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Building Bridges

WORKERS TAKE MCDONALDS TO COURT + WORDS FROM THE FIGHT TO FREE OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA

Monday, March 17, 2014   7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Political prisoner Oscar López Rivera
Building Bridges over WBAI radio, 99.5FM with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
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The Colonization of Puerto Rico & The History of African-Americans: Same Struggle, Same Fight and the Imperative to Free Oscar López Rivera with
. Jose López, Ex. Dir. Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Chicago IL., brother of political prisoner, 70-year-old Oscar López Rivera
. Dr. Cornel West, America’s most renowned public intellectual, activist and author of over 20 books
. Dr. Samuel Cruz, sociologist of religion, race, Latino studies, sexuality and gender, Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church.   

Cornel West and Samuel Cruz are joined by Jose López to continue the groundbreaking ‘Common Ground and Common Hope: Black & Latino Dialogue’ of 2012. In the aftermath of their historic trip to Puerto Rico, they discuss the impact of their recent talks and  connect many of the most pressing moral, spiritual and political issues raised to the ongoing struggle to liberate Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican political prisoner who has been incarcerated for over 32 years.  They draw on Dr. King’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’ written in April 1963, where he defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.  Oscar  López Rivera has been imprisoned since 1981 for seditious conspiracy, directly related to his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico.  He was not accused of causing harm or taking a life.  He is the longest-held political prisoner in
the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, and among the longest-held political prisoners in the US. He is a caring community organizer; a creative, self-taught artist; a voracious reader; a brilliant thinker whose imprisonment constitutes an ongoing human rights violation. 
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Dirt from Under the Golden Arches: Workers Take McDonald's to Court with Joseph Sellers, plaintiff’s attorney

Fast-food workers this week hit McDonald's with multiple class-action lawsuits claiming McDonald's is deliberately and systematically stealing employees' wages by forcing them to work off the clock, shaving hours off their time cards and not paying them overtime, among other illegal practices. For workers already struggling to afford the basics, it's nearly impossible to make ends meet if McDonald’s— which raked in nearly $5.6 billion in profits last year — doesn't pay workers for all of their hours. Attorney Joseph Sellers said: “McDonalds has tried to shield itself from liability for these unlawful employment practices committed at its franchise restaurants. But we found evidence that McDonalds Corp. had indeed exerted the control over the daily operations at these franchise restaurant that makes it legally, jointly responsible for these unlawful pay practices. We believe it's time that McDonalds accept responsibility for the pay practices in its franchise restaurants as it serves jointly as an employer there.” 
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In addition to being broadcast over WBAI,  99.5 FM in NY and the tri-state area 7 - 8 pm EST Mondays, Building Bridges is syndicated to 50  broadcast and internet  radio stations in the US, Canada and the UK                                 
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