In the post-Trump era, how do we deal with the explosion of hate we’re seeing unfold in in politics, the media, and even in our own communities? One local initiative for protecting immigrants and people of color in the city is a Hate Free Zone in the Kensington neighborhood, led by a coalition of community groups. I spoke with one of the organizers, Fahd Ahmed of DRUM-Desis Rising Up and Moving, about hate-driven violence, community defense and finding solutions that don’t involve the police.
Well before South Korea's political establishment was rocked by the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, the country's embattled labor movement was struggling against privatization along with outsourcing and union busting across various industries. Wol-San Liem, Director of International Affairs Korean Public Services and Transportation Union KPTU, discusses the fallout, and new possibilities, coming out of the crisis for organized labor.
Nomita Nath, head of the garment workers union in Bangladesh, speaks about what the recent repression of labor activism says about the the future of the country's working class and the global economy. An earlier version of this interview aired on Belabored podcast.
Nomita Nath, president of the Bangladesh Independent Garment Workers Union
The European Court of Justice has ruled that it does not constitute "direct discrimination" if an employer bans women from wearing the hijab or Muslim head covering, as long as the regulation is worded to bar the wearing of "any political, philosophical or religious sign". Human rights advocates say that in essence, this opens a backdoor to discrimination against a group of women already facing massive religious, ethnic and gender bias in the public and private sectors across Europe.
Marco Perolini of Amnesty International, speaks about the ramifications of the ruling in an increasingly xenophobic Europe, for an interview originally done with the Belabored podcast.
Marco Perolini, Amnesty International EU Researcher