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101. UPDATE - SB 0581/HB 0039 Change Waiver of Publication Bill - TransMaryland w/ Lee Blinder

101. UPDATE - SB 0581/HB 0039 Change Waiver of Publication Bill - TransMaryland w/ Lee Blinder

February 9, 2021

UPDATE

The house bill passed. Now is the time to support  senate bill # SB0581 by Senator Hettleman. It comes before the Senate’s JPR this Friday, February 26th at 10am. 

Folks can call and ask their state Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor to this bill, and also call the senators on the judicial proceedings committee to ask for them to support this bill and provide a favorable report.  

For More info: 

https://transmaryland.org/updates/2021/2/24/action-alert

https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Legislation/Details/SB0581

 

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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 13 talks with Lee Blinder who is the Executive Director of Trans Maryland, which is an organization that aims to promote trans wellness throughout Maryland by increasing access to affirming services and resources, while nurturing young trans leadership. 

Lee discusses HB 427 Change Waiver of Publication Bill - Maryland House Committee Hearing. What Does This Bill Do? Under current law, when filing for a legal name change in Maryland, an individual is required to pay to publish a notice of name change in their local newspaper. A petition can be filed to waive the publication requirement, and could be granted by a judge. Publication adds weeks, sometimes months, to the process and can cost up to an additional $250. Publication is also a violation of a person's privacy. The publication can linger on the Internet indefinitely and have adverse results. Some have resulted in workplace discrimination and even violence, in the cases of trans people and survivors of stalking or domestic violence. The process of petitioning to waive the the publication requirement still is not granted in most areas of the state. A judge may deny any petition and require publication.

HB 427, however, would require courts to waive the publication requirement, thereby protecting the privacy of those changing their names. As a result, this will make the name change process quicker and more affordable. This will reduce one of the barriers transgender people and others face while trying to live their most authentic life. 

Learn more at: https://transmaryland.org/updates/2020/2/3/action-alert-name-change-waiver-of-publication-bill-maryland-house-committee-hearing-on-tuesday-february-5.

University of Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Hosts included Seanniece Bamiro (UMD SPP ‘15), Delisha Thompson (UMD SPP ‘18), and Evan Papp (UMD SPP ‘11). 

Follow the conversation at:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SPPAlumniBoard  

Anchor.fm - https://anchor.fm/umd-spp-alumni-board

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

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100 - What I saw in Richmond MLK Day 2020 - Audio Essay - Evan Matthew Papp

100 - What I saw in Richmond MLK Day 2020 - Audio Essay - Evan Matthew Papp

February 6, 2021

I wrote this essay after witnessing the protest in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia on January 20th, 2020. A year later, as I read it out loud, I am more convinced than ever about the concepts outlined and the conclusion reached.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

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The ghosts of the American Civil War continue to haunt us today.

The Civil War officially ended with the surrender of the secessionist leadership of the Confederate Army on April 9, 1865.

Six days later, Abraham Lincoln was murdered by Confederate assassins.

The death of President Lincoln was also the death knell of his peace plan — to reconstruct and industrialize the south, integrate the U.S. economy through rail and internal improvements, reform land rights and redistribute power away from the Southern Aristocracy to landless white peasants and former black slaves.

Yet since the end of the civil war, the failed promise of uprooting the cancerous seeds of poverty, racism and exploitation means they have only grown and strengthened throughout the land.

Without hyper attention to organize a collective solution, we may see this wonderful and messy project called Democracy come to an indefinite pause in the near future.

As 2020 unfolds, I sometimes feel like the ideology that drove the mind of the Southern Confederate traitors, who ultimately surrendered after losing the battle they started, are now finally, many generations later, on the verge of winning their war.

 

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Read the full essay at:

https://www.empathymedialab.com/post/what-i-saw-in-richmond-martin-luther-king-day-january-2020t

99. Campaign for a Green Nuclear Deal with Madison Czerwinski

99. Campaign for a Green Nuclear Deal with Madison Czerwinski

February 4, 2021

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

Madison Czerwinski is the Executive Director at Campaign for a Green Nuclear Deal. She wrote a compelling essay titled Campaign for a Green Nuclear Deal: Forging a New America.

During this conversation, we discuss the political economy of nuclear energy in regards to jobs, manufacturing, and low electricity costs, how organized labor can engage in this space, and the foreign policy implications of U.S. nuclear policy. 

You can follow her work on twitter at @Madi_Czerwinski.

Empathy Media Lab is 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. #HarmonyOfInterest

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98. The Rise of Fascism and Independent Politics and Labor Working Class Response to Attacks - LRPN Live

98. The Rise of Fascism and Independent Politics and Labor Working Class Response to Attacks - LRPN Live

February 4, 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 February 3rd, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included David Van Deusen (President, Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO), Trent Willis, (ILWU Local 10), Carol Lang (CUNY Professor), Chris Silvera (President, IBT 808 President)

Mehmet Bayram, Pacifica Media Workers Guild in SF.

LRPN Hosts: Steve Zeltzer (Work Week Radio) and Chris Garlock (Union City Radio) 

 

Additional Guest information:

David Van Deusen, President, Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Dave was elected President of the Vermont AFL-CIO on September 15th, 2019. He is a union rep for Vermont AFSCME members, previously a VSEA Union Rep, and still a Writer, and Harley Rider.

Trent Willis, President, Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10. Learn more at https://www.ilwu.org/

Carol Lang, CUNY Adjunct Professor, Learn more about her work here

Mehmet Bayram, Pacifica Media Workers Guild in San Francisco. Learn more about his work here.

 

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

 

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/.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/laborradionet

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laborradionet/

WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/

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97. Joe Cadwell host of Grit Northwest - Labor Radio Podcast Member Spotlight Series

97. Joe Cadwell host of Grit Northwest - Labor Radio Podcast Member Spotlight Series

February 3, 2021

Joe Cadwell, President of the Northwest Carpenters Union, hosts Grit Northwest podcast where self-motivated people, just like you, come to learn from construction industry professionals about the issues that affect their lives and careers on a daily basis. Grit NW is built to engage and energize it’s members to take pride in their union. From workers rights to politics, apprenticeships, leadership development and more, the show will dive deep into topics relevant to you.

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/.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/laborradionet

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laborradionet/

WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/

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

96. Peter Rachleff Author of Black Labor in Richmond, Virginia 1865-1890 and Co-Executive Director of East Side Freedom Library

96. Peter Rachleff Author of Black Labor in Richmond, Virginia 1865-1890 and Co-Executive Director of East Side Freedom Library

February 2, 2021

Peter Rachleff Author of Black Labor in Richmond, Virginia 1865-1890 and Co-Executive Director of East Side Freedom Library

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

Professor Peter Rachleff is a retired Professor of History at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota specializing in United States labor, immigration, and African American history.

He is the author of BLACK LABOR IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, 1865-1890, and HARD-PRESSED IN THE HEARTLAND: THE HORMEL STRIKE AND THE FUTURE OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT

Peter is Co-Executive Director at East Side Freedom Library, which has become a pillar of organizing and culture in the Twin Cities with a Mission: "To inspire solidarity, advocate for justice, and work towards equity for all."

You can follow Peter’s work at the East Side Freedom Library on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/ESFLibrary.

Empathy Media Lab is 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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95. Deborah Hall host of Labor Radio on KBOO FM Labor - Labor Radio Podcast Member Spotlight Series

95. Deborah Hall host of Labor Radio on KBOO FM Labor - Labor Radio Podcast Member Spotlight Series

February 1, 2021

Deborah Hall is a host of Labor Radio on KBOO FM in Portland, Oregon is a show  “of the working class, by the working class and for the working class.” Deborah is a Labor Leader and Community Organizer and member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. KBOO is an independent, member-supported, non-commercial, volunteer-powered community radio station that embodies equitable social change, shares knowledge, and fosters creativity by delivering locally rooted and diverse music, culture, news, and opinions, with a commitment to the voices of oppressed and underserved communities.

 

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/.

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/laborradionet

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laborradionet/

WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/

#LaborRadioPod

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

94. Energy, Opera Singing, & Our Nuclear Future with Generation Atomic Executive Director Eric Meyer

94. Energy, Opera Singing, & Our Nuclear Future with Generation Atomic Executive Director Eric Meyer

January 30, 2021

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

Eric Meyer is the founder and executive director of Generation Atomic with a mission to energize and empower today’s generation to advocate for a nuclear future.

We discussed Eric's background growing up in Minnesota, training as a classical singer, founding Generation Atomic, and what we need to do to expand the use of the cleanest, most energy dense fuel human history has ever successfully deployed. 

You can follow Eric’s work on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/EricGMeyer

Empathy Media Lab is 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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93. Policy Dialogues Ep.12 Do Good Institute Equipping the next generation of social change leaders

93. Policy Dialogues Ep.12 Do Good Institute Equipping the next generation of social change leaders

January 28, 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 12 focuses on the The Do Good Institute, which serves as the catalyst to transform the University of Maryland into the nation’s first Do Good Campus, where students are inspired to take action and spur innovations and solutions that tackle today’s social issues.

Do Good Institute Participants included Megan Masterson (Program and Communications Coordinator, Do Good Institute), Cali Moore (Program Coordinator, Do Good Institute), and Nathan Dietz (Associate Research Scholar; Senior Researcher, Do Good Institute).

University of Maryland School of Public Policy Alumni Hosts included Seanniece Bamiro (UMD SPP ‘15) and Evan Papp (UMD SPP ‘11). 

Follow the conversation at:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SPPAlumniBoard  

Anchor.fm - https://anchor.fm/umd-spp-alumni-board

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

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92. LRPN Live (Shortened) - What is a progressive, internationalist, pro-labor migration policy? w/ JJ Rosenbaum, Neha Misra, & Shannon Lederer

92. LRPN Live (Shortened) - What is a progressive, internationalist, pro-labor migration policy? w/ JJ Rosenbaum, Neha Misra, & Shannon Lederer

January 28, 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 January 27, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included JJ Rosenbaum (Global Labor Justice/International Labor Rights Forum), Neha Misra (Solidarity Center), and 

Shannon Lederer (AFL-CIO).

LRPN Hosts: Bama Athreya (The Gig Podcast) and Evan Papp (Empathy Media Lab)

Additional Guest information:

Neha Misra is the Senior Specialist for Migration and Human Trafficking at the Solidarity Center. Neha serves on the executive board of the International Labor Recruitment Working Group and represents the Solidarity Center in the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST). Before joining the Solidarity Center, she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on postwar elections and democracy, and in the United States as a senior attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. 

 

JJ Rosenbaum is the Executive Director - Global Labor Justice / International Labor Rights Forum. JJ is an attorney, organizer, and human rights strategist advocating for human rights, decent work for all, and fair migration. For over two decades, JJ has used legal, policy, and advocacy strategies to win access to rights and collective power for low-wage workers and advised workers’ centers on transnational grassroots collaborations.

Shannon Lederer is the Director of Immigration Policy at AFL-CIO. As director of immigration policy for the AFL-CIO, Shannon Lederer works with union affiliates and allies in all sectors of the labor movement to develop and advance policies that promote workers' rights and shared prosperity. In her 17 years in the labor movement, Lederer has focused extensively on efforts to reform our abusive guest-worker programs and regulate the international labor recruitment industry. She also has worked closely with global unions to develop cross-border strategies to more effectively represent and defend workers in a migratory labor context.

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

 

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/.

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/laborradionet

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laborradionet/

WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/

 

#LaborRadioPod

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91. What is a progressive, pro-labor migration policy? w/ JJ Rosenbaum, Neha Misra, & Shannon Lederer

91. What is a progressive, pro-labor migration policy? w/ JJ Rosenbaum, Neha Misra, & Shannon Lederer

January 28, 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 January 27, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included JJ Rosenbaum (Global Labor Justice/International Labor Rights Forum), Neha Misra (Solidarity Center), and 

Shannon Lederer (AFL-CIO).

LRPN Hosts: Bama Athreya (The Gig Podcast) and Evan Papp (Empathy Media Lab)

Additional Guest information:

Neha Misra is the Senior Specialist for Migration and Human Trafficking at the Solidarity Center. Neha serves on the executive board of the International Labor Recruitment Working Group and represents the Solidarity Center in the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST). Before joining the Solidarity Center, she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina on postwar elections and democracy, and in the United States as a senior attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. 

JJ Rosenbaum is the Executive Director - Global Labor Justice / International Labor Rights Forum. JJ is an attorney, organizer, and human rights strategist advocating for human rights, decent work for all, and fair migration. For over two decades, JJ has used legal, policy, and advocacy strategies to win access to rights and collective power for low-wage workers and advised workers’ centers on transnational grassroots collaborations.

Shannon Lederer is the Director of Immigration Policy at AFL-CIO. As director of immigration policy for the AFL-CIO, Shannon Lederer works with union affiliates and allies in all sectors of the labor movement to develop and advance policies that promote workers' rights and shared prosperity. In her 17 years in the labor movement, Lederer has focused extensively on efforts to reform our abusive guest-worker programs and regulate the international labor recruitment industry. She also has worked closely with global unions to develop cross-border strategies to more effectively represent and defend workers in a migratory labor context.

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

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/.

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/laborradionet

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laborradionet/

WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/

 

#LaborRadioPod

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#UnionStrong

90. Religions at the Service of Fraternity in our World - Fratelli Tutti Chapter 8 - Belief Street

90. Religions at the Service of Fraternity in our World - Fratelli Tutti Chapter 8 - Belief Street

January 22, 2021

Welcome to Empathy Media Lab’s Belief Street where we’ll be exploring religious concepts through text and scripture, interviews and profiles, and documentaries and films.  

So why do I want to explore religious concepts even though I haven’t been a practicing Catholic for over two decades?

Well, first, I’m appalled at the hypocrites who have hijacked Jesus’ teachings to love our neighbor and treat people the way we want to be treated. 

And as an outsider looking into the internal politics of the Catholic Church, it appears to me that there is civil war raging between a progressive Pope Francis and a very dangerous reactionary faction that sides with the hypocrites previously mentioned.

Ultimately, the outcome of this battle will determine whether it is fear or love that organizes the Holy See.

Fratelli Tutti

For this series of Belief Street, I’ll be reading Fratelli Tutti, which is Pope Francis’ Encyclical subtitled "on fraternity and social friendship.”

The encyclical calls for more human fraternity and solidarity, and is a plea to reject wars.

The document was signed on  October 3rd 2020, on the occasion of Pope Francis's visit to the tomb of his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, and was published the following day, on the saint's feast day.

The Catholic Church I went to growing up in Muskegon, Michigan was called St. Francis De Sales and it is one of the strangest concrete structures I’ve ever seen. 

The Sunday experience in that brutalist architectural design made a lasting impression on me that I plan to discuss in coming episodes.

Almost twenty years ago, I also had the pleasure of visiting the town of Assisi in Italy during a solo backpacking trip across Europe at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

After a day of exploration, I found a modest campsite at Fontemaggio Assisi not far from the town center, ate a delicious pasta meal with some local red wine, and I still remember that night sleeping on the side a mountain on a clear evening, looking up at the sky and thinking about the deeper questions of our life.So with an interest in getting back to my roots, for this installment, I’ll be reading Fratelli Tutti, Chapter 8 Religions at the Service of Fraternity in our World.

89. LRPN Live - Joe McCartin, Mark McDermott, Marc Dann, Kurt Stand, Danny Schur

89. LRPN Live - Joe McCartin, Mark McDermott, Marc Dann, Kurt Stand, Danny Schur

January 22, 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 January 20, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included Joe McCartin (Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University),  Mark McDermott (Labor Activist), Marc Dann (Former Attorney General Ohio), Kurt Stand (Portside), Danny Schur (Composer/Producer)

LRPN Hosts: Chris Garlock (Union City Radio in Washington, DC); Kris LaGrange, (UCOMM Live); Joe Cadwell, (GRIT podcast); Patrick Dixon, (Labor History Today podcast), Alan Wierdak (Labor History Today podcast), Sound engineer, broadcast producer, and editing by Evan Matthew Papp of Empathy Media Lab.

Additional Guest information:

JOE MCCARTIN, on the firing of Peter Robb from the National Labor Relations Board. Joe is author of Collision Course, Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_A._McCartin 

MARK MCDERMOTT, a longtime economic justice and labor educator; he served as Regional Representative for the Pacific NW and northern plains states under U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. http://www.markmmcdermott.com/ 

MARC DANN, served as Attorney General of the State of Ohio and now leads DannLaw, which specializes in protecting consumers from various forms of predatory financing. Recent column in Working-Class Perspectives: Time to Deliver: How Biden Should Respond to the Insurrection. https://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2021/01/18/time-to-deliver-how-biden-should-respond-to-the-insurrection/

KURT STAND, contributor to Portside, which is celebrating 20 years: Multiracial Democracy or Fascist-Like Autocracy? https://portside.org/2021-01-18/multiracial-democracy-or-fascist-autocracy

DANNY SCHUR, composer/producer of Stand! (both the 2005 hit musical and the new movie), now available for streaming. https://internationalmusician.org/danny-schur-and-stand/

Credits: Produced by Chris Garlock; Executive Producer and engineer and editor is Evan Matthew Papp from Empathy Media Lab. 

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/.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/laborradionet

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laborradionet/

WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/

#LaborRadioPod

#1U

#UnionStrong

88. Labor, FDR, The New Deal, & The Fight for The Four Freedoms with Professor Harvey J. Kaye

88. Labor, FDR, The New Deal, & The Fight for The Four Freedoms with Professor Harvey J. Kaye

January 19, 2021

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

Harvey J. Kaye, is a Professor Emeritus of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and he is an award-winning author, and has published sixteen books on history, politics, and revolutionary ideas.

We discuss his background in organized labor with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), FDR, and Harvey’s Book The Fight for The Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and THE Greatest Generation Truly Great.

You can follow Dr. Kaye on Twitter at https://twitter.com/harveyjkaye and you can support his work at https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/FDR-on-Democracy/Harvey-J-Kaye/9781510752160.

Empathy Media Lab is a proud member of the Labor Radio Podcast Network. Support media, authors, and journalists that fight for the working class. 

https://www.laborradionetwork.org/

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87. FDR’s Second Bill of Rights - State of the Union - January 11, 1944

87. FDR’s Second Bill of Rights - State of the Union - January 11, 1944

January 15, 2021

The Second Bill of Rights was proposed by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt during his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 11, 1944.[1] In his address, Roosevelt suggested that the nation had come to recognise and should now implement, a second "bill of rights". Roosevelt argued that the "political rights" guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights had "proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness". His remedy was to declare an "economic bill of rights" to guarantee these specific rights:

These rights have come to be known as economic rights, although not to be enshrined within the constitution, the hope of advocating the policy was that it would be 'encoded and guaranteed by federal law'.[2] Roosevelt stated that having such rights would guarantee American security and that the United States' place in the world depended upon how far the rights had been carried into practice. 

86. FDR’s 1941 State of the Union (Four Freedoms speech)

86. FDR’s 1941 State of the Union (Four Freedoms speech)

January 15, 2021

The Four Freedoms were goals articulated by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Monday, January 6, 1941. In an address known as the Four Freedoms speech (technically the 1941 State of the Union address), he proposed four fundamental freedoms that people "everywhere in the world" ought to enjoy:

  1. Freedom of speech
  2. Freedom of worship
  3. Freedom from want
  4. Freedom from fear
85. Harold Meyerson (American Prospect), John Russo (Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University), Kayla Blado (President NPEU), Nicholas Juravich (UMassBoston)

85. Harold Meyerson (American Prospect), John Russo (Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University), Kayla Blado (President NPEU), Nicholas Juravich (UMassBoston)

January 14, 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 January 13, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included Harold Meyerson (American Prospect), John Russo (Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University), Kayla Blado (President NPEU), Nicholas Juravich (UMassBoston).

LRPN Hosts: Chris Garlock (Union City Radio) & Patrick Dixon (Labor History Today). Sound engineer, broadcast producer, and editing by Evan Matthew Papp of Empathy Media Lab.

Additional Guests Info:

HAROLD MEYERSON, American Prospect Editor At Large

Recent posts:

Trumpism in Action! https://prospect.org/politics/trumpism-in-action-capitol-riot/

Covering Politics, Police Unions...and the Movies https://prospect.org/politics/covering-politics-police-unions-and-the-movies/

JOHN RUSSO, Visiting Scholar at the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University; Associate editor, Working-Class Perspectives blog

Recent post: Beyond Populism: https://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2021/01/04/beyond-economic-populism/

KAYLA BLADO, President NPEU, Highlighting latest news in ACLU nonprofit organizing.

NICHOLAS JURAVICH, Assistant Professor of History and Labor Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston College of Liberal Arts. Associate Director, Labor Resource Center, discusses Marty Walsh, nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Additional Media:

Labor History:

Rick Smith of the Rick Smith Show reads Labor History in 2:00: January 13 - Johnny Cash Plays Folsom Prison https://laborhistoryin2.podbean.com/e/january-13-johnny-cash-plays-folsom-prison-1610533371/

Music:

Maryland My Maryland: The Free State Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjSUts6o2uw

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/.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/laborradionet

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laborradionet/

WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/

#LaborRadioPod

#1U

#UnionStrong

84. Paths of Renewed Encounter - Fratelli Tutti Chapter 7 - Belief Street

84. Paths of Renewed Encounter - Fratelli Tutti Chapter 7 - Belief Street

January 10, 2021

Welcome to Empathy Media Lab’s Belief Street where we’ll be exploring religious concepts through text and scripture, interviews and profiles, and documentaries and films.  

So why do I want to explore religious concepts even though I haven’t been a practicing Catholic for over two decades?

Well, first, I’m appalled at the hypocrites who have hijacked Jesus’ teachings to love our neighbor and treat people the way we want to be treated. 

And as an outsider looking into the internal politics of the Catholic Church, it appears to me that there is civil war raging between a progressive Pope Francis and a very dangerous reactionary faction that sides with the hypocrites previously mentioned.

Ultimately, the outcome of this battle will determine whether it is fear or love that organizes the Holy See.

Fratelli Tutti

For this series of Belief Street, I’ll be reading Fratelli Tutti, which is Pope Francis’ Encyclical subtitled "on fraternity and social friendship.”

The encyclical calls for more human fraternity and solidarity, and is a plea to reject wars.

The document was signed on  October 3rd 2020, on the occasion of Pope Francis's visit to the tomb of his namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi, and was published the following day, on the saint's feast day.

The Catholic Church I went to growing up in Muskegon, Michigan was called St. Francis De Sales and it is one of the strangest concrete structures I’ve ever seen. 

The Sunday experience in that brutalist architectural design made a lasting impression on me that I plan to discuss in coming episodes.

Almost twenty years ago, I also had the pleasure of visiting the town of Assisi in Italy during a solo backpacking trip across Europe at the beginning of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

After a day of exploration, I found a modest campsite at Fontemaggio Assisi not far from the town center, ate a delicious pasta meal with some local red wine, and I still remember that night sleeping on the side a mountain on a clear evening, looking up at the sky and thinking about the deeper questions of our life.

So with an interest in getting back to my roots, for this installment, I’ll be reading Fratelli Tutti, Chapter 7 Paths of Renewed Encounter.  

83. LRPN Livestream - Kim Kelly (Teen Vogue Labor Columnist), Damon Silvers (AFL-CIO Policy Director), George Mann (Labor Folksinger & Songwriter)

83. LRPN Livestream - Kim Kelly (Teen Vogue Labor Columnist), Damon Silvers (AFL-CIO Policy Director), George Mann (Labor Folksinger & Songwriter)

January 7, 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 January 6, 2021 of LRPN Livestream included Kim Kelly (Teen Vogue Labor Columnist), Damon Silvers (AFL-CIO Policy Director), and George Mann (Labor Folksinger & Songwriter). Hosts included Jeremy Waugh of the Breaktime Breakdown Podcast and Chris Garlock of Your Rights at Work. 

Kim Kelly is a freelance journalist and organizer based in Philadelphia. Her work on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in the New Republic, the Washington Post, the Baffler, and Esquire, among other publications, and she is the author of FIGHT LIKE HELL, a forthcoming book of intersectional labor history. Follow her on Twitter @grimkim.

Damon A. Silvers is the director of policy and special counsel for the AFL-CIO. He joined the AFL-CIO as associate general counsel in 1997. Silvers serves on a pro bono basis as a special assistant attorney general for the state of New York. Silvers is also a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Treasury Department’s Financial Research Advisory Committee, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group and its Investor Advisory Group. Follow him on Twitter @DamonSilvers.

George Mann is a former union organizer and activist based in Ithaca, New York, Mann sings songs from the last century of the labor and social justice movements, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. His concerts are part sing-along, part history lesson, and he can make you shout for joy, send chills down your spine or bring tears to your eyes in the same set. He also specializes in historical and educational workshops/theme concerts and presentations on folk music, labor and social history, and some of our most beloved folksingers. His music can be found at https://georgemann.org

Additional Media:

History:

Rick Smith of the Rick Smith Show reads Labor History in 2:00: January 6 - Remembering Ida Tarbell - https://laborhistoryin2.podbean.com/ 

Music:

Coronavirus Sessions by George Mann: https://georgemann.org/the-coronavirus-sessions/

Credits:

Sound engineer, broadcast producer, and editing by Evan Matthew Papp of Empathy Media Lab.

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/.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LaborRadioNet/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/laborradionet

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/laborradionet/

WEEKLY PODCAST NETWORK SUMMARY: https://laborradiopodcastweekly.podbean.com/

#LaborRadioPod

#1U

#UnionStrong

82. Dialogue and Friendship in Society - Fratelli Tutti Chapter 6 - Belief Street

82. Dialogue and Friendship in Society - Fratelli Tutti Chapter 6 - Belief Street

January 4, 2021

Welcome to Empathy Media Lab’s Belief Street where we’ll be exploring religious concepts through text and scripture, interviews and profiles, and documentaries and films.  

For this series of Belief Street, I’ll be reading Fratelli Tutti, which is Pope Francis’ Encyclical subtitled "on fraternity and social friendship.”

The encyclical calls for more human fraternity and solidarity, and is a plea to reject wars.

So with an interest in getting back to my roots, for this installment, I’ll be reading Fratelli Tutti, Chapter 6 Dialogue and Friendship in Society.  

#FratelliTutti

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