, “creative accounting” — all of these appear to boost CEO pay. But they have dealt one body blow after another to the American middle class, leaving a deeply skewed distribution of income and wealth. See past reports at: https://ips-dc.org/global-economy/executive-excess/ 

About The Political Economy Project 

The Political Economy Project is creating a blueprint that will unify our fellow humans to work together and create a new renaissance and a harmony of interests of the human spirit.

The Political Economy Project is an EMLab brand 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.

Follow our work on Substack at: https://politicaleconomyproject.substack.com/

The Coalition of Labor Union Women Response to the Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade.

The Coalition of Labor Union Women Response to the Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade.

June 24, 2022

This is Elise Bryant, president of the coalition of labor union women. 

The coalition of labor union women was founded in 1974, the year after Roe V. Wade confirmed a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. The CLUW founding mothers believe in a woman's right to a safe termination of her pregnancy. And we still believe everyone has that right. 

The U.S. Supreme court today overturned Roe V. Wade and Planned Parenthood versus Casey and declared that the U.S. constitution no longer protects the right to abortion. This decision marks the end of a constitutional right to abortion for people across the country.

And now today, the court sets the stage for increased criminalization and policing of people for basic healthcare decisions. 

We have to use our power to fix this. 

It won't be quick or easy, but those of us, the majority in this country who support freedoms to control our body’s lives and futures will succeed in reversing this. 

We will march. We will protest. And most importantly, we will vote. 

We will mobilize millions of women across the country to exercise their right to vote out any elected official who stands in the way of our freedom to choose what happens in our bodies.

There was an old saying that goes, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. 

We say, hell hath no fury like pro-choice women at the ballot box. 

Get ready because we are coming for every anti-choice candidate and we will vote you out. So consider yourself warned. 

No justice, no peace, no justice, no peace.

Learn more at http://www.cluw.org/

Labor On The Airwaves at Labor Notes

Labor On The Airwaves at Labor Notes

June 22, 2022

“If you're thinking about trying to start a podcast or a radio show, don't think about doing it all yourself, This is a collective thing.” 

Judy Ancel - Heartland Labor Forum 

The Labor On The Airwaves panel attracted an overflow audience at this year's Labor Notes conference. A show of hands revealed that about a third of those in attendance already had shows while another third was interested in finding out how to start their own shows, many of whom stopped by the Network's booth after the panel. Working People's Maximillian Alvarez hosted a panel that included BeLabored hosts Sarah Jaffe and Michelle Chen, Heartland Labor Forum's Judy Ancel (thanks for the Network shoutout!) and Jamie Partridge from Labor Radio on KBOO FM. Here are highlights from their discussion.

photo (l-r): Jamie, Max, Judy, Sarah and Michelle.

Produced/edited by Chris Garlock; social media guru Mr. Harold Phillips and Mel Smith, audio gram edited by Evan Papp.

Empathy Media Lab partnered with the LRPN to capture the voices of the global trade union movement from the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia to the Labor Notes conference in Chicago.

Follow the Labor Radio Podcast Network (https://www.laborradionetwork.org/) and listen to the podcast (https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/). NOTE: For those interested in joining the Labor Radio Podcast Network (or finding out more about us), please contact us here.

#LaborRadioPod #Chicago @LaborNotes #LaborNotes2022 #LaborNotes #canlab #1u @amazonlabor @SBWorkersUnited @Shut_downAmazon #Troublemakers #LosDeliveristasUnidos #starbucksunion @Teamsters @DissentMag @WorkingPod @Heartland_Labor @kboo

“Billionaires have got to go! F—k Jeff Bezos!”

“Billionaires have got to go! F—k Jeff Bezos!”

June 21, 2022

“When you come to the fight with organized labor, if you are corporate America, and you want to take us on, or you are a crooked corruptible politician, put your helmets on, buckle your chin strap. It's a full contact sport!”

Teamster President Sean O’Brien

Friday night’s all-star program at the 2022 Labor Notes conference in Chicago featured Chris Smalls from the Amazon Labor Union, Bernie Sanders and Teamsters president Sean O’Brien, who fired up an already-fired-up crowd. We’ve got highlights from the program on today’s show, including music from Dilson Hernandez, along with more voices from the folks who stopped by the Labor Radio Podcast Network booth here at the conference: Carmen Velasquez, Naomi Martinez, Arsal Asif, Anecia Ventura, Eris Derrickson, Jackie Serrato, Martin Unzueta, Jose Carlos, Janette Corcelius, Robert Hughes, Michael Harrington, Jamie Simpson, Zach Young, Jessica Buttermore, Jessica Thornton, Nate Wendt, Nicole McCormick, Joe Jencks, Ben Grosscup and Maggie Hansford.

NOTE: Here's a video of the complete Friday night Labor Notes program.

Empathy Media Lab partnered with the LRPN to capture the voices of the global trade union movement from the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia to the Labor Notes conference in Chicago.

Follow the Labor Radio Podcast Network (https://www.laborradionetwork.org/) and listen to the podcast (https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/).

Editing by Patrick Dixon and Evan Papp; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru Mr. Harold Phillips and Mel Smith.

#LaborRadioPod #Chicago @LaborNotes #LaborNotes2022 #LaborNotes #canlab #1u @amazonlabor @SBWorkersUnited @Shut_downAmazon #Troublemakers #LosDeliveristasUnidos #starbucksunion @Teamsters

Voices from Labor Notes Conference 2022 - Labor Radio Podcast Daily

Voices from Labor Notes Conference 2022 - Labor Radio Podcast Daily

June 20, 2022

There are over 4,000 folks at the 2022 Labor Notes conference in Chicago and the Labor Radio Podcast Network team talked to almost all of them today…Liz Medina, Will Westlake, Michael Brennan, Robert Ovetz, Jeff Eagan, Noah Strang, John Courtney, Jordan Fisher, Mitchell Jones, Howard Stewart, Sam Sprole, Lynn Fields, Lakeisha Lloyd, Dan Kask and Bobby Lynn Negron. OK, maybe not all 4,000, but a terrific cross-section of the activists and self-proclaimed “troublemakers” gathered here in Chicago. The music you’ll hear is from the Great Labor Arts Exchange.

Empathy Media Lab has partnered with the LRPN to capture the voices of the global trade union movement from the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia to the Labor Notes conference in Chicago.

Follow the Labor Radio Podcast Network (https://www.laborradionetwork.org/) and listen to the podcast (https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/).

#LaborRadioPod #Chicago @LaborNotes #LaborNotes2022 #LaborNotes #canlab #1u

Editing by Patrick Dixon and Evan Papp; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru Mr. Harold Phillips and Mel Smith.

Labor Radio Podcast Daily: The Network takes a road trip!

Labor Radio Podcast Daily: The Network takes a road trip!

June 18, 2022

Patrick, Chris and Evan hit the road for Chicago and the Labor Notes conference. On the way, they share impressions of the just-concluded AFL-CIO convention and break some exciting news about next steps for the Labor Radio Podcast Network!

#LaborRadioPod @AFLCIO #AFLCIOConv @labornotes

Recording/editing by Evan Papp; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru Mr. Harold Phillips.

Rockin’ the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the Labor Radio Podcast Network

Rockin’ the Philadelphia Museum of Art with the Labor Radio Podcast Network

June 16, 2022

Empathy Media Lab has partnered with the LRPN to capture the voices of the global trade union movement. On today’s show Patrick Dixon talks with WILL EMPOWER's Sherri Davis-Faulkner and Lane Windham about the AFL-CIO convention’s diversity, as well as how it has addressed many women's issues. 

Longtime labor talk show host Rick Smith dropped by the Labor Radio Podcast Network studio yesterday and we prevailed on him to interview the president of the AFL-CIO's Metal Trades Department, who talked about change and his views on President Biden.

Next, Chris Garlock talks with Erica Stewart about her courageous struggle and triumph as a young Black woman in the Boilermakers union who was the first female African American international rep in the union's history.

Chris also talks with American Income Life's Susan Fuldauer about AIL's pro-labor policies and the history of the company's working class consciousness.

We wrap up today’s show with an audio postcard from Tuesday afternoon’s rally by hundreds of AFL-CIO convention delegates supporting the fight for a contract by the Philadelphia Museum of Art Union, led by AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler, Secretary Treasurer Fred Redmond and AFSCME president Lee Saunders.

#LaborRadioPod @AFLCIO #AFLCIOConv @PMA_Union @PHLafscmeDC47 #FairContractNow @philamuseum @LizShuler

Editing by Mel Smith, Patrick Dixon and Evan Papp; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru Mr. Harold Phillips.

Spiritual and Global Solidarity

Spiritual and Global Solidarity

June 14, 2022

The Labor Radio Podcast Daily is coming to you from the AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Empathy Media Lab has partnered with the LRPN to capture the voices of the global trade union movement. 

Hundreds gathered for an interfaith breakfast Sunday morning before the convention officially opened at noon, so our show begins with Father Clete Kiley and Clayton Sinyai; Father Kiley is chaplain to the Chicago Federation of Labor and senior adviser to Unite Here, while Clayton Sinyai is the Executive Director of the Catholic Labor Network.

Our other guests today hail from across the country and around the world, from April Lott, president of the Charleston South Carolina Labor Council, to Kooper Caraway, president of the South Dakota AFL-CIO. Fathimath Zimna (photo) is General Secretary of the Maldives Health Professionals Union and we wrap up today’s show with Laxman Basnet, General Secretary of the South Asian Regional Trade Union Council.

We’ve got a lot more already lined up for tomorrow’s show, including an exclusive sit down with Liz Shuler and Fred Redmond, who talked with the Labor Radio Podcast Network just hours after being elected President and Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO. Also, Karen Nussbaum interviewed a number of international trade unionists which we’ll be featuring in tomorrow’s report.

Interviews and editing by Patrick Dixon, Evan Papp and Chris Garlock; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru Mr. Harold Phillips.

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LIVE from the AFL-CIO convention!

LIVE from the AFL-CIO convention!

June 14, 2022

Welcome to the Labor Radio Podcast Daily, a special edition of the Labor Radio Podcast Weekly. Empathy Media Lab has partnered with the LRPN to capture the voices of the global trade union movement. 

We’re here in Philadelphia at the AFL-CIO Convention, where thousands of union leaders and members have gathered to celebrate the strength of the federation’s 56 affiliated unions and 12.5 million members, honor the souls lost and renew the movement’s commitment to build back better with unions.

Hosted by American Income Life, the Labor Radio Podcast Network will be interviewing convention attendees about the opportunities and challenges ahead for the American labor movement.

Saturday’s show, highlights a moving tribute to Richard Trumka, the fiery Mine Workers president who led his union to victory in the 1989 Pittston strike, and went on to lead the AFL-CIO, serving as president from 2009 until his untimely death on August 5, 2021.

PLUS: interviews with Brian Griffin, executive secretary treasurer for the Cincinnati AFL CIO labor council, Leonard Aguilar, secretary treasurer of the Texas AFL CIO, and Alicia Page, business development officer for the Bank of Labor.

Edited by Patrick Dixon, Evan Papp and Mel Smith; produced by Chris Garlock; social media guru Mr. Harold Phillips.

Learn more about Labor Radio Podcast Network at laborradionetwork.org.

And follow the AFL-CIO convention at aflcioconvention.org  

#LaborRadioPod 

Richard DeShay Elliott - Candidate District 24 Maryland House of Delegates

Richard DeShay Elliott - Candidate District 24 Maryland House of Delegates

June 7, 2022

Richard DeShay Elliott is running for District 24 Maryland House of Delegates representing parts of Prince George’s County. The Maryland primary election is on July 19, 2022

Richard is a member of the Maryland NAACP, Our Revolution Maryland, Progressive Maryland, Prince George’s County Young Democrats, and the Democratic Socialists of America. He has worked on and supported numerous political campaigns across Maryland, including the Steering Committee of Maryland for Bernie Sanders, Jill P. Carter for Congress, and Mayor of Bowie Tim Adams. He has also written numerous policies for the local, state, and federal level, including legislation to expand Black history education, the renaming of racist schools in Prince George’s County Public Schools, and COVID-19 response legislation for the City of Annapolis. Richard received his Master’s Degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. 

To learn more about his campaign visit www.richformaryland.com

About Maryland Subsidiarity

Maryland Subsidiarity discusses local and state ideas that will improve our communities and shape our world. Subsidiarity is the principle that the smaller social or political entity or institution ought to be given priority to make decisions on issues that affect them, rather than leaving those decisions to be made by the whole group. In other words, whenever possible, the individual should come before the community, the community before the state, the state before the federation, and so on. In this context, the responsibility of the bigger institution is to enable the smaller one to perform its tasks and to provide it with any necessary support. 

About Empathy Media Lab

Empathy Media Lab is a multi-brand publishing house led by Evan Matthew Papp. We are a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. Support politicians, media, authors, artists, historians, and journalists who are fighting to improve the prosperity of the working class.

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James Baldwin on how Suffering is a Bridge

James Baldwin on how Suffering is a Bridge

June 7, 2022

Your suffering does not isolate you. That your suffering is your bridge. That many people have suffered before you, many people are suffering around. And always will.” 

James Baldwin

In 1971 James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni taped a two-hour “dialogue” for a public TV show called Soul! At forty-seven years old, Baldwin was a legend speaking with Giovanni, then twenty-eight, who had published the 1968 poetry collection Black Feeling, Black Talk. All rights to Soul! and ShoutFactoryTV.com.

Full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc54RvDUZU&t=5294s 

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You can undermine any barrier that separates one man from the other - Howard Thurman

You can undermine any barrier that separates one man from the other - Howard Thurman

June 6, 2022

“The experiences of unity among people are more important and crucial than all the concepts, prejudices, ideologies, and faiths that may divide.” 

Howard Thurman

 

Thurman's theology of radical nonviolence influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists, and he was a key mentor to leaders within the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvJVxsezAwc

Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Thurman 

 

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The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country from Corporate Greed - Book Talks

The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country from Corporate Greed - Book Talks

May 30, 2022

“Water is an issue that can unite people. Water is life. Their slogans were always very powerfully pro water, less anti mining. And through that and their boldness and reaching out to unlikely allies, they were able to gather quite a force.”

Overview

Water is life. Countless communities across the world, from Flint, Michigan to the Standing Rock Reservation to the Gualcarque River in Honduras, have used this phrase as a rallying cry against powerful corporations that value profits over the environment and the health of local communities. In 2002, a small group of citizens in El Salvador joined this global community of water defenders when representatives from multinational mining company Pac Rim appeared in their home province of Cabañas. This ignited a people’s fight against corporate power that would last for over a decade. In The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country from Corporate Greed, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell the harrowing, inspiring saga of El Salvador’s fight – and historic victory – to save their water, and their communities, from Big Gold.   

Based on over a decade of research and their own role as international allies of the community groups in El Salvador, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh unspool this untold story, replete with corporate greed; a transnational lawsuit at a secretive World Bank tribunal in Washington, DC; violent threats; murders; and, surprisingly, victory. The husband-and-wife duo immerses the reader in the lives of the Salvadoran villagers, the journeys of the local activists who sought the truth about the effects of gold mining on the environment, and the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of the corporate mining executives. The Water Defenders demands that we examine our assumptions about progress and prosperity, while providing valuable lessons for other communities and allies fighting against destructive corporations in the United States and across the world.

The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country from Corporate Greed

Reviews

“Broad and Cavanagh offer a practical David-versus-Goliath playbook for those who would mobilize both domestic and international forces to halt corporate abuses and to place the long-term welfare of communities above short-term financial gain.” 

— Foreign Affairs

“The book is an environmentalist playbook, a how-to guide for activists seeking to defeat a power structure that is rigged in favor of their opponents.” 

— The American Prospect

“Challenges conventional wisdom about activism, ‘the poor,’ and where real power really lies.”

—Guernica

“Part history, part environmental organizing case study, the book chronicles the community’s struggle against the mine from the early 2000s to the campaign’s unlikely conclusion in 2017, when El Salvador became the first country in Latin America to completely ban metal mining.”

—National Catholic Reporter

“It is rare, in the world of corporate power, to have a story where David beats Goliath. And rarer still to have one that reads like a fast-paced thriller.”

—Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost and Rebel Cinderella

“Bravo to the courageous Salvadorans—and their likely and unlikely allies—who prove that victories against overwhelming odds are possible. . . . The water defenders of El Salvador and their international partners provide a powerful guidebook, poignantly retold by Broad and Cavanagh, of how the struggles for justice in the United States can link with allies abroad to build power and win.”

—Opal Tometi, cofounder of Black Lives Matter

“Broad and Cavanagh are masterful storytellers. The words, deeds, and stories of people in El Salvador come alive so vividly in these pages to reinforce what we in the Poor People’s Campaign in the United States know well: the most powerful defenders of water, of the environment—of justice across the board—are poor people.”

—Rev. Dr. William Barber II, national co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign author of The Third Reconstruction

About the Authors

Robin Broad is an expert in international development and was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for her work surrounding mining in El Salvador, as well as two previous MacArthur fellowships. A professor at American University, she served as an international economist in the US Treasury Department, in the US Congress, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Broad and her husband, John Cavanagh, have been involved in the Salvadoran gold mining saga since 2009. They helped build the network of international allies that spearheaded the global fight against mining in El Salvador. They have co-authored several previous books together.

John Cavanagh is director of the Washington, DC-based Institute for Policy Studies, an organization that collaborates with the Poor People’s Campaign and other dynamic social movements to turn ideas into action for peace, justice, and the environment. Previously, he worked with the United Nations to research corporate power. Cavanagh and his wife, Robin Broad, have been involved in the Salvadoran gold mining saga since 2009. They helped build the network of international allies that spearheaded the global fight against mining in El Salvador. They have coauthored several previous books together.

About Empathy Media Lab

The Harmony of Interest Book Talk series interviews authors about their work while exploring ideas that positively shape our world.

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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Bill Fletcher Jr.’s novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky - Book Talks with Evan Papp of Empathy Media Lab

Bill Fletcher Jr.’s novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky - Book Talks with Evan Papp of Empathy Media Lab

May 25, 2022

“...one of the characters in my book is grappling with the issue of revenge and the question of how far he should go is what I wanted to leave the readers thinking about.” ~Bill Fletcher Jr.

Overview

​In 1970, a sniper’s bullet shocks the sleepy Cape Cod village of Osterville. David Gomes, a young reporter for the Cape & Islands Gazette covers the story, thinking his reporting might lead to a job with a major metropolitan newspaper. With protests against the Viet Nam war and the rise of the Black Panthers roiling the public, the murder investigation becomes deeply personal when Gomes, a Cape Verdean American, encounters the smoldering racial antagonism between the descendants of Cape Verde and African-Americans, as well as the deep-seated hatred toward all people of color among some members of the white community.

BUY THE MAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY

http://www.hardballpress.com/fiction--poetry.html 

Reviews

Bill Fletcher pulls together history and mystery to create an exciting and compelling story of race and revenge. It is truly an unexpected page turner.” ~Danny Glover

 "Set amidst the rich cultural mix of Cape Verdean and Portuguese fishermen who came to the country as free men and consequentially fought being seen as the descendants of slaves, Fletcher lets a son of those men tell the story, a journalist. Bent on relieving the suffering of one family, he ends up finding the truth is more complicated, the villain a victim too of a bigger cruelty and devastation that stretched through the generations.” ~Walter Mosley

About Bill Fletcher Jr.

Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staff person in the national AFL-CIO.

Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; and in the leadership of several other projects. Fletcher is the co-author (with Peter Agard) of “The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941”; the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of “Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice“; and the author of “‘They’re Bankrupting Us’ – And Twenty other myths about unions.” Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the Web.

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Quarantine with Rilke with Poet and Author Asnia Asim - Artist Spotlight Series

Quarantine with Rilke with Poet and Author Asnia Asim - Artist Spotlight Series

May 21, 2022

“Quarantine with Rilke was my attempt to claim the universal part of being human.”

Asnia Asim is a poet and writer and her new book of poems, Quarantine with Rilke, shares with the reader an intimacy with the Self, a quiet relationship between the divine and the everyday. 

Asnia is the recipient of the University of Chicago’s Humanities Fellowship and Brandeis University’s Allan Slifka Award. Her poems have received multiple nominations for the Pushcart prize and Best of the Net Anthology and have appeared (are forthcoming) in Typehouse, Michigan Quarterly, Cream City, The Rupture, Salamander, River Styx, Nimrod, Image, Juked, and BOOTH, among others.

You can follow Asnia’s work at:

https://asniaasim.com/

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And you can get your copy of Quarantine with Rilke at Finishing Line Press or anywhere you get your books. https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/quarantine-with-rilke-by-asnia-asim/

About Empathy Media Lab

The Harmony of Interest Book Talk series interviews authors about their work while exploring ideas that positively shape our world. 

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. 

All Links: https://wlo.link/@empathymedialab 

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