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Labor Express Radio
Weekly Program
 Jerry Mead-Lucero - Labor Express Radio  Contact Contributor
This is the full 2-21-11 episode of the Labor Express Radio program.

The past week has been one of those weeks in which I wished Labor Express aired 2 or 3 times every week. There is no way we can do justice on today’s program to all the important developments of the past week. Of course tomorrow is election day in Chicago and, as promised I will bring you my interview with Mike Klonsky on Rahm Emmanuel’s policy positions on public education. We’ll hear that in the second half of the program.

But the truly exciting news of the past week was the spread of revolution well beyond the borders of Egypt. In the last week pro-democracy demonstrations have broken out in Iran, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Morocco, Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Palestine and Bahrain. Many of these protests have been meet with sever state violence. But despite the violence the protestors have vowed to fight on. And the spirit of revolt is not confined to the Middle East. When Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker announced his intention to ram through the state legislature a bill that would not only slash state workers wages and pension benefits, but rob them of their right to collectively bargaining rights, a labor revolt followed, the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country in a long time. We’ll hear more about that today as well.

And the mainstream media has conducted a virtual blackout on an interesting court case in Arizona. Last Monday, Shawna Forde a leader in the minuteman anti-immigrant movement in that state was convicted of the murder and attempted murder of a entire Mexican immigrant family. We’ll air some audio from a press conference held here in Chicago by NALACC (National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities) on the verdict.

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