July 3, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 232 Extended

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Topics: Recent Supreme Court rulings; the protests against family separation and ICE; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s election to Congress; Bill’s announcement. People: Bill, Rachel, Nate. Recorded: July 1st, 2018.

Episode 232 (40 min):
AFD 232

Note that all episodes for the rest of the summer will only be a half hour long.

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May 15, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 225

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Topics: Radical history in Pennsylvania; the Sanders bill to make unionizing easier. People: Bill, Rachel, Nate. Produced: May 13th, 2018.

Episode 225 (52 min):
AFD 225

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AFD Ep. 225 Links and Notes on Pennsylvania Radicalism

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April 3, 2018 – Arsenal for Democracy Ep. 220

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Topics: Radical unions and liberal conservationists in Idaho history; Voting reforms in Washington and felon disenfranchisement in Texas. People: Bill, Rachel. Produced: April 1st, 2018.

Episode 220 (53 min):
AFD 220

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March 27, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 219

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Topics: Demonstrations for gun control in Boston and Springfield at the Smith and Wesson factory; Historical radicalism in New England and what old-school anarchist labor organizing might teach us today. People: Bill, Nate. Produced: Mar 24th, 2018.

Episode 219 (54 min):
AFD 219

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Pre-release clarification: The IWW was established in 1905. Late 19th century efforts along similar lines were of course not IWW, but undertaken by other organizers. I can’t remember if I muddled it a bit while speaking off the cuff. -Bill

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March 20, 2018 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 218

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Topics: The growing movement for teachers’ strikes in West Virginia and beyond; the issue of anti-homeless architecture and technology. People: Bill, Rachel, Nate. Produced: Mar 18th, 2018.

Episode 218 (56 min):
AFD 218

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Oct 19, 2016 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 156

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Topics: The Harvard strike and other campus organizing news. Plus, Bill goes viral. People: Bill, Persephone, Jonathan, and Greg. Produced: Oct 17th, 2016.

Episode 156 (56 min):
AFD 156

Discussion Points:

– Why are Harvard dining hall staff’s union on strike?
– What constitutes a living wage?
– What else is going on in campus organizing right now?

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Collective

Massachusetts has historically been at the forefront in the United States on worker safety and labor rights, compensation, activism, and organizing. Organized labor has been and must remain a fundamental component of our economic structure. Without it, there is no significant force representing our workers on an equal level with management and owners.

Our courts must uphold the rights of workers – including state and municipal workers – to organize themselves and bargain collectively and cooperatively for compensation and benefits proportionate to their productive work, as well as safe workplaces and fair scheduling.

Our courts must uphold contracts signed with workers’ unions, particularly by the state or municipal governments. It is the responsibility of employers to negotiate contracts they can actually execute.

We cannot achieve economic justice without securing the rights of organized labor to fight for fair and living wages in our society.

Humphrey For Massachusetts: Organized Labor