Shows: March 16, 2015

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Ferguson as a Muslim issue?

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During the protests in Ferguson, when peaceful protestors were being tear gassed, people from Gaza in Palestine, who had only recently been witness to the brutality of the Israeli army, sent out tweets in support to the people of Ferguson, giving them advice on how to treat the effects of the tear gas. These tweets were the beginning of solidarity work between Palestinians suffering under brutal occupation and African Americans suffering under a brutal police state. Independent journalist Umar Lee, local activist Talal Ahmed, and ACLU Missouri Community Advocate Mustafa Abdullah discuss the role of Muslims within the Ferguson movement and its connections with Palestine solidarity as well as the Muslims for Ferguson campaign. '

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Women at Work Around the World

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Whether they’re working retail in at a Big Box store or sewing Walmart clothing in Bangladesh, women are struggling around the world for a fair day’s pay. Just in time for International Women’s Day, Chaumtoli Huq, an attorney and editor of the media project Law at the Margins, hosted an online discussion on the challenge of women’s rights in the global workplace, with Phoebe Taubman, Senior Staff attorney at A Better Balance and Anamaria Segura, staff attorney at MFY Legal Services.

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Cambodia's Garment Workers Rise Up

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The garment workers of Cambodia have been struggling for years to organize and push for a living wage. Despite the fact that they produce clothes for some of the world’s top brands, like H&M and Walmart, these women are earning poverty wages, often barely able to cover basic food and housing costs. Recently, they have been battling both factory owners and the government, which both seek to suppress union campaigns and squeeze wages to rock bottom. We spoke with David Welsh of the Solidarity Center in Cambodia about the women’s demand for a living wage standard of less than ten dollars a day, and how global manufacturing brands are undercutting their labor rights.

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Labor Struggles in Bangladesh

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About two years ago more than one thousand workers died in a massive factory disaster near Dhaka. Recently, Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity was in the US protesting against multinational companies that still refuse to provide adequate compensation for the victims’ families. We’re going to hear her now talking about her struggle to organize workers against extreme anti-union hostility, and this climate of terror led to the murder of her colleague, Aminul Islam.

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Luis Francia's Tattered Boat

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Luis Francia, one of the most celebrated authors of the Filipino diaspora, recently spoke about his work and read some of his poetry at an event featuring multigenerational Asian American literary voices, presented by the Asian American Writers Workshop and the Filipino American Museum. He was featured with Efren Cruzada and Kevin Estrada, and spoke with author Jennifer Hayashida about writing, tradition and cultural exploration.

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