Shows: December 2, 2013

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Walmart Black Friday Protests

For many Americans, the day after Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the holiday shopping season, a time to line up early for bargains at brick-and-mortar stores. But a coalition of labor and community groups is using Black Friday to highlight the low wages and poor working conditions among retail workers who often cannot afford to purchase the goods it’s their job to sell. Maritza Silva-Farrell, senior organizer at ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York, joins us to talk about last week’s Black Friday protests at Walmart in Secaucus, NJ, as well as upcoming actions in our area. More information at Walmart Free NYC, New Day New York, and ALIGN.

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Typhoon Haiyan and the Politics of Aid

Nearly a month after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, thousands remain injured and in need of humanitarian assistance. As international aid filters into the country, intended for residents in Tacloban and other affected areas, observers are voicing increasing concerns about the distribution of resources and the potential for corruption in the process. Chevy Evangelista, an activist with Ugnayan Youth, and Marivir Montebon, activist, publisher and blogger at OSM! Magazine join us to discuss the intersection of politics and typhoon relief in the Philippines and ways to work in solidarity with organizations both here and abroad.

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American Revolutionary: A New Documentary on Grace Lee Boggs

At 98 years of age, legendary activist Grace Lee Boggs continues to mentor young people and inspire seasoned organizers with her ideas about revolutionary change. A new documentary by director Grace Lee looks at Boggs’s life through her radical ideas, exploring her background as a Chinese American woman, her longtime activism in Detroit, and her marriage to James Boggs. APF producers Danny Kim and Leyla Mei attended a recent screening of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs in NYC, where they spoke to the filmmaker and audience members about what Boggs means to them.

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