Shows: November 24, 2014

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Resisting Thanksgiving: Native American Music and the National Day of Mourning

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Throughout our show we'll be featuring music from Native American contemporary musicians and showcasing the annual National Day of Mourning in response to Thanksgiving. Every last Thursday of November, since 1970, groups of Native Americans and people in solidarity gather in Plymouth, Massachusetts not for a big meal, but for a National Day of Mourning. This year, United American Indians of New England ( UAINE) will hold their 45th Annual National Day of Mourning observance in Plymouth, MA on Thanksgiving Day. Hundreds of Native people, as well as many people of color activists gather to remember the true history behind Thanksgiving.

We bring you a preview of the experience from the perspective of Haitian activists:

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Obama's Immigration Executive Order

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Last Thursday, November 20th, immigration advocates waited with great anticipation for President Obamaís announcement on immigration. Without a comprehensive immigration bill in his second term, millions of undocumented people remained in limbo, while witnessing the greatest number of deportations in any presidentís history. So when President Obama announced he was enacting an Executive Order to address the failures of the current immigration system, many were hopeful that it would lead to concrete change. Here is a portion of President Obamaís speech this past Thursday on the steps his Executive Order would take.

Joining us by phone to talk about the effects of this Executive Order from an advocateís perspective is Zarah Vinola.


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Walmart Black Friday Protests (2013)

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We bring you a re-braodcast of last year's December 2nd, 2013 segment:

"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 itís their job to sell. Maritza Silva-Farrell, senior organizer at ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York, joins us to talk about November 2013ís Black Friday protests at Walmart in Secaucus, NJ.
More information at Walmart Free NYC, New Day New York, and ALIGN."

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