New York, NY – On this week’s edition of Stuck Nation Radio, we’re looking ahead to the June 18, Poor People’s & Low Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. NYC Comptroller Brad Lander also talks about confronting Amazon’s anti-worker policies, as well as 32BJ SEIU’s campaign to uplift Chipotle workers throughout the city.
Segment A: We will hear from Rev.Dr. Liz Theoharis who is the co-chair along with Rev. Dr. William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign. They were both in Newark this Saturday to rally support for the DC March and to provide a forum for the community to discuss their circumstances living in a city in which so many families struggle week to week just to get the basics. Dr. Theoharis is by Newark activist Larry Hamm, whose People’s Organization For Progress were the local sponsors of the Newark event that was well attended. Theoharis discusses how a half-century after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. announced plans for the first Poor People’s Campaign, a grass roots labor movement revival led by workers in workplaces like Amazon,Starbucks and Dollar General Stores are making a difference.
Segment B: New York City Comptroller Brad Lander gives an update on the recent Amazon shareholder meeting at which he and New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli led a coalition of public pension investors to hold Amazon accountable for their anti-workers policies which include awarding their top executive over $200 million in compensation. Lander discusses 32 BJ SEIU’s campaign with Chipotle workers and explains the link between a pro-union agenda and the kind of sustained economic expansion that can lift up working families long term. Also, what’s ahead for NYCHA and why it matters that tenants have guaranteed legal representation in Housing Court.