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Wed 8.29.12 | Selma James on Class and Gender

Many on the left see the working class as the primary agent of radical change. Where does this leave people like housewives and others whose work goes uncompensated? Selma James sees unwaged work as crucial to capitalism's operation and continuation. She addresses the relationship between gender and class, and examines power relations within the working class. (Encore presentation.)

Wed 5.30.12 | Democracy: A Labor of Love?

Michael Hardt

Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire Penguin, 2005 (paper)

Hardt & Negri, Commonwealth Harvard U. Press, 2011 (paper)

Is love a political concept? Can evil be explained -- or be explained away? What's the significance of a proletariat that includes millions of workers who produce not physical things but rather feelings of well-being in the people they help or serve? Michael Hardt discussed his and Antonio Negri's conception of the multitude and its relation to labor, love, and the concept of evil. (Audio not for public mp3 distribution.)

Wed 4.04.12 | Selma James on Class and Gender

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Many on the left see the working class as the primary agent of radical change. Where does this leave people like housewives and others whose work goes uncompensated? Selma James sees unwaged work as crucial to capitalism's operation and continuation. She addresses the relationship between gender and class, and examines power relations within the working class.

Wed 2.29.12 | Labor Pains

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Occupy Wall Street has brought the issue of class inequality to the forefront of American politics in a way that unions have not. Hence, organized labor and the Occupy movement would appear to be natural allies, but their relationship is not seamless.  Radical Occupy participants and union organizers Angela MacWhinnie and Adrian Maldonado talk about successful collaborations between trade unions and Occupy, the places where friction has emerged, and the challenges that the Occupy movement faces in reaching out to most working class people.

Mon 2.27.12 | Labor and the Wisconsin Upsurge

Michael D. Yates (ed.), Wisconsin Uprising: Labor Fights Back Monthly Review Press, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

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Last February, thousands of protestors occupied Wisconsin's state capitol trying to prevent the passage of legislation gutting collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. It was tremendously inspiring, but ultimately unsuccessful. Labor educator Michael Yates looks back at the upsurge in Wisconsin and ruminates on the lessons to be drawn from it, especially for unions. (The first part in a two-part series on unions and the social movements of the last year.)

Wed 1.04.12| The 1946 Oakland General Strike

Stan Weir, 1946: The Oakland General Strike

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Times change, but struggles continue in different forms and with different tactics. In a radio documentary about the Oakland general strike of 1946 made by KPFA producers three decades ago, participants tell the story of what was called a "work holiday." They discuss the context in which the strike took place, how it unfolded and shut the city down, and the ways it transformed those involved.
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