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Newsvideo #120329. Out of the Shadows. 3/10/2012. {LB}

Out of the Shadows.

On March 10, 2012 a rally took place at Daley Plaza in Chicago, part of a national event called Out of the Shadows (More info [here]).

Undocumented young people came together and spoke out in public about their struggle in the U.S. as immigrants forced to live ’in the shadows’.

Their moving testimonies are powerful arguments that the laws need to be changed, and that these youth of character and courage should be openly welcomed here, rather than the cynical rogues who now run things.

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Labor Beat: The Shell Game. {LB644}

This video marks the end of one chapter in the fight of Chicago’s working class communities to stop the closings and turn-arounds of 17 public schools.

But it also marks the beginning of a new chapter: the campaign for an elected school board to end the current system of an appointed school board.

Here are scenes from the final week of teachers union and school communities mobilization before the final decision (a decision already made long ago in secret) of the Chicago Public Schools Board about the fates of targeted schools.

We cover scenes from the big and spirited rally in front of Lakeview High School on the Northside, just blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house, to where everybody then marched.

There are also scenes from the Piccolo School occupation. And the notorious school board meeting, at which the non-elected board of the 1% dropped the ax on 17 schools, soundly confirming deepening convictions that the so-called public hearings on whether to close or turnaround the schools constituted a sham and a fraud.

George Schmidt, of Substancenews.net, provides some useful commentary on what this all means now, and the video concludes with images from the joint Operation PUSH/Chicago Teachers Union resolve to now move forward with a broad campaign for an elected school board. We see in this video the continuing and growing movement against educational apartheid in Chicago, a movement now evolving in its understanding of what needs to be done.

Speakers include: Jitu Brown, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; Rosie Hudson, school parent; Larry Davis, President, Youth Rep, Local School Council; Jose Candelario, Parent, Member of Local School Council; Dr.l Carmen Palmer, Retired Educator, Chicago Public Schools; Ryan Jackson, Parent, Tilden High School; Rico Gutstein, Teachers for Social Justice; Trenton Perry, Tilden High School Alumnus; Pat Bell, Retired School Crossing Guard.

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Newsvideo #120310. Stop Human Services Cuts Community Hearing. 3/5/2012. {LB}

Stop Human Services Cuts Community Hearing - March 5, 2012.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (Dem.) is planning on closing 24 Human Services offices. Speakers from the labor and services consumer communities associated with the Wicker Park Public and and Rehabilitation Services Offices in Chicago, Quinn’s first target, spoke out at a community hearing on March 5, 2012.

Speaking in this shortened report are Steve Edwards, president of AFSCME 2858 and intake worker there; Elce Redmond, Worker Rights Board chair; Michael Henson, Mobility Instructor for the Blind, DHS; Larry Biondi, Advocacy Director, Progress Center for Independent Living; and Virginia Hester, Northside Action for Justice, service consumer.

The hearing was observed by Derrick Smith, Illinois State Rep. from the 10th District, along with two area professors. The event was organized by The Alliance for Community Services. The flyer for the event asked: "Why is the state giving huge tax breaks to downtown corporations while cutting access to services for those already suffering in this recession?"

Larry Biondi, speaking digitally via his computer, drove home how these cuts affect human services customers: "By closing the Milwaukee office consumers of this office would have to go to the Humboldt Park Office. The Humboldt Park Office isn’t ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. There is a small elevator at this office making it inaccessible to consumers in wheelchairs. How does this office expect to accommodate its new consumers when it’s not ADA compliant to its own customers?"

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Newsvideo #120309. School Closings Shell Game. 2/2012. {LB}

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Labor Beat: NATO vs The 1st Amendment {LB643}

This video shows the early stages of the growing Chicago movement against a newly minted extraordinary police powers ordinance (dubbed the "sit down and shut up" laws).

We go to one of the many actions around the city directed at Chicago aldermen who were about to vote on these new laws (designed by Democratic Party Mayor Emanuel to crush any dissent against the NATO/G8 summits he is hosting here in May).

Richard de Vries, Union Representative for IBT 705, tells a story about when he and Danny Solis were students at University of Illinois-Chicago campus back in the early 70s and they both participated in a student protest/occupation of the campus. If the ordinance under consideration (which now Alderman Solis finally approved of) were in effect then, "we wouldn’t even be on the street today."

We also visit the press conference at City Hall given by an impressive coalition of neighborhood and labor organizations on the eve of City Council committee meetings and final vote. The draconian measures, only marginally tweaked, passed overwhelmingly by the all-Democratic Party Council.

The video is also a useful primer on what NATO is and some of its criminal record, from the bombings of civilians in Yugoslavia in the late 90s to NATO’s recent killings of civilians in Libya and Afghanistan. In January of this year the Arab Organisation for Human Rights together with the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights announced that there is evidence that NATO has committed war crimes.

"My estimate: it’s Military Murder Inc.," states Rick Rozoff, manager of the Stop NATO web site, as he provides extensive background information.

Includes interviews and comments from numerous labor and community leaders.

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Newsvideo #120205. Chicago Solidarity Rally for UK Public Workers, 11/30/2011.shills and Cruel Jokes. Paid Demonstrators. 2/2012. {LB}

Protestors PAID to support the closing of schools in poor neighborhoods!

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Labor Beat: We Are The People Who Will Save Our Schools {LB640}

This video begins with Professor of Education Pauline Lipman (University of Illinois-Chicago) briefly recapping the plans hatched a decade ago in Chicago to replace public schools with private charter schools.

Then Chicago Public Schools head Arne Duncan implemented those plans (Renaissance 2010) so obediently that President Obama picked him to do the same thing to every school system in the country.

So Chicago’s growing uprising against these deepening attacks against public education has national importance.

Here is a battalion of voices from the communities and the teachers union, all exposing the constantly changing, Kafkaesque rules for evaluating school turn-arounds and closings. The counter-attack from the working people in the city is energized and spreading, and is on a collision course with the 1% who want to take away their children’s futures.

Includes comments from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, teachers and parents from targeted school communities.

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Newsvideo #120117. Chicago City Hall Press Conference Against NATO/G8 Ordinance, 1/17/2012. {LB}

An impressive coalition of organizations -- unions, anti-war, human rights, churches and neighborhood groups -- held a press conference Jan. 17, 2012 at Chicago’s City Hall.

They were protesting the proposed new ordinances against demonstrations targeting the upcoming spring NATO/G8 meetings here, but now possibly to become permanent laws.

The press conference took place right before two key City Council committees were to meet to consider whether to endorse the proposed new ordinances, prior to their going to a vote before the full City Council the next day. The ordinances would be adopted with only 4 of 50 aldermen voting no.

In this excerpt from the press conference, speakers include Eric Ruder, Coalition Against NATO/G8’s War & Poverty Agenda; Erek Slater, ATU 241 member speaking for ATU International Vice Presidents; Talisa Hardin, National Nurses United; Wayne Lindwal, SEIU 73 Chicago Division Director; Jesse Sharkey, Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union.

For more info on fight against ordinance: (http://bit.ly/AntiLibertyOrdinance ). Length - 5:28



Big coalition of groups opposed to proposed ordinance at Chicago City Hall. Photo: Labor Beat

The sign shows what’s in the future for Chicago under Mayor Emanuel. Photo: Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: Shutdown at The CPS Board Meeting {LB639}

Two weeks prior to the Dec. 14, 2011 School Board meeting, the Chicago Public Schools announced a long list of schools it wanted to either close or ’turn-around’ (fire everybody and re-hire from scratch).

But community organizations affected and the Chicago Teachers Union have shown over the years that these schemes -- leading often to increasing private charter schools -- impair education, harm the students and communities, and expose the machinations of property developers with political influence.

Throughout the years of these school actions, the CPS has carried out a charade of pretending to consider the input of the school communities affected, while all the while making the real decisions beforehand behind closed doors.

The CPS Board of Education is appointed by the Mayor, not elected, and is infested with bankers, millionaires, a billionaire and property developer, and corporation heads.

On the eve of this Board meeting, hundreds of protesters rallied in front of the Board of Ed. offices in Chicago’s Loop, then took to sleeping bags in a cold rain all night to secure places at the Board meeting the next morning. When Board President David Vitale began the meeting, it wasn’t going to be business as usual, as a multiple mic check stopped everything, forcing the Board to beat a retreat into closed session.

Scenes of Dec. 13 vigil/rally downtown, overnight campers, Dec. 14 teachers union press conference in building lobby, and then upstairs to the school board meeting with its dramatic shutdown.

Speakers include: Jesse Shakey, V.P. Chicago Teachers Union; Marcellus Barnes, International V.P., Trustee ATU 241; Karen Lewis, President, CTU; Jitu Brown, Dyett Local School Council; and teachers, food services workers, parents.

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Labor Beat: Stop The Hit List! {LB638}

In early December, 2011 Chicago Public Schools announced its "hit list" -- schools it is targeting for closings or turning-around.

Recently, the Chicago Education Facilities Task Force created guidelines, where the CPS followed none before, on how targeting of schools had to be first discussed with those communities affected.

Gearing up for this next phase, the Chicago Teachers Union held a teach-in about the hit list on Dec. 3, 2011 at MLK Prep High School. This meeting and rally marked a new level of militancy underlined by Jitu Brown’s (KOCO) statement: "This will not stop until we stop it!"

Speech excerpts from: Kristine Mayle (CTU Financial Secretary); Angela Surnuy (Marconi school); Prof. Pauline Lipman (Univ. of Illinois-Chicago); Jitu Brown (Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization).

There are also interviews with teachers and parents from Casals and Stagg schools, which are on the hit list.

Video includes Valencia Rias-Winstead from Designs for Change (and a member of the Educational Facilities Task Force which legally formalized requirements mandating timely public input on CPS school actions). Valencia Rias-Winstead talks with CTU President Karen Lewis about what happens next in the public discussion period and how Chicago Public Schools will manoeuvre between now and the final decisions early in 2012. They also discuss the growing movement for an elected school board instead of the undemocratic process now in place.

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Newsvideo #111209. Stop The Hit List! 12/3/2011. {LB}

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Labor Beat: Taking of LaSalle St. Bridge: Labor/Politics/Occupy / Rahm's Psych Ward {LB637}

- Taking of LaSalle St. Bridge: Labor/Politics/Occupy.

As part of national actions on Nov. 17, 2011 several thousand mostly labor activists marched from the Thompson Center (State of Illinois Building) to briefly take over LaSalle St. Bridge. The police arrested 46 people who had sat down on the bridge.

Afterwards, the marchers went over to the Occupy Chicago site at Jackson and LaSalle, then the combined forces went on to other locations in the Loop.

First using in the planning stages the slogan "Jobs Not Cuts", the event organizers added: "Resist Austerity, Reclaim the Economy, Recreate Our Democracy!" as Medicare and Social Security became targeted by Congress and the White House.

This was also during the week when the Chicago City Council and the Mayor voted for huge cuts and layoffs in city services [see 2nd segment "Rahm’s Psych Ward"].

Marking the growing intersection of unions with the Occupy movement, the day represented interesting processes going on within the growing national movement against the dictatorship of the 1%. In an extended interview enhanced by choice street videography, AFSCME 2858 President Steve Edwards assists in sorting out these developments.

- Rahm’s Psych Ward.

On Nov. 15, 2011 Chicago activists opposing the proposed closing of 6 of the city’s 12 mental health clinics went to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and occupied it for 10 hours into the night.

This was on the eve of the City Council’s vote on Rahm’s new budget, which not only threatened cutting in half the number of clinics, but also included cuts in school libraries, number of fire dispatchers, and other cuts.

The next day the City Council (all Democrats, including the Mayor) approved the cuts in a 50-0 vote. Alderman Edward Burk boasted that the vote sent a powerful message to the labor movement. During the vote Mayor Emanuel warned that it was "only the beginning". Meanwhile, Mayor Emanuel had advocated 50% tax breaks for the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

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Newsvideo #111130. Chicago Solidarity Rally for UK Public Workers, 11/30/2011. {LB}

Nov. 30, 2011 -- At 6 different cities in the U.S., National Nurses United organized rallies today in support of public workers in the UK in their general strike.

Targeted were the UK Embassy in D.C., and the Consulates General in 5 other cities, including Chicago. At the Chicago rally on Michigan Ave., attended by some 100 union supporters, were representatives from NNU, United Steel Workers, Chicago Teachers Union, Amalgamated Transit Union, UNITE HERE, and others.

Interviews and speeches from Jean Ross (one of the 3 Presidents of the NNU); Steve Kramer (USW 9777); Robert Reiter, Jr. (Sec. Treas. of Chicago Federation of Labor); Jackson Potter (Staff Coordinator, Chicago Teachers Union); Carlos Acevedo (Assistant to the Trustee, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241).

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Labor Beat: Occupy Chicago at Grant Park / Keep Public Services in Public Hands {LB636}

- Occupy Chicago at Grant Park.

After two weeks of occupying Chicago’s financial district at Jackson & LaSalle, the decision was made to march to Grant Park and occupy it.

Meanwhile, Chicago’s unions began to formally become involved in the occupy movement, and joined this action, which took place on Oct. 22, 2011.

Thousands of students, workers and community activists began at the Federal Reserve Bank and Chicago Board of Trade and walked east through the Loop about a half mile to Grant Park. The Park was the venue for Obama’s election night celebration rally in 2008, but tonight no one was celebrating Obama’s obedience to Wall Street. Scenes and energies from the march, and interviews focusing on union members and officials who were there.

At the Park, National Nurses United set up a first aid tent, but after 2 am later that night some 130 protesters were arrested, including two NNU leaders, and the police tore down their first aid tent.

Thousands of protesters make their way from Jackson & LaSalle to Grant Park

Scene at Grant Park occupation, waking up the ghost of Chicago ’68

At 2 am cops arrest occupiers at Grant Park, tearing down Nurses’ first aid tent

- Keep Public Services in Public Hands.

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 the Community Labor Alliance for Public Services held a rally outside the Morton Civic Center, where the City Council of Evanston, Illinois meets. They were protesting the cuts in and privatization of the city’s public services.

Evanston is a major suburb just north of Chicago. Cuts have been sharpest in Parks and Forestry, targeting staff. This is negatively affecting quality of life for city residents, including the conditions along the lake front and also snow plowing.

"It’s going to result in a diminution of services to the city," Henry Bayer, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 31, points out. "If they go through with this plan the work that will be done in the Forestry Dept. by the private contractor doesn’t cover all the services currently performed by the city."

Watch this segment now.Kevin Johnson, President, AFSCME 8191, states: "We hope to stop any privatizing, any more layoffs. It is the end to quality services that Evanston residents have depended upon."

Additional speakers are: Florence Estes, Staff Rep, AFSCME Council 31; Judy Wittner, Community Labor Alliance for Public Services; Charles Hogan, Retired Evanston Public Service Employee.

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Evanston, Illinois protest against cuts in public services

Refuse collection truck owned by Groot, a private company contracted by the City of Evanston Photos: Gary Brooks / Labor Beat

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Newsvideo #111122. Rahm's Psych Ward, 11/22/2011. {LB}

On Nov. 15, 2011 Chicago activists opposing the proposed closing of 6 of the city’s 12 mental health clinics went to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and occupied it for 10 hours into the night.

This was on the eve of the City Council’s vote on Rahm’s new budget, which not only threatened cutting in half the number of clinics, but also included cuts in school libraries, number of fire dispatchers, and other cuts.

he next day the City Council (all Democrats, including the Mayor) approved the cuts in a 50-0 vote. Alderman Edward Burk boasted that the vote sent a powerful message to the labor movement. During the vote Mayor Emanuel warned that it was "only the beginning"

Meanwhile, Mayor Emanuel had advocated 50% tax breaks for the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

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Newsvideo #111111. Occupy Chicago at Grant Park, 10/22/2011. {LB}

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Labor Beat: Haiti: The Struggle Continues {LB635}

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti is an ongoing disaster that was not simply the result of geology, but of the deliberate political and economic exploitation of this Caribbean island nation. Through dramatic images, speeches, interviews and poetry this video gives a stark picture of a people struggling against the forces of imperialism as well as of nature. Some felt that the 2010 earthquake was in some sense a coup against the state, prior to which the 2004 political coup had already undermined the capability of the state to respond.

And then there came the international response, not entirely benign. "Why in Haiti is there an occupation of the MINUSTAH (UN), something like 6 years of occupation?" asks Didier Dominique, Haitian labor union organizer.

"There were a series of protests in 2009 to see that the minimum wage was increased from about $3/day to $5/day," notes Toussaint Losier (Rising in Solidarity with Haiti). "The UN forces, backing up the police, played a significant role of suppressing these protests, firing on crowds, first with rubber bullets, then with live ammunition." Losier also goes on to relate the current Occupy Wall Street protests to the situation in in Haiti, where the "elite don’t pay taxes at all."

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Labor Beat: HWC Community Roundtable on Reinvention {LB633}

The controversy surrounding the city-wide so-called Reinvention plan for City Colleges of Chicago continues and grows.

On Sept. 15, 2011 a meeting was planned to take place at Harold Washington College (part of the CCC system), sponsored by the AFT Local 1600 chapter at HWC. The administration at HWC blocked this by claiming that, since the student’s families and community were invited, it was not a sanctioned CCC event, and demanded a $500 vendor fee. The meeting was moved to another location in the Loop -- the Chicago Temple.

The meeting that took place yielded a rich discussion and clarification of the concerns facing faculty, staff, and students that the Reinvention scheme will end the school’s traditions as a portal to higher education for low-income and minority students, dismantle faculty and staff rights and income, and deepen cuts in the name of the business model. Meeting coverage has been edited to 27 min. for Labor Beat.

Speaking were: Floyd Bednarz, President of CCC Labor Organizing Committee at HWC; Eric Taylor, HWC Data Processing Lab Manager, AFT 1600; Delores Withers, President of AFT 1708; Rosie Banks, President of HWC Faculty Council; Amy Rosenquist, Adjunct Faculty, CCCLOC NEA (Adjunct Faculty Union); Hector Reyes, Vice Chair of HWC Chapter, AFT 1600. Also included in this show are some excerpts of the audience discussion that followed.Hctor Reyes, Vice Chair of HWC Chapter of AFT 1600.

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Labor Beat: Chicago: War Protest March to Obama's 2012 HQ / Hey You, Billionaire, Pay Your Fair Share {LB634}

- Chicago: War Protest March to Obama’s 2012 HQ October 8, 2011.

On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan a coalition of anti-war groups (www.ChicagoMassAction.org) held a protest to address the truckload of grievances, domestic and global, resulting from the Bush, and now Obama, war-a-palooza.

The eventual destination of the march, which started out at Congress and Grant Park (scene of 1968 police riots) was the 2012 campaign headquarters for President Obama.

Features the main speech by Bruce Dixon (Black Agenda Report, (www.blackagendareport.com ), remarks by Cindy Sheehan (not at march but speaking in Chicago the previous week), and street interviews.

We follow the march as it heads up State Street, then over to Obama HQ at the Prudential Building. Dixon reminds the assembly that there will be protest actions organized in Chicago in May when the G8 and NATO (invited by Mayor Emanuel) will be coming to Chicago.

- Hey You Billionaire, Pay Your Fair Share.

On Oct. 10, 2011, a combination of five feeder marches gathered in Chicago’s Loop to protest the Futures & Options and American Mortgage Bankers Association expos.

The feeders represented constituencies for jobs, housing, and public schools. They generated a combined march of 7,000, and finally ended up at the Art Institute where the banksters were having a reception dinner.

Here are selected scenes and comments from a big spectrum of interests affected by the dictatorship of capital being forced upon the workers of Chicago.

Includes the march for homes/housing starting from the Hyatt, the Occupy Chicago location where the teachers union gathered, and the final convergence at the Art Institute. Street interviews. Also, interview/speech by Karen Lewis, President of Chicago Teachers Union.

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News Video #111015. Chicago: War Protest March to Obama's 2012 HQ, 10/08/2011. {LB}

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News Video #111014. Hey You, Billionaire, Pay Your Fair Share, 10/10/2011. {LB}

On Oct. 10, 2011, a combination of five feeder marches gathered in Chicago’s Loop to protest the Futures & Options and American Mortgage Bankers Association expos.

The feeders represented constituencies for jobs, housing, and public schools. They generated a combined march of 7,000, and finally ended up at the Art Institute where the banksters were having a reception dinner.

Here are selected scenes and comments from a big spectrum of interests affected by the dictatorship of capital being forced upon the workers of Chicago.

Includes the march for homes/housing starting from the Hyatt, the Occupy Chicago location where the teachers union gathered, and the final convergence at the Art Institute. Street interviews. Also, interview/speech by Karen Lewis, President of Chicago Teachers Union.

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Newsvideo #110930. Community roundtable on City Colleges 'Reinvention' plan, 9/15/2011. {LB}

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Labor Beat: IVAW - A Step for Tomorrow {LB631}

In March 2011 two Japanese videographers came to Chicago to make a documentary about Iraq Veterans Against the War.

A main focus of their piece was Aaron Hughes, an internationally traveled veteran of the Iraq war who is dedicated to reaching the public with the anti-war message, and in the process using his own artistic talents to carry that out.

While the videographers were here, the historic Madison labor protest took place. The IVAW went up to the capitol rotunda there to join in support, and the documentarists from Mabui Cine-Coop in Osaka went up there with them. Here is the documentary they made -- English version, and shortened to fit Labor Beat’s 28-min length.

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Newsvideo #110907? The People's Putt Putt, 9/2011. {LB}

Using a creative mix of street theater, art, and political satire, the social justice group Stand Up Chicago! In September 2011 created a mini-golf-themed event to point out the misdeeds of corporations in this Great Recession.

By engaging passersby in a game of mini-golf, or "putt-putt," they served up a humorous, creative, fun and educational approach to the greed of companies like Bank of America and Cigna.

By pointing out that there are different sets of rules (the "rules for the rich," and the "rules for the rest of us"), Stand Up Chicago! illustrated how hard working individuals and families in the Windy City are struggling to get by, while the rich hoard money for shareholders instead of job creation.

The People’s Putt-Putt was a creative and unconventional protest against corporate welfare and the greed of the rich.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Teachers, Wisconsin Labor Cookout / {LB632}

Aug. 31, 2011 - Wisconsin labor leaders are invited down to a South Side backyard cookout by the Chicago Teachers Union, where they compare notes on how to stop attacks on public workers unions in Wisconsin and Chicago.

Excerpts of speeches from CTU President Karen Lewis; Joe Conway, Jr., President, Madison Firefighters Union; Ed Cobb, President, Wisconsin Building Trades; Peggy Coyne, President, Madison, WI Teachers Union; and legendary South Side steelworker Ed Sadlowski, Jr.

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Newsvideo #110904. Chicago Teachers, Wisconsin Labor Cookout, 8/31/2011. {LB}

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Labor Beat: The CTA Strike of 1968 {LB630}

We can’t find any documentary about this on the Internet, so this may be the only one in existence about the Chicago Transit Authority (wildcat) strike of 1968.

There is no wonder that official Chicago history has somehow buried this story in a deep crypt, but we have brought it back into the daylight of 2011, along with rare archival stills and film footage, and exclusive interviews with now retired CTA drivers who played key roles.

Here is the 60s Civil Rights movement intersecting with the class struggle in a big North American city, engaging a major public sector employer. Adding to this mix was the fact that many of the drivers were returned Viet Nam veterans with combat experience and not inclined to back down from a fight.

Now back in Chicago, the drivers confronted racism not only in the bus company but in the company union (warning: coarse language in video). "You could stand up in that union hall -- McNamara was the President -- at Van Buren and Ashland. Before you opened your mouth - whack! - you’re out of order," recalls Rodgers Harmon, ret. 36 years CTA bus driver.

"We didn’t have any real representation in the union...the strike was not so much against the CTA, it was against the union with no representation," recalls Claude Brown, ret. CTA Bus Driver.

The wildcat strike was on, and the drivers learned how to develop community support. Standish E. Willis, then CTA driver and today a criminal defense attorney, remembers: "We started drawing upon the leadership in the broader community. So we had Operation PUSH (Breadbasket at the time). We would reach out to celebrities...I remember Gale Sayers...Dick Gregory...I went personally and brought Muhammad Ali to the rally. But the significant thing is that we reached out to the community by developing car pools similar to what happened in Montgomery at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, and we would take our personal cars and drive them up and down the main thoroughfares in the areas we had closed down -- the West Side and the South Side -- picking up people, getting them to the next stop. What that allowed us to do is to explain what the strike was about...and to get support in the broader African-American community."

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Newsvideo #110901. CCC Clerical Workers Want Fair Contract Now. 9/1/2011. {LB} –n–

Chicago, Sept. 1, 2011. For more than a year Federation of College Clerical and Technical Employees Local 1708 has been bargaining for a contract, which expired in June 2010.

But City Colleges of Chicago has been pushing a pay freeze and wants to increase health insurance costs. The administration has also hit the local with layoffs and job reassignments.

A spirited protest took place at CCC Hq at 226 W. Jackson. Scenes and interviews.

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Labor Beat: Craft Against Corporate Welfare / Ifti Nasim / IVAW at Madison {LB629}

For the June 14, 2011 march to protest a big meeting of corporate executives at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, a group of banner makers created Craft Against Corporate Welfare.

As part of the general Stand Up! Chicago mobilization, this merry band of students, teachers and activists put together an impressive selection of giant puppets, signs, and huge banners to be used in the protest.

We visit with them as they discuss their mission, spray paint and staple gun over three days, and pull off some impressive deployments during the scheduled event. More info: .

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Newsvideo #110806 Craft Against Corporate Welfare, 6/2011, Chicago. {LB}

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Labor Beat: Haiti, The First Black Republic. {LB628}

Here is a brief history of Haiti that gives the essential background to understanding its major contribution to the fight against slavery and oppression in the Western Hemisphere.

Historic footage combined with extensive commentary by Aline Lauture (Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti) and Lionel Jean-Baptiste (Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti). Looks at the emergence of Haiti as a nation through the successful rebellion of African slaves there (the first of its kind in the West), establishing the first Black republic of former slaves.

This also presented a threat to the system of slavery elsewhere, which lead to various international attempts to economically strangle the new republic.

The video shows the relation of the Haitian revolt to early 19th century U.S. history, the French connection with the Louisiana Purchase, and activities of Haitian revolutionary ex-slaves in U.S. southern states prior to the Civil War.

Discussion covers the Duvalier era, neo-liberal policies affecting Haiti, Clinton’s promoting privatization there and IMF policies that today cast their shadow over the island nation.

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News Video #110722, Haiti, The First Black Republic. {LB}

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Labor Beat: Give It Back! Protest / Updates on City Colleges of Chicago Protests {LB627}

-1- The Executive Summit of CEOs and CFOs at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on June 14, 2011 was the target of a broad coalition of community and labor organizations, put together by Stand Up! Chicago.

Several thousand protesters successfully pulled off 3 coordinated feeder marches (housing, jobs, education) that transformed the hub of corporate Chicago at Michigan and Wacker into protest central. We begin with the small band of movement artists (teachers, students and activists) as they plan the visuals and create the huge puppets (Kings of Corporate Welfare) which became the visual rallying points of the Give It Back march and rally.

We show the process of how the big march came together and how working people were able to appropriate Chicago’s showplace of big business and convert it into a movement theatrical backdrop. The CEOs at the Hyatt went on with their meeting, and a city-wide movement gained confidence in its organizing skills. Rod Wilson of the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization observed: "This is definitely the beginning, not the end, not the culminating, but the beginning."

-2- Updates on City Colleges of Chicago protests. Save City Colleges of Chicago protest and statements at a City Colleges of Chicago Board meeting.

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News Video #110626: Give It Back! Protest of Corporate Summit, 6/14/2011. {LB}

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Labor Beat: Housekeepers Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment / Updates City Colleges / Updates City Colleges / Anne Feeney Songs {LB626}

-1- As part of a nation-wide response to reported sexual assaults on hotel workers such as the alleged attack by former IMF head Strauss-Kahn on a New York hotel housekeeper, on 6/2/11 Chicago UNITE HERE Local 1 held a press conference and speak-out on the steps of the historic Water Tower on Michigan Ave.

Several Chicago hotel housekeepers related personal stories about sexual harassment they experienced.

"These women are union members," UNITE HERE VP Jo Marie Agriesti explained. "The women in New York who stood up to this were union members of a strong New York local. They have the ability to stand up and fight this without the threat of loosing their jobs."

-2- Updates City Colleges

-3- Updates City Colleges

-4- Anne Feeney Songs, June 23.

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News Video #110610. Housekeepers Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment, 6/2/2011. {LB}

As part of a nation-wide response to reported sexual assaults on hotel workers such as the alleged attack by former IMF head Strauss-Kahn on a New York hotel housekeeper, on 6/2/11 Chicago UNITE HERE Local 1 held a press conference and speak-out on the steps of the historic Water Tower on Michigan Ave.

Several Chicago hotel housekeepers related personal stories about sexual harassment they experienced.

"These women are union members," UNITE HERE VP Jo Marie Agriesti explained. "The women in New York who stood up to this were union members of a strong New York local. They have the ability to stand up and fight this without the threat of loosing their jobs."

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News Video #110527: 'Save City Colleges' Is Refused Meeting Space at Malcolm X College {LB}

Part of the "reinvention" plan for Chicago City Colleges is to remove the name of Malcolm X from one of the campuses, and paint over the its wall mural image of Huey P. Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s.

But these are just symbolic representations of much deeper attacks against public eduction in Chicago at the college level.

The Save City Colleges coalition, made up of student groups, faculty members, union locals, and community leaders, arrived at Malcolm X on May 26, 2011 expecting to have a hearing with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Martin Cabrera and officials from City Hall, as was previously agreed to. But they found out that it was cancelled. And to add to the insult, Malcolm X security (the irony of it all!) kicked the coalition out of the building.

The coalition has stated: "The grassroots organizers point to the dangerously reduced transparency of decision-making for the largest consolidated body of higher education in the state and claim that all of the above decisions had been made by administrators lacking in education experience and credentials and without good-faith consultations with employees, students or grassroots community representatives."

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Labor Beat: May Day Weekend 2011 / Free Bahrain -- Chicago Rally / Stop CCC New District Policies - Press Conference {LB624}

1. May Day Weekend

Since May 1, 2011 fell on a Sunday, May Day activities in Chicago spread across the whole weekend. We cover here several of those events: a reenactment of the Haymarket Square tragedy at the location it took place (Randolph and Desplaines) back in 1886; a labor protest at a Wal-Mart store near the cemetery of the Haymarket monument, which then marches to the cemetery; selected scenes from rededication of Haymarket Martyrs monument at Forest Home cemetery in Chicago suburb; a march of rank-and-file workers from Union Park in Chicago to a predominantly Mexican neighborhood (Pilsen) on the South Side.

2. Free Bahrain - Chicago Rally

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on April 29, 2011 to demand an end to the oppression of the people of Bahrain "at the hands of the Bahraini military and the security forces provided by other states of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)." The action was heavily attended by representatives from Chicago area Muslim communities..

3. Stop CCC New District Policies - Press Conference

Excerpts from May 6, 2011 press conference in front of Mayor’s office opposing CCC administration’s so-called "reinvention" of programs. Speakers: Jokari Miller, Student at Malcom X and District Student Government Association Council Parliamentarian; Vivian Moreno, Student at Wright College and member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); Theodore Fabriek, Student at Kennedy-King College and District President of the Student Government Association.

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News Video #110516: Rahm's Innauguration Might Destroy Our Education, 5/16/2011. {LB}

Not exactly part of Rahm Emanuel’s coronation ceremony, protesters marched up Michigan Ave. on Monday, May 16, 2011 to oppose the growing corporate suqeeze on public education, now headed up in Chicago by the new Mayor.

Chicago City Colleges students, faculty, community and labor leaders declared "We say NO to the ’reinvention’ of the City Colleges of Chicago to suit LaSalle Street. We say NO to the privatization of our public schools and colleges, the dismantling of public sector unions, worker layoffs, and cuts to programs and services for students and communities."

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News Video #110513: May Day Weekend 2011 {LB}

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Labor Beat: We Are One -- Illinois / NEIU Rally for a Contract {LB623}

Segment 1: We Are One - Illinois

As part of the national ’We Are One’ actions in early April, 2011, a number of rallies took place around Illinois, culminating in Chicago on April 9.

We begin first at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the banks of the Chicago River as teacher unions teamed up with the hotel workers. They shared a common foe: the super-rich Pritzkers, who own the Hyatt and also play the same role in Illinois as the Koch family plays in Wisconsin, bankrolling legislators to attack public sector unions.

Afterwards, the action moved down to Daley Plaza where some 10,000 unionists heard speeches comparing what is happening in Illinois to Wisconsin.

Includes scenes from downstate rallies in Decatur and Springfield. Speakers and interviews: George Schmidt, Substancenews.net; Jackson Potter, CTU staff coordinator; Sandra Miranda, Hyatt housekeeper; Dan Montgomery, President of Ill. Fed. of Teachers; Ken Swanson, President of Ill. Education Association; Bill Lucy, President of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; Jen Johnson, Chicago public school teacher; Mahlon Mitchell, President of Wis. Fire Fighters Union.

Segment 2: NEIU Rally for a Contract

Although having bargained in good faith for nearly 3 years with the Northeastern Illinois University administration, the faculty still have not been given a contract.

On April 7, 2011 a sizable number of students and faculty at the largely commuter campus on Chicago’s north side took part in a spirited rally to get the Board to bargain fairly. The action was also part of the wave of pro-labor demonstrations around the U.S. Immediately following the rally they marched to the Board meeting, but the great majority of the academic community was not allowed in.

Includes speeches and interviews from: NEIU faculty members Zachary Schiffman, Nancy Matthews, Pam Padgginski, and Prof. Therese Schuepfer, United Professionals of Illinois Chapter President at NEIU; also speeches by James Thindwa, labor/community activist; and Jorge Mujica, Iimmigrant rights leader. Includes scenes inside and outside the NEIU Board meeting.

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News Video #110507. Stop Chicago City Colleges New District Policies, 5/6/2011. {LB}

On Friday, May 6, 2011 a press conference was held in front of the Mayor’s office at Chicago’s City Hall. Speaking at the event were student organization representatives, teachers, heads of religious organizations, community activists, and labor groups who were opposed to "policy decisions by the City Colleges administration designed to swell the ranks of pinstripe patronage workers including politically-connected contractors at the expense of frontline services for students", their statement read.

These top-down decisions from the CCC administration are part of a national onslaught against public education and the extinguishing of democratic control by communities affected by these decisions.

Speaking here in this video report are: Rev. Paul Jakes, President, Christian Council on Urban Affairs; Jessi Choe, Teacher, Wright College; Vivian Moreno, Student at Wright College and member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); Jokari Miller, Student at Malcom X and District Student Government Association Council Parliamentarian; Michael Stenson, Pastor at General Assembly Church of Englewood; Jamila Onyeali, South Side community activist; and Theodore Fabriek, Student at Kennedy-King College and District President of the Student Government Association.

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News Video #110429. Free Bahrain - Chicago Rally, 4/29/2011. {LB}

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Chicago’s Daley Plaza on April 29, 2011 to demand an end to the oppression of the people of Bahrain "at the hands of the Bahraini military and the security forces provided by other states of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)."

The action was heavily attended by representatives from Chicago area Muslim communities. "As Americans and Muslims, we expect our government to make clear to its allies that democracy and the civil rights of their citizens must be upheld", their statement read.

"The United States gives [the Bahraini monarchy] political cover and legitimacy," said Sulayman Hassan, Religious Director of the Bait Ul Ilm Mosque in Streamwood, IL. And "it’s our technology and our money that’s being used to round up human rights activists and average citizens who are protesting for their rights."

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Labor Beat: Wisconsin and After {LB621}

A overview of the recent weeks in the battle for public sector workers in Wisconsin, and touching upon the national ramifications.

Key issues are raised, through interviews and documentary footage: concessions have been pushed and agreed to by the Democrats and top union leaderships, setting workers up for the current Republican attacks.

"On the national level, the Democrats have bought into the idea that workers should pay for the crisis," points out AFSCME 2858 Pres. Steve Edwards. But the money is there, if we taxed the rich and ended war spending. Includes scenes of the return of the 14 Democrats, the capitol rotunda occupation, mass marches, Iraq Veterans Against the War, more.

Connects state budget crises with the wars and Wall Street, and looks at the tactics of the recall election and a general strike.

Interviews and speeches from: Steve Edwards, Pres. of AFSCME 2858 and member of Socialist Alternative; Andy Heidt, Pres. of AFSCME Local 1871 and member of wisconsinwave.org; Jesse Sharkey, V.P. Chicago Teachers Union (for i.d. purposes only); Jan Rodolfo, National Outreach Coordinator, National Nurses United; Scott Kimbell, Iraq Veterans Against the War; Austin Thompson, labor organizer - Madison, WI.

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News Video #110408: NEIU Rally for a Contract, 4/7/2011. {LB}

Although having bargained in good faith for nearly 3 years with the Northeastern Illinois University administration, the faculty still have not been given a contract.

On April 7, 2011 a sizable number of students and faculty at the largely commuter campus on Chicago’s north side took part in a spirited rally to get the Board to bargain fairly. The action was also part of the wave of pro-labor demonstrations around the U.S.

Immediately following the rally they marched to the Board meeting, but the great majority of the academic community was not allowed in.

Includes speeches and interviews from: NEIU faculty members Zachary Schiffman, Nancy Matthews, Pam Bagdzinski, and Prof. Therese Schuepfer, United Professionals of Illinois Chapter President at NEIU; also speeches by James Thindwa, labor/community activist; and Jorge Mujica, Iimmigrant rights leader.

Includes scenes inside and outside the NEIU Board meeting.

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Labor Beat: No Concessions - Madison / I'm Here from Wisconsin / IVAW at Wisconsin / Illinois Labor Supports Wisconsin {LB620}

A 4-segment show.

-1- No Concessions Emergency Meeting (at Madison Labor Temple). On Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 an emergency meeting of labor leaders and community activists took place at the Madison, WI Labor Temple to consider ways stop the attacks on workers and unions by placing the responsibility where it belongs, on Wall Street and the corporations. Includes Jim Cavanaugh, President of South Central Federation of Labor. The SCFL endorsed (it is not empowered to call) a General Strike. Watch at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LABOR-BEAT/167503422257.

-2- I’m Here from Wisconsin. In a piece of political theater, a speaker announces that the workers and students in the capitol rotunda are taking up a collection in a bucket to raise $140 million for the Governor’s budget, so he won’t have to go through all this ruinous legislation. Bagpipe march into capitol rotunda, and a contingent from Los Angeles shows up!

-3- IVAW at Madison: National Guard, Support the Workers! An historic moment in the anti-war movement in the U.S. On Feb. 26, 2011, at the center of a public workers uprising in Mid-America, Iraq Veterans Against the War drive home a key point: The wars abroad, and the money spent on them, have a direct relationship to the wars against American workers. Watch at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMnARsTdzPA.

-4- Illinois Labor Supports Wisconsin. From the Illinois side: Chicago area unionists travel up to a big solidarity rally in Madison, and talk about their experiences. Also, down in Springfield hundreds of union members rally at the state capital to show support for Wisconsin public workers, and quote some Abe Lincoln.

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Labor Beat: Evanston/Skokie Communities Support Unions' Rights to Bargain {LB622}

On March 15, 2011, Evanston and Skokie, suburbs on the northern boundary of Chicago, held a rally in support of union rights to collectively bargain in good faith.

Activists from these two communities took part in a national action called Defend the Dream, promoted by MoveOn.org to stop the cuts looming in Congress.

The speakers present were also motivated by the historic fight in Wisconsin to defend bargaining rights there. Union and community activists speaking were: Rachel Rosner (MoveOn.org Political Action); Jean Luft (Pres., District 65 Educators Council); Jason Hayes (member, Evanston Firefighters Local 742); Flo Estes (Representative, AFSCME Council 31); Laura Paz (Comité Anti Militarización - CAMI); Dickelle Fonda (Coalition for Peace and Justice). These speakers from Skokie and Evanston reflected the views of many communities throughout the U.S.

Regarding the layoffs of public workers, Jason Hays noted "When people work, the economy grows." Speaking to the basic rights to have unions, Flo Estes reminded the crowd: "The United Nations statement on Human Rights mark strong labor unions as a requirement of a democratic society." And Laura Paz, on the subject of funding, said: "We spend billions to kill people in other countries, so I don’t think union members need to take cutbacks when we’re spending that kind of money when the top 1% don’t pay fair taxes."

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News Video #110317: Evanston/Skokie Communities Support Unions' Rights to Bargain, 3/15/2011. {LB}

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News Video #110313: Tractorcade Wisconi-stan, 3/12/2011. {LB}

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, before the enormous record-breaking union protest later that day, Wisconsin farmers organized a ’Tractorcade’ around the state Capitol building in Madison.

This was an important addition to the ongoing protest against Wis. Governor Walker’s attempts to completely destroy public workers unions in the state. The Tractorcade showed that other sectors of the population in Wisconsin (and the Midwest), such as small-business, rural family farmers and farm cooperatives, are in open political motion now in solidarity with organized labor.

They are also angry about how the new state budget will affect a state-run health insurance program (BadgerCare) which 11,000 family farm members depend on. A sign on a tractor: "Want to balance the budget? End corporate welfare."

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News Video #110306: IVAW at Madison: National Guard, Support the Workers!, 2/26/2011. {LB}

Here is an historic moment in the anti-war movement in the U.S. On Feb. 26, 2011, at the center of a public workers uprising in Mid-America, Iraq Veterans Against the War drive home a key point: The wars abroad have a direct relationship to the wars against American workers.

"Wisconsin taxpayers pay 2.7 billion dollars to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan" one IVAW member tells the packed crowd of protesters inside the Capitol rotunda at Madison. The IVAW calls for an end to the wars and using money spent there on the U.S. domestic economy instead.

The veterans tell the pro-labor crowd that they too are public workers. The IVAW asks the Wisconsin National Guard, which may be called upon by Gov. Walker to break any possible public workers strikes: "We call upon [you] to refuse to mobilize on workers fighting for their rights." The IVAW put posters proclaiming this around the building.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Rally for The People of Egypt / Labor Stands with Subpoenaed Activists / Iraq Protests the Occupation {LB618}

-1- Chicago Rally for The People of Egypt

The protests in Egypt were only a couple days old as over 1,000 protesters squeezed onto the wide Michigan Avenue sidewalk on January 29, 2011, in front of Chicago’s Egyptian consulate to show their support for the revolt of the Egyptian people against the dictator Mubarak. .

-2- Labor Stands with Subpoenaed Activists

On January 25, 2011 outside Chicago’s Federal Building in the Loop several hundred supporters gathered to protest the FBI subpoenas of anti-war activist, and the Grand Jury maneuvers to intimidate legitimate protest.

Joining them were representatives of two large and important unions in Chicago and Illinois: SEIU Local 73 (Christine Boardman, President), and the Chicago Teachers Union (Jesse Sharkey, Vice President), the largest union in Illinois. .

-3- Iraq Protests the Occupation

Excerpts from Sana TV (Iraq) coverage showing opposition to the U.S. occupation.

After a mosque bombing an Iraqi observes: "I am sure these people [who planted the bomb in the mosque]...have been planted among us by the occupation that is playing the main role in the chaos in Iraq."

Sana TV is produced by Iraq Freedom Congress in Iraq, a progressive, non-sectarian, pro-labor group. Sana TV’s offices were recently wrecked by the militia. Length 11:07. .

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News Video #110301: No Concessions Emergency Meeting (at Madison Labor Temple) {LB}

On Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 an emergency meeting of labor leaders and community activists took place at the Madison, WI Labor Temple to consider ways to stop the attacks on workers and unions by placing the responsibility where it belongs, on Wall Street and the corporations.

Highlights of speeches by: Jim Cavanaugh, President, South Central Federation of Labor*; Jesse Sharkey, Vice President, Chicago Teachers Union*; John Nichols, Nation Magazine*; John Matthews, Madison Teachers Incorporated*; J. Eric Cobb, Executive Director, Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin*; Jan Rodolfo, RN, National Outreach Coordinator, National Nurses United. (For more info: 510-757-5925 or JRodolfo@NationalNursesUnited.org). (*Organizations for identification purposes only.)

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Labor Beat: Battle Front Wisconsin {LB619}

The struggle that has captured the imagination of union members across the nation.

The newest Labor Beat episode "Battle Front Wisconsin" covers the ongoing fightback in Madison. There, a right-wing state government is attempting to gut public sector unions by stripping them of collective bargaining rights, membership, dues collection, and a host of other attacks on what it means to be in a union.

Teachers, municipal workers, students, and their supporters (even police and firefighters) have rallied constantly to demand "Kill The Bill."

Labor Beat producer Andrew Friend spoke with union activists, University of Wisconsin students, and those showing their solidarity in what is shaping up to be the opening battle in an interstate war for workers’ rights. Hi-def.

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News Video #110225: Battle Front Wisconsin {LB}

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News Video #110224 I'm Here from Wisconsin {LB}

Brief scenes from the Wisconsin capitol.

In a piece of political theater, a speaker announces that the workers and students in the capitol rotunda are taking up a collection in a bucket to raise $140 million for the Governor’s budget, so he won’t have to go through all this ruinous legislation.

Also, the arrival of a contingent of about 160 unionists from Los Angeles. More.

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News Video #110216: Iraq Protests the Occupation: Sana TV excerpts {LB} –n–

Two short excerpts from Sana TV (Iraq) coverage showing opposition to the U.S. occupation.

First, we see the results of a mosque bombing and comments of observers and relatives of victims: "I am sure these people [who planted the bomb in the mosque]...have been planted among us by the occupation that is playing the main role in the chaos in Iraq." [Some of the audio is choppy in this section. A running sub-title translation is provided.]

Then we go to an un-permitted demonstration in Liberty Square in Baghdad on the 7th anniversary of the occupation.

Sana TV is produced by Iraq Freedom Congress in Iraq, a progressive, non-sectarian, pro-labor group. Sana TV has frequently been the target of the corrupt authorities but continues to produce reports. English version produced by Labor Beat.

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Labor Beat: Direct Action {LB617}

Video of the special Labor Express Radio show in Dec. 2010 that examined direct action as an effective tactic for unions and other social movements. The live-streamed video webcast featured a panel of four guests who have already won victories using direct action.

Toussaint Losier of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign - The campaign has successfully kept people in their homes by blocking home evictions with mass numbers of supporters.

Mark Meinster of UE - The UE’s factory occupation of Republic Windows and Doors, not only won the workers their legally mandated severance, but eventually lead to the re-opening of the factory.

Michael Kozlowicz of the IWW - The IWW has throughout it history promoted direct action as a primary way for workers to win demands in the work place. Everything from refusals to work, to walk outs, to work to rule, to free speech fights, to sabotage have been a part IWW history. And the organization continues to use these tactics to great effect from Jimmy Johns, to Starbucks, to warehouse workers on the East Coast. Now the Chicago IWW is organizing a direct action case work workers center - the Lucy Parsons Workers Center.

Claudio Gaete of the Whittier Parents Committee - By occupying the field house on the grounds of Whittier Elementary School for over 40 days, parents were able prevent the buildings demolition and win their demand that the facility be used as a library for the children and a community center for the parents.

Discussion explores successful uses of direct action and how direct action is an important strategy for social movements.

To find out how to get a DVD of this show, contact:lduncan@igc.org.

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News Video #110129: Chicago Rally for People of Egypt {LB}

1,000 protesters squeezed onto the wide Michigan Avenue sidewalk today (Jan. 29, 2011) in front of Chicago’s Egyptian consulate to show their support for the revolt of the Egyptian people against the dictator Mubarak.

Scenes, signs, and excerpts of speeches from representatives of Chicago’s Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and activist communities.

Speakers declared that Egyptian President Mubarak has to go, and that the U.S. shares responsibility for supporting his regime over the years.

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News Video #110127: Labor Stands with Subpoenaed Activists {LB}

On January 25, 2011 outside Chicago’s Federal Building in the Loop several hundred supporters gathered to protest the FBI subpoenas of anti-war activist, and Grand Jury maneuvers to intimidate legitimate protest.

Joining them were representatives of two large and important unions in Chicago and Illinois: SEIU Local 73 (Christine Boardman, President), and the Chicago Teachers Union (Jesse Sharkey, Vice President), the largest union in Illinois.

VP Sharkey told the big, enthusiastic crowd that he had just heard that the CTU Delegates body had voted to condemn this FBI ’fishing expedition’ against union members.

The demonstration was part of a large nationwide day of protest against grand jury subpoening of anti-war and Palestinian rights activists in the Midwest.

For more info: http://www.stopfbi.net/.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Teachers Union Hosts Mayoral Candidate Forum {LB616}

The Dec. 16, 2010 Mayor Candidates Forum sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union and several other unions is the subject of this show.

We hear samplings of the questions for and answers by the candidates present (Gery Chico, Carol Moseley Braun, Miguel Del Valle, William "Doc" Walls, James Meeks).

Provided also is commentary by Sean Noonan, a college teacher and member of AFT 1600. Noonan suggests that the time has come for labor to abandon the lesser of two evils strategy in looking to the future.

The unusual conditions in this city election cycle are the result of the unexpected exit of Mayor Daley and the expanding battlefield over funding for the public sector.

Notably absent from the event was putative front-runner Rahm Emanuel. John Kugler, reporter for substancenews.net, notes that on the very day of this debate hearings began in Aurora to build up steam for the union-busting "Performance Counts" legislation in Springfield. That effort was publicly endorsed by the Democratic Party’s crown prince Rahm Emanuel, but the push for this legislation failed to get sponsorship in the legislature, and is dead for now. It’s an early defeat for Rahm.

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News Video #110120: Chicago Teachers Union Hosts Mayoral Candidate Forum {LB}

[Description at Labor Beat show listing.]

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Labor Beat: Whittier Parents Force Meeting with Huberman {LB615}

The struggle for "La Casita" in Chicago is not over.

After weeks of Whittier School parents occupying the school’s field house that was threatened with demolition, Chicago Public Schools outgoing CEO Ron Huberman told their Alderman that all he required from them was a letter specifying what they needed, and he would sign it.

On October 13, 2010 the Whittier parents had that letter delivered to Huberman. Their goal was to have the field house (La Casita) kept part of Whittier school and refurbished into a needed library.

Berta Chacon, one of the parents, tells protesters: "He received it [the letter] and we’re waiting for an answer. Since last night, we are holding a vigil, because it is not possible that they play us with just lies. We have been waiting 34 days and he says that this is new. This has been actually going on for 7 yearsŠ We have been there [the occupied school house] 34 days and nights. We don’t want any more lies and here we will stay until they sign the letter."

Carolina Gaete of Blocks Together, says "We are asking Mayor Daley to do his job and to demand that Huberman fulfills his job to sign what was promised by our elected officials October 13."

Gaete draws the lessons in the broader context: "Local schools don’t get the resources that are needed, therefore don’t meet standards and are scrutinized through the process of either being turned around, closed, or charterized. ... You are not giving our schools equal access and equal resources, yet you are measuring the standards all the same but everybody’s not at the same playing field."

At the completion of this video (Jan. 2, 2011) the letter has still not been signed.

Scenes and interviews from demonstrations in front of Chicago Public Schools, City Hall, Mayor Daley’s office, and "La Casita". Produced for Labor Beat by David Vance.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Hotel Workers {LB614}

One Day Strike at Palmer House Hilton, plus two other segments featuring Chicago’s hotel workers.

-1- One Day Strike at Palmer House Hilton UNITE HERE Local 1 hotel workers hold a one-day strike at Chicago’s landmark Palmer House Hilton. They talk about big workload increases and layoffs the Hilton company is trying to force the workers to accept, this while working without a contract for 15 months.

-2- Mop March for Chicago Hyatt Hotel Housekeepers To dramatize excessive workloads, housekeepers and labor community supporters march with mops and buckets up to the entrance of the Hyatt to explain that they were there to help the housekeepers do their work. They were not allowed in, but they made their point.

-3- The 2002 Averted Strike of Chicago Hotel Workers [excerpt] Excerpts from our Labor Beat documentary "The 7,000". The huge march down Michigan Avenue, the countdown to the strike deadline, the last minute negotiations to avert the strike, the vote to ratify the contract. A testament to the power of the union and the rank-and-file.

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News Video #110102: Whittier School Parents Force Meeting with CEO Huberman {LB}

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Labor Beat: The Right to Remain Active {LB613}

Activists who were targeted by the Sept. 24 raids are now being re-subpoenaed to try to force them to give testimony against others as the FBI deepens its McCarthy-like attacks on peace activists in the U.S.

Here are speeches at the People’s Thanksgiving Dinner on Dec. 4, 2010 and the Emergency Rally to protest FBI harassment of solidarity activists at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago on Dec. 6, 2010.

Includes: James Fennerty, National Lawyers Guild - Chicago Chapter; Matt Brandon, Sec-Treasurer, SEIU Local 73; Hatem Abudayyeh, Executive Director, Arab American Action Network; Lee Gargagliano, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network - Chicago; Stephanie Weiner, activist; Tracy Molm, Palestine solidarity activist who has been called back to the Grand Jury; Joe Iosbaker, activist; Kirstin Szremski, American Muslims for Palestine Director of Media and Communications; Sarah Smith, activist; Stan Smith, father of activist targeted by raids.

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Labor Express: What Can Direct Action Do For You? {LB} –n–

A special Labor Express Radio show in Dec. 2010 examined direct action as an effective tactic for unions and other social movements. The live-streamed video webcast featured a panel of four guests who have already won victories using direct action.

Toussaint Losier of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign - The campaign has successfully kept people in their homes by blocking home evictions with mass numbers of supporters.

Mark Meinster of UE - The UE’s factory occupation of Republic Windows and Doors, not only won the workers their legally mandated severance, but eventually lead to the re-opening of the factory.

Michael Kozlowicz of the IWW - The IWW has throughout it history promoted direct action as a primary way for workers to win demands in the work place. Everything from refusals to work, to walk outs, to work to rule, to free speech fights, to sabotage have been a part IWW history. And the organization continues to use these tactics to great effect from Jimmy Johns, to Starbucks, to warehouse workers on the East Coast. Now the Chicago IWW is organizing a direct action case work workers center - the Lucy Parsons Workers Center.

Claudio Gaete of the Whittier Parents Committee - By occupying the field house on the grounds of Whittier Elementary School for over 40 days, parents were able prevent the buildings demolition and win their demand that the facility be used as a library for the children and a community center for the parents.

Discussion explores successful uses of direct action and how direct action is an important strategy for social movements.

To find out how to get a DVD of this show, contact:lduncan@igc.org.

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News Video #101211: Tracy Molm describes FBI raid {LB}

Tracy Molm, a Minneapolis-based Palestine solidarity activist, describes what happened during the recent FBI raid on her apartment in September, its aftermath, and her solidarity work for Palestinians.

Her subpoena has now been reactivated by the grand jury in this assault on First Amendment rights of peace activists.

Her presentation was made at the Dec. 4, 2010 People’s Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago. For more information on the solidarity campaign: www.stopfbi.net.

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Labor Beat: A More Effective Imperial CEO {LB612}

Bruce Dixon, who runs a blog on the Black Agenda Report (blackagendareport.com), argues that the current Democrat in the White House has been able to foist upon the U.S. public policies that a Republican president wouldn’t have gotten away with.

Obama has proven to be a "more effective Imperial CEO" than his predecessor.

Since his inauguration, much of the anti-war movement has demobilized itself to avoid criticizing him, while Middle East colonial adventures deepen, including an expansion of the Afghanistan war.

Domestically, the White House has junked major campaign promises to fight for the Employee Free Choice Act or to pass real health care reform, yet he has bailed out Wall Street at the expense of Main Street, and thrown the UAW to the wolves in the GM intervention. All this while our national culture of prison incarceration keeps growing.

Dixon reminds us of similar failures to deliver from President Clinton in the 1990s. The Democrats, he points out, "are people proof and reform proof". Dixon calls for an independent, permanent political party to break from the Democrats. The presentation is intercut with scenes from the Oct. 16, 2010 anti-war march in Chicago and struggles over the years for health care reform, employee free choice legislation, defending the public sector, etc.

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News Video #101126: A More Effective Imperial CEO {LB}

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News Video #101123: Mop March for Chicago Hyatt Hotel Housekeepers, 11/18/2010. {LB}

Hyatt housekeepers have been given excessive work loads in cleaning extra rooms to the extent that they are experiencing numerous work injuries. In addition, their exhaustion at the end of the work day is seriously eroding their family lives.

On Nov. 18, 2010 a protest was held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago to draw attention to this. Supporting the housekeepers (members of UNITE HERE Local 1) were some 50 labor and community activists, including CACOSH (Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health) Director Emanuel Blackwell who declared "work should not hurt."

To dramatize the excessive work load of the housekeepers, the protesters marched with mops and buckets up to the entrance of the Hyatt to explain that they were there to help the housekeepers do their work. They were not allowed in.

One housekeeper brought some fitted bed sheets as examples for the management to consider instead of the non-fitted sheets the workers are forced to use, causing extra backbreaking work when making beds. When she left the sample sheets at the hotel, management had the police write her a ticket for littering.

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Labor Beat: Pullman Porters: Ordinary Men That Changed A Nation {LB611} –n–

An historical perspective on the Pullman rail car porters and their influence upon U.S. social history -- with archival footage and presentations.

Lyn Hughes (Founder and Director of the A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum) describes how the Pullman workers "made an indelible mark on labor".

Delving into the 1894 Pullman strike, Professor Daniel Cornfield (Sociology Dept., Vanderbilt University) points out that the workers were in a unique position to shut down rail traffic throughout the nation. He also analyzes the new inclusive unionism model that they introduced into the American labor scene.

We also go to the annual wreath-throwing ritual at the Clarence Darrow Bridge near the Chicago Museum of Natural History in March of 2009 and the comments made at that occasion. Darrow was a lawyer for the railroads who was converted to the cause of the workers and rose to national prominence because of that.

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Labor Beat: No More Tiers Rally, To End Two-Tier & Stand in Solidarity {LB610} –n–

- No More Tiers Rally, To End Two-Tier & Stand in Solidarity.

In the wake of illegal negotiations by the UAW International without the consent of local memberships in Indianapolis, IN and Lake Orion, MI, union autoworkers from throughout the Midwest rallied outside "Solidarity House" (UAW Headquarters) in Detroit, MI on October 16, 2010.

Produced by Robert Mabbitt. For more info: http://soldiersofsolidarity.com. For DVD information contact: public.dee@gmail.com.

- Also a short segment Chicago Hilton Workers Strike. (The 3-day strike on 10/16/10 ).

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Labor Beat: La Casita Visits the Alderman / Karen Lewis at Daley Plaza Rally for Public Education / GEMNYC Protests 'Waiting for Superman' {LB609}

- 1. La Casita Visits the Alderman

In the month since Whittier Public School parents occupied a field house in their school lot, much has happened. Chicago Public Schools head Ron Huberman, who pushed to have the field house (now dubbed "La Casita") demolished to make way for a charter school development, has let it be know he would be leaving his post when Daley exits as Mayor early next year.

Following mounting frustrations with fictitious "support" from their local alderman, this video documents a march from the occupied field house (turned into a library by the parents and community) to the offices of Alderman Danny Solis.

Following their protest, La Casita leaders have received signals that Solis has changed his tune. On the national battlefield to defend the public sector, this important struggle in an Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago shows the working class beginning to take control in a clearly concrete way. 13:20.

- 2. Karen Lewis at Daley Plaza Rally for Public Education

On Sept. 21, 2010 a spirited rally of some 500 teachers, community organizations and students was held in Daley Plaza, just across the street from Chicago’s City Hall. The rally protested the ongoing plundering of public education being led by City Hall, CPS head Ron Huberman, and corporate Chicago which gives them their orders.

"Our communities are not for sale," Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told the crowd. "You cannot destroy communities one by one through neglect, through under-funding, under-resourcing and then punish those very communities and say ’you’re not living up to standards’. No, you’re [pointing to City Hall] not living up to standards!"

- 3. GEMNYC Protests Waiting for Superman

In New York, the Grassroots Education Movement (GEMNYC) responds to "Waiting For Superman". They did this action outside a movie theatre near Lincoln Center when the film opened in New York City on September 24th, 2010. An independent video by Darren Marelli.

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News Video #101017: Chicago Hilton Workers Strike {LB}

On Oct. 16, 2010, Chicago Hilton hotel workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 1, went on a 3 day strike to protest working without a contract for 13 months.

They called it a "Taxpayers Strike" to draw attention to the fact that Hilton received $180 million in bailout funds (from taxpayers like the hotel workers) while trying to impoverish and overwork their employees.

Similar actions are taking place at Hilton hotels in San Francisco and Honolulu. Scenes and interviews.

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Labor Beat: Raid on A Nation {LB608}

"We must remind the government that its job is not to limit the things we say, but to protect our fundamental right to say them." - Ahmed Rehab (CAIR)

Immediately following the Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 FBI raids on Chicago anti-war activists, throughout the city, and throughout the US, the solidarity network sprung up. Labor Beat documents here these historic first days of a new campaign to defend the 1st Amendment.

Presented are scenes and speeches from the Sept. 25 press conference and the first-of-its-kind Monday, Sept. 27 big protest in front of the FBI headquarters in Chicago. Included also is Labor Beat archival footage of the mass protest/march at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, at which Joe Iosbaker speaks against what was then George Bush’s wars.

Excerpts of speeches and comments by James Fennerty (National Lawyers Guild - Chicago Chapter), Stepanie Weiner and Joe Iosbaker (political activists whose home was raided), Melinda Powers (Attorney for Stephanie and Joe), Doug Michel (Students for a Democratic Society), Kristin Szremski (Director of Media and Communications, American Muslims for Palestine), Ahmed Rehab (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Stan Willis (National Conference of Black Lawyers), Andy Thayer (Gay Liberation Network), John Beacham (ANSWER Coalition - Chicago).

Japanese version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q3eT1k0TwE.

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News Video #100928: Raid on A Nation {LB}

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News Video #100925: Chicago Press Conference Protests FBI Raids {LB}

On Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 a press conference was held to protest the FBI raids the day before on Chicago-area anti-war activists.

In an attempt to intimidate and silence activists critical of U.S. foreign policy and militarism. Joe Iosbaker and his activist wife Stephanie Weiner had their home invaded by the FBI and searched for 12 hours. The FBI even put in ’evidence’ bags drawings that their children made.

This video includes comments by their attorney Melinda Power. The space at the West Town Community Law Office was packed with about 75 supporters from numerous community and anti-war groups who made enthusiastic chants of solidarity at the end of the press conference.

Iosbaker vowed that this McCarthy era-type government intimidation will not deter the anti-war movement from building an upcoming Midwest regional march on Oct. 16.

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News Video #100829: Adjunct Faculty Protest at East-West University {LB606}

85% of the faculty at East-West University, located on Chicago’s Michigan Ave., are adjunct (not full time). Last spring, when word leaked to the administration that they were organizing a union with the Illinois Education Association, they were fired.

On the same week of a demonstration called by the United Adjunct Faculty Association at the school, the NLRB filed an Unfair Labor Practice against East-West University (EWU) for violating the federally-protected rights of adjunct faculty. Scenes and interviews from the UAFA organized protest on August 26, 2010.

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Labor Beat: They've Taken Everything That Isn't Nailed Down {LB605}

- 1 - The protest in front of the Chicago Board of Education on July 28, 2010.

Leading the rally, Jessey Sharkey, the new Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union, said it this way: "In Chicago, school closings, layoffs, program cuts, all these things are called permissible subjects of bargaining. The Board of Education thinks it can cut those things at will, without anybody’s permission. They have taken every area that they are allowed to take. They’ve come into our house at night, into the house of public schools, and they’ve taken everything that isn’t nailed down."

- 2 - Interviews with some members of the CTU’s new rank-and-file bargaining committee talking about their experiences participating in the negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the School Board’s lawyers, and their recommendation back to the union’s house of delegates to reject the School Board’s offer. Interviewed are Norine Gutekanst, Susanne Dunn, Al Ramirez.

- 3 - As President Obama spoke inside Chicago’s Cultural Center on Michigan Ave. on Aug. 5, 2010, outside a group of Chicago Public Schools teachers and other public workers protested the Race to the Top (RTT) policies that Obama (and his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan) is pushing nationally. Demo was organized by the Caucus of Rank And File Educators.

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Labor Beat: Corporate Media and the Pillage of Chicago Public Education {LB604}

In the weeks following the election of Karen Lewis as the new Chicago Teachers Union President, we see how Chicago’s corporate public relations world attempts to spin the story of new union militancy in the face of layoffs and 35 students per classroom.

Exclusive press conference scenes and analysis. Interview with Carol Caref, new CTU Region A Vice President, as we watch her and Karen Lewis spar with reporters.

George Schmidt, Editor of substancenews.net, provides valuable insights into the media scene in Chicago.

Also footage and commentary by substancenews.net reporter John Kugler who describes his question that shut down a press conference put on by Mayor Daley and the head of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman.

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News Video #100806: Hey Barack, Race to the Top Is a Crock. {LB}

As President Obama spoke inside Chicago’s Cultural Center on Michigan Ave. on Aug. 5, 2010, a group of Chicago Public Schools teachers and other public workers protested outside.

They were demonstrating against the Race to the Top (RTT) policies that Obama (and his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan) is pushing nationally in dismantling public education and attacking teachers unions. The demo was organized by the Caucus of Rank And File Educators (CORE, coreteachers.org) and also attended by CTA workers.

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Labor Beat: Arizona and Immigrant Rights {LB603}

"Society as a whole has been subjected to a system of oppression where corporate profits are the number one rule and that is something that we have to keep in mind as we struggle for the rights of immigrants. In the end, it’s not just about the rights of immigrants, it’s about the right to a decent way of life for every person...." -- Oscar Chacón.

"We were not responsible for so many factories closing down here..... If anybody has stolen jobs from people in the United States, it has been the corporations, with of course the help of the U.S. Government that even helped them [companies] close down here and establish factories overseas." -- Jorge Mujica

"[The new Arizona Law says] if a school teacher takes her children on a school trip, and if one of her children is undocumented -- they get pulled over because they make an illegal left turn -- she can then be subject to prison, to be arrested, for that one undocumented child in her school bus." -- Isaac Medrano

Leaders and activists in the Mexican and Latino community discuss the Arizona "virus" of racism and oppression directed against immigrants in the U.S., and how working people can oppose these attacks.

Panelists are: Jorge Mujica, March 10 Committee, immigrant rights leader; Oscar Chacón, Executive Director, National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities; Isaac Medrano. Indiana Director, Reform Immigration for America.

Recorded from the June 25, 2010 live show to the Internet and cable.

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News Video #100803: Corporate Media and the Pillage of Chicago Public Education {LB}

(See the description for the later Labor Beat series show.)

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News Video #100716: May Day 2010 and the New Front in the Fight For Immigrant Rights {LB602}

In the final week of April, 2010, Arizona’s governor signed into law SB1070, legalizing the police racial profiling of Latinos in that state in the name of finding "illegals." In similar events, Arizona banned Latino and African-American studies from publicly-funded schools.

Days later on May 1, International Workers Rights Day, thousands turned out in Chicago to demand immigration reform and to speak out against Arizona’s oppressive anti-immigrant law. In this episode of LABOR BEAT, the annual May Day march is showcased, including interviews with:

- Laid-off CTA workers demanding their jobs back and a return of public service... - Veteran immigrant rights activists decrying the travesty in Arizona... - Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney expressing the need for solidarity with labor everywhere... - and an extensive conversation with Mario Cardenas of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, a group made up of documented and undocumented young people rallying around the issue of deportations. Despite his own harrowing encounter with the forces of "la migra," Mario maintains a political analysis, courage, and grace that immigrant haters will never possess.

Produced by Andrew Friend for Labor Beat

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News Video #100625: Arizona and Immigrant Rights {LB}

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Labor Beat: Ron Huberman, Show Us the Money! / Plus 3 Short Videos. {LB600}

- 1. The Marilyn Stewart administration has now been voted out of office, and the next job to be done is to kick out Chicago Public Schools’ CEO Ron Huberman, and get some honest and accurate information about where school money is and how it’s spent. [See the full description of NewsVideo #100613.] 17 mins.

- 2. Chicago’s Save Our Schools Rally. May 25, 2010 a huge Save Our Schools rally in Chicago’s Loop. mins.

- 3. Mass Rally in Okinawa Against U.S. Bases. A mass rally in Okinawa against U.S. bases took place on April 25, 2010. Produced by Iraq Peace TV in Japan. mins.

- 4. Zenroren May Day in Chicago. Japanese Labor Federation Zenroren dedicates plaque at Chicago’s Haymarket Square monument. [See the description of NewsVideo #100501.] 2.5 mins.

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News Video #100622: Evanston Fire Fighters Say No To Layoffs, 6/22/2010. {LB}

Brian Scott, President of the Firefighters union in Evanston, Illinois delivered a powerful message to the Evanston City Council on Monday, June 21, 2010.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is trying to lay off 3 firefighters/paramedics in a bid to exert unfair pressure on the union as it tries to bargain in good faith on a new contract.

"I was told", Brian Scott told the meeting, "that as long as you go along with whatever the police officers were awarded in arbitration, just go with whatever AFSCME settled with a couple weeks later, this all will go away. Is this how the city now negotiates in good faith? We’re going to lay off firefighters for arbitrations that haven’t begun, for awards that don’t even exist?"

"In the future is the City going to start off every contract negotiation with laying off a couple of firefighters just in case things don’t go their way? Are we allowed to negotiate our own contracts, or do we have to kind of just concede whatever the other bargaining units come up with, or else?"

President Brian Scott’s full speech. More information: www.evanstonfirefacts.com.

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News Video #100618: The New Chicago Teachers Union -- Reclaim the Power {LB601}

On June 18, 2010, just one week after their election victory in the Chicago Teachers Union, three top officers of the new CTU leadership join Labor Beat’s host Wayne Heimbach in a discussion on the meaning of their win and the road ahead to restore union and community power to public education in Chicago.

Present were Karen Lewis, President elect; Kristine Mayle, Financial Sec. elect; and Michael Brunson, Recording Sec. elect.

The victory of Karen Lewis and her reform slate in the Chicago Teachers Union has significance on a national level. It is a shot across the bow of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s juggernaut of dismantling and privatizing public education.

It is also the dawn of new era of teachers union alliances with school-community and neighborhood organizations in the fight against Mayor Daley’s gentrification marauders.

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News Video #100615: Chicago Protest Against School Board Vote, 6/15/2010. {LB}

June 15, 2010--In a sneak-attack special CPS Board meeting today, the board voted unanimously to enable CPS CEO Ron Huberman to enact class size increases to 35 and lay off 2,700 more teachers.

This amidst the recent Chicago Teachers Union election effecting a transfer of leadership from Marilyn Stewart to new President elect Karen Lewis.

Lewis’ campaign emphasized an end to constant retreat before CPS attacks, and a demand to have the school board precisely reveal its budget, and cut its own management-bloated salaries.

All the while the State of Illinois owes the schools many millions in funding. Today’s events are but a moment in the growing historic clash over the needs for the public sector and the looting of public funds by capitalist-controlled state governments.

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News Video #100613: Ron Huberman, Show Us the Money! {LB}

The Marilyn Stewart administration has now been voted out of office, and the next job to be done is to kick out Chicago Public Schools’ CEO Ron Huberman, and get some honest and accurate information about where school money is and how it’s spent.

Huberman has said that "we’re going to have to raise class sizes, cut pensions," Kristine Mayle, CTU Financial Secretary elect, points out. "For the last 8 years the Board has made these projections in January and February and every year except for one, I believe, they were wrong. Last year they said that we have a $350,000,000 deficit and it ended up that we had an $80,000,000 surplus. On average over the last 8 years they’ve been $467,000,000 off."

Scenes and interviews from the massive teachers union/school community protest in Chicago’s Loop against the cuts on May 25, 2010. Also, the street press conference by union/community activists on April 28 at the State of Illinois building. "We’re here today to deliver a letter to our Attorney General to ensure that CPS is not in compliance with that Freedom of Information Act," says Jackson Potter, CTU trustee elect. "Oftentimes they ignore them, they don’t provide the data that is required by state law. So we have to go into this building [State of Illinois] to get them to tell us the honest truth."

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Labor Express: New show, listen on demand. {LBLE} –n–

New one-hour shows every Monday begin with labor news headlines and continue with timely interviews.

Chicago’s unique labor news and current affairs weekly radio program. Affiliated with The Committee for Labor Access and the Labor Beat television series.

Recent one-hour shows can be downloaded and played. The site offers podcasts and extra nonbroadcast content, too. Listen weekly at 10am Chicago time via internet streaming at www.wluw-fm.org, or on Chicago’s North Side over WLUW-FM, 88.7 MHz.

Detailed information about the shows is at www.LaborExpress.ORG.

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Labor Beat: Pulse of the Unions {LB599}

The 2010 Labor Notes conference in Detroit featured a number of labor struggles and the bestowing of "Troublemaker Awards."

This report includes a spontaneous demonstration at the Detroit Hyatt Hotel, where the conference was held, to protest the treatment of what is known as the Hyatt 100, 100 non union housekeepers fired at the Boston Hyatt. (The Hyatt in Detroit is unionized.)

Video of speeches and interviews with: Mark Brenner, Director, Labor Notes East Coast; Elise Bryant, National Labor College and EmCee for Awards presentation; Aracelly Arango, Fired - Hyatt 100, 23-yr hotel worker; Francisco Ramirez Cuellar, President, Colombia mineworkers union; Aaron Beaudry, Vale-Inco striker; Bernie Arseneau, Vale-Inco striker; Darrell Nichols, Member - ILWU Local 30, International Longshore and Warehouse Union; Jacinto Martinez Serna, Secretary of Work, Union Local 65, Mexico; and Cananea Miner, Currently on strike since 2007, Mexico

Darrell Nichols (ILWU Local 30 Rio Tinto worker), who received a Troublemaker Award, put it this way: "When I take this back, this is another tool in our toolbox. I can hang this on our wall. Rio Tinto is always calling us troublemakers. Now we have a plaque to prove that we are troublemakers."

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News Video #100602: Chicago Protests Gaza Flotilla Attack {LB}

On June 1, 2010, over 1,000 protesters took over the street in front of the Israeli consulate in Chicago.

Here is a brief snippet. Showing their appreciation for solidarity from Turkey in the affair, they chant "Long Live Turkey!"

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Labor Beat: Illinois Budget Crunch: Tax the Rich! {LB598}

In the Spring of 2010, as the budget crisis in the state of Illinois continued its meltdown, a large demonstration took place in Springfield, the state capital.

Scenes and speeches, plus interviews with union activists. The video shows why House Bill 174, a tax increase bill endorsed by many of the unions present, may fall short.

Steve Edwards, President of AFSCME 2858 and supporter of Public Workers Unite, says, "The problem I have with HB 174...is that it mainly taxes working class people. Why don’t we go where the money is...and tax the rich?"

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Labor Beat: Iraqi Journalists Protest {LB597}

In 2009 a big demonstration of journalists and news organizations in Iraq took place in Baghdad. They were protesting the repressive measures that the government and the occupation has imposed upon them.

Over the years of the occupation, many journalists have been physically attacked or even killed, while their equipment has been confiscated and their offices invaded. At the same time, foreign western journalists have been given preferential treatment.

All of this may explain why U.S. TV news consumers are getting a highly filtered view of what is really happening there.

This video was made by Sana TV, a non-sectarian, pro-labor, pro-women’s and student’s rights TV show. Sana TV has also experienced such repression as it has tried over the years to accurately report on events there as they affect working people.

Labor Beat presents this video for the first time to U.S. audiences, on cable tv and on the Internet. It has been edited to shorten its length. English subtitles.

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News Video #100511: Illinois Budget Crunch: Tax the Rich! {LB}

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News Video #100502: Emily Mueller, President of Chicago ACTS {LB}

Emily Mueller, President of Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, speaks before a gathering of union activists at the Haymarket Square monument during May Day, 2010 commemoration.

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News Video #100501: Zenroren May Day in Chicago {LB}

Japanese Labor Federation Zenroren dedicates a plaque at the Haymarket Square monument and then speaks at the beginning of Chicago’s big May Day march.

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News Video #100429: Iraqi Journalists Protest {LB}

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Labor Beat: Railroad Workers United {LB596}

Rail freight carrier and passenger train companies have been finding ways to get their workers to do more for less for the past few decades.

Considering how much the economy of the U.S. depends upon the massive amount of freight moved by trains, one would think the unions representing those workers to be very powerful. However, there are a dozen different unions, divided among craft, representing the various workers in the several rail companies in this country.

To counter the divisive race to the bottom caused by cross-union fighting in the industry, rank-and-file rail workers of every craft have joined together to form RAILROAD WORKERS UNITED.

This group seeks to improve working conditions and pay through a united front approach. Their efforts to promote unity, solidarity, and internal democracy in their various unions has the potential to awaken the class consciousness of some of the most powerful and important workers in the industrial world.

In this episode of Labor Beat, "Railroad Workers United," we recap the group’s 2008 founding convention as their members discuss the motivations and need for such an organization.

Camera/Editing: Andrew Friend; Additional Video: Steve Dalber.

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News Video #100427: The Ashes of Haymarket, Franklin Rosemont {LB}

At his death in April, 2009, Chicago’s Franklin Rosemont, scholar, surrealist poet, and, with partner Penelope Rosemont, head of Charles H. Kerr publishing company, had long been a vigorous advocate for labor history and a local authority on our city’s role in it.

In 2003 he discussed the Haymarket Affair and visited Waldheim (now Forest Home) Cemetery, where lay the Haymarket anarchist victims of a police provocation, along with later generations of radicals. Lucy Parsons, wife of Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons, is buried a few feet from the Haymarket monument, which is visited by guests from around the world. A portion of Joe Hill’s ashes were also scattered here.

At the anniversary of his passing, Labor Beat presents for the first time on the Internet this brief visit with Franklin Rosemont in his world, doing what he did best...taking us back through this rich history,with good stories and some jokes too.

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News Video #100417: Railroad Workers United {LB}

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News Video #100406: U. I. Chicago Graduate Employees Get An Agreement, 4/5/2010. {LB}

The Graduate Employees Organization at University of Illinois Chicago held a protest on April 5, 2010 before going into negotiations with the University’s administration.

After a 13 hour mediation session going into the evening, the GEO UIC won an agreement.

Here are scenes, interviews and speeches from that spirited rally of about 150 graduate student,faculty, undergraduate student, and other campus unions supporters.

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Labor Beat: Give Us Back Our Public Transit {LB595}

The leadership of Chicago’s union of CTA and PACE drivers and workers, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, engaged in a roundtable discussion with Labor Beat host Wayne Heimbach on April 2, 2010.

The discussion was broadcast live on cable television and the Internet and included questions and comments from the Internet listeners..

The topic: the current situation with management pressing for contract concessions while trying to get transit riders to blame the union for CTA service cuts.

Included were: Darrell Jefferson, President-Business Agent; Michael Simmons, Recording Secretary; Dan Hrycyk; Financial Secretary; Carlos J. Acevedo/ Maintenance ABA.

President Jefferson pointed out that "The current administration at CTA is trying to bust our union, and we’re trying to fight to hold on to it.

In the early 1980s the Reagan administration had cut off all federal funding to cities with over 200,000, and when the CTA could not stay afloat with state funds, the union came in and bailed them out."

This was done by the union dipping into its own pension fund. "They got used to coming back and coming back, and sooner or later, enough is enough," said Carlos Acevedo. "We just can’t give any more."

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Labor Beat: Funding Public Sector Services. The Value of Illinois Communities. {LB594}

Historic attacks on funding public sector services for Illinois communities are ravaging the state.

In Evanston, a city council budget hearing brought out an overflow crowd of citizens and city employees affected by these cuts.

In the crosshairs were the fire department, public library, family and senior services, public access tv, and others.

This show questions the business model used in running our communities, and points to the fact that new revenues are needed to restructure a progressive taxation, in a state now near the bottom nationally for taxation rates.

Interviews include: Florence Estes, Staff Rep. AFSCME Council 31; Larry Spivak, Regional Director, AFSCME Council 31; Kevin Johnson, Pres., AFSCME Local 1891; Brian Scott, Pres., Fire Fighters Assoc. Local 742. Also testimonies from Evanston residents and workers. 18 minutes.

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News Video #100204: GEM-CORE Summit on Education Fights, 1/9/2010. {LB592}

Video: ’GEM-CORE Summit 2010’

On January 9, 2010 GEM (Grassroots Education Movement) and CORE (Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators) held a public education ’summit’ at Malcom X College in Chicago.

It convened to evaluate the lessons on fighting closings and turnarounds in the public Schools.

"What’s happened to schools all over this city... They were able to pick us off, one by one." Karen Lewis, a teacher, described the situation: "The Board [of Education], who have no parents, no graduates from Chicago Public Schools, except for maybe the guy in charge every once in a while, people who do not care about public education, don’t have their children in public schools, never went to public schools... made the decision to close public schools, open something else, then tell you it’s a public school. Oh, it’s a public school because they’re using our tax dollars... But who’s running it? Somebody that’s making money from public schools."

Includes specific discussion and scenes of James N. Thorp School, Fenger High School, Sec. of Ed. Duncan’s plans to expand the ’Chicago model’, and more.

Speakers and interviews included: A youth community leader; Karen Lewis, Candidate for President of Chicago Teachers Union; Cheryl Johnson, Committee for Safe Passage; Pauline Lipman, Teachers 4 Social Justice; Kellina Mojica, Chicago Youth Initiating Change; Terrie McCrary, Teacher; Jitu Brown, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; Wanda Hopkins, Parents United for Responsible Education; Lois Ashford, Trustee, Chicago Teachers Pension Fund; and Jackson Potter, Candidate for Vice-President, Chicago Teachers Union.

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Labor Beat: Rubina Jamil {LB590}

- 1 - Rubina Jamil is President of Pakistan Working Women Organization. While attending as a guest speaker the 3rd National Assembly of U.S. Labor Against the War in December, 2009, she gave this interview to Labor Beat.

In it she discusses her organization, the situation that working women face in Pakistan, the U.S. military occupation of the Pakistan region, and the political needs of the Pakistani working class. Includes photos and video footage of the labor protests and anti-war demonstrations in Pakistan.

- 2 - The second half of the show presents encore segments videotaped in Chicago’s main Pakistani neighborhood on Devon Avenue, including a protest against Obama’s policy of supporting military raids in Pakistan and an anti-war march.

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Labor Beat: Healthcare Crisis in Illinois, Episode 5: Checking the Vital Signs {LB593}

This fifth show in the Labor Beat series ’Healthcare Crisis in Illinois’ continues to examine the disparity in the delivery of healthcare in Illinois (and the nation) and how we can reform this broken system.

Labor Beat host Wayne Heimbach invites comments from a powerful panel of labor movement healthcare activists. The discussion takes place in January 2010, the midst of the legislative dead-end in Congress over healthcare "reform".

Members of the panel are: Dr. Quentin Young, National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program; Brenda Langford, President, NNOC/NNU Region 13, and Vice President, National Nurses United; Steve Edwards, President of AFSCME Local 2858, and member of Socialist Alternative.

"Polls show today that two-thirds of Americans are for a government-sponsored Medicare-like program," Dr. Young offered. And "59 percent of US doctors, a very conservative group, support a government-sponsored, tax-based" program.

Regarding the class nature of how things are going, he explained that "the reduction in services, the closing of facilities are pointed to people at the bottom of the ladder, and at the same time luxury hospitals are still being built in the city and in this country."

Considering the obstacles faced by advocates of a single payer, government-administered movement,the next step should be: "People on the street," Steve Edwards answered. "Within the NNU," Brenda Langford added, "we are aggressively working at organizing the RNs across the country . . ., and we’re promoting the single payer health program."

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News Video #100102: Healthcare Crisis in Illinois, Episode 5: Checking the Vital Signs {LB}

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News Video #100127: Public Workers Unite MLK Day Demo Chicago, Jan. 18, 2010 {LB}

A coalition of public workers targeted several locations in Chicago’s Loop to dramatize the areas of the public sector that are being dismantled by corporation-controlled government.

To commemorate Martin Luther King day, on Jan. 18, 2010, Public Workers Unite began at Chicago Transit Authority headquarters, then marched to Boeing headquarters, then on to Chicago Public Schools headquarters, and ended up at the State of Illinois Building.

Speaking are.: Earl Silbar, Public Workers Unite; Carlos Acevedo, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241; Mike Pitula, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization; Gwen Johnson, former CTA bus driver; Erek Slater, CTA Bus Driver; Andy Thayer, Gay Liberation Network; Joleen Kirschenman, Public Workers Unite; Rosita Chatonda, Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE); Kurt Hilgendorf, CORE; Jackson Potter, CORE; Bunny Johnson, Public Workers Unite, member AFSCME 2858.

For more information on Public Workers Unite: http://publicworkersunite.org/.

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News Video #100126: Rally for Mass Transit Chicago, Jan. 20, 2010 {LB591}

Chicago Transit Authority union members and CTA transit users protested in front of the CTA headquarters on Wednesday, January 20.

The ongoing and future threatened cuts by the CTA management will double wait times for bus riders, cut service to low income/minority areas, overcrowd buses and trains, to mention only a few serious effects.

Speeches and interviews from Marcellus Barnes, International VP, Amalgamated Transit Union; Debbie Pittman, Concerned Citizens of Paratransit; Carlos Acevedo, Asst. Business Agent, ATU Local 241; Michael Simmons, Recording Sec., ATU Local 241; Diane Simons, ATU 241 member.

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News Video #100109: Victory at SK Tools. Healthcare Crisis in Illinois - Episode 4 {LB589}

Labor Beat’s 4th segment in its series Healthcare Crisis in Illinois briefly recapitulates segment 3, then goes to its main topic: the strike of Teamsters Local 743 against Chicago area’s SK Hand Tools Corporation.

The workers voted to go on strike after their employer canceled their healthcare plan without notice.

Their fight represented the statewide and national fight for workers’ healthcare coverage as employers cut healthcare as insurance costs rise.

"We found out we had no health insurance when we went to the doctor, or tried to get a prescription filled. If it can happen to us, it can happen to anyone. We all need health insurance," said Norma Trinidad, SK Tool Striker.

The strike finally ended with Local 743 keeping its healthcare coverage.

Scenes included are the SK Tools picket line, protest at Sears in downtown Chicago, the strike victory rally, and more.

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Labor Beat: Let's Fix Chicago's Public Transit! {LB588}

Chicago public transit riders and workers have become fed up with perennial funding crises that translate into service cuts and attacks on working conditions and jobs.

There needs to be a different, positive solution with adequate funding, and transit riders and workers need to control the process and the system.

With Mike Pitula, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization; and Erek Slater, CTA Bus Driver. Also Elwood Flowers, ATU 308; Carlos Acevedo, ATU 241; Dan Hrycyk, Financial Sec., ATU 241; Heather Benno, NoCTAcuts.org.

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News Video #100102: Hassan Juma'a Awad Interview {LB}

Hassan Juma’a Awad, President of Iraq Federation of Oil Unions, is interviewed while attending as a guest speaker the 3rd National Assembly of U.S. Labor Against the War in December, 2009.

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News Video #091225: Let's Fix Chicago's Public Transit! {LB}

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Labor Beat: Pain Dry Ice Strike / Obama's War / Honduras Election {LB587}

- 1. Pain Dry Ice Strike

Teamsters 705 members employed by Pain Dry Ice in Addison, IL were forced to strike over unfair labor practices.

In a campaign to put pressure on management, the union has implemented a strategy of following the scab trucks carrying dry ice to delivery locations and conducting ambulatory picketing there to inform customers about the strike.

- 2. Day One of Obama’s War

Within 24 hours of President Obama’s announcement of major US troop increases to Afghanistan, a coalition of anti-war groups on Dec. 2, 2009 assembled in Chicago’s Loop (at Federal Paza) to denounce this move.

This is now Obama’s war, not a leftover from Bush’s military policies. One sign at the rally said it all: "So Much for the Peace Prize!"

- 3. Chicago Protests Sham Honduras Election

On the day so-called elections took place in Honduras (Nov. 29, 2009) protesters assembled in front of the Honduran Consulate in Chicago to decry the fraud of this electoral process set up after the military coup against the legally elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya.

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News Video #091219: Rubina Jamil Interview {LB}

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News Video #091212: Day One of Obama's War {LB}

Within 24 hours of President Obama’s announcement of major US troop increases to Afghanistan, a coalition of anti-war groups on Dec. 2, 2009 assembled in Chicago’s Loop (at Federal Paza) to denounce this move.

This is now Obama’s war, not a leftover from Bush’s military policies. One sign at the rally said it all: "So Much for the Peace Prize!

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News Video #091211: Stop CTA Service Cuts {LB}

A rally against mass transit service cuts in Chicago took place on Dec. 9, 2009.

Carlos Acevedo, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, told a large protest crowd in front of CTA headquarters: "It seems the riding public gets numb to it because it seems not to happen, they get bailed out every year, but these cuts are real. You will be affected by them. It’s a different style of service cuts they are making, that will make you stand on the corner for a long, long time. They are going to eliminate buses on each route. They can avert this. We need a real solution for mass transit, to demand proper funding for mass transit."

Heather Benno, NoCTACuts.org, added: "This is a cause of justice. They say that they’re going to lay us off and cut our services. They say that there is nothing we can do. But by being here in the streets, we are fighting back."

Robert Kelly, President ATU Local 308, told the crowd of union and community activists: "Reducing services in this city, laying people off is a tragedy. We need to keep these jobs. We need the public involved."

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News Video #091204: Chicago Protests Sham Honduras Election {LB}

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News Video #091201: Pain Dry Ice Strike {LB}

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News Video #091129: Help Us Help You. Caseworkers protest, Nov. 18, 2009. {LB}

AFSCME 2858 case workers for the Illinois Department of Human Services held an informational protest at the largest welfare facility in the state of Illinois

on Nov. 18 to underline the crisis facing the state’s welfare system. There are not enough workers to process the cases, or, put another way, case workers are given far too many cases than they can possibly handle (1200 instead of 600, the recommended number). AFSCME 2858 spokesperson Bunnie Johnson pointed out that welfare workers are like other public workers, such as bus drivers and school teachers, who are fighting cuts and layoffs, from which the public suffers as well as public workers. They hope that actions like this will be part of a general fightback growing to defend the public sector and its workforce.



Welfare workers protest at largest Dept of Human Services center in Illinois Photo: Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: Healthcare Crisis in Illinois - Episode 3, Healthcare Showdown {LB585}

Third in the Labor Beat series on healthcare crises in Illinois.

Includes the Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, showing up on the Teamsters 743 picket line at SK Handtools. He puts on a Teamsters hat, grabs a picket sign, and gives a lengthy speech about why workers need healthcare reform, single payer in particular.

The SK Handtools strike over, among other things, the workers’ loss of healthcare benefits is part of an historic national struggle over whether under this system good healthcare is a right for all or only for those who have money.

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Labor Beat: ABA You're the Worst / Showdown in Chicago / Chicago Street Sitdown for Boston Hyatt Workers {LB584}

-1- ABA, You’re the Worst

The Oct. 26, 2009 protest against the national meeting of the American Bankers Association in Chicago.

Actions, interviews, speeches. Begins at Chicago offices of Goldman Sachs (Goldman "Sucks") and then goes to the office building of Wells Fargo. There, hundreds of protesters occupy the lobby. Length 9:57.

-2- Showdown in Chicago

October 27, 2009, on the third day of protest during the national meeting in Chicago of the American Bankers Association, some 4-5 thousand labor and community activist marched down Michigan Avenue and then to the Sheraton Hotel, where the ABA was meeting, and held a protest rally.

This day of protest was called by its organizers "Showdown in Chicago: The American People vs. Wall Street Banks."

Speakers included Dennis Gannon (President, Chicago Federation of Labor), Tom Balanoff (President, SEIU Illinois Council), Richard Trumka (President, AFL-CIO), Armando Robles (President, UE 1110, of the Republic Windows plant occupation), Denise Dixon (Executive Director, Action Now).

Dixon noted, "Every 13 seconds, another home goes into foreclosure in urban areas all over the country that are already beaten down. ... Enough is enough!"

Tom Balanoff asked the rally, "why are we here today? We’re here to send a strong message to the bankers and the financiers, it’s time that they be held accountable."

-3- Chicago Street Sitdown for Boston Hyatt Workers

On Sept. 24, 2009, in front of the Chicago Ave. entrance to the Chicago Park Hyatt, hundreds of Chicago hotel workers (UNITE-HERE members) and supporters sat down in the street, in solidarity with Park Hyatt workers in Boston who were fired.

Interviews and scenes from the dramatic sitdown in the street.

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News Video #091028: Bankers Meeting Protest - 'Showdown in Chicago' {LB}

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News Video #091027: Bankers Meeting Protest - 'ABA, You're the Worst' {LB}

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News Video #091018: Healthcare Crisis in Illinois - Episode 2, The Public Only Option {LB583}

The second report in this series briefly recapitulates Episode 1 and then covers a series of speakers and interviews from the Labor Day event at Pullman on Sept. 7, 2009, where we hone in on the public option and single payer.

To those gathered at that commemoration, Dr. Claudia Fegan (Physicians for National Healthcare) spoke: "As we stand here today, there are 46 million people who are uninsured. And 75 percent of those people are working folks and their families."

Dr. Ann Scheetz, working with the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, explained in an interview, "the only healthcare reform that counts is the single payer program that is embodied at the national level as HR676, and at the state level in HB311. This is the only reform that will actually cover everybody because it makes coverage automatic. It is also the only reform that can contain costs. This can only come about through a massive movement of all the people, including of course the labor movement."

State Representative Mary Flowers, who is chair of the Healthcare Committee, said: "I see so many of my friends out here for single payer. We must send our leaders in Washington, DC a message. We must tell them that we don’t want access to insurance, we want access to healthcare. Therein lies the difference."

Jorge Mujica, immigrant rights activist, addressed the issue of undocumented workers and the national healthcare debate. "Today on Labor Day immigrants came out to march as American workers, born elsewhere, but as American workers. ... Mr. Barack Obama said a month ago that the priority in his government is healthcare reform and we will talk about immigration reform in about a year. And our response is, we are willing to work of course for healthcare reform, but we want a healthcare reform that is inclusive, because you should know that this healthcare reform we are talking about excludes immigrants...Let’s include every American worker in the healthcare reform."

Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. noted that "115 years after Pullman [the Pullman strike], there is still a debate about citizenship...there is no such thing as an illegal human being." Congressman Jackson then compared the issue of private vs public option to the systems for mail delivery: "We do not have in our mighty constitution the right to healthcare which every human being deserves. We are here to demand a more perfect union for every American...The private option is ’FedEx’ and ’UPS’. The public option, for under 50 cents, is ...the ’US Postal Service’. The public option covers the barrios and the ghettos. The American people deserve coverage from one end of this nation to the other."

Other speakers in the video include: State Rep. Constance A. Howard; State Senator Donne E. Trotter; State Rep. Al Riley; John McHale, SK Hand Tools striker; Richard Berg, President, Teamsters 743.

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Labor Beat: Healthcare Crisis in Illinois - Episode 1 {LB582}

This video is the first in a series of reports on the many aspects of the healthcare crisis in Illinois, first looking at Teamsters on strike over a healthcare issue, and then at an important community sampling, including healthcare professionals, speaking out at a healthcare rally in Evanston.

The strike began when SK Handtools stopped medical coverage for their workers, and didn’t even bother to tell them. The workers found out about it when they started getting medical bills they thought were covered by their job.

The union, IBT Local 743, went on strike. David Biedrzycki, a 25-year employee and union steward, tells us "we need our healthcare for our families. People are in need right now." Danny, another 743 member on strike, says "I owe $20,000 in medical bills."

The crisis impacts many communities in Illinois. At a candlelight vigil for healthcare in Evanston on Sept. 2, Marcia Bernsten says: "We really need to be out in the streets signing petitions, calling our congressmen, whatever it takes to get meaningful healthcare reform passed, and passed in this Congress".

Among several speakers covered, Margaree Figaro, a pediatrician, says "slowly over the last six months I’ve become extremely disturbed by the national epidemic involving layoffs of doctors, nurses and medical support staff in both public and private hospitals."

This video unveils a healthcare crisis that is growing into an social epidemic in Illinois, taking multiple forms as it affects many different sectors of the working class.

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News Video #091004: Chicago Street Sitdown for Boston Hyatt Workers, 9/24/2009. {LB}

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Labor Beat: The Bombing of Sadr City / Iraq Freedom Congress {LB581} –n–

- 1. Very few US television viewers have seen the kind of footage presented in the "Bombing of Sadr City", which has been edited down to fit our Labor Beat time slot. This is, in fact, the US tv premiere of this video.

It records the events in May, 2008 in Sadr City, Iraq as US shells strike civilian areas. Sana TV, an Iraqi tv organization, shot this footage during the attack, and during the dramatic arrival and treatment of the attack’s victims at a local hospital.

There is no corporate network commentator filtering the images from us in a studio thousands of miles away, telling us what to think; we learn what the people themselves think as they are caught in the midst of the attack.

- 2. The second half of the show is a press conference (again, edited down to fit Labor Beat’s time slot) by Iraq Freedom Congress (http://www.ifcongress.com/English/), which produces Sana TV.

The IFC is a pro-union, pro-women’s, pro-students’ rights organization in Iraq which is not part of any religious current, but instead calls for a secular Iraqi society. The IFC calls for the immediate exit of the US troops by means of a political struggle. English subtitles.

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Labor Beat: National People's Summit {LB580}

Detroit, Michigan - While Automotive CEO’s meet at the Renniasance Center, the castaways of their previous 30 year policy appear at the front door.

Gregg Shotwell, Marion Cramer and Frank Hammer, among others, explain the economic situations that caused this present condition.

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Labor Beat: Peace on Parade {LB579}

Intrepid Labor Beat reporters march with Peace contingents in Evergreen Park, Chicago-Archer Ave, Homewood, IL and stand with protesters in the Taste of Chicago July 2-4, 2009 measuring the mood of the citizenry concerning War.

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News Video #090819: National People's Summit, 6/14/2009. {LB}

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Labor Beat: Secretary of Education Duncan: Pushing the Chicago Plan {LB578}

Before President Obama appointed Arne Duncan Secretary of Education, Duncan was the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Under his control there, Chicago Public Schools endured a relentless wave of privatization, school closings, militarization, union busting and blaming teachers for the problems of urban schools.

Now the war on public education pursued during the Bush administration will only continue and intensify under the new Secretary of Education Duncan.

His Chicago Plan, as former teacher and editor of Substance News George Schmidt explains, is the template for a national strategy to dismantle public education.

Through revealing footage and comments from Chicago teachers, this video shows the resistance that has been growing among teachers and community organizations.

Here is a national alert for everyone who cares about the future of public schools, threatened now by Arne Duncan and his corporate vision for the nation’s school systems.

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News Video #090819: 5-Hour Strike at SK Hand Tools, 7/31/2009. {LB}

Teamsters Local 743 set up an early sunrise strike line at SK Hand Tools in Chicago and McCook, Illinois on July 31, 2009.

The company "has unilaterally withdrawn health insurance, failed to extend the contract during negotiations, and demanded wage concessions that barely put members above the minimum wage," the union web site stated. The action was approved in a vote by a margin of 67 to 2.

Includes picket line scenes and interviews with IBT 743 President Richard Berg; Mark Meinster, Int’l Rep., United Electrical Workers; David Biedrzycki, IBT Local 743 Steward; Donnie Von Moore, IBT 743 Union Representative.

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Labor Beat: Profit Over Women's Health {LB577}

This show covers a spirited press conference/protest outside the University of Chicago administration building to halt the planned closing of the 47th Street women’s clinic, and to call for a halt to the policies of the U of C Medical Center in pushing the poor out the door.

It took place on June 30, 2009, and was called by the Coalition for Healthcare Access, Responsibility and Transparency (http://www.stopchicago.org).

Other demands of CHART were:

- Immediate moratorium on clinic closures - Restore services - Restore and expand patient transportation from community to hospital - Expand staffing and beds in the Emergency Room and General Medicine - Open the hospital to new patients, regardless of medical insurance - Living wage jobs and good benefits for all staff

After the press conference, we follow the protest as it reconvenes to hold a BBQ and picket across the street from Univ. of Chicago President Zimmer.

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News Video #090804: Peace on Parade 2009, 7/2/2009. {LB}

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News Video #090802: Secretary of Education Duncan: Pushing the Chicago Plan, 7/2009. {LB}

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News Video #090722: Profit Over Women's Health, 6/30/2009. {LB}

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Labor Beat: Wells Fargo Forclosure Protest / CAT Protest / Rally for Single Payer / Michael Moore at Sicko Rally {LB575}

Four segments.

- 1. Wells Fargo Foreclosure Protest. Protest about home foreclosures in front of Wells Fargo Bank Chicago, IL June 11, 2009.

Speakers: Mike McDowell of South West Organizing Project; Ted Wysocki, Moline, IL, National Community Reinvestment Coalition; and Fred of the Northside Action for Justice.

-2. CAT Shareholders - June 10, 2009. In the 6th year of protesting at Caterpillar Inc. shareholders meetings, demonstrators targeted Northern Trust bank in Chicago, IL to educate the public about how Caterpillar bulldozers are used to destroy Palestinian homes.

Among organizations participating were US Campaign, Chicagoans Against Apartheid in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Arab-Jewish Partnership for a Just Peace in the Middle East.

-3. Rally for Single Payer. While President Obama addressed the American Medical Association on June 15, 2009 in Chicago, Single Payer advocates held a demonstration.

"Single payer is the only option that is really going to provide healthcare for everybody," one supporter said. Interviews and scenes. PLAY VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nnxNItgTx0.

-4. Michael Moore Sicko Rally Speech. In 2007, to promote his new film, Michael Moore spoke at an outdoor rally in Chicago, making this powerful speech in favor of single payer. PLAY VIDEO: www.archive.org/details/CLALBMICHAELANDSTUDS.

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News Video #090620: Rally for Single Payer, 6/15/2009. {LB} –n–

While President Obama addressed the American Medical Association on June 15, 2009 in Chicago, Single Payer advocates held a demonstration. "Single payer is the only option that is really going to provide healthcare for everybody," one supporter said. Interviews and scenes.

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Labor Beat: Raises on the Backs of Lost UIC Jobs / Keep Chrysler Jobs in Kenosha {LB574}

- 1. "Raises on the Backs of Lost UIC Jobs."

At the University of Illinois Chicago campus, on May 21, 2009, a broad coalition of students, campus workers, graduate employees, doctors, and union representatives picketed the meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Earlier, some of the protesters had been allowed to address the Trustees meeting. Video cameras were not permitted; but Labor Beat obtained stills of the meeting.

The protest was organized by the UIC-ABC Coalition; and it demanded that the "University’s budget not be balanced on the backs of workers, students, and community members". It called for "no layoffs or bumping, no tuition or fee hikes, healthcare for all, access for all students."

Earlier in the month the University had declared that over 90 civil service positions would be eliminated or bumped. Many of these positions would affect SEIU Local 73 members.

Toward the end of the demo, it was announced that members of the Board of Trustees had agreed to meet with the protestors, the results of which are yet to be reported. Speeches, interviews, scenes of the protest.

- 2. "Keep Chrysler Jobs in Kenosha."

The spirited May 18, 2009 rally in Kenosha, WI to stop Chrysler’s plans to close its engine plant there, leaving the work to be done in Mexico.

Scenes of the demonstration at the plant gate, interviews with autoworkers, plus speeches by Kenosha UAW Local 72 President Glenn Stark, and Dennis Williams, UAW Region 4 Director.

The autoworkers call upon President Obama to intervene to save their jobs. On-demand playback is available at laborbeat.org

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Labor Beat: International Labor Conference / Gaza Protest in Wasat, Iraq {LB573}

- International Labor Conference. A 15-minute video report on the historic March 13-14, 2009 meeting in Erbil, Iraq.

A recent Labor Beat show featured the speech there of Iraq War Veteran Aaron Hughes ("Aaron at Erbil"). This show focuses on the main contents of the International Labor Conference.

Includes interviews and some brief speeches, as well as summaries of the final resolutions. It was attended by 200 delegates from Iraqi unions in 15 of 18 provinces, as well as 15 international delegates. This is an edited-for-English version of a video produced by Sana TV in Japan.

-Gaza Protest in Waset, Iraq. Here is a unique glimpse into a street demonstration in Iraq, as it protests the Israeli attacks on Gaza earlier this year.

The demonstration, organized by Iraq Freedom Congress (a political organization in Iraq (www.ifcongress.com/English), marches to the headquarters of a local politician ("Manager of the Azizya Court") and presents it demands. This is an edited-for-English version of a video produced by Sana TV, which is a production of Iraq Freedom Congress.

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News Video #090521: Keep Chrysler Jobs in Kenosha, 5/18/2009. {LB} –n–

A spirited May 18, 2009 rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin to stop Chrysler plans to close its engine plant there, leaving the work to be done in Mexico.

Scenes of the demonstration at the plant gate; interviews with autoworkers; plus speeches by Kenosha UAW Local 72 President Glenn Stark and UAW Region 4 Director Dennis Williams. The autoworkers call upon President Obama to intervene to save their jobs. Video by Labor Beat.

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Labor Beat: Defend Professor Capeheart / Support Cintas Workers / No Games / Daley's Snowstorm {LB572}

- Defend Professor Capeheart. - Support Cintas Workers - No Games - Daley’s Snowstorm

Note: Descriptions of these segments and their on-demand playback links are provided separately in the Labor Beat show listings.

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Labor Beat: Aaron at Erbil {LB571}

On March 13-14 an important International Labor Conference was held in Erbil, Iraq, which is in the Kurdistan region. Along with the 200 delegates from Iraqi trade unions and international unions, attending was a delegation from the U.S., comprised of representatives of U.S. Labor Against the War, and 2 representatives from Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Among those IVAW attending was Aaron Hughes, the subject of this 25 minute video.

Aaron explains why he attended the Conference, and places his return to Iraq as an anti-war veteran in the context of a similar visit by Vietnam Veterans Against the War to North Vietnam.

At the center of Aaron’s experience in Erbil is his short speech to the delegation apologizing for his role in the US military in oppressing the people of Iraq. This video is a documenting of that speech and the reactions of the audience, as well as Aaron’s anxiety about what the reactions would be.

The work of the Conference is also summarized by Aaron, enhanced with footage from Iraq Peacetv in Japan and Aaron’s own footage of the event. The experience of the Conference provides the basis of the IVAW delegate’s re-dedication of their goal of war reparations for the people and workers of Iraq.

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News Video #090425: Defend Professor Loretta Capeheart, 4/23/2009. {LB}

Press Conference in Defense of Professor Loretta Capeheart

A press conference was held at Northeastern Illinois University on April 23, 2009 to defend Professor Loretta Capeheart.

The NEIU administration has attacked her for playing a leading role in the faculty union (AFT) and 2004 strike; for her defense of students arrested for protesting a campus CIA recruitment event; and for her other statements supporting minorities, labor, and academic freedom.

She has been denied appointment to her duly elected post as department chair; denied merited awards; and defamed by NEIU’s vice president in a faculty council meeting.

To sign the petition in support of Professor Capeheart: www.petitiononline.com/j4lc/petition.htm l.

Professor Capeheart is suing NEIUs President, Vice-President, and Provost for violation of her free speech rights and retaliation against her for exercising these rights in defense of labor, minorities, and academic freedom.

In this excerpt from the press conference, Professor Capeheart is joined by: Hector Reyes, Ph.D., Physical Science Dept, Assistant Professor, Harold Washington College; Susan Rosa, Ph.D. Associate Professor, History NEIU; Russell Bennjamin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Political Science NEIU; Sharon K. Hahs, President NEIU; Samuel Vega, Union for Puerto Rican Students. For more information: 773-552-0394.

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News Video #090416: Support Cintas Workers, 3/2009. {LB} –n–

Maria Ramirez and Norma Flieta were fired for not meeting production quotas in the laundry sort area at the Cintas plant at 6001 73rd St, near Chicago.

They say the reason Cintas fired them was because of their national origin and that this was an unfair work assignment.

Though the plant is not organized at the moment, UNITE HERE is organizing there. A protest action is shown in this video. (See http://www.uniformjustice.org/news/detail.php?news_id=1071 for more info.)

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Labor Beat: Sixth Anniversary of the War / Chicago Closes 16 Schools {LB570}

-1- Protesting the 6th anniversary of the war in Iraq, a march through Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood took place on March 14, 2009.

The marchers decried the laundry list of outrages now endured by working people as a result of the continuing war crimes: diverting of funds from education, community clinics, social support structures; attacks on immigrant workers; the foisting of more militarism onto Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the list goes on.

Numerous interviews, some speeches, scenes. "Obama has just announced that there are going to be 50,000 troops staying in Iraq. That’s not a withdrawal plan" notes Shaun Harkin (ISO). About 19 minutes.

-2- Protest Against Chicago Board of Education Vote to Close 16 Schools / Feb 25, 2009

A big community, union and student protest at Chicago Board of Education as 16 Schools are slated for closing under Renaissance 2010. Feb 25, 2009. 10 minutes.

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News Video #090414: Veteran Against the War Speaks to Conference in Iraq, 3/13/2009. {LB}

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News Video #090410: No Olympic Games!, 4/02/09 {LB} –n–

Title: Daley’s Snowstorm.

It was no Daley lovefest when city workers, community, immigrant, human rights and anti-2016 activists gathered in Chicago Federal Plaza on April 2, 2009.

It was also the day the International Olympic Committee (IOC) came to town to survey the City’s bid. As far as we know, none attended.

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News Video #090407: Sixth Anniversary of the War, 3/14/09 {LB} –n–

Protesting the 6th anniversary of the war in Iraq, a march through Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood took place on March 14, 2009.

The marchers decried the laundry list of outrages now endured by working people as a result of the continuing war crimes: diverting of funds from education, community clinics, social support structures; attacks on immigrant workers; the foisting of more militarism onto Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the list goes on.

Numerous interviews, some speeches, scenes. "Obama has just announced that there are going to be 50,000 troops staying in Iraq. That’s not a withdrawal plan," notes Shaun Harkin (ISO).

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News Video #090405: Cops Union Pickets Mayor Daley, 4/02/09 {LB} –n–

Labor Beat.

Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge 7 called out its off duty officers and surrounded City Hall demanding a contract from Mayor Daley after 21 months of delay.

Coincidently, it was the same day the International Olympic Committee arrived to survey the city for the 2016 games. Interviews with Mark Donohue, FOP President, Marilyn Stewart CTU President and Leroy Jones City Division Director of SEIU.

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Labor Beat: Push Back Wage Theft {LB569}

Kim Bobo, author of the newly published Wage Theft in America, talks about ways to detect and stop the growing trend of wage theft in the U.S.

Drawing upon years of practical organizational experience, Bobo is an engaging and informative speaker. She is the founder of Interfaith Worker Justice.

Her down-to-earth talk is enhanced visually by Labor Beat through tables and location footage.

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News Video #090321: IVAW at International Labor Conference in Iraq (Excerpt), 3/13/2009 {LB} –n–

Aaron at Erbil

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On March 13-14 an important International Labor Conference was held in Erbil, Iraq, which is in the Kurdistan region. Along with the 200 delegates from Iraqi trade unions and international unions, attending was a delegation from the U.S., comprised of representatives of U.S. Labor Against the War, and 2 representatives from Iraq Veterans Against the War. Among those IVAW attending was Aaron Hughes, the subject of this 25 minute video. Aaron explains why he attended the Conference, and places his return to Iraq as an anti-war veteran in the context of a similar visit by Vietnam Veterans Against the War to North Vietnam. At the center of Aaron’s experience in Erbil is his short speech to the delegation apologizing for his role in the US military in oppressing the people of Iraq. This video is a documenting of that speech and the reactions of the audience, as well as Aaron’s anxiety about what the reactions would be. The work of the Conference is also summarized by Aaron, enhanced with footage from Iraq Peacetv in Japan and Aaron’s own footage of the event. The experience of the Conference provides the basis of the IVAW delegate’s re-dedication of their goal of war reparations for the people and workers of Iraq.

====Iraq Veterans Against the War member Aaron Hughes talks about his speech at the historic March 13-14, 2009 International Labor Conference in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

The Conference was also attended by representatives from U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW).

This is a short excerpt from an upcoming video from Labor Beat with additional footage from Japan Peace TV/Sana TV.

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News Video #090316: Antiwar / Immigrants' Rights, 3/14/2009 {LB}

Labor Beat promoted and covered the 3/14/2009 Chicago Antiwar and Immigrant Rights Coalition march in the Pilsen neighborhood.

The following day, Labor Beat presented a 5 hour cable television broadcast of past marches. Some video clips from that broadcast are posted on the Internet.

The arrest of Mrs. Pat Vogel, local mother of a soldier in Iraq. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wwif0tOmlE&feature=channel_page.

Jorge Mujica on immigrants organizing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inAsZHdaLo4&feature=channel.

Andy Thayer, march organizer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfSIaFShm2w&feature=channel.

Earl Silbar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Apfd6eTtxGc&feature=channel.

Iraq Veterans Against the War. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBVBsTlTguU&feature=channel.

Rich Berg, SEIU local president. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQbXawdau0o&feature=channel.

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Labor Beat: Healthcare Crisis in the President's Backyard / Nothing About Us Without Us {LB567}

- 1. Healthcare Crisis in the President’s Backyard

On February 10, 2009, Teamsters Local 743 & Students Organizing United with Labor (SOUL) organized a layoff protest rally at the University of Chicago Campus.

The University is planning to layoff over 400 union workers at the UC Medical Center, while continuing multi-million dollar construction projects. Produced by Gary Brooks for Labor Beat.

- 2. Nothing About Us Without Us

Video coverage of the 2/10/09 STOP (Southside Together Organizing for Power) press conference at the Mayor’s Office protesting the proposed closing of four mental health clinics on the Chicago’s South Side.

Statements from Ed Shurna of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Mr. Fred Friedman of First Steps, Bill "Dock" Walls of Committee for a Better Chicago, along with several consumers of these clinics there to tell the Mayor, "treatment works."

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Labor Beat: The Elder Studs Terkel, Activist for Labor / Public Dollars, Public Schools {LB566}

- The Elder Studs Terkel, Activist for Labor

On Oct. 31, 2008 Studs Terkel died at age 96. The event was somewhat overshadowed by the looming Nov. 4 election just days away. It was Halloween, too, something Studs would have been amused by.

Studs’ passing marked the end to an era. His public radio and writer’s personality had been part of the national narrative in progressive and labor history going back to the 30s.

Labor Beat has compiled here selections from our own exclusive footage of Studs appearing at union picket lines and rallies for the past 20 years. Here is Studs speaking at a grape boycott rally with Cesar Chavez, and testifying with Tim Kazurinsky in the Chicago City Council chambers urging their support for the SAG-AFTRA strike.

We spend some time with Studs as he arrives at a big hotel strike rally on Labor Day in 2003 on Michigan Ave. He enjoys schmoozing the crowd and becomes again the old soap box orator of yore. And in 2007 we see Studs in his dotage, perhaps at his last outdoor labor rally--in Chicago’s Millennium Park for Single Payer Health Care. Studs introduces filmmaker Michael Moore, his new film "Sicko" just released, and Studs and Michael crack a few jokes together. Michael Moore reminds the audience: "Studs, you’re a national treasure."

Narrated by Al Harris Stein.

- Also, a second, short segment. Public Dollars, Public Schools

Well over 500 parents, children and teachers converged on the Chicago School Board protesting the proposed 20 school closings.

Recognizing the Renaissance 2010 plan of the business class’s Commercial Club and its role in the union busting plan and the sabotage of neighborhood schools, they march to their front doors and rally before heading to City Hall to demand a meeting with Mayor Daley.

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News Video #090215: Mental Health Clinics Closing Protest, 2/10/2009 {LB}

Nothing About Us Without Us

Video coverage of the 2/10/09 press conference at the Mayor’s Office protesting the proposed closing of four mental health clinics on the Chicago’s South Side.

Statements from Ed Shurna of Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Mr. Fred Friedman of First Steps, Bill "Dock" Walls of Committee for a Better Chicago, along with several consumers of these clinics there to tell the Mayor, "treatment works."

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News Video #090214: Teamsters and Students Protest Hospital Layoffs, 2/10/2009 {LB}

Healthcare Crisis in the President’s Backyard.

On February 10, 2009, Teamsters Local 743 & Students Organizing United with Labor (SOUL) organized a layoff protest rally at the University of Chicago Campus.

The University is planning to layoff over 400 union workers at the UC Medical Center, while continuing a multi-million dollar construction projects. Produced by Gary Brooks for Labor Beat.

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News Video #090210: Chicago Antiwar and Immigrant Rights March Permit Upheld {LB}

The Chicago Antiwar and Immigrant Rights Coalition has organized a march through the Pilsen neighborhood on March 14, 2009.

The coalition called this February 10 press conference celebrating the January 23 court victory ruling that the City must grant a permit.

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News Video #090208: The Elder Studs Terkel: Activist for Labor {LB}

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Labor Beat: The Struggle Against Renaissance 2010 {LB565}

The Struggle Against Renaissance 2010.

Here are excerpts from the Community Hearing at Chicago’s Malcom X College on January 10, 2009, highlighting testimonies of teachers union members, community organizations, students and parents.

The hearing considered: At the current pace, 50% of all the Chicago Public Schools will be privatized by 2020. How will this impact students, parents, teachers, communities? The meeting was Sponsored by: Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators (CORE); The Chicago Teachers Union; The Pilsen Alliance; PACT; CSDU; Substance News; Blocks Together; Kenwood Oakland Community Organization; Parents United for Responsible Education; Teachers for Social Justice; The Southwest Youth Collaborative.

Selections of speeches from Professor Pauline Lipman, Educational Policy Studies; Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education; Lourdes Guerrero, Teacher Representative; Jesse Sharkey, Social Studies teacher; Lanetta Thomas, High School student; Alina Mojica, former charter school student; Kristen Chapman, High School teacher; Marilyn Stewart, President, Chicago Teachers Union; Meg Sullivan, terminated charter school teacher; Lorenza Ramirez, parent of former charter school student; Carol Reynolds, charter school teacher; Lou Pyster, retired school teacher; Alfred P. Rodgers, Parents United for Responsible Education; and Debbie Lynch, Former President, Chicago Teachers Union.

Lynch, with much audience support, expresses disappointment over President Obama’s appointment of Arne Duncan, responsible for so many of these destructive policies in Chicago public education, to become the new Secretary of Education.

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News Video #090202: Closing and Privatizing Chicago Public Schools, 1/28/2009 {LB}

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News Video #090120: Testimonies Against Schools 'Renaissance 2010', 1/10/2009 {LB}

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News Video #090111: Yes, We Can Free Palestine. Rally, 1/09/2009 {LB}

On Friday, January 9, 2009 a huge rally for Gaza assembled in Chicago’s Daley Center and then marched to the Israeli Consulate.

Hear selected speeches and watch footage of this protest, part of a series of actions of growing intensity and size in Chicago.

"Yesterday, the United States Senate voted on a resolution that backs an Israeli attack on Gaza. They are cowards," said one of the speakers.

"We reject our government’s complacency in these crimes, and we hold our government accountable just as we hold Israel accountable, because it is our government which feeds Israel one third of our foreign aid budget while we neglect our youth, our elderly and our disenfranchised communities," another speaker noted.

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News Video #090110: Jewish Protester Against Gaza Invasion, 1/09/2009 {LB}

Joel Finkel from Jewish Voice for Peace was escorted away by the Chicago Police from a Pro-Israel rally January 9, 2009 at Federal Plaza. He carried a sign stating "Starving Palestinians is NOT my Judaism."

During the Palestinian rally later that day, Joel weighs in on the scripted Israeli government talking points.

Jewish Voice for Peace, www.chicago.jvp.org

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News Video #090104: Confronting the Bigots of the Westboro Baptist "Church", 12/13/2008 {LB}

On December 13, 2008, activists in Chicago’s "Boys Town" neighborhood confronted the notorious bigots from the Kansas Westboro Baptist "Church."

Fred Phelps and his followers have been picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, saying God hates America for its tolerance of homosexuals. His vile posters often include "Fags Die, God Laughs," and other such hate mongering.

When activists for LGBT Equal Marriage rights heard Phelps would soon protest their community center, they organized to shut down his message of hatred.

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News Video #090103: Mass Chicago Rally for Gaza, 1/2/2009 {LB}

On January 2, 2009, some 4,000 supporters of the people of Gaza rallied at Tribune Plaza and then marched across the Michigan Avenue Bridge to hold a protest in front of the Israeli Consulate on East Wacker Drive.

They could not fit everyone into the cleared street on the block in front of the Consulate, so huge was the demonstration. Scenes and speeches.

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Labor Beat: The Virden and Mt. Olive Monuments: Honoring Coal Miner History {LB562}

The Oct. 28th, 2006 unveiling of the impressive new monument commemorating the Virden massacre in 1898 in Southern Illinois.

With interviews, coal miner memorabilia, a fire-breathing speech by UMWA President Cecil Roberts, plus the ceremony at the Mother Jones monument only a few miles away in Mt. Olive, Illinois.

Produced by Gary Brooks for Labor Beat, this video won an Honorable Mention Award at the 2007 Hometown Video Awards. Reprise of LB514.

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News Video #081222 : Beauty Turner Remembered {LB}

Beauty Turner, A Writer and a Fighter, 1957-2008.

Ms. Beauty Turner, advocate for the people, was felled by a stroke at the age of 51. Short video from the 2007 antiwar demonstration in Federal Plaza gives a message of action. A great loss for the community here in Chicago.

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News Video #081214: Protestors Will Hold Obama Accountable, 12/13-14/2008 {LB}

Voices of Protest / December 13-14, 2008 / Chicago.

The antiwar, gay and lesbian, labor, and peace movements all intend to hold the Obama administration accountable in 2009.

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News Video #081212: Republic Workers Protest at Bank of America, 12/10/2008 {LB}

Scenes and interviews from the powerful workers’ protest at Bank of America Center in Chicago’s financial district on Dec. 10, 2008. This protest represented a culmination of labor and community support of the members of UE Local 1110 who decided to occupy the Republic Windows and Doors plant because they were being laid off without legal notice or severance.

Interviews and speech excerpts include: Bob Kingsley, National Director of Organization, United Electrical Workers; Ricardo Cacetes, UE 1110 member; Raul Flores, UE 1110 member; Jorge Mujica, Immigrant Rights Leader; Richard Berg, President Teamsters Local 743; Larry Spivak, Regional Director of AFSCME District 31; Rev. Gregory Livingston, RainbowPUSH. 7 minutes.

That evening, Bank of America and other banks agreed to come up with $2 million to cover the union demands. The workers at the occupied plant voted to accept the agreement. The working class has now only scratched the potential power it has to change events.

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News Video #081211: The Occupation of Republic Windows and Doors, 12/10/2008 {LB}

When the workers at Republic Windows and Doors were notified their workplace would close in three days, they took matters into their own hands.

The union work force seized control of the factory for 6 days to demand the severance they are by law owed.

On the sixth day of their occupation, they won all their demands, and showed the world’s working class a classic example of people power (something not seen in the USA for decades).

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Labor Beat: The Labor Movement After the Bush Era {LB561}

The 2008 election and the prospect of the upcoming exit of the Bush administration created a lot of discussion within the labor movement and among its allies about what is on the horizon for the working class.

In October, 2008 a forum was held in Chicago which represented a current within this debate, and Labor Beat presents a sampling of those speakers.

Here are David Moberg, Senior Editor, In These Times; Richard Berg, President, Teamsters Local 743; and Bill Fletcher, Jr., Past President of Trans Africa Forum and Education Director and Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. This forum was organized by In These Times and Chicago Democratic Socialists of America.

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Labor Beat: Friends Family Healthcare Victory {LB560}

Three Segments:

- 1. "Friends Family Healthcare Victory" - The IBT 743 workers at Friends Family Healthcare Center have won a victory! Working without a contract since 2002 and not given a raise since 2006, they had enough. Thanks to a recent transformation of Teamsters 743 into a rank-and-file-run union in an election victory last year, the members mobilized themselves and a coalition of community and labor supporters to show management that they were not going to give up or give in. And on October 3rd, FFHC workers and friends celebrated a victory with a new contract.

- 2. "Fighting for Peace at the RNC" - Teamsters Local 743 from Chicago loaded up a bus and drove up to St. Paul, MN to join the big national protest at the Republican National Convention last September. This 9-minute video joins IBT 743 President Richard Berg and 743 members on the trip, listening to their words that explain why they are going. Issues raised in their action include ending the war, health care, union rights, immigrant rights, more

- 3. "Teamster Rally In Support of Anheuser-Busch Workers" - The Teamsters sponsored a labor rally in downtown St. Louis on August 16, 2008 to demand that InBev, the international brewing giant, honor its "pledge to protect the workers and communities" which have made Anheuser-Busch a success. InBev recently bought up Anheuser-Bush, an icon of the "American Dream" closely linked with St. Louis history. The rally also had an international flavor, with labor speakers from Canada, Brazil, and Europe.

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News Video #081105: The Labor Movement After the Bush Era, 10/1/2008. {LB}

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News Video #081001: Capitalism Gives Us The Creeps, 10/30/2008 {LB}

Although Halloween is over, the scariest stuff is yet to come. Join the annual "Capitalism Gives Us the Creeps" Halloween march in Wicker Park in Chicago, presented by local anarchists who dressed up as nightmarish capitalists.

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News Video #081030: Rally Against AIPAC, 10/27/2008 {LB}

Dick Reilly of Chicago Committee Against War and Racism, comments on Mayor Daley’s appearance at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee luncheon this very day and how the issues of Palestine are front and center to police brutality and war protests.

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News Video #081029: Burge Is Indicted, 10/27/2008 {LB}

Torture victims of Commander Jon Burge describe treatment they received. Jonathon Jackson of Operation PUSH discusses reconciliation process with Alderman Ed Smith. Family, friends and supporters enter Dirksen Center to finally begin Justice.

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News Video #081019: Old Wars, New Wars, and Election '08 {LB}

- Old Wars, New Wars, and Election ’08.

Both McCain and Obama are pro-war candidates.

"Some people tell us don’t protest - go register voters. And we tell them, to vote for who?" says Jorge Mujica, immigrant rights leader.

"I firmly believe that Obama...is the greatest threat to the movement for progressive change since JFK," notes Jonathan Hutto, Sr., author of Anti-War Soldier.

"Barack Obama if he wins is going to bring more business to these [war industry] companies. He’s gong to keep in place the major outposts of the occupation to bring money to the contractors," warns Jeremy Scahill, investigative journalist.

- Includes scenes from No War on Iran protest in Chicago.

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Labor Beat: The Peace and Justice Caucus at the AFT Convention {LB559}

In July, 2008 the American Federation of Teachers held its convention in Chicago. Present there was a national rank-and-file teachers group, the Peace and Justice Caucus (www.aftpeaceandjusticecaucus.org). Their work at the Convention was to promote resolutions on peace, immigrants rights, support of Puerto Rican teachers, and other issues.

This video explores aspects of their work, as well as issues raised by Chicago rank-and-file teachers concerned with the actions of Chicago Teachers Union President Marilyn Stewart, co-chair of the convention and AFT Vice President.

Stewart had invited Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan, who had eliminated many teachers’ jobs and closed schools, to speak at the convention, while she was trying to fire her CTU Vice President, who had been elected to that position by the membership.

The P&J Caucus also protested that the convention was opened by military student color guard with guns. Scenes and interviews.

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News Video #081015: Col. Ann Wright at Sheppard AFB, 10/03/2008 {LB}

Col.(ret)Ann Wright stands in support of Gloria Barrios, mother of Senior Airman Blanca Luna, murdered on Sheppard Air Force Base March 7, 2008. This from a press conference October 3, 2008. She also addresses the violence against women at other bases in the military, stateside and overseas.

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News Video #081009: Gloria Barrios at Sheppard AFB, 10/03/2008 {LB}

Blanca Luna was murderd on Sheppard Air Force Base on March 7, 2008. Her mother, Gloria Barrios, shows up at the front gates 7 months later looking for answers. She leaves unsatisfied, but first warns youth of making military a way of life.

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News Video #081002: Don't Sell Out for The Bail Out, 10/01/2008. {LB}

(Send this right away to your "representative" in the U.S. House of Representatives -- On YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLr-AOndq2w&fmt=6.)

On Oct. 1, 2008, labor and community organizations held a protest in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago against the rush to bail out Wall Street.

Speakers included: James Thindwa of Chicago Jobs with Justice; Elena Marcheschi of UNITE HERE Chicago/Midwest; and Rev. Gregory Livingston of Rainbow PUSH. Video is 6 minutes.

More info: Chicago Jobs with Justice, Chicago@jwj.org.

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Labor Beat: March on the RNC {LB558}

The protest at the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC), largely ignored by the big media.

The mass march from the Minnesota State Capitol toward Xcel Center, site of the Republican National Convention.

Scenes from the march, showing the enormous police presence, and speeches, as activists from around the country protest the policies of the Bush administration (and the US Government), amid rising repression against freedom of speech.

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News Video #080930: The Peace and Justice Caucus at the AFT Convention, 7/2008. {LB}

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Labor Beat: Billikin / Air and War Show {LB557}

-1- First, scenes and interviews from the Bud Billikin 2008 parade in Chicago to remind students that school is about to start. But one Chicago school teacher wonders: where is the Chicago Teachers Union?

-2- The second segment covers the informational protest by anti-war activists at the recent 2008 Air and Water (War) show in Chicago. The police are there to help this costly military advertisement flex its muscles on the beach, while the bill of rights gets sand kicked in its face.

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Labor Beat: Defending Public Education in the USA {LB556}

The Peace and Justice caucus in the American Federation of Teachers held a roundtable discussion on "Fighting Back in the Schools" during the July 2008 AFT Convention in Chicago.

Labor Beat edited excerpts from those presentations, including dramatic footage of student protests, in the face of police repression, against the privatization of the public schools in Detroit and St. Louis.

The message is clear: public education, a long-fought-for gain of the working class over the last century and a half, is targeted for annihilation by corporate America.

The speakers are: Gloria Brandman, Teacher, NYC Public Schools; Steve Conn, teacher, Detroit Public Schools; Jim Hamilton, Missouri AFT; George Schmidt, Chicago, editor of Substance Newspaper; Julie Washington, Elementary Schools Vice President, United Teachers Los Angeles; Pablo Rodriguez, instructor, San Francisco State University.

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News Video #080830: Teamsters Rally In Support of Anheuser-Busch Workers, 8/16/2008. {LB}

The Teamsters sponsored a labor rally in downtown St. Louis on August 16, 2008 to demand that InBev, the international brewing giant, honor its "pledge to protect the workers and communities" which have made Anheuser-Busch a success.

InBev recently bought up Anheuser-Bush, an icon of the "American Dream" closely linked with St. Louis history. The rally also had an international flavor, with labor speakers from Canada, Brazil, and Europe. Produced by Labor Beat, the Chicago-based labor tv series.

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News Video #080819: The Abbie Files, 8/1989. {LB}

Vintage footage from August 1989 featuring Abbie Hoffman.

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News Video #080813: Air and Water Recruiters Show, 2006 {LB}

An anti-commercial. LB revisits military/recruitment extraveganza on Chicago’s lakefront.

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News Video #080810: Chicago Unions at the Bud Billiken Parade, 8/9/2008. {LB}

Chicago Trade Unions attended (or stayed away) from the annual Bud Billiken Parade, August 9, 2008.

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News Video #080806: Defending Public Education in the USA, 7/12/2008. {LB}

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News Video #080805: National Assembly Urges Spring Mobilization To End Iraq War, 6/28/2008. {LB}

Highlights from the National Assembly to End the Iraq War and Occupation, June 28-29, 2008 in Cleveland, OH.

In this 26-minute video, Labor Beat presents a sampling of the speeches and floor discussions from this important conference.

Attended by over 400 people, the Assembly’s main objective was to urge united and massive mobilizations in the spring to "Bring the Troops Home Now," as well as supporting actions that build towards that date.

To read the final action proposal and to learn other details, visit www.natassembly.org.

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News Video #080803: Taste Counter Recruitment, 7/5/08 {LB}

Counter recruitment effort at the Taste of Chicago July 5, 2008.

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Labor Beat: 1% Is Not Enough / Congress Hotel Strike 5th Year Anniversary / Labor Beat Remembers Utah Phillips {LB553}

3 Segments

- 1. "1% Is Not Enough."

Chicago’s Teamsters Local 743 held on 7-1-08 a spirited protest demo at Friends Family Health Center calling for a fair contract, after going 3 years without one.

They were calling for protection from harassment, a grievance procedure to solve problems at work, and wage increases that keep up with inflation.

Action was called by Friends Family Teamsters, University of Chicago Teamsters, University of Chicago Hospital Teamsters, Barnes and Noble Teamsters, SEIU 73 members, student, neighborhood and clergy allies, sisters and brothers (and others).

- 2. "Congress Hotel Strike 5th Year Anniversary."

The fifth anniversary of the longest active strike in the nation. UNITEHERE Local 1 is joined by faith based, social justice and labor organizations to rally at the front doors on June 13, 2008. On-demand playback is available at laborbeat.org.

- 3. "Labor Beat Remembers Utah Phillips."

Legendary labor singer and IWW activist Utah Phillips died peacefully in his sleep on May 23, 2008. Labor Beat celebrates his memory with clips from our video archives over 20 years.

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News Video #080720: Teamsters 705 Authorizes Strike Against UPS; 2993 For, 232 Against, 7/20/2008. {LB}

Members of Teamsters Local 705, the big Chicago-area United Parcel Service local, voted today (Sunday, July 20) to authorize a strike against UPS.

Local 705 has its own contract with UPS, separate from the National Contract. The vote was overwhelming: 2993 for a strike, 232 against.

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News Video #080709: Chicago's City Council Handles A Resolution Against War On Iran, 7/9/2008. {LB}

A report on how Democratic Party politics stopped a citizens-backed resolution against U.S. war on Iran.

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Labor Beat: Anne Feeney - Songs of Struggle at the Heartland Café {LB551}

Internationally acclaimed labor folk musician Anne Feeney entertains her fans at Chicago’s Heartland Cafe on May 18, 2008. Find out more about Anne Feney’s music at www.annefeeney.com.

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News Video #080625: Congress Hotel Strike Marks 5-Year Anniversary, 6/13/2008. {LB}

The fifth anniversary of the longest active strike in the nation.

Chicago’s UNITEHERE Local 1 was joined by faith based, social justice, and other labor organizations in this rally at Congress Hotel’s front doors on June 13, 2008. (This video became a segment of LB553.)

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News Video #080614: Anne Feeney, Labor Songs At The Heartland Cafe, 5/18/2008. {LB}

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No Peace, No Work! {LB}



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- 1. No Peace No Work! The Historic May Day 2008 Longshoremen’s Strike Against the War

On Mayday 2008 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) shut down all 26 ports on the west coast of the United States for at least eight hours in opposition to the US war against the people of Iraq.

So far as we know, there has never before been a strike of US workers to stop a war, making this action historically unprecedented.

Workers stayed off the job and in major port cities they marched, proud in their union jackets, with banners unfurled. Scenes and speeches from the port of Seattle.

"Longshoremen Strike Against the War" was produced by Pepperspray Productions. To get a dvd of this video, contact Pepperspray Productions, www.peppersprayproductions.org, pepperspray@mac.com.

2. Rally to Save Cook County Health Care. Community Leaders rallied to fight for decent healthcare in Chicago’s county, February 18, 2008.

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Labor Beat: Workers, Immigrants, Veterans - May Day 2008 Chicago / Anita Chan--Should we establish contacts with the Chinese trade unions? {LB549}

- 1. Workers, Immigrants, Veterans - May Day 2008 Chicago

The Chicago May Day 2008 march added an important element to marches of previous years: opposition to the war.

Through walking interviews within the march, Iraq Veterans Against the War discuss their solidarity with the immigrants.

The issue of full rights for immigrants is expanded beyond Mexican immigrants to include many other nationalities, showing the truly international character of May Day. Union members from UNITE HERE, SEIU, and Teamsters also speak.

This spirited march shows that the movement for immigrants, workers and peace is not going away. 15 minutes.

2. Anita Chan-Should we establish contacts with the Chinese trade unions?

Anita Chan addresses the April 2008 Labor Notes conference. Anita Chan is a Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Centre, Research School of Pacific & Asian Studies, The Australian National University. Edited for length, 12:30.

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News Video #080526: Utah Phillips, Labor Singer and Activist, 5/23/2008. {LB}

’Labor Beat Remembers Utah Phillips.’

Legendary labor singer and IWW activist Utah Phillips died peacefully in his sleep on May 23, 2008. Labor Beat celebrates his memory with clips from our video archives over 20 years. (This video became a segment of LB553.)

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News Video #080518: May Day in Chicago Included Workers, Immigrants, and Veterans {LB}

The Chicago May Day 2008 march added an important element to marches of previous years: opposition to the war.

Through walking interviews within the march, Iraq Veterans Against the War discuss their solidarity with the immigrants. The issue of full rights for immigrants is expanded beyond Mexican immigrants to include many other nationalities, showing the truly international character of May Day.

Union members from UNITE HERE, SEIU, and Teamsters also speak. This spirited march shows that the movement for immigrants, workers and peace is not going away. 15 minutes.

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News Video #080501: Chicago School Board Vs The Community {LB}

(See the description for the later Labor Beat series show.)

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Labor Beat: Chicago School Board Vs The Community, Part II: Citizens of Chicago Wake Up! / American Axle Workers Drawing the Line {LB548}

1 - Chicago Public Schools vs The Community, Part II: Citizens of Chicago Wake Up!

As the assault against public education continues in Chicago, strategies for a fight-back are brought forward, including building a city-wide campaign to change from an appointed to an elected Board of Education.

The leadership of the teachers union must also organize, where it has failed to do so heretofore, a serious challenge to the destruction of jobs and shattering of community control of schools.

Anthony Travis, Kenwood High School Local School Council member, warns in the video: "Citizens of Chicago, you need to wake up and realize our community is under siege by some elitist bankers, business people, who do not care about the education of our children."

Includes running commentary by George Schmidt, editor of Substance newspaper and footage of community actions. 20est mins.

Play the video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3100075850542265041&hl=en.

And play the video of Part I of Labor Beat’s coverage of the current fight agains wholesale closing of schools by the Chicago Board of Education: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3100075850542265041&hl=en

2 - American Axle Strike: Workers Drawing the Line.

Hundreds of participants at the April 11-13 Labor Notes Conference in Detroit join the American Axle workers’ picket line. American Axle workers had been on strike for nine weeks. Interview, speeches. 7 minutes.

Play the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54lSXO5mrTc

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Labor Beat: Chicago Protests 5 Years of War / Trade Union Movement in Iraq {LB547}

1. Chicago Protests 5 Years of War. The March 19, 2008 rally and march in Chicago for Troops Home Now, Stop Funding the War.

Edited scenes, and interviews from the spirited action, with Rich Berg (IBT 743), Jorge Mujica (March 10 Coalition), Beauty Turner (community activist), Andy Thayer (CCAWR), Chris Ardent (IVAW), Chicago Media Action, student anti-war, more. Labor Beat and Labor Express endorsed the Chicago march. Reports were posted at www.chicagomassaction.org. 14 minutes.

2. Trade Union Movement in Iraq. Gene Bruskin, of U.S. Labor Against the War, gives a short, informative talk on the trade union movement in Iraq. Videotaped in 2003. 14 minutes.

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News Video #080413: American Axle strike is in its third month. {LB}

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Labor Beat: On the Picketline at American Axle {LB546}

3,600 members of the United Auto Workers Local 2093 at the five plants of American Axle and Manufacturing (AAM) went on strike February 26, 2008.

This auto parts company was spun off from General Motors (GM) in 1994, and they’ve been expanding their international operations ever since.

The issues this strike addresses go to the heart of the disintegration of the standards of living that unionized jobs have brought to the US in the past 70 years.

If AAM gets their way, many workers stand to lose everything, since the company is demanding drastic pay and benefit cuts.

Labor Beat visited the picket line in Three Rivers, Michigan, to witness how, in one tradesman’s words, the workers there "are making a stand. We won’t step backward 30 years."

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Labor Beat: It's A Done Deal: CPS vs Community / Picketing the Monarch Ball / Mouseland {LB545}

Three segments.

- 1: It’s a Done Deal. Despite broad protests from the affected communities throughout the city, the Chicago School Board closed 18 schools in March, 2008.

- 2: Picketing the Monarch Ball. Nurses at Chicago’s Resurrection Health Care hospital conduct an informational picket on Feb. 29, 2008 at the Hilton hotel to protest intimidation by management of nurses trying to organize AFSCME. Picket scenes and interview with Kelly Beringer, RN. More info: www.reformresurrection.org.

- 3: Mouseland. "It’s a story about Mouseland" But it may be about a lot more. In Mouseland the mice elect only cats, until one little mouse has an idea. Low budget animation created by NDP in Canada. If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a treat.

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News Video #080308: School Board Defies Communities' Protests {LB}

Despite broad protests from the affected communities throughout the city, the Chicago School Board closed 18 schools in March, 2008.

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Labor Beat: Richard Berg - The Battle for Teamsters Local 743 {LB544}

In late December 2007 Richard Berg was elected president of Teamsters Local 743 in Chicago. Every union election is an important event, but the reasons this particular election became national labor news had to do with the extraordinary circumstances.

Richard Berg, over three elections, had led a rank-and-file challenge to a corrupt union leadership (they were recently indicted). Each of these elections were rigged and declared invalid by the government.

This video narrates, with interviews and observations from family members and union supporters, Berg’s determination not to give up.

Finally, in December 2007 a re-run of the election was carefully overseen by the Department of Labor, and Berg’s New Leadership Slate won -- officially this time. And on New Years Day 2008 they walked into a union office with important documents shredded and computer hard drives missing, as they feared.

An inspirational story told through exclusive documentary footage, and showing the hard battle, on the personal level, for union democracy--a battle that now continues to rebuild the union.

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News Video #080216: Freightliner Five Visit Chicago 2/2/2008. {LB}

See the Freightliner Five and hear their comments at a support meeting for them in Chicago, Feb. 2, 2008.

These five workers at the Freightliner truck plant in Cleveland, N.C., are fighting for a stronger UAW --and to get their jobs back. The company fired 11 members of United Auto Workers Local 3520’s negotiating committee. And UAW’s international office is accepting the firings, saying a strike April 3, 2007 was a wildcat strike. But it was after the contract had expired.

Six leaders have been reinstated. But five, Robert Whitside, Allen Bradley, David Crisco, Glenna Swinford and Franklin Torrence, are still out of their jobs. They had to fight for unemployment benefits, which have run out. They are campaigning nationwide to win UAW support for reinstatement, and for much stronger UAW contract negotiations in general.

For the issues and tour information, visit www.justice4five.com.

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Labor Beat: Single Payer: The Simmering Struggle {LB543}

The leading slate of Democratic Party Presidential candidates (Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards, before he dropped out) have proposed free-market answers to the health insurance tragedies most of us know are caused by the for-profit nature of the American health care system.

Since the release of Michael Moore¡¦s film SiCKO in 2007, the debate about the lack of access to health care has come to the fore. A national movement has sprung up to demand that the United States adopt a ¡§single-payer, government-sponsored system like those in much of the industrial world.

In this episode of Labor Beat, we feature the dynamics of that growing movement in Chicago, including actions by the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Organization and the Chicago Single-Payer Action Network in 2007 and early 2008.

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News Video #080202: Chicago Demonstration, 1/29/2008, Against Seige on Gaza. {LB}

On January 29, 2008 a spirited protest took place in front of a North Side Chicago theater that was hosting a benefit for the "young leadership of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces".

The IDF has blocked humanitarian supplies going into to Gaza, which has been put under siege by the Israeli government. This type of collective punishment is a war crime.

The action was endorsed by a number of organizations, including International Solidarity Movement, ANSWER-Chicago, Palestinian Solidarity Group, ISO, and others.

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Labor Beat: Don't Take Senn From Our Hands {LB542}

Senn High School on Chicago’s North Side had one of its wings taken over by a Navy academy and now an alderman is pushing a scheme to divide Senn High School up into small schools open only to those who meet restricted requirements. In December 2007 some 300 Senn students, faculty and community members held a rally at the school to support a plan to save and enhance Senn as a diverse community school open to all students.

Also, Patricia McCann of Iraq Veterans Against the War and George Schmidt of Substance news discuss the growing opposition to military recruiters having free run of Chicago high schools and the disturbing grown of military high school academies, such as the Navy academy at Senn.

Senn High School is at the forefront of a national battle to defend public education against militarization and denial of universal access to quality education. More info: www.savesenn.org, www.ivaw.org.

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Labor Beat: Peru Trade Action at Obama HQ / Health Care Vigil / Grove Parc Apartments / Maersk Picket {LB541}

1. Peru Trade Agreement Action at Obama HQ, Chicago.

Members of the Chicago Trade with Justice Working Group paid a visit to the Obama for America headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 15, 2007.

They wanted to tell Senator Barack Obama that they are concerned with his failure to appear at the recent Senate vote on the US-Peru "Free Trade" Agreement. They left a statement for Obama, a current candidate for U.S. President, and expressed their disappointment that he skipped the vote on the Peru trade pact. They were even more concerned that Obama, along with Sen Hillary Clinton, made public statements supporting the Peru Trade deal and that Illinois Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, voted in favor of it.

2. Healthcare Vigil at Cook County Commissioners Meeting-For the Patients’ Budget Amendment.

Nurses, medical staff, patients, clergy and commissioners hold Healthcare Vigil at the Nov. 27, 2007 meeting of the Cook County, IL Commissioners to vote on the Patients’ Budget Amendment, sponsored by Commissioners Suffredin, Claypool, Maldonado, and Quigley. For more information: National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) at 312-491-4902.

3. Grove Parc Today, Tomorrow It Will Be You.

Residents from the Grove Parc Apartments subsidized housing complex on Chicago’s South Side held a spirited demonstration at the Federal Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Nov. 19, 2007. Their homes, at the proposed site of the 2016 Olympic Stadium, may get bulldozed by the city’s gentrification plans. More info: 773-753-9674.

4. Maersk Picket! Port of Tacoma.

On Nov. 7th 2007 a picket line was called to push the administration of Maersk (headquartered in Tacoma) to allow workers to join the union of their choice instead of the company union that managers have imposed on them.

Jobs With Justice organized the picket, Tacoma SDS and other community members who heard word-of-mouth about the picket went to the port to show solidarity. Produced by Tacoma Students for a Democratic Society.

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Labor Beat: TDU - The Past, Present, and Future {LB540}

TDU - The Past, Present, and Future.

Teamsters for A Democratic Union celebrated its 32nd Annual Convention in Chicago in October 2007. This video captures the history of this important national rank-and-file organization up and outlines some objectives for the future.

It begins with a good thumbnail recent history of the Teamsters narrated by Sandy Pope, President of IBT 805, followed by talks by TomGeoghegan, labor attorney and author of "Whose Side Are You On?", and TDU National Organizer Ken Paff, who outlines objectives for TDU in the post-2007 election period.

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News Video #071217: Teamsters for a Democratic Union, An Important Rank-and-File Organization {LB}

TDU - The Past, Present, and Future.

This video was also the Labor Beat series show "TDU - The Past, Present, and Future." See the description at that entry.

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News Video #071216: Peru Trade Agreement Action at Obama HQ - Chicago, Dec. 15, 2007. {LB}

Members of the Chicago Trade with Justice Working Group paid a visit to the Obama for America headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 15, 2007. They wanted to tell Senator Barack Obama that they are concerned with his failure to appear at the recent Senate vote on the US-Peru "Free Trade" Agreement.

They left a statement for Obama, a current candidate for U.S. President, and expressed their disappointment that he skipped the vote on the Peru trade pact. They were even more concerned that Obama, along with Sen Hillary Clinton, made public statements supporting the Peru Trade deal and that Illinois Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, voted in favor of it.

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News Video #071129: Vigil for Cook County Patients' Budget Amendment, Nov. 27, 2007 {LB}

Nurses, medical staff, patients, clergy and commissioners hold a healthcare vigil on Nov. 27, 2007 as Cook County IL commissioners vote on the Patients’ Budget Amendment.

Sponsoring commissioners were Suffredin, Claypool, Maldonado, and Quigley. For more information contact The National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), 312-491-4902.

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Labor Beat: Demonizing the Inner City - Ideology and the Urban Poor {LB538}

Repeating one of Labor Beat’s most popular Internet streaming videos.

In this presentation, Steve Macek-- author of the book "Urban Nightmares: The Media, The Right and the Moral Panic over the City" (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) - analyzes the hysteria over the central city and the urban poor that permeated American politics and popular culture in the 1980s and 90s.

Macek dissects the way mainstream politicians (Rudolph Giuliani, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr.) , conservative intellectuals and the corporate media conspired to demonize inner city neighborhoods and their residents.

In particular, he discusses the way that TV news reproduced and validated the right’s stigmatizing, victim blaming images of the urban poor. Ultimately, he critiques the reactionary political interests served by this divisive discourse on urban pathology and points to what activists can do to counter its destructive influence. Includes assorted visuals.

A related video is Labor Beat’s "Grove Parc Today, Tomorrow It Will Be You" (Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbyLqy_T-Z4Search ’Labor Beat’ videos on YouTube, or search for ’Labor Beat’ videos on YouTube). Residents from the Grove Parc Apartments subsidized housing complex on Chicago’s South Side held a spirited demonstration at the Federal Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Nov. 19, 2007. Their homes, at the proposed site of the 2016 Olympic Stadium, may get bulldozed by the city’s gentrification plans. More info: 773-753-9674.

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News Video #071123: Residents Oppose City Plan to Take Their Homes. Chicago Demonstration, Nov. 19, 2007. {LB}

"Grove Parc Today, Tomorrow It Will Be You" Residents from the Grove Parc Apartments subsidized housing complex on Chicago’s South Side held a spirited demonstration at the Federal Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Nov. 19, 2007. Their homes are at the proposed site of the 2016 Olympic Stadium and may get bulldozed for gentrification and the Olympics.

Another video has a related background discussion. See also "Labor Beat: Demonizing the Inner City", #LB515, at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1808948055843475610.

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Labor Beat: Who Will Stop The War?: Issues In The Midwest Anti-War Action, Oct. 27, 2007 {LB537}

Who Will Stop The War? -- Issues In The Midwest Anti-War Action, Oct. 27, 2007.

The organizers of the Midwest anti-war action on Oct. 27, building on a national United for Peace and Justice call, created controversy by inviting to speak at this event Chicago’s Mayor Daley, and Illinois Senators Durbin and Obama, among other Democratic Party politicians.

Also, much of the established left that had organized the earlier Chicago area anti-war marches were not invited to the initial planning meetings. Many felt that the organizers by doing so attempted to block the Oct. 27 action from targeting the critical failure of the Democrats in Congress to fulfill their 2006 election promise to stop the war in Iraq.

This 25-minute video interviews participants in this debate while following the scenes in and around the day’s activities, including a police attack on the "Imperialist Bloc" feeder march; a separate action of the International Solidarity Movement at an expressway overpass; background scenes of invited speaker Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky, one of the invited speakers, endorsing installing a military academy at Senn High School; speeches and much more. Five Labor Beat videographers provide the footage.

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News Video #071104: Issues In The Midwest Anti-War Action, Oct. 27, 2007. {LB}

(See the description for the later Labor Beat series show.)

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Labor Beat: Teamsters Fighting for the Future Studio Discussion {LB534}

A panel discussion with members of Teamsters Local 726 Fighting for the Future slate, focusing on issues in their soon-to-be victorious upset fall 2007 election campaign.

Members of the local work for the City of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority, Illinois Toll way, the State of Illinois, Police Departments, Fire Departments and other public sector workplaces.

The panelists are Leo "Duke" Clark, Jr., candidate for Vice-President; Vince Tenuto, candidate for Secretary/Treasurer; Joey Vercillo, candidate for President; John Martinac, North Side Coordinator. For more information on the election, visit: www.fightingforthefuture.com.

This 30-minute show was taped at the studios of The Evanston Community Media Center, and was hosted by Labor Beat’s Wayne Heimbach. Produced by Labor Beat.

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Labor Express: Radio Hour Weekly {LE20080000?} –n–

Labor Express is Labor Beat’s weekly hour-long radio series.

Original broadcasts are via www.wluw-fm.org and WLUW-FM, 88.7 MHz, on Chicago’s north side). Go to www.laborexpress.org.

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News Video #070930: Rally Supports U. of Chicago Workers, 9/28/2007 {LB}

On Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 a spirited rally took place at the University of Chicago in support of campus workers and members of Teamsters Local 743.

The University had offered their workers a sub-standard contract. The rally was organized by Students Organizing United with Labor (http://soul.uchicago.edu) and was attended by campus workers, students, faculty and community members.

Produced by Garry M. Brooks for Labor Beat.

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News Video #070915: Chicago Teamsters Will Win Reform. {LB}

(See the description for the later Labor Beat series show.)

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News Video #070911: Bill Davis, d. 9/4/2007, in a 2006 Interview. {LB}

Labor Beat remembers Bill Davis, trade unionists and veteran against war, who died on Sept 4, 2007. Here is a 9 minute interview he gave us at the March 18, 2006 Chicago march against the war. Many will remember him for numerous qualities; for us, Bill Davis was always a great interview, with insight, information and humor. Thank you, Bill. We’ll miss you. -Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: Teamsters Fighting for the Future / Cygnus Victory / Barak The Bomber {LB532}

1. Teamsters Fighting for the Future. On Aug 13. 2007 members of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 726, with the Fighting For The Future slate, organized a peaceful protest at Teamster City, 300 S. Ashland in Chicago.

This video shows how Local 726 members are working to improve their union and to fix a list of problems for city workers.

The issues include: a proposed unfair 10-year contract, loss of healthcare in 6-year, loss of union jobs from privatizations, weak representation by the current union leadership, weak enforcement of seniority rights, weak enforcement of pensions, loss of pensions at Brookfield Zoo, unfair union pay raises and waste of union funds, and unfair union practices.

2. Victory! Cygnus Strike. An extremely significant labor victory, won under new threats of stepped-up attacks on immigrant workers.

Over 100 workers at Cygnus Corp., all of them Mexican immigrants, went on strike on July 27, despite the fact that they had no union and the majority of them were classified as temporary employees. The company, manufacturer of private-label soaps and owned by Marietta Corp., told them that if they couldn’t re-verify their Social Security information they would all be replaced.

The workers immediately went on strike, and on August 10, following community support and being backed up by the IAM, they won their demands. With picket line footage and analysis of the victory by Jorge Mujica of the March 10 Committee.

3. Barack the Bomber. On August 7, 2007 the Democratic Party candidates were in Chicago to hold a national debate at Soldier Field. Barack Obama scheduled earlier in the day a fundraiser at a restaurant in Chicago’s Pakistani neighborhood on the north side.

Many representatives of the Pakistani community held a protest there, opposing his bellicose pronouncements on invading Pakistan if he were elected President. Obama didn’t come out to talk to them or to apologize. Later in the day, at the location for the AFL-CIO-sponsored debate at Soldier Field, anti-war protesters continue to criticize Obama, and Kucinich too. 8 minutes.

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News Video #070823: Chicago Teamsters Demand Leadership Changes. {LB}

On Aug 13. 2007 members of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 726, with the Fighting For The Future slate, organized a peaceful protest at Teamster City, 300 S. Ashland in Chicago.

This video shows how Local 726 members are working to improve their union and to fix a list of problems for city workers.

The issues include: a proposed unfair 10-year contract, loss of healthcare in 6-year, loss of union jobs from privatizations, weak representation by the current union leadership, weak enforcement of seniority rights, weak enforcement of pensions, loss of pensions at Brookfield Zoo, unfair union pay raises and waste of union funds, and unfair union practices.

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News Video #070819: Chicago Pakistanis Object to Barak The Bomber. {LB}

On August 7, 2007 the Democratic Party candidates were in Chicago to hold a national debate at Soldier Field. Barak Obama scheduled earlier in the day a fundraiser at a restaurant in Chicago’s Pakistani neighborhood on the north side.

Many representatives of the Pakistani community held a protest there, opposing his bellicose pronouncements on invading Pakistan if he were elected President. Obama didn’t come out to talk to them or to apologize. Later in the day, at the location for the AFL-CIO-sponsored debate at Soldier Field, anti-war protesters continue to criticize Obama, and Kucinich too.

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News Video #070815: NABET 41 Protests Disney/ABC. {LB}

After working without a contract since April 1, 2007, NABET Local 41 newsgathering crews, editors and some producers held a protest in front of ABC Channel 7 studios in Chicago on August 15, 2007.

Disney, which owns ABC, is trying to freeze the pension plan, dismantle the seniority system, offer wages less than COL, and force other anti-worker measures.

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News Video #070812: Immigrant Workers Strike Victory {LB}

An extremely significant labor victory was won under the cloud of new threats of stepped-up attacks on immigrant workers.

Over 100 workers at Cygnus Corp., all of them Mexican immigrants, went on strike on July 27, 2007 despite the fact that they had no union and the majority of them were classified as temporary employees.

The company, manufacturer of private-label soaps and owned by Marietta Corp., told them that if they couldn’t re-verify their Social Security information they would all be replaced. The workers immediately went on strike, and on August 10, following community support and being backed up by the IAM, they won their demands.

Including picket line footage and an analysis of the victory by Jorge Mujica of the March 10 Committee.

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Standing My Ground {LB}



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Labor Beat: Standing My Ground / Oregon Farmworkers Radio {LB530}

1. Standing My Ground. On July 12, 2007, Teamsters Local 726 members held an informational picket at Oak Forest, IL city hall, to show their opposition to the proposed contract for police and clerical workers. At issue are very low pay raises and a meager health care package. The City of Oak Forest is also trying to take back a $1,000 pay raise awarded to the clerical workers following an unfair labor practices decision. Although the action was attended by 60 protesters, rank-and-file 726 members felt that the the leadership of Local 726, which has 5,500 members, could have done more to organize a large turnout in this important struggle. Video by Gary M Brooks.

2. This Labor Beat show also presents a second segment about the ’barn-raising’ of KPCN-LP, a low-power radio station built and run by farmworkers in Oregon.

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News Video #070728: Teamsters Picket for Cook County Workers in Oak Forest IL July, 2007. {LB}

On July 12, 2007, Teamsters Local 726 members held an informational picket at Oak Forest, IL City Hall, to show their opposition to the proposed contract for police and clerical workers. At issue are very low pay raises and a meager health care package. The City of Oak Forest is also trying to take back a $1,000 pay raise awarded to the clerical workers following an unfair labor practices decision.

Although the action was attended by 60 protesters, rank-and-file 726 members felt that the the leadership of Local 726, which has 5,500 members, could have done more to organize a large turnout in this important struggle. Video by Gary M Brooks.

(This news video became a segment of LaborBeat: Standing My Ground".)

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Labor Beat: UK and Iraqi Labor on the War {LB529}

Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Party MP) discusses Prime Minister Tony Blair’s exit, and asks Blair on his last day in office when will British troops leave Iraq.

Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President, Electrical Utility Workers Union anti-war speaks before the United for Peace and Justice 3rd National Assembly in June of 2007.

Ewa Jasiewicz, journalist and internationally recognized authority on Basra oil workers, gives useful background on this important sector of the Iraqi working class.

Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary Southern Oil Company Union, Basra Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions, speaks before the UFPJ National Assembly and discusses a recent oil workers strike against the proposed Iraqi Hydrocarbon Law.

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Labor Beat: Michael and Studs Sicko Rally, Chicago 6/23 {LB528}

Michael Moore speaks at the "Sicko" rally for National Health Care in Chicago, June 23, 2007. Mike is introduced by Studs Terkel.

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News Video #070719: Michael and Studs Sicko Rally, Chicago 6/23/2007. {LB}

Michael Moore speaks at the "Sicko" rally for National Health Care in Chicago, June 23, 2007. Mike is introduced by author Studs Terkel. (This news video is also a segment in the Labor Beat series show #LB528.)

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News Video #070624: Iraq Oil Workers Leader: "Troops Out Yesterday" {LB} –n–

Iraq Oil Workers Leader: "Troops Out Yesterday"

Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary, Southern Oil Company Union - Basra, Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions is asked what he thinks about the debate in the U.S. over whether the U.S. troops should leave Iraqi immediately, or on some timetable. The answer: "Troops out yesterday!"

This became a segment in a subsequent Labor Beat video.

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News Video #070623: Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza {LB} –n–

Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Dr. Mona El-Farra, Vice-President Red Crescent of Gaza, speaking at 3rd Annual Assembly of United for Peace and Justice, Chicago, June 23, 2007.

Produced by Labor Beat.

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News Video #070528: Iraq Veterans Against the War Deploy for 'Operation First Casualty' {LB}

On May 23, 2007, at the Vietnam Veterans memorial fountain in downtown Chicago, the local chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War assembled and, following a few short speeches, left to join other IVAW members in New York City in something called "Operation First Casualty."

Aaron Hughes, head of the Chicago chapter of IVWA, explained that, "the first casualty of war is said to be Truth, and we’re here to bring the truth of the war home, to wake people up and hopefully bring some urgency to end this war."

This will be done through street theater actions dramatizing the impact of an occupying army. (Stills of the actions are shown). Barry Romo, national coordinator of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, showing the support of the previous generation of veteran anti-war activists, also provided an historical perspective.

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Labor Beat: Haymarket Square May Day 2007 / Workers Rights Rally at Resurrection Healthcare {LB525}

1. May Day 2007. Labor speeches, big march scenes and music by Bucky Halker at Chicago’s Haymarket Square, where the legacy of May Day began in 1886.

The 2007 Chicago Immigrants Rights March passed through Haymarket Square on its way to Grant Park, and the turnout was over 200,000, despite an ICE raid a few days before in Chicago’s Mexican community of Little Village.

Featuring speeches by James Thindwa, Chicago Jobs with Justice; and Jorge Mujica, March 10 Committee. Speech themes include the failure of both Democrats and Republicans to come up with a just immigrant rights reform, the relationship of NAFTA trade agreements to the current immigrant crisis, support of the Employee Free Choice Act.

2. "Rally for Workers Justice at Resurrection Health Care." Excerpts of speeches from a March 3, 2007 union Rally for Employee Free Choice at Resurrection Health Care hospital.

Speeches promote the Employee Free Choice Act and focus attention on the struggle to form a union at Resurrection Health Care in Chicago. Speaking are: Henry Bayer, Executive Director, AFSCME Council 31; John Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO; and Kelly Berringer, RN, West Suburban Hospital.

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News Video #070520: May Day 2007, Haymarket Square {LB}

May Day 2007. Labor speeches, big march scenes and music (Bucky Halker) at Chicago’s Haymarket Square, where the legacy of May Day began in 1886.

The 2007 Chicago Immigrants Rights March passed through Haymarket Square on its way to Grant Park, and the turnout was over 200,000, despite an ICE raid a few days before in Chicago’s Mexican community of Little Village.

Featuring speeches by James Thindwa, Chicago Jobs with Justice; and Jorge Mujica, March 10 Committee. Speech themes include the failure of both Democrats and Republicans to come up with a just immigrant rights reform, the relationship of NAFTA trade agreements to the current immigrant crisis, support of the Employee Free Choice Act.

Produced by Labor Beat. Labor Beat is a CAN TV Community Partner. Labor Beat is affiliated with IBEW 1220; views expressed are those of the producer, not necessarily of IBEW.

For more info, and to purchase the dvd: mail@laborbeat.org, www.laborbeat.org, 312-226-3330.

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Labor Beat: Road to Haymarket {LB5nn}

The Road to Haymarket, The 1986 Labor Beat Haymarket centennial documentary

On the 100th anniversary of the Haymarket tragedy, Labor Beat produced a documentary, "The Road to Haymarket". At the time, and to this day, we are astonished that, at least in English, there seem to be no other documentaries about Haymarket.

Our budget was "seat of the pants", with only $300 raised from one union source (AFSCME 31). The actors, with a waiver from Actors Equity, donated their work. Despite all this, some 20 years later the piece remains entertaining and informative, upholding a refreshing class-struggle outlook, as compared to the ambiguous attitude peddled at the Chicago Haymarket Square monument dedication a few years ago.

In "The Road to Haymarket" you will hear authentic anarchist speeches delivered by trained actors in period costume with appropriate scenery. "The Road to Haymarket" presents, through re-enactments and graphics, the events leading up to May 4, 1886: The large immigrations of Eastern European workers, the Chicago Fire reconstruction scandals and corruption, the city’s harassment of labor leaders and the left, the movement for the 8-hour day.

But the documentary also addresses the aftermath of 1886. In 1986 we tried to relate the Haymarket story to contemporary issues, so you will see scenes from the Chicago Tribune strike for example. Viewers today will recognize constant themes however, both with events of 20 years ago as well as 120 years ago, the victimization of immigrant workers being one of the most obvious.

This classic was newly digitized as we commemorated the Haymarket tragedy and its enduring legacy in May 2007.

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Labor Beat: End Game: The Anti-War Movement and the Democrats {LB523}

As the debate intensifies over the Iraq war funding, this new Labor Beat video examines the complicity of the Democratic Party in the war, against the backdrop of recent 4th anniversary of war protests.

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Labor Beat: Rise of the Anti-War Soldier {LB519}

Labor Beat covers the demonstrations in Washington D.C.January 27, 2007.

Part 1. Activists with U.S. Labor Against the War talk about the resolutions they have put forward calling for their local organizations and the national movemement to demand "Troops Home NOW."

Part 2. Author Anthony Arnove speaks about the skewed Iraq debate in the media, and why we should all demand immediate withdrawal and reparations for the Iraqi people.

Part 3. Members of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War speak out about what they saw in Iraq, and why they say the only way to support the troops is to bring them home.

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Labor Beat: Iraq War Protest Joins Dockers Strike Picket {LB518}

Thousands of War Protesters in San Francisco (Jan. 27, 2007) joined the Longshoremen picket line at a ferry boat company which takes tourists to Alcatraz Island.

The edited video initially explains through interviews with union pilots and crew what their strike is about, then highlights key labor and anti-war speeches connecting the illegal Iraq war with the domestic war against working people.

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News Video #070129: Stop Cook County Cuts {LB} –n–

Todd Stroger, President of the Cook County, Illinois Board, wants to cut 17% from the county budget, targeting jobs and services. Many protests are taking place, such as this one in downtown Chicago on January 29, 2007.

6:00 minutes. Produced by Labor Beat. mail@laborbeat.org. www.laborbeat.org. 312-226-3330. Labor Beat is based in Chicago and affiliated with IBEW 1220. The views are not necessarily those of IBEW. Labor Beat is a CAN TV Community Partner.

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Labor Beat: Demonizing the Inner City - Ideology and the Urban Poor {LB515}

Steve Macek, author of "Urban Nightmares: The Media, The Right, and the Moral Panic Over the City", talks about how the right wing has -- through re-packaging the 19th-century Victorian capitalists’ demonizing of the economic lower-rung -- developed through the media an ideological attack on the urban poor. Assorted visuals. Produced by Labor Beat

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Labor Beat: The Virden and Mt. Olive Monuments: Honoring Coal Miner History {LB514}

The Oct. 28th, 2006 unveiling of the impressive new monument commemorating the Virden massacre in 1898 in Southern Illinois.

With interviews, coal miner memorabilia, a fire-breathing speech by UMWA President Cecil Roberts, plus the ceremony at the Mother Jones monument only a few miles away in Mt. Olive, Illinois.

Produced by Gary Brooks for Labor Beat, this video won an Honorable Mention Award at the 2007 Hometown Video Awards.

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News Video #061124: We Want Bigger Crumbs {LB} –n–

Rank-and-file worker comments on a Detroit labor monument. 6:04 minutes. This segment was part of a subsequent Labor Beat show. Cf. laborbeat.org.

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How Unions Can Utilize Public Access TV {LB}



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News Video #061031: Chicago Stands with Oaxaca {LB} –n–

On Monday, 10/30/06 protestors gathered at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago to protest military state repression of Oaxaca, and the paramilitary murders of community members there, as well as the cold-blooded gunning down of Indymedia reporter Brad Will. This video also includes footage of arrest of Chris Geovanis of Chicago Indymedia.

Produced by Labor Beat.

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Labor Beat: Brewing Solidarity {LB510}

- Brewing Solidarity. A Profile on the IWW-Starbucks Workers Union

This new video by Andrew Friend spotlights the new IWW-Starbucks Union at Logan Square, a neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. Interviews with baristas Christine Morgan and Joe Tessone show why they decided to form a union and what happened next ....

- This Labor Beat show adds a 4-minute segment by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers about a day in the life of "Ronaldo McDonald" working in the tomato fields.

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Labor Beat: 2006 Teamsters Convention {LB508}

Labor Beat presents the national cable-tv premiere of the new documentary about the 2006 International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention, the Tom Leedham campaign for International President, and the successful fight to nominate the Leedham reform slate ("Strong Contracts, Good Pensions") running against the James Hoffa machine.

Presented in October 2006 as ballots for the national election are being mailed out. Produced by Gary Brooks for Labor Beat. DVD available, mailto:steward705@comcast.net.

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News Video #060902: Nurses Protest Push for NLRB Anti-labor Decision {LB} –n–

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee leads a protest action in Chicago against hospital industry push to get the National Labor Relations Board to re-define direct care registered nurses as supervisors.

As such, they would not be declared in the union bargaining unit, therefore reducing the number of union members that could be organized.

This action took place on August 8, 2006. 9 min, 4 sec. This segment was part of a subsequent Labor Beat show. Cf. laborbeat.org.

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News Video #060816: National Immigrants' Rights Strategy Convention {LB} –n–

In Chicago, August 11-13, 2006, over 400 activists and organizers of the recent Immigrant Workers Rights marches (held in March, April, May, and July of 2006) met in Chicago to debate strategy and tactics for the way to move forward in their quest to ensure equality, amnesty, and citizenship for the millions of undocumented workers contributing to the American economy. The convention was called by the March 10 Coalition (www.movimiento10demarzo.org), and endorsed and attended by dozens of organizations in solidarity with the nationwide struggle.

This early brief report on the Convention is 9 minutes. This segment was part of a subsequent Labor Beat show. Cf. laborbeat.org.

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Labor Beat: Protest Against Israeli State Terrorism / Seattle Nurses / Detroit Monument {LB504}

1. In response to the brutal attacks against Lebanon by the Israeli war machine, a significant protest of several thousand demonstrators took place at Tribune Plaza in Chicago Saturday, July 22, 2006. It was part of many such protests worldwide. After the speeches and picket at Tribune Plaza, the demonstration marched across the Michigan Avenue Bridge to the front of the Israeli Consulate. The protest was sponsored by a broad selection of major Palestinian, Arab and Islamic community organizations as well as activist organizations. Interviews, speeches and protest actions.

2. Seattle Jobs With Justice join with the nurses to hold a rally at Virginia Mason Hospital to demonstrate against the hospital’s attempt to re-classify the employment status of its registered nurses. Includes speech by Stewart Acuff, national organizing director of the AFL-CIO.

3. A short segment on a rank-and-file appraisal of a labor monument in Detroit.

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Labor Beat: Cook County Nurses: It's Contract Time {LB501}

Nurses in Chicago present demands and a deadline for a strike at the end of June 2006. The Cook County Nurses (organized with the National Nurses Organizing Committee of the California Nurses Association) threaten a one day strike if negotiations don’t yield satisfactory results.

An exclusive Labor Beat report on the issues that the nurses are concerned with, featuring Sheilah Garland-Olaniran (NNOC Midwest Coordinator) and Stroger Hospital nurses.

Google playback is 23 mins.

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Labor Beat: The Penthouse of Heaven {LB499}

Chicago’s Immigrant Rights/Workers Rights March, May Day 2006

On May Day, 2006 the largest march ever in Chicago took place--to support the rights of immigrant workers. Estimates of the size of the march ranged from 400,000 to 700,000!

Labor Beat’s 27 minute documentary about that event and what led up to it: The earlier March 10 massive march which kicked off a national immigrants rights movement; Follow-up community planning meetings for the next big march; The emerging role of the unions in this struggle, including the press conference on April 24 at Haymarket Square, with Chicago Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) and Change To Win speakers; The last minute preparations of the organizers on the eve of the march; The launch point activities at Union Park on march day.

The video contains interviews with union spokespeople from UNITE HERE, UFCW, SEIU, Carpenters, U.E., and others, including Jorge Mujica of the March 10 Committee, and a speech at the Haymarket Square ceremony by James Thindwa (Chicago Jobs with Justice) reminding us that the negative effects of NAFTA have been forgotten in the national discussion about border crossings from Mexico. The message of the video also criticizes guest worker schemes, and it calls for unionization, not just legalization, of immigrant workers, and for living wage legislation.

The march participants remind us with their signs and in eloquent statements that this protest was not only about Mexican/Hispanic immigrants, but about all immigrants, from Poland to India to the Philippines. Labor Beat’s video about this historic day in the movement for social justice.

On-demand plabacks: A broadband connection is needed for the (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3663927984454687227) Google playback. An .avi slideshow (a 29MB file download from www.laborbeat.org/3/lb499poh-slideshow.avi). Will work on many more systems.

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Labor Beat: Trainwreck of Ideologies Part 2 - Historical Spin {LB498}

Encore broadcast of LB470. See the description for Labor Beat show #470.

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Labor Beat: Labor and The Anti-War Movement {LB496}

Labor Beat looks at the March 18, 2006 anti-war protest in Chicago and the state of organize labor’s activities against the war, locally and nationally.

Carl Rosen, President UE District 11, discusses the growth of US Labor Against the War and its current activities. Steve Edwards, President AFSCME 2858, discusses the need for labor’s political independence in fighting the war. Bill Davis, President IAM 701, and other labor activists are also interviewed. Lots of footage of the march.

NOTE: A broadband connection and Google’s free player are needed to view internet videos posted on Google!

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Labor Beat: Are You A Teamster? The Tom Leedham 2006 Campaign {LB494}

This half-hour tv show, produced by Labor Beat, follows Tom Leedham (the 2006 rank-and-file challenger to Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. for IBT General President) during his March 2006 campaigning in the Chicago area. It includes his stump speech in which he outlines campaign issues.

Also, in an interview, Leedham discusses the AFL-CIO split, Andy Stern’s labor-management model for the Change To Win coalition, and the UPS strike.

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Labor Beat: Resolution 53: How the AFL-CIO Stood Up Against the War {LB484}

This Labor Beat documentary follows the story of the creation of a moment in labor history. At its 2005 Convention, the AFL-CIO for the first time passed a resolution against an ongoing war--the war in Iraq.

The video shows the preparations for this breakthrough, how U.S. Labor Against the War worked at the Convention to strengthen the Resolution Committee’s initially weak resolution. It shows how USLAW used the momentum of its 2005 Iraq Labor Tour and the 18 anti-war resolutions passed by labor bodies around the country; how Resolution 53 was amended; how the discussion was moved up to a prominent point of the Convention agenda through Jesse Jackson’s call to "bring the troops home"; how Resolution 53 was debated on the Convention floor; and the celebratory Iraq Forum, with labor representatives from Iraq and Kurdistan immediately after the resolution passed.

"Resolution 53: How the AFL-CIO Stood Up Against the War" captures two days in July 2005 that will be remembered as a turning point in labor’s fight against the war.

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Labor Express for 2005 07/24 {LE20050724} –n–

The Sunday July 24th Episode of Labor Express focused on the debate over reform of the AFL-CIO. Stewart Acuff, National Organizing Director for the AFL-CIO, explained the position of the current AFL-CIO leadership. Alan Benjamin, Executive Board member of the San Francisco Labor Council, explained the third position in the debate which sees neither Sweeney’s nor Stern’s approach making the fundamental changes necessary to revive the labor movement. This program includes a live in studio appearance by labor journalists Steve Zeltzer and Wes Brain.

Check laborexpress.org for more audio of convention events.

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Labor Express for 2005 07/17 {LE20050717} –n–

This July is the 70th Anniversary of the Wagner Act which was suppose to guarantee workers the right to form unions.

This week’s Labor Express focuses on the "Right to Organize", and how that right barely exists in the U.S. today. Interview with Stewart Acuff, National Organizing Director for the AFL-CIO. Interview with Thai Nygen, a worker fired for trying to organize a union at Verizon Wireless. And an interview with IBEW Local 21 member Kevin Bealis on the anti-union tactics of Comcast.

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Labor Express for 2005 07/10 {LE20050710} –n–

Follow up the legal situation of the 25 day laborers arrested in the Chicago suburb of Cicero in a Home Depot parking lot as they sought employment. Interview with Kim Scipes on AFL-CIO foreign policy and the "Building Trust and Unity Among Workers Worldwide Resolution".

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Labor Express for 2005 07/03 {LE20050703} –n–

Interviews with Stanley Aronowitz, labor activist and Sociology professor at CUNY, and Jose La Luz, AFL-CIO Assistant Organizing Director, about the "third position" in the AFL-CIO debate which argues neither the Change to Win Coalition, nor the current federation leadership is addressing the real crisis facing labor. These interviews were provided by our friends over at Building Bridges in NY...http://www.buildingbridgesonline.org/.

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Labor Express for 2005 06/26 {LE20050626} –n–

- Chicago area day laborers are arrested for seeking work in a Home Depot parking lot.

- The 100th Anniversary of the IWW is celebrated in the city of its founding.

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Labor Express for 2005 06/19 {LE20050619} –n–

- Rally at the annual Candy Expo in Chicago protesting CAFTA and the candy industry’s pressure tactics against Illinois legislators to get CAFTA passed.

- Interview with Richard Berg on reform of Teamsters Local 743.

- Rally at the Congress Hotel in Chicago on the 2nd year anniversary of the Congress Hotel Strike.

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Labor Express for 2005 06/12 {LE20050612} –n–

- Special WIN feature interview with Stewart Acuff, Organizing Director for the AFL-CIO who defends the current AFL-CIO leadership from critics and warns of the dangers of a split in the AFL.

- Rally by Frederick Cooper workers in Chicago to win a better severance package from the closing manufacture and efforts to keep the property industrial.

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Labor Express for 2005 06/05 {LE20050605} –n–

- Special WIN feature interview with SEIU President Andy Stern about reforming the AFL-CIO.

- Interview with Amjad Ali Aljawhry the North American representative of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions of Iraq (FWCUI).

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Labor Express for 2005 05/29 {LE20050529} –n–

Interview with Alfonso Diaz, organizer at the Casa de Pueblo grocery store in Chicago about the firebombing of his car in possible retaliation for his union organizing efforts.

Interview with Chicago Jobs With Justice Executive Director James Thindwa about his detention by hotel security at a May 2005 rally to support striking workers at the Congress Hotel.

Interview with activists working to prevent cuts in public transit service in Chicago.

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Labor Express for 2005 05/15 {LE20050515} –n–

Interview with James Jordan about challenging the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center to give up it’s government funding, it’s support of Bush Administration foreign policy and build real international workers solidarity. Interview with Sarah Nelson De La Cruz, spokesperson for the Association of Flight Attendants at United Airlines, about United management’s efforts to abrogate their responsibility for their employees pensions and void their union contracts, via the bankruptcy courts.

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Labor Express for 2005 05/08 {LE20050508} –n–

Speeches from the re-dedication ceremony on May Day of the new Haymarket Memorial in Chicago including powerful solidarity statements by two exiled Colombian Trade Unionists.

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Labor Express for 2005 05/01 {LE20050501} –n–

Our MAY DAY 2005 Episode. Interview with UNITE-HERE organizer and Filipino solidarity activist Terri Smith on the struggle of workers at Hacienda Luisita in the Phillipnes and the deaths of 7 workers on their picket line. Follow up story on Casa de Pueblo grocery store workers attempt to organize in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. And some extra music in honor of the holiday.

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Labor Express for 2005 04/17 {LE20050327} –n–

Victory in SEIU Local 880’s campaign to organize Illinois’ child care workers. The dangers of CAFTA (the Central American Free Trade Agreement).

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Labor Express for 2005 04/10 {LE20050327} –n–

Interview with Dr. Anita Chan, Research Fellow at the Contemporary China Centre of the Australian National University, co-editor of The China Journal and author of China’s Workers Under Assault: Exploitation and Abuse in a Globalizing Economy on working conditions in China. WIN feature story on poet Martin Espada’s turning over of $1,200 honorium presented him by the Coca-Cola corporation to SINTRAINAL, the Colombian union, Coke has tried to eliminate in that country. And a little traditional and contemporary Chinese music.

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Labor Beat: Chicago Protests The War at Home and The War Abroad - March 19, 2005 {LB471}

As Thousands of anti-Iraq war protesters attempted to conduct peaceful marches in Chicago on March 19, 2005 they were met by massive police intimidation. Robo cops moved in to shut down the protest press conference at Michigan and Oak streets.

Chris Geovanis, speaking to the gathering, declared: "We hold Chicago Mayor Daley responsible for abolishing our constitutional rights to free speech and assembly, for abolishing our rights to peacefully oppose this war.There was no reason for him to adopt this hostile posture to peaceful protest against this war. What should have been a conversation about the disastrous consequences of this war has become a battle for essential civil liberties, and Daley made that fight, and Daley is the one who has disgraced the tradition of public speech, public assembly, and a vibrant process of dissent in this town. I’m ashamed for my city today, and I fear for all of us."

Scenes include the arrest of Andy Thayer at the Michigan Ave. press conference, and the protest at Leo Burnett.

Caption 1: Pat Vogel, mother of 23-year-old Army reservist in Iraq, getting arrested as a supporter of the March 19 anti-war actions. Credit: Steve Dalber/Labor Beat

Caption 2: Chicago cops slapping iron on Andy Thayer as he peacefully addresses the protest press conference. Credit: Martin Conlisk/Labor Beat

Caption 3: Andy Thayer discusses the political implications of March 19 and the dramatic erosion of First Amendment rights on the streets of Chicago. Credit: Larry Duncan/Labor Beat

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Labor Express for 2005 04/30 {LE20050327} –n–

Rally at the Offices of Charles Schwab in downtown Chicago, against the privitization of Social Security. Schwab, one of the country’s largest finicial services companies, recently announced their plan to invest millions in a campaign to privitize social security. Members of dozens on Chicago unions held a rally outside their offices to let Schwab know their are not going to let Schwab profit over the destrtuction of social security. Interview with Chicago Teacher’s Union president, Marilyn Stewart about a new coalition that has been organized to change how public education is funded in Illinois. Part 2 of my interview with Katie Jordan, UNITE retiree, on CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women).

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Labor Express for 2005 03/27 {LE20050327} –n–

In this episode: Interview with Gaby Gonzalez of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and Martin Manteca of SEIU on the current state of immigrant’s rights. Part 1 of an interview with Katie Jordan of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) on the history of CLUW and the concerns of working women. And a special WIN feature on organizing by women in the global sex trade.

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Labor Beat: Trainwreck of Ideologies Part 2 - Historical Spin {LB470}

Trainwreck of Ideologies Part 2 - Historical Spin (The sequel to the popular Trainwreck of Ideologies)

Thanks to a deal among the City of Chicago, the Police Dept., the Chicago Federation of Labor, and the Illinois Labor History Society, the theme of the new statue at Haymarket Square is not class struggle, but "free speech."

At the surreal ceremony introducing this faceless, neutered stick-figured affront to history, the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Fraternal Order of Police were both present. In fact, the CFL’s Dennis Gannon explained that nowadays the basic differences between labor and the police hardly matter any more. Gannon then, giving him a hug, introduced Mark Donohue, his old high school chum and now President of the Fraternal Order of Police. The event’s organizers made sure that Officer Donohue got to speak, but no anarchist was invited to address the official ceremony.

Labor Beat’s "Trainwreck of Ideologies, Part II: Historical Spin" documents the ideological chasm between Chicago-area anarchists and the hosts of this disgraceful event.

Caption: A jumbled and faceless stick-figured affront to the real history of the Haymarket affair. Credit: M. Conlisk/Labor Beat

More photos are at http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/54759/index.php.

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Labor Express for 2005 03/13 {LE20050327} –n–

Interview with Gerardo Reyes, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) member, about modern day slavery in the agriculture industry and the philosophy of the CIW - Interview with independent journalist Eva Jasiewicz, about the struggles of oil workers in the Southern Iraqi city of Basra. - Teamster’s President James Hoffa and UNITE-HERE President Bruce Raynor talk about the Teamster’s reform proposal, aimed at putting more of the federation’s funds back into organizing. And even a little Irish music in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

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Labor Express for 2005 02/20 {LE20050220} –n–

Topics covered in this episode include: A peek at Chicago’s incredible labor history with the release this month of the Labor Trail a map of 140 Chicago landmarks important to the labor movement and the establishment of a park on Chicago’s Northwest side named for labor activist Lucy Parson’s, widow of Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons.

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Labor Express for 2005 02/13 {LE20050213} –n–

Topics covered in this episode include: Interview with MST (Brazilian Landless Workers Movement) activist Vanderly Scarabelli and an interview with Peter Hudis, Chicago journalist who participated in the 2005 World Social Forum.

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This is the full version of my interview with MST activist Vanderly Scarabeli. It originally aired on the Labor Express radio program in two parts. The first on 2-13-05 the second on 2-27-05. The MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra) is the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil. An organization dedicated to winning landless rural Brazilians access to land through land seizures and the establishment of agricultural cooperatives. In this interview, conducted in November of 2004, Mr. Scarabeli talks about the history of the MST, the philosophy of their movement, their relationship to the Worker’s Party government of Lula Da Silva and their role in the World Social Forum process.



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Labor Express: Ashim / Chandra Interview on India Unions {LE20050000} –n–

Jerry Mead, host of Labor Express radio in Chicago interviews Ashim Roy and Chandra, Indian Trade Unionists about the NTUI, The New Trade Union Initiative in India.

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Labor Express for 2004 12/19 {LE20041219} –n–

Topics covered in this episode include: Illinois’ Health Care Justice Act, a step toward universal coverage in Illinois and a rally by City of Chicago workers for a fair contract with the city after over a year of fruitless negotiations.

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Labor Express for 2004 12/05 {LE20041205} –n–

Topics covered in this episode include: Interviews with Indian Trade Unionists who are members of the NTUI, The New Trade Union Initiative and a protest in the wealth Chicago Suburb of Lake Forest outside the home of a Dow Chemical board member on the anniversary of the Bhopal India Union Carbide disaster which has killed twenty thousand working class Indians to date.

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Labor Express: Speech by Gene Bruskin of US Labor Against War at UNITE Hall in Chicago, Summer of 2004 {LE20040600?} –n–

USLAW’s Gene Bruskin at UNITE Hall Chicago 04 - Jerry Mead Speech by Gene Bruskin of US Labor Against War at UNITE Hall in Chicago, Summer of 2004

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Labor Beat: SOA Watch Vigil 2003 {LB439}

For the last 14 years, a vigil has occurred at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA. Sponsored by the SOA Watch, it commemorates the massacre of 6 Jesuit priests, their coworker and her 14-yr.-old daughter. This atrocity was committed in El Salvador by graduates of the US Army’s School of the Americas located in the base. This year’s event coincidentally occurred on the 40th anniversary of the JFK assassination, and the call for democracy’s watchdogs kicks off the video.

Recent years have seen the numbers attending into the tens of thousands. Religious peoples, Veterans for Peace, and concerned Middle American citizens have been joined by protesters of globalization economic policies. The cry for justice challenges governmental and military excess, and the labor community, nationally and internationally, is no exception. Trade union leaders in Columbia are the most targeted and murdered in the world, again, many times by graduates of the School, now called Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

This video interviews a Vet, a working Teamster, with over 7 years of service in the Army and Reserves. His protest statement reinforces the statements of others who once proudly wore the uniform.

Interspersed are speeches and statements by Bob King, International Vice President of the United Auto Workers, Luis Adolpho Cardona, Colombian Trade Unionist of the Boycott Coca-Cola campaign here in the United States under political asylum, Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness, Amy Goodman of Democracy NOW! on Pacifica Radio, and others. All call for a drastic change in American foreign policy. Also included is footage from the FTAA/Miami, held days before, courtesy of the Atlanta Indymedia Center.

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Labor Beat: Barbarians Behind the Gates -- Protest against School of the Americas 2002 {LB412}

Labor Beat coverage of the big 2002 turnout against the School of the Americas (or whatever the hell they’re calling it these days) in Georgia.

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Labor Beat: An Evening With Carlos Cortez / Baldemar Velasquez {LB401}

Carlos Cortez, the legendary anarchist poet and artist and defender of the working class, is interviewed at the evening in his honor at Chicago’s Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, the May 24, 2002. Also interviews with friends of Carlos. . Play Now: http://blip.tv/file/3330546.

- Baldemar Velasquez. Play Now: http://blip.tv/file/1149437.

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Labor Express: Dockworker Solidarity Battle {LE20010313} –n–

Charleston dockworkers fight racism and union-busting

Leonard Riley, ILA member, discusses last year’s police riot and workers against South Carolina Confederate Flag. Speech at International Socialist Organization education conference. 2001-Mar-01 in Chicago. Producer: Wayne Heimbach, wayneh@interaccess.com.

Keywords: labor, Charleston, civil rights. For non-profit use only.

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Labor Express: Farmworkers in Oregon {LE20010227} –n–

An interview with Ramon Ramirez, founding member and President of PCUN, Oregon farmworkers union. Also, a discussion of a planned March 9 international day of solidarity with PCUN. Producer:Wayne Heimbach. For non-profit use only.

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Labor Express: Teamster Convention Elections {LE20010202} –n–

Three members of Chicago Teamsters Local 743 discuss their opposition slate for national Convention delegates. 2001-Feb-02.

The interview with members of the New Leadership Slate in Teamsters 743 runs about 25 minutes, and began at the halfway point of the hour show. This rank-and-file slate is running delegates to go to the International Convention to support Tom Leedham for International President in the next International election, and to bring out other reforms.

Producer:Wayne Heimbach. For non-profit use only.

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Labor Express: Labor Rally for Dr. King: Stewart Acuff Speech {LE20010115?} –n–

The AFL’s Stewart Acuff spoke at the Chicago Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73’s 7th annual rally for Martin Luther King. January 15, 2001. 6:02. Produced by Wayne Heimbach.

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Labor Express: Labor Rally for Dr. King: Jim Pfipps Speech {LE20010115?} –n–

Member Jim Pfipps spoke at Chicago Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73’s 7th annual rally for Martin Luther King. January 15, 2001. 11:09. Produced by Wayne Heimbach.

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Labor Express: Angela Davis on the Death Penalty and the Criminal Justice System {LE20001229} –n–

Angela Davis speaks to a December 2000 Chicago meeting of the Committees of Correspondence on the death penalty and the criminal justice system. The need to fight the death penalty as part of a larger struggle.

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Labor Express: Lance Compa on International Rights of U.S. Workers {LE20011120} –n–

Labor Express’ Jamie Daniel interviewed Lance Compa, the author of the Human Rights Watch book that describes U.S. labor laws’ variances with international human rights standards. November 20, 2000. Produced by Wayne Heimbach.

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Labor Express: The Taft Hartley Act Discussed in 1948 by Striking Printers {LE20011014?} –n–

Meet striking Chicago union printers as they discuss the Taft-Hartley Act in a January 23, 1948 broadcast on WCFL Radio, then owned by the Chicago Federation of Labor. Produced by Wayne Heimbach.

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Labor Express: The Taft Hartley Act Discussed in a 1948 Speech {LE20011014?} –n–

A 1948 speech on the Taft-Hartley Act at the Illinois Federation of Labor Convention in Chicago. By Reuben Sonderstrom in September 1948. Labor Express producer: Wayne Heimbach.

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Labor Beat: WTO Seattle {LB336}

Fifty thousand people came to Seattle in December, 1999, to protest World Trade Organization rules that subjugate environment and worker priorities to simple profit interests.

Labor Beat’s cinema verite documentary places you among the peaceful protestors as they are methodically attacked by police. Four segments total 27 minutes.

1. The Revolution Starts Here. You are one of the peaceful protesters on the streets of Seattle, expriencing in real-time the pepper gassing, the concussion bombing, and the herding like cattle carried out by the police. An unforgettable experience of the power of a police state.

2. Get Past the Costumes. Construction workers chat with topless dykes on the theme of class solidarity, an episode that is a positive humanistic antidote to the ’jackboot’ world of police repression.

3. Testifying. A charming middle-class Seattle woman finds herself in the midst of a ’60’s flashback when she runs into the demonstration downtown.

4. Why the Talks Collapsed. Professor David Ranney of the University of Illinois/Chicago Center for Urban Studies discusses some aspects of why things fell apart for the WTO.

For your own VHS copy, please send your address, the show title, and a $20 check or money order to: Labor Beat, 37 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60607. Www.wwa.com/~bgfolder/lb.

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Labor Express: Welfare Reform Act {LE19990400} –n–

A welfare caseworker for the Illinois Department of Human Services and a member of AFSCME talks with Labor Express’ Clif Brown about the effect of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and of the poor in the world’s richest country. Produced 4/99.

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Labor Beat: Trainwreck of Ideologies {LB317} –n–

Passions surrounding the Haymarket tragedy still burn. When the Illinois Labor History society organized a ceremony in 1998 to dedicate the martyrs’ gravesite as an official U.S. historic site, Chicago’s anarchist community actively protested. Labor Beat documents some bizarre and poignant moments of ’street debate’ at the ceremony.

The debate centered around how the martyrs’ struggles (which gave rise to the celebration of May Day internationally) should be remembered. In a general sense as battles for workers’ rights? Or specifically as agitations of anarchists/socialists fighting to overthrow the capitalist order?

Anarchists in attendance thought government involvment was in bad taste, since it was in fact the government that unjustly hung the Haymarket activists back in the late 1880s, after they set in motion the movement for the 8-hour day. Albert Parsons and the other martyrs were, not incidentally, anarchists themselves. Although the original and latter-day anarchists may not be identical in every respect, they do share a contempt for the bourgeois Establishment.

As Labor Beat cameras rolled, the charged atmosphere jumped a few amps when a Catholic Priest was invited to speak. ’Why were representatives of the government and organized religion given a place at the podium and no one from the anarchists allowed to speak?’

In spite of the controversy, the ceremony continued with labor speeches, songs, a reading by noted labor poet Carlos Cortez, and other moving moments.

Labor Beat producer/editor Martin Conlisk brings together scenes from this day with union bureaucrats, anarchists, security guards, priests, a German Band, government officials and hundreds of union activists. A shoving match breaks out after an anarchist spits on the newly revealed government plaque, while an actor portraying Lucy Parsons becomes outraged for real.

Photography by Labor Beat veterans Paul Donahue (video) and Steve Dalber (stills).

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Labor Beat: Union Busting from Both Sides of the Aisle / Refusals {LB293?}

In November of 1997 workers at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center took on members of both parties and the Chicago Federational of Labor.

The CFL had devised an 18-month no-strike pledge for their unions, a labor/management committee, and work rule changes. These workers felt that the CFL had no right to attempt to change existing contractual collective bargaining issues, and they organized a political end-run in the state capitol. These rank-and-filers won.

An interesting glimpse, produced by construction worker Martin Conlisk exclusively for Labor Beat, into a power struggle. Illinois House and Senate members state their impressions of CFL-sponsored HB 18 that would have nixed two established local unions and zapped existing collective bargaining agreements.

"This caused great confusion in the minds of legislators", Conlisk says, "with the strange end result of Senate Republicans saving the day. Unions are fearful of labor bodies; and historical opponents are the heroes in the topsy-turvy world of Illinois politics. Is this what they mean by ’political action’?"

This production was developed by the Chicagoland Regional Union Workforce (CRUW, 312-945-3064).

Also, "Refusals", a look at the shameful practice of employers’ blacklisting workers in the construction industry, while the unions frequently look the other way and do nothing to resist it. 12 minutes.

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Labor Express: Unionism in the Phillipines {LE19980000?} –n–

An interview with Kim Scipes, the author of KMU: Development of Genuine Trade Unionism in the Phillipines, 1980-94.

Mins 30

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Labor Express: FedEx {LE19970600?} –n–

An interview with FedEx union organizer Pilar Burton.

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Labor Express: Welfare Rights {LE19970000?} –n–

Cheri Honkala of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. Jobs With Justice Forum - Tape 3.

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Labor Express: Bruce Colburn On Globalization {LE19970000?} –n–

Bruce Colburn of the Midwestern AFL-CIO on neoliberalism and the need for worker solidarity across borders. Jobs With Justice Forum - Tape 2.

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Labor Express: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment {LE19970000?} –n–

What the MAI is, and why we haven’t been hearing about it.

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Labor Express: Lessons From The '60s {LE19970000?} –n–

Bob Zellner, the longtime activist, talks about labor organizing at the height of the civil rights movement.

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Labor Express: Dave Ranney On Globalization {LE19970000?} –n–

Dave Ranney speaks on the way globalization drives down all kinds of standards--environmental, workplace safety, and wages, to name a few. Jobs With Justice Forum - Tape 1.

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Labor Beat: Labor Party Convention '96 -- History in the Making {LB248}

The historic founding convention of the Labor Party in 1996 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Labor Beat: Achieve, Believe / South African Nurses {LB150}

"Achieve, Believe." The successful struggle of IBEW Local 134 to elect a reform slate to its governing board.

"South African Nurses." Interviews with South African nurses.

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Labor Express Radio broadcast web streaming Mondays 10am-11am {LE19950000} –n–

Labor Express Radio.

Original broadcasts are streamed worldwide at www.wluw.org (And broadcast over the air to the northern part of metropolitan Chicago on 88.7 MHz, WLUW-FM).

Each show begins with labor news from around the world.

Complete information on Labor Express and archived shows are at: www.laborexpress.org. Contact us with program material and your financial support.

Deatiled information about shows is at www.LaborExpress.ORG.

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