Shows: April 11, 2011

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US Anti-war movement grows

This past weekend, the United National Antiwar Committee organized massive antiwar rallies and marches in New York and San Francisco. Major demands included an end to all US wars and occupations, end to US aid to Israel, and investment in jobs, education, and social welfare programs. The mobilizations marked the first major action of UNAC, which came out of a July 2010 Albany-gathering of over 700 antiwar activists—thought to be the broadest gathering of the antiwar movement in over six years. We’ll talk to KATHY KELLY with Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the UNAC Steering Committee, CHRISTINE AHN with Korea Policy Institute, and ADANER USMANI with Action for Progressive Pakistan, Pakistan Solidarity Network, and the Labor Party of Pakistan, about this weekend’s actions and the state of the antiwar movement in the United States.

Grace Lee Boggs: Making the World Anew

Grace Lee Boggs: Making the world anew
In her new book, "The next American Revolution", Grace Lee Boggs, a legendary figure in the struggle for justice in the US, assesses the current crises—political, economic, and environmental—and discusses the kind of radical social change she believes is necessary to confront new realities. Boggs has participated in all of the twentieth century’s major social movements—for civil rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and more. At age 95, she draws from more than seven decades of organizing experience and critical engagement with ideas to redefine “revolution” for our times. Tune in to hear APF’s exclusive interview with GRACE LEE BOGGS and SCOTT KURASHIGE, with whom she wrote the book.


Workers’ rights and Japan’s nuclear crisis

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It's been a month since a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the coast of northern Japan, killing thousands of people and displacing many more. The earthquake and tsunami also severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where hundreds of workers continue to risk their lives to bring the reactors under control. We speak with members of DORO-CHIBA, a railway workers union of Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo, who tell us about the health risks to people in Japan from the ailing Fukushima plant. We also hear about the hundreds of subcontracted workers in the plant, whose grim task is causes them to be poisoned by leaking radiation.

This program is brought to you by Amna Akbar and Irene Tung of the APF collective.

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