Shows: March 27, 2017

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Building a Hate Free Zone in Queens with DRUM

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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.

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Labor Responds to South Korea's Political Crisis

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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.

Thanks to Workweek Radio, which originally aired this interview.

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Bangladesh Workers Struggle for Safety, Justice and Unions

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When you grab cheap clothes off the sales rack this shopping season, think about the workers at the Ashulia factory in Bangladesh who are still seeking justice in the factories that make our designer fashions.

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.

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Muslim Headscarf Ban Upheld by European Court

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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.

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Xenophobia and Asian American organizing post-9/11

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Deepa Iyer discusses her book on xenophobia in the post-9/11 era at the Asian American Writer's Workshop and explain patterns she’s seen as an activist over the years and how communities are responding to those challenges. Thanks to AAWW for hosting this event and providing the recording.

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