Tuesday, February 2, 2021

ICE Gets Nasty: Immigrants in Danger

Patricia Rodriguez of the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition tells David Foote about ICE detention at Batavia near Buffalo. It has long been an unpleasant place, especially since COVID-19. However, ICE has recently used trickery to deport detainees surreptitiously. Only intervention from outside activists can win releases. Recorded December 21, 2020.

Friday, January 22, 2021

First Steps to Rent Control

Rebecca Garrard tells David Foote about New York State housing laws. New York City tenants had won protections long ago, but only in 2019 were upstate cities allowed to opt in to ETPA to win limits on rent increases, though only for buildings with six or more units built before 1974. It was a great step forward, but yet more laws are needed to protect tenants. Recorded December 8, 2020.

Monday, January 11, 2021

New York Health: Inside View

Maribel Tineo talks about the importance of passing the New York Health Act. She interviews Scott Marsland, a registered nurse, who talks about the interest nurses and all healthcare workers have in passing that bill. He has seen first hand the strengths of US healthcare, e.g. in trauma medicine, but also the weaknesses in primary care. Recorded October 23, 2020.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Passing the New York Health Act

Maribel Tineo speaks with Susan Beckley about the New York Health Act, which would establish single-payer health insurance in New York State, benefiting counties, school districts, small businesses, the uninsured, the underinsured, and anyone in danger of losing their coverage. We need to tell all our state elected officials that it is time to pass it. Recorded October 19, 2020.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Organizing Workers

Ellen David Friedman tells David Foote that Marx helps a labor organizer focus on reality. The nature of work is changing worldwide. A workforce constantly switching jobs presents a challenge for organizing. Both Ellen and David are involved with the new Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee. Recorded September 2, 2020.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Teachers Organize

David Foote interviews lifelong labor organizer Ellen David Friedman focusing on teachers’ struggles. A decade ago in Chicago the teachers’ union, led by the rank and file caucus, instead of just bargaining about salaries and working conditions turned to addressing social justice issues as well. The movement has spread around the country. In New York City the rank and file caucus has led the drive to keep schools closed while COVID-19 presents a danger to teachers, staff and pupils and their families alike. Ellen has also been working with workers locally, who are trying to organize in many sectors. Recorded September 2, 2020.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Housing People Can Afford

Theresa Alt and Conor Bednarski talk about their visions for affordable housing. Examples really exist. In the 20th century until the 1970s unions supported housing construction in New York City. The state gave money for mixed-income housing through Mitchell-Lama. Community land trusts allow people to buy their dwellings but not hugely profit when they sell them, so that the homes remain affordable. Vienna has been using tax money to build attractive housing since the 1920s. Recorded August 17, 2020.