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new WMFO website

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:17:00 +0000

Hi all,
As you've probably noticed, we haven't posted any new shows in a while. I assure you the show is still on air. You can now listen to the last 4 shows at WMFO's new website: wmfo.org.

-josh



Dec 12 - Kate's first show

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 17:30:00 +0000

Download Audio of this week's show here.

This week we welcome a new co-host, Kate, who hopefully we will all be hearing more from.

A disclaimer: Socialist Alternative does not think in any way that voting for Democrats is "stupid." We believe that the Democratic party is a dead end for activists, a corporate party that puts profits over the people and does not deserve the money or support given to it by Unions or activist/community groups. Instead, we need a party of our own, a party that would refuse corporate donations, a party for and by the working people of this country.



Late Breaking Solidarity Appeal

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 21:36:00 +0000

Freightliner UAW Workers Need Support!

Please Support These Workers At: http://www.justice4five.com/

We are members of the 2007 Bargaining Committee for United Auto Workers (UAW) local 3520, Cleveland, NC. On April 2, 2007 our Local's Strike Committee voted to strike. Our International Union was of the opinion we should accept a weak contract offer. They tried to force us to take a contract with 22 open articles and 86 open Health and Safety issues back to our membership for ratification. The proposed contract if raitified by our membership as proposed by the Company would have been the first UAW 2 tier contract negotiated in a grossly profitable company. Frieghtliner LLC, was more profitable in 2006 than all other years combined, yet they wanted us to take contract concessions and the International UAW was OK with this.

We are/were employed by Freightliner LLC, at the Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant in Cleveland, N.C. On April 3rd, 2007 (5) five of our Bargaining Committee members were terminated by our employer along with (5) five other officers and (1) one rank and file member of our Union for instigating and/or supporting and/or participating in an unauthorized work stoppage. At the time of our terminations our collective bargaining agreement had expired. We thought our International Union would support us and do everything in their power to help us get reinstated to our jobs. What we didn't realize was that the UAW is actually a passive, Company ran Union that has no desire to help their members.

Our International Union, has in fact, done nothing to help or support us in our struggle for justice.

Read More Of What Happened Here: http://futureoftheunion.com/?p=6228



Chris's last show (maybe)

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 21:05:00 +0000

HI all,
download the audio here.

Check previous blogs for continued Solidarity with Tukwila WA students and teachers.



Audio - 11/29 and a few new artists I like...

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:28:00 +0000

download this week's show here.

also, Son of Nun
is coming to Tufts University, Oxfam Cafe, Friday Dec 7th at 9pm.

this is an artist named Paris.
(there was a youtube clip here but it was pointed out that it gave far too much credit to conspiracy theories, so i took it down).

you will be hearing more of these two on our radio show in the future.



The Post Thanksgiving Show...

Thu, 29 Nov 2007 12:13:00 +0000

Stuff that you should know about: *Urgent Call for Solidarity*Defend Teachers Threatened With Termination for Antiwar Student WalkoutBRIEF BACKGROUND: On November 16th, over 1,000 students in Washington State walked out to protest the war in Iraq and the presence of military recruiters in public schools. Students at Foster High School in Tukwila, Washington organized and 150 walked out, saying “Money for Schools, Not War.” Foster students rallied at the school flagpole, marched down to the I-5 overpass, and then marched to the Tukwila City Hall. The march and rally were student generated and entirely peaceful.In reaction the Tukwila School District has done the following:· Suspended one Social Studies teacher, Brett Rogers, who supported his students in a student generated democratic movement· Threatened administrative action against five other teachers· Threatened to discipline students for exercising their First Amendment Right to free speechWhen Brett Rogers was asked if he had a personal stake in the war, he said: “It’s an illegal war and my cousin is deploying December 4th, and I’m not happy about it.”Please call and email the Principal and Superintendent now!Tell them they need to: 1 Reinstate the teacher Brett Rogers who has been put on administrative leave! 2 Drop the disciplinary hearings against all six teachers who face investigations! 3 Support the initiative and moral fortitude of students who took a stand against the effects caused by this war to their communities! 4 Take no disciplinary action against students who participated in the walkout!We request that you flood the school administration with phone calls and emails. Tell them to halt all disciplinary action against students and the Tukwila Six!CONTACT:Foster HS Principal George Ilgenfritz: (206) 901-7905 ilgenfritzg@tukwila.wednet.eduAnd Interim Superintendent Ethelda Burke: (206) 901-8000, (206) 901-8006, burkee@tukwila.wednet.eduPlease send a copy of protest emails to us at tukwila.teachers.solidarity@hotmail.com so we can count how many protest emails have been sent in.If they refuse to answer your call, call Foster HS Assistant Principal Daryl Wright (206) 901-7902 and Foster HS Office Manager Darlene Aguiluz (206) 901-7915.-Rally for a Free and Fair union election for hospital workers: Sunday, Dec 2, 1pm Longwood Medical Area - www.workmenscircleboston.org, www.FairUnionElections.orgfor more info: Lisa Gallatin @ 616-566-6164Workshop about how to help immigrant workers: Dec 14th, 9am-4pm, Simmons College - Linda Paresky Conference Room, 300 The Fenway. Registration is $20 for the day.rodelakhan@yahoo.com, caroljg@gmail.comSupport Jin Restaurant Workers - Jin Asian Cuisine is stealing tips, discriminating and overworking and under paying workers with no breaks. Call and fax Jin Restaurant in support of the workers. Tell Jin to Apologize, Compensate their workers, comply with Workers Comp laws, Stop intimidation: phone: 781-231-8888, fax: 781-231-8899Things in the News:Median House Prices not falling in Massachusetts, but home sales drop 17.1% in October (Boston Globe).Riots, or urban guerilla warfare, in Paris Suburbs. Extreme anger at the police and Sarkozy's neo-liberal gov't that is attacking workers, youth, the poor and immigrants.In the 1990s, the national median housing price grew to 4 times the median income. This is part of the reason why sub-prime loans/variable rate mortgages - no one can afford housing without these "deals." Now we have the sub-prime world-wide economic crisis.Matt Geary received over 3,000 votes in the Boston City Council election.National Student Walkout against the War: Nov 16th, thousands walked out of school in Washington state, Minnesota, Massachusetts and elsewhere (tell us if you know more!).Deval Patrick sold park land to private developers to put up office buildings and expensive Condos in East Cambridge/old We[...]



Che Guevara - Symbol of Struggle

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 12:17:00 +0000

What is democratic Socialism? Well, I can tell you one thing, its not Stalinism. There is a river of blood that separates genuine Socialism and Stalinism.Free and Open Discussion on the 40th anniversary of Che Guevara's death:TONIGHT! Thursday, Nov. 15, 7pm, Tufts University, Braker Hall room 113.Solidarity:Stand for Security Rally - Friday, Nov 16thMarch and Rally at 2pm. March begins at downtown crossing by Macy’s. march ends at a rally at 10 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA. Speakers from 615, City Life and CLU. This will be targeting both the security contractor Palladion for their various irresponsible practices and Deutsche Bank for its role in the foreclosures of folks all over the city. For more information contact Jeremy Shenk at 617-878-7520 or jshenk@seiu615.orgAnti-war demonstration - Friday, Nov 16thGather at 4pm - Boston Common, March 5pm to BU Recruiters station.Rally for Quality Care - Nov 28thFirst rally from 10:30 am - 12 noon at the Omni Parker House, Boston Ma. For more information contact Jennifer@massjwj.net or 617-524-8778.Support the Screen Writers Strike and the Stage Hand's StrikeNigerian Students falsely imprisoned on trumped up charges!The DSM is demanding the immediate release of all these three OAU activists and asking for urgent protests and solidarity. The DSM asks for protest letters be sent to: Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) at registra@oauife.edu.ngOAU Vice-Chancellor – mfaborode@yahoo.co.uk & mfaborod@oauife.edu.ngNigerian Federal Ministry of Education at enquiries@fme.gov.ng and te@fme.gov.ng International supporters are asked to contact their local Nigerian Embassy or High Commission (This is especially important, as some of these Nigerian email addresses may not accept protests). Copies of all protest letters sent should be also sent to: the DSM (CWI, Nigeria) at dsmcentre@hotmail.com Clearly legal and other defence activities will cost money and the DSM asks for donations to be sent via its website Please act urgently More details are available in the following articles on the DSM’s website OAU Ile Ife Crisis: DSM Members Arrested (12 October 2007)OAU Crisis - ATTACKS ON UNION GETS FIERCER: Akinola Saburi (President, Students' Union) Arrested, Union Proscribed! (23 August 2007)OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY CRISIS - After Banning of the Students Union, Authorities Set to Victimize Student Leaders (16 April 2007 DSM OAU branch statement) The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights in Nigeria CDWRN) has details of the post-election repression in Osun State in the following items on its website: No to Vindictive Panel in Osun State (7 May 2007)“Reign of Terror in Osun State” (9 May 2007)News:Matt Geary - Socialist Alternative candidate for Boston City Council recieves 3,025 votes (6.5% of voters voted for him). Low turnout in this election - just under 15% of registered voters. Incumbent Felix Arroyo loses seat to John Connelly.Red Sox have most expensive tickets in baseball. Reclaim the Game! - Sports for fans, not for profits!Nearly half of African Americans born in the 1960s middle class have plunged into poverty. In inflation ajusted dollars, middle class african americans went from a median family income of $55,000 to $23,000 per year.Washington Post, Tues Nov. 13thMedian household income in Erie PA is $31,000 a year.35.5 million people found hungry in 2006. A number virtually unchanged since last year. This is over 10% of people living in the USA. Single mothers were most likely to be affected. This is in the richest country in the world. Transit workers' strike in France. Has it spread to other public sector workers who are threatened by Sarkozy and his neo-liberal agenda.End the Dictatorship in Pakistan!The Pakistani working class is caught between the military dictatorship on the one hand, and these reactionary groups on the other. The Trade Union Rights Campaign - Pakistan (TURCP) is o[...]



2 Important solidarity requests...

Thu, 08 Nov 2007 17:46:00 +0000

Hi all,No show this week, we're still a bit exhausted from election day. Matt Geary for Boston City Council At-Large did quite well (we think anyway). He recieved 3,000+ votes meaning that 6.5% of voters voted for him. The campaign turned out around 30 people to pass out day of info. We consider this a great step forward considering that he was running as an open socialist on a Marxist platform.To the business at hand:As we've reported, Nigerian students are still in Jail. Corrupt State government makes up attempted murder charges against student activistsUrgent appeal: Free OAU students now! Three Nigerian student activists from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, are now in jail on made up charges, including “conspiracy to murder” and “attempted murder”.Saburi Akande Akinola, the OAU Students Union President, has been held since 31 31 July. Taiwo Hassan Soweto, Secretary, Democratic Socialist Movement’s OAU Branch and Coordinator, Education Rights Campaign (ERC), and Olatunde Dairo, a DSM member and the OAU Students Union Public Relations Officer were arrested on October 11. The murder charges relate to protests in November 2004, nearly three years ago, during which a OAU student, Rasheed Laketu, was killed by the police. As the alleged victim, the then university Vice Chancellor, has up to now made no accusations against these three, it is clear that these are politically motivated charges attempted at wrecking the OAU Students Union. Indeed, the university unjustly expelled 7 students, in early 2005, over the November 2004 protest.The DSM is demanding the immediate release of all these three OAU activists and asking for urgent protests and solidarity. The DSM asks for protest letters be sent to:Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) at registra@oauife.edu.ngOAU Vice-Chancellor – mfaborode@yahoo.co.uk & mfaborod@oauife.edu.ngNigerian Federal Ministry of Education at enquiries@fme.gov.ng and te@fme.gov.ngInternational supporters are asked to contact their local Nigerian Embassy or High Commission(This is especially important, as some of these Nigerian email addresses may not accept protests).Copies of all protest letters sent should be also sent to:the DSM (CWI, Nigeria) at dsmcentre@hotmail.comClearly legal and other defence activities will cost money and the DSM asks for donations to be sent via its websiteLast But Certainly not least:Last week 70 students held a sit-in against the war inside thecafeteria at Morton West High School, a working class suburb outsideof Chicago. Despite being promised they wouldn't be punished beyondwhat they would get for cutting classes, many of them are nowthreatened with expulsion. We should send solidarity announcementsover the YAWR lists appealing for support for these students, as thisis an important free speech issue. I think it will also helppoliticize students in YAWR by emphasizing the lack of free speech inhigh schools and how this is something that has to be fought for - aswell as showing that students across the country are fighting for.A link to the petition:http://cccsds.wordpress.com/2007/11/04/students-threatened-with-expulsion-after-morton-west-sit-in/Chicago Indymedia article: http://chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/80059/index.phpNew York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/us/07protest.html[...]



Interview with Boston City Council At-Large Candidate Matt Geary

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 11:14:00 +0000

Download Audio here.


Solidarity Announcements:

Support unfairly fired long term Harvard library worker David Toomey. Rally today at 12:30pm at Holyoke Center in Harvard Square (next to the large Au Bon Pain).

Nigerian Students are political prisoners.

Rallies for Quality Healthcare.
SEIU 1199 organizing local healthcare workers.
Thurs Nov. 29 in Lynn - contact www.massjwj.org for more info.


Interview with Boston City Council Candidate Matt Geary:
visit the Vote Geary campaign website here.

a few of Geary's demands...
Democratize the Boston School Board, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the MBTA board.
No Worker is my enemy. Amnesty for all undocumented workers.
Oppose the BU Bio-terror lab.



Audio from Oct 18th Show

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 16:14:00 +0000

download audio here: File Hosting Download



or you can download it at: Download from host

i've edited it so theres no music (so its a smaller file).
enjoy!
-josh



First Thursday Show!

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 11:02:00 +0000

Hi everybody!The WMFO website isn't working at the moment so we don't have audio for you at the moment. We're working on recording straight from the board so we can post to the blog in the future, but at the moment we'll just have to post in writing what we're doing.See our play listsOur Topics:What is democratic Socialism?1 out of every 3 Americans have no vacation time.SolidarityRally to support Boston Hospital Workers:Tuesday, October 16th, 4pm-5:30pm @ the Longwood Medical Area in BostonFor more information call Corey Hope Leaffer at 617-284-1142SEIU Local 1199Harvard fires HUCTW library worker(Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers)Co-workers and activists concerned about discrimination Harvard University recently fired David Toomey, a very dedicated and productive library assistant with over 20 years experience. Before firing David, Harvard managers sent two different emails to hundreds of co-workers asking them to report “concerns” about David. Harvard then used co-workers’ complaints about David to terminate his employment. As David has a very serious medical disability, co-workers and fellow union members are upset about Harvard’s solicitations of complaints. Many are even more upset that Harvard used these complaints to terminate his employment. Despite his disability, David has worked very hard for Harvard College Library helping build the impressive French/Italian collection. He routinely put in overtime and he consistently maintained admiration and respect from colleagues. His performance has been excellent. Despite this, Harvard resisted granting David’s requests for accommodation to his disability and managers were often reluctant to work with union representatives trying to help David. Friends and colleagues of David’s have asked Harvard to reverse the termination. David should be able to keep his job and he should be able to access internal grievance processes.Please join the campaign to:Reinstate DavidFight Discrimination at HarvardSupport following local problem solving (grievance) processes&Encourage Harvard to support the Disabled by acknowledging employees’ conditions and accommodating their reasonable workplace requestsEmail the following to voice your concerns:Bill Murphy, Director, Labor and Employee Relationsbmurphy@camail.harvard.eduSteve Marley, Director of Human Resource Services, Harvard College Librarymarley@fas.harvard.eduSAMPLE TEXT:“I am concerned that management solicited complaints about David Toomey. Harvard should not discriminate against workers with disabilities. David should get his job back, and Harvard should respect the HUCTW contract.”To help, get more information or share your story of discrimination, email: stopharvardsdiscrimination@gmail.comOct 26th Anti-War student walkout and worker sickout.www.sowoco.orgOct 27th Anti-War rally 2pm Boston Common. www.stopthewars.orgMatt Geary for Boston City Council At-LargeWorkers councilor on a workers wage: Matt pledges to donate more than half of the $87,000 city councilor's salary back to the movement and only take the average wage of his constituents. VOTE GEARY!Democratize Boston!-Boston School Board - appointed, not elected-Boston Redevelopment Authority - appointed, not elected (mainly wealthy businessmen)-Make the T affordable again! Reverse the fare hikes?Boston Organizer - Boston Socialist Alternative websiteKeep your eye out for candidate forums... Matt will be there!Reading the PaperWalkout Newsletter of JusticeWalk out of classes, call in sick to work - Oct 26th in Boston, check www.yawr.org for other cities.For US Workers, Anxious TimesUAW stuff (Christian Science Monitor)UAW agreement, 15 factories slated to be closed - Boston GlobeSoldiers of Solidarity, Future of the UnionFord and Chrysler next f[...]



We don't like tasers.

Fri, 21 Sep 2007 11:04:00 +0000

Hi all,

Just a note, this is our last show on Friday for a while. We've asked for, and been given, the Thursday 7am-9am time slot. So after this week, you'll be able to hear us Thursday instead of Friday.

Listen to this week's show here. We only got 1 hour due to misreading this schedule this week... sorry about that.

*music: "Working Class Hero" - John Lennon, "Cumberland Blues" - Grateful Dead, "Ludlow Massacre"- Woody Guthrie, "Police and Theives"- The Clash,

What is Socialism?

Stop the BU Bio-terror Lab:
http://www.stopthebiolab.org/
comment period with the NIH: until Nov 12th
email: nihnepa@mail.nih.gov
call: 301-496-7775


Sick Out, Walk Out against the war:
As part of nation-wide Anti-War demonstrations.
October 26th: SickoutWalkoutCoalition
Call: 617-482-3090 or 617-230-9382

Support University of Minnisota at Minneapolis Workers!
Out on strike!
http://socialistminnesota.org/2007/09/05/solidarity-101-join-the-strike-support-movement/


Police Brutality:
Video Links:
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2007/09/20/sinkovich.woman.tasered.wytv
http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/18/student.tasered.ap/index.html



Ha! We're baaack!

Fri, 31 Aug 2007 11:35:00 +0000

Yes we are...
Here's the link to today's show. (warning, we were 25 minutes late getting into the studio, so you'll have to fastforward to when we get in)

We've been noticed on another blog! Check out Finian Rising


SEIU 615, Master contract for Boston area is up today!
Rally times and locations for today: August 31st, 2007
4:00 pm: Downtown Crossing
4:00 pm State Street T Stop
4:30 pm Burlington -- 75 Middlesex Road
5 pm -- Andover 100-200 Brickstone Square
4:30 pm -- Quincy -- 100 Newport Avenue

Alberto Gonzalez, US Attorney General resigns.
Karl Rove, Top Bush Aid resigns.

votegeary.com
Cindy Sheehan running for congress against Nancy Pelosi in 2008

Sagging Pants being outlawed across the country.
Do you think this is aimed at african american youth? We do. Protest these racist laws.

The Pope was a Nazi youth. Catholic Church has tried to protect child abusing priests all over the country.

Somerville 5...


Socialist Alternative Public Meetings...
A World in Crisis... and the Socialist Alternative.

Tufts: Thurs, Sept 6, 7pm Eaton 201...
UMass Boston: TBA
Salem State Community College: TBA


Movies:
The Outskirts
Who Killed the Electric Car?


Steve Earle calls himself a marxist?



Show on July 27th (Dave and Jeff)

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:48:00 +0000

Listen to this show here.
(skip through the first 5-10 minutes of technical difficulties)

Music: "I'm so bored with the USA"-The Clash, "Career Opportunities"-The Clash, "No Shelter"-Rage Against the Machine, "Gethsemane"-Richard Thompson, "Sweet Home Chicago"-Robert Johnson,


What is Socialism?
Socialism is a methodology. Basing theory on the material reality of the situation and applying "dialectics," which is the basic idea of examining things as they are and acknowledging that any thing is constantly changing.

Interview: Matt Geary - Candidate for Boston City Councilor At-Large
votegeary.com


Solidarity Announcements
Contract campaign for SEIU 615 Janitors for the area Master Contract. This Thursday (Aug. 2nd), 4:30pm Downtown Crossing.
www.Newengland4all.org

IBEW and CWA kickoff 1-year count down to expiration of contract with Verizon. Campaign against corporate greed. Thurs, Aug 2nd, 5:30pm, 185 Franklin St., Boston
617-524-8778, www.massjwj.net

Enterprise Rent-a-Car unionization drive (Boston). Working jobs being outsourced to prevent unionization. Boycott Enterprise! www.myspace.com/boycott_enterprise


Dave and Jeff read the Papers:
UAW opens contract negotiations with GM
Boston is 2nd most expensive city to park in the USA.




July 20th show... (Chris and Josh)

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:07:00 +0000

Listen to this week's show here.

Music: "Wake up everybody"-Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, "Working Class Hero"-Green Day, "Alabama"-Neil Young, "Its no game(part 1)"-David Bowie, "Workingman's Blues #2"-Bob Dylan, "1Nation"-Dead Prez & Outlawz, Kamikaze aka the Franchise,

What is Socialism?
What is a Living wage? A minimum wage is not enough to live on! A living wage: $20 an hour in Boston would currently be a living wage. Build a living wage movement! Organize to demand a wage we can live on!
We need a party for and by working people! One that would not take money from corporations and would take part in local struggles. Candidates should not take more than the average worker!

Solidarity Announcements:
Matt Geary for At-Large Boston City Council: www.votegeary.com
Reinstate the Bolivian Trade Unionists!
Honk out against the War and the Bush regime - Davis Square, Somerville, Monday July 23, 5pm-7pm


Interview with Chris about unionizing Zip Car in Boston.
Teamsters Local 25
teamsters unionizing article


Reading the Papers:
Senate votes against withdrawl from Iraq
Australia admits: Iraq is a war for oil
The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age

California: Regional supermarket employees (UFCW) reach agreement with employers.
Two different approaches to undocument immigrants: New Haven gives out ID cards to everyone, Prince William County, Virginia instructs cops to check on everyone.
Deval Patrick's new budget
Geary wants to fight for social causes: Westie Paper
Poll Results: 58% say a third major party is needed in USA!
Sicko, Michael Moore

Article about attacks on Sicko and Michael Moore




Obama Watch:
ABC News - Obama Pushes Lobbyist Interests!



Friday the 13th!!!

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 10:59:00 +0000

Here's the link to listen to this week's show.Music:"Cumberland Blues"-Grateful Dead, "Working Class Hero"-John Lennon, "The Dirty Jobs>Helpless Dancer"- The Who, Kamikaze aka Mr. Shonuff, "Living for the City"-Stevie Wonder, "Goodbye Earl"-Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, "Backward"-Kode9 and the SpaceApe, "1Nation"-Dead Prez and Outlawz,What is Socialism? Democracy to society and the economy. Build quality affordable housing, not line corporate pockets by building expensive condos for profit!Matt Geary for Boston City Council At-Large: votegeary.com!an Independent Socialist Candidate. He has pledged to only take $35,000 out of the $80,000 that city councilors make, donating the rest back to social justice causes.Solidarity Announcements:Party for Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition: Friday @ 7:00pmSpontaneous CelebrationsJamaica Plain, MAAn alternative, fun &energizing anti-war event/party/mixer/concertto benefit the Coalition7:00 pm – 1:00 am. 21+ only$10 donation/ no one turned away for lack of fundsContact: Brian O’Connell, 617-947-8983Anti-war strategy Session:11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 1433 Harrison Ave, 5th floor (Chinatown)Sicko: an excellent movie about Healthcare: www.michaelmoore.comHealthcare website: www.masscare.orgReading the Papers:Boston Herald on the House voting to withdraw troopsCindy Sheehan to run against Nancy PelosiMumbles Menino what is he doing? NO Casinos in Boston!Ten Million More sought for Columbus CenterBoston Globe: Healthcare not free for the poorPresident can declare martial lawBoston Globe: Mr. Butch died in an auto-accidentEx-pension boss jailed as dead-beat dadIncome Gap too wide says majority of peopleInternational Union Created: SEIU merges with international unionsblog.aflcio.org - firefighters and families say Giuliani made serious mistakes, costing firefighters their lives. Giuliani's leadership is challenged.Surgeon General says he won't put politics first[...]



No Show this week

Thu, 05 Jul 2007 22:55:00 +0000

Hi all,
no show this week.

Next week: interview with Boston City Council At-Large candidate Matt Geary (a member of Socialist Alternative). stay tuned for more from the democratic socialist perspective!



Friday June 29, 2007

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 04:05:00 +0000

Solidarity AnnouncementsJustice For Janitors @ UMass BostonThis information will go out soon on the Boston SDS list serv, but for heads up:So there is going to be a teach-in/solidarity meeting for the UMBjanitors on Saturday, July 7th at 12 pm at the SEIU labor union officelocated at 26 West St in downtown Boston (by the Park Street stop).There will be at least one UMB janitor sharing his/her story, andstudent activists from various Boston colleges, some SEIU organizersand hopefully as many professors/staff that we can turn out. At thisteach in, we will be discussing plans for a street action (most likelya march) that will take place Thursday July 12th at 4 pm (locationTBA). We NEED students for the teach-in/march to support janitors!Would you/someone/more than one person from UMB/student groups beable to make the teach in and/or the march? I ask because for themarch to be feasible, turn out is highly important. So far there areabout 25 UMB janitors who can make it and we're looking to turn out atleast 25 community members/UMB staff and students, so knowing would behelpful.It would be great to have some UMB students at the teach in to furtherdiscuss this too...so hopefully this info. is far enough in advancefor you to make it? Feel free to call me with questions, etc. or justemail me and let me know if you can make the events. We're relyingHEAVILY on whatever support we can get from UMB students :)Assembling Peace VA benefit for the Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coaltion on Friday July 13th at Spontaneous Celebrations 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA (near Orange Line Stony Brook Station). www.stopthewars.orgAppearing live in concert:The Gary Backstrom BandJimmy Ryan The Grass GypsysAndrew AlexanderNicolas DespoMike Petrucci & Victor McSurley (of Blue Man Group)Dreamers Wanted...and more!$10 (no one turned away for lack of funds) 21+ Cash bar, raffle, anti-war social, literature from anti-war groups available.Chris, Jeff, and Dave Read the PapersThe Boston GlobeHarvard building project stirs fearArboretum neighbors dread open space lossBy April Yee, Globe Correspondent | June 27, 2007ROSLINDALE -- Harvard's plan to build a 45,000-square-foot research facility next to the Arnold Arboretum has nearby residents dreading the disappearance of open space, and a handful hope they can stonewall, if not stop, the powerful university."It's sort of us against Harvard," said Frank O'Brien, whose grandparents bought a house next to the arboretum 70 years ago and who lives in a house on the same street. "Just because Harvard can do something doesn't mean it should do something."Harvard wants to build a two-story brick-and-glass building to house the arboretum's administration and research at the base of a hill near the corner of Centre and Weld streets, on a 14.2-acre lot the university bought in 1922.In the four years since Harvard announced its plans, residents have joined a city-appointed task force and thronged public meetings. The latest was Monday night, when more than 50 residents voiced their distress to a Harvard representative and to staff from the mayor's office.While the plan is a small slice of Harvard's expansion into residential areas, residents who have closely watched the university's ongoing push into Allston say they are wary of the university's designs on land around the arboretum.Councilor John Tobin echoed those concerns Monday night."Harvard's a tough customer, been there a long time and good at what they do," Tobin said in an interview at the meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Roslindale. "You've seen them run roughshod over some of the communi[...]



June 22nd Show

Fri, 22 Jun 2007 11:40:00 +0000

new show check it out.music played on today's show: "Working Class Hero"-Green Day, "Uncle Sam Goddamn"-Brother Ali, "Justice Is Coming"-Typical Cats, "Volunteers"-Jefferson Airplane, "War"-Bob Marley, "Mean Talking Blues"-Woody GuthrieWhat is socialism?What is democratic socialism?Solidarity Announcements: Jun 22, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM AND STILL WE RESIST!! A compelling, theatrical telling of authentic personal stories by those directly affected by the criminal justice system. A collaboration of theater artists and social justice advocates working with ex-prisoners and their loved ones to bring a powerful, articulate, personal voice of prison experience to the public for the purpose of healing, education, empowerment and social change. Join us and bring friends!Refreshments will be served/contributions are welcome.www.throughbardedwire.com Send email to throughbarbedwire@yahoo.com for additionalinformation. Other Contact Information: Jason - 617/266-6710.Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston, Boston (Copley Square) More details... Jun 23 MARXISM, REPARATIONS AND THE BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE-Why Reparations are Essential to Class Struggle.... Monica Moorehead will talk about an important book on Reparations; she is the editor of the book, a New World View Forum book on African American history and resistance. Essays cover the meaning of the on going Katrina catastrophe; and building Black-Brown unity and solidarity against oppression. Send email to boston@workers.org for additionalinformation.The Action Center, 284 Amory Center, Jamaica Plain More details... Jun 23, 1:00 AM - 5:00 AM Brookline Climate Action Day Fair-Tomorrow's Climate--Today's Challenge Brookline's first Climate Action Day will have over 40 environmental exhibitors, food, festivities, music by the Jill Stein, Ken Selcer & Friends Band, Stingy Brim and other local groups, and kids' activities including a Dragon Parade,puppets,and environmental storyteller David Eggleton. Congressman Barney Frank, State Rep. Frank Smizik, Ross Gelbspan and Mindy Lubber will speak. Other options will be a Green Building tour and an organized bike ride starting at 11:00am at the Coolidge Corner Branch Library. For more information, visit http://www.townofbrooklinemass.com/conservation. Send email to reitaennis@excite.com for additionalinformation. Other Contact Information: Reita Ennis, 617-233-2605.Brookline Town Hall Plaza,333 Washington St., Brookline More details... Jun 23, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM "Start the Music, Stop the war": an Evening of Culture + Protest! Save the Date Now that Congress has voted to escalate the Iraq War, it's time for us to kick off our summer protests with something a little bit different.Join United for Justice with Peace for a 6:30 pm anti-war parade (led by the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band) followed at 7pm by an Evening of Music, Culture and Protest at the newly Regent Theater.The goals of the event are to make a statement againist the war and to help activate those oppposing the war who don't express their opposition through demonstrations. Featuring Kemp Harris, Soul of Change, Jake Brennan, The Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, In the Public Interest, Ketchup, Mr. Them, and More!! $20 General Admission, $10 College Students and Low Income; $5 High School Students (Prices include restoration Fee.) Order Now!! Send email to pshannon@afsc.com for additionalinformation. Other Contact Information: 781/643-4747.THE REGENT THEATER, 7 Medford St., Arlington Ma More details... Jun 26 THE NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO RESTORE LA[...]



No show this week : (

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 19:44:00 +0000

Hi all,
due to technical difficulties at the station, we were unable to do a show on friday June 15th.
please check in this coming friday for our next show.
-josh



June 8th Show

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 10:59:00 +0000

Listen to this week's show here. (hosts this week: Dave, Jeff and Josh)What is Socialism?Why are unions important? Important unions in the history of the USA: Industrial Workers of the World and please check out a history site about the IWW.Solidarity:Quincy Teachers Strike! - let Mayor Phelan know how you feel!Clear Channel Billboard workers On Strike!Boston Public Library Unions: *Friday, June 8, 2007Support Your Librarians* from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.! Please join Boston Public Librarians and Jobs With Justice as we distribute informational leaflets outside the Boston Public Library Foundation Annual Gala. BPLPSA – CWA local 1333 has been in contract negotiations with the City of Boston and the Library for a year but the primary issues of staffing, salaries, and health care remain unresolved. We will gather at the corner of Boylston Street and Dartmouth Street at 6:00 p.m. and leafleting the event around the Boston Public Library until 10PM. For more information email saveourlibrarians@gmail.com .Boston Gay Pride Parade - Official website - GALLAN - Ask Tell Act Coalition (against militarization and corporatization of the pride festivities)Lawrence General Hostpital Nurses info picket Thursday, June 14th Noon.*Support Lawrence General Nurses! *Join the Lawrence General Hospital nurses for an informational picket to appeal for safe staffing and a fair contract talks. Management has stalled over unsafe staffing, poor working conditions, wages and benefits. Informal picket from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Outside the entrance to the hospital (the corner of Marston St. And General St.). For more information contact the Mass Nurses Association www.mnarn.org .Justice for Janitors - SEIU Local 615 *Thursday, June 14th, 2007****Justice for Janitors Campaign Kick Off Rallies! Stay tuned for rallies times and locations across the state! *March for a Fair Contract for Janitors in New England. This is the time to fight for better jobs, more benefits and respect!!!! Come lend your voice & energy for our future, for a stronger union! Marches start at 4:00pm Kendall 'T' station/State Street 'T' Station/Downtown Crossing by the SEIU Local 615—26 west st., 3rd floor—boston, ma 02111. Contact Ana Horton for more information:617-878-7438.please explain to us why there is nothing about this on the SEIU 615 website?Iraqi Labor Leaders Speaking Tour:*VOICES OF IRAQI WORKERS Solidarity Tour!* Hear directly from Iraqi trade unionists about the role that the labor movement is playing in working against privatization, for a fair oil law and creating a secular, progressive Iraq. Join Faleh Abood Umara, General Secretary, Southern Oil Company Union Iraq Federation of Oil Workers and Hashmeya Muhsin Hussein, President Electrical Utility Workers Union, Iraq Federation of Trade Unions (First woman to lead an Iraqi national union) at UMass Boston 6:00 pm, Wheatley Student Lounge, 4th floor. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Russ Davis 617-524-8778 russdavis@comcast.net .Boston School Bus Drivers and their grievances.www.bostonschoolbusunion.orgCochabamba Bolivia link to CWI articleNew issue of Justice at SocialistAlternative.orgSoldiers of Solidarity: soldiersofsolidarity.comNews:California anti-war initiative: BBC articleNo Vacation NationHarvard Security Guards: Info about their First Contract!College costs rising worldwideUSA ranks last for Healthcare in "first world"Sicko - new film by Michael MooreThe Nation on child care in the USA - USA not in top 20 of places to be a mother!T[...]



1st of June show!!

Fri, 01 Jun 2007 11:11:00 +0000

Listen to the show here.

What is Socialism? What is democratic socialism? How can we make a better democracy?
Josh and Chris discuss how Socialist Alternative's democratic processes work. Including, the idea of spliting the cost of a National Conference among the entire membership, democratic centalism - the final vote of the organization is binding to the further actions of the organization.

Lenin's four points on democracy:
1. Direct election of all official positions
2. Right of immediate recall
3. Rotation of positions
4. Elected positions to recieve no more than the average wage of a skilled worker


Solidarity Announcements

Harvard Security Guards Reach tentative agreement! This link doesn't talk about it(http://stand4security.blogspot.com/).

Boston School Bus Drivers under attack! www.bostonschoolbusdriver.org
Attend the picket line - Tues June 5, 11am, Schrafft Center, Charlestown (near sullivan station)
boston mayday coalition
Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition


News Media Highlights and Commentary:
Bolivian situation
South African public sector workers ON STRIKE!
Guantanamo Suicide
Deval is in the Details
Cindy Sheehan blogs: Break with the democrats, Resignation from anti-war movement
May is worst month since 2004 in terms of US casualties in Iraq