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Jan 17, 2021 – The West Coast Ports Lockout of 2002 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 342

Description: It’s October 2002. Congress is debating the Iraq War Resolution. George W. Bush invokes the Taft-Hartley Act for the first time in decades to halt a lockout of West Coast longshoremen in a contract dispute over future automation. Bill, Rachel, Kelley.

Links and notes for Ep. 342 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/AFD-Ep-342-Links-and-Notes-The-West-Coast-Ports-Lockout-of-2002.pdf

Jan 10, 2021 – Taft-Hartley – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 340

Description: Rachel, Kelley, and Bill discuss the passage of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act and its effects against US labor unions, as well as the potential role of white-collar workers in organized labor’s future.

Links and notes for Ep. 340 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/AFD-Ep-340-Links-and-Notes-Taft-Hartley.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Dec 20, 2020 – Toledo Auto-Lite Strike of 1934 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 338

Description: In 1934, an army of the unemployed rallied to the defense of a new labor union in one of the hardest-hit cities of the Great Depression, facing down the Ohio National Guard. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 338 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/AFD-Ep-338-Links-and-Notes-The-Toledo-Auto-Lite-Strike-of-1934.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Dec 6, 2020 – Brady Lists – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 336

Description: The US criminal justice system depends heavily on the presumed credibility of police testimony. Prosecutors not only regularly fail to tell defendants an officer witness has a credibility problem but often don’t keep track themselves. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 336 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/AFD-Ep-336-Links-and-Notes-Brady-Lists.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Nov 29, 2020 – William B. Wilson, First Labor Secretary – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 335

Description: William B. Wilson, the first U.S. Secretary of Labor, began union organizing at age 12. He went on to serve in Congress before leading the department he helped create to aid the interests of workers. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 335 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AFD-Ep-335-Links-and-Notes-William-B-Wilson.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Nov 22, 2020 – The Execution of the Songwriter Joe Hill by the Murderous Capitalist Class – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 334

Description: On November 19, 1915, legendary IWW songwriter and migrant worker Joe Hill was executed by firing squad in Utah for a murder he did not commit. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Theme music by Stunt Bird. End music by the subject of today’s episode.

Links and notes for Ep. 334 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AFD-Ep-334-Links-and-Notes-The-Execution-of-the-Singer-Joe-Hill-by-the-Murderous-Capitalist-Class.pdf

Nov 15, 2020 – The Coal Strikes of 1902 and 1919 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 333

Description: In 1902 and 1919, US coal miners undertook huge strikes and both times they won. In one case, the intervention of a US President sealed the win. But what happened in the other? Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 333 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/AFD-Ep-333-Links-and-Notes-The-Coal-Strikes-of-1902-and-1919.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.