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Class Struggle and Social Justice Unionism, Reproductive Rights, and the US Constitutional Crisis

Vermont AFL-CIO Executive Director Liz Medina about building class struggle and social justice unionism. Sarah Birgé about Mobilizing to Defend Reproductive Rights. Dan LaBotz about whether the U.S. is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War?

Working Class Legislative Agenda, Line 3, AFL-CIO Convention and Right to Self-Defense

Tanya Vyhovsky proposes a Working Class Legislative Agenda for Vermonters. DSA member Carl Grey Martin talks about Stoping the Enbridge Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline. Vermont AFL-CIO Executive Vice-President Dwight Brown about Their Successful Convention and the Right to Self-Defense against Fascist and Racist Attacks.

Climate Justice, Line 3, and Vermont's Climate Action Plan

Jeremy Brecher on Making “Build Back Better” Better: Aligning Climate, Jobs, and Justice; Nancy Braus about the climate crisis, and the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline; and Vanessa Gray about Vermont’s Climate Action Plan and the Just Transition Community Conversations.

Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen

Vermont AFL-CIO President David Van Deusen talks about building union power, working class unity, and a Union led Green New Deal.

Union Organizing at Amazon with Peter Olney

Union Organizing at Amazon with Peter Olney, former organizing director for the West Coast Longshoreman Union (ILWU).

Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine and Biden's Rehabilitation of U.S. Capitalism

Wafic Faour and David Finkel about Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine & U.S. Complicity; plus Ashley Smith on Biden’s Program for Rehabilitating U.S. Capitalism.

May Day in Montpelier, Amazon and U.S. Labor Law

Andrew Tripp, an experienced lead union organizer, discusses reasons behind the union loss at Bessemer Amazon in the context of the anti-worker, anti-human rights regime of U.S. labor law. David Van Deusen and Liz Medina discuss May Day in Montpelier, the PRO Act, card check, and the working class history of May Day.

Meagan Day on "Bigger than Bernie: How We Go From the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism"

Traven interviews Meagan Day about the updated edition to her book "Bigger than Bernie: How We Go From the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism", co-authored by Micah Uetricht. Meagan is a staff writer for Jacobin Magazine.

Affordable Housing in Vermont and Organizing in the 1930s and 1940s

Brian Pine about the lack of Affordable Housing in Vermont. Dan Fingas about building grassroots power in Vermont to win a jobs guarantee, universal healthcare, affordable housing, racial justice, and bold climate action; and Mike Goldfield, author of The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s about the potential significance of Alabama Amazon Workers Organizing.

Alabama Amazon Workers Organizing and Thaddeus Stevens

Dan LaBotz about Why Alabama Amazon Workers Organizing Could Be So Important for All Working People. Bruce Levine, author of Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice, about the role of Vermonter Thaddeus Stevens in the dynamic trajectory of the second American revolution—an opportunity to remake the country as a true multiracial democracy. How the Civil War evolved, and why its aftermath was both so promising and so disappointing.

Let's Grow Kids and the Origins of International Women's Day

Aly Richards of Lets Grow Kids talks about the need for affordable, quality childcare.We revisit the origins of International Women’s Day. Hear some of topical singer David Rovics songs about Solidarity and COVID; and hear from the authors of Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life.

Bruce Levine on Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice

Bruce Levine, author of Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice, discusses the role of Thaddeus Stevens in the dynamic trajectory of the second American revolution—an opportunity to remake the country as a true multiracial democracy. How the Civil War evolved, and why its aftermath was both so promising and so disappointing.

Required Income to Live in Vermont, Affordable Childcare, and What's Next After the Pandemic Slump

Paul Cillo about how much income does a Vermonter need to live? Michele Asch on the need for affordable/quality childcare, and Ashley Smith about After the Pandemic Slump, What Next?

VT Progressive Party Priorities and Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era

Rep. Selene Coburn discusses Progressives' Priorities for this Legislative Session and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler talks about the The Lancet's "Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era" study.

Unjust Traffic Stops and the Super Bowl

Stephanie Seguino about the Trends in Racial Disparities in Vermont Traffic Stops and Their Broader Significance, and Omar Ocampo about the Pandemic Super Bowl 2021: Billionaires Win, We Lose.

Renew Vermont, Teacher's Retirement, and Funding Education

Kate Logan talks about the Renew Vermont Agenda for a Jobs-Green New Deal, Darren Allen about Addressing Funding Issues with the Teachers’ Retirement System, and Sen. Anthony Pollina about Using an Income Tax to Fund Education.

Pandemic Relief for Vermont, Vermont Renews, and Why Trumpism Will Endure

Julie Lowell about More Federal Pandemic Relief for Vermont, Kate Logan about Vermont Renews, a statewide grassroots agenda and coalition created to address the the state’s interconnected crises of racial injustice, climate change, mass unemployment, and the coronavirus pandemic, and Sam Farber on why Trumpism Will Endure.

State Wide Jobs Guarantee, Climate, and the America Dream

We hear from Rep. Brian Cina about an agenda for a statewide Jobs Guarantee to tackle mass unemployment, economic and racial inequality, the coronavirus pandemic, and climate change; and Dr. Jack Rasmus about What Happens January 6th, 20th & After?; and Jamie McCallum author of Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream.

State of Working Vermont and Reviewing Workers Struggles in 2020

Stephanie Yu of the Public Assets Institute about how Vermonters are doing: the State of Working Vermont 2020. Dan DiMaggio of Labor Notes for 2020 in review: Workers Struggle Under the Weight of the Pandemic.

Jobs in Vermont, the Skimpy COVID Relief Bill, and Biden's Imperial Foreign Policy

Stephanie Yu of the Public Assets Institute talks about Vermont Jobs and COVID. We review the skimpy COVID relief bill. And Ashley Smith previews Biden’s Imperial Foreign Policy.

Food Insecurity, a Regional Green New Deal, and Opposition to UVM Cuts

Emily Belarmino presents research on Food insecurity in Vermont. Kate Logan, of Rights and Democracy, discusses the Renew New England Alliance’s agenda for a regional Green New Deal with a vibrant regional economy. Professor Paul Bierman and student organizer Cobalt Tolbert talk about the huge opposition to UVM administrators’ plans to cut 23 programs from the university’s College of Arts and Science with further cuts to follow at every college.

2020 Election and the Prospects for Coronavirus Stimulus

Aaron Amaral on the 2020 Election: Where do we go from here? Dr. Jack Rasmus about the Prospects for Coronavirus Stimulus, the Economy & the Impending Loss of Unemployment Benefits & Paid Sick/Family leave for Millions of Workers, plus an Assessment of Biden’s policies and appointments.

A Bold Vision for Vermont, the Non-Alternative of Biden, and What We Have Learned about the Far Right

Progressive Vermont State Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak about why Vermont Needs a Bold Agenda to Address the Concerns of Working Vermonters and Hadas Thier about Why Biden and the Dems Should Have Buried Trumpism but They Provided No Alternative and Chris Vials about What We Learned About the Far Right From Donald Trump’s Presidency.

Anthony Pollina on Vermont Elections, Eric Blanc and David Finkel on Life after Trump

Vermont State Sen. Anthony Pollina shares the Progressive Party’s assessment of the Vermont elections and plans for the Burlington mayoral race. Eric Blanc says We Were Right To Celebrate Trump’s Defeat. Now We’ll Have To Stay in the Streets for the Next 4 Years, and David Finkel talks about After the Trumpster Fire.

Actions to Defend Democracy, Chicago Teachers Union, and Presidential Politics

Dan Fingas talks about Actions to Defend Democracy in the face of authoritarian threats. Jhoanna Maldonado of the Chicago Teachers Union discusses plans to defend a free and fair election, including the possibility of political strike action, and Kit Wainer’s his thoughts on A Very “American” Coup.

School Taxes for COVID, Vermont’s Precarious Signs of Recovery, and the Power of Workers

Paul Cillo on why there should be no school tax increase for COVID shortfall, and Vermont’s precarious signs of recovery Liz Medina and David Van Deusen about Vermont Labor Action to Defend Democracy, and Jeremy Brecher on How Workers Can Help Defeat a Trump Coup.

Affordable Health Care, the Danger of a Coup, and the Case Against Biden

State Auditor Doug Hoffer about OneCare Vermont and the rising unaffordability of healthcare. DSA’s Marianela D’Aprile about the danger of a coup attempt & defending democracy. Tom Harrison on why Trump is far worse than Biden, but Biden is no alternative.

Defending Democracy from a Trump Coup & How to Fight the Far Right

Defending Democracy from a Trump Coup & How to Fight the Far Right

Joe Allen on the Rising Threat of the Far Right

Interview with Joe Allen on the Rising Threat of the Far Right.

The National Guard, a Legal(?) Coup & the Far Right

Ed Stanak about the Potential for Trump Using the National Guard Against Vermonters; Jack Rasmus about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death & Trump’s Emerging Legal Coup D’Etat; and Joe Allen about the Rising Threat of the Far Right.

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