Love > Fear

Bravery never goes out of fashion. ~ William Makepeace Thackeray
Beware of mothers who have nothing left to lose. ~ Amy Goodman
History is a race between education and catastrophe. ~ H.G. Wells

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DemocracyNow.org – Records revealed last week show Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney remained at the helm of the private equity firm Bain Capital three years longer than he had previously disclosed. Romney maintained he left Bain in 1999 to run the Winter Olympics in Utah. But the Boston Globe reported last week that Romney retained control of Bain and earned a salary through 2002. The three-year period in question saw Bain shuttering a number of U.S. companies, leading to layoffs and the outsourcing of American jobs. We’re joined by Chris Rowland, Washington bureau chief for the Boston Globe.
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How does art affect, benefit, and change women in society? After immigrating to the US from Iran at the age of 15, Laura Merage has dedicated her life to participating in this question. A renowned artist with studios in Denver, Hawaii, and Israel, Mrs. Merage participates in social entrepreneurship by offering art as a way to express emotion, impact society, and create change. In this talk, Mrs. Merage asks real questions and shares her emotional story of art as an outlet, an expression, and a way to build community.
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Robert Reich lays out what’s at stake in the 2012 Presidential Election

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Mike Elk, In These Times, Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Sam Sacks, progressive commentator join Thom Hartmann. In Scranton, Pennsylvania – despite winning a legal battle, police and firefighters unions have lost a battle with the city over their wages. Last week – the Mayor of Scranton, Chris Doherty, announced that the pay of 398 unionized public workers will be slashed down to minimum wage – just $7.25 an hour. The mayor argued his city simply cannot afford to pay the unionized workers anymore money. Unions are also suffering in other cash-strapped cities. In Detroit – Financial Managers are laying off hundreds of unionized teachers – shutting down public schools – and replacing them with private charter schools that pay non-union teachers less and and have a much higher turnover rate of teachers. We’ve also seen the decline of organized labor on a state level across America. From Wisconsin – where collective bargaining rights were stripped from public sector unions – to Indiana, which just this year became a right-to-work state. There are now 23 states in America that have adopted right-to-work laws, which make it a lot harder for unions to operate. In the post-World War 2 Era – working Americans were able to achieve a comfortable middle class lifestyle with a decent paycheck thanks to unions. But since 1980 – union rates – especially in the private sector – have rapidly declined – and right alongside with it – so has the middle class’s share of national income. More than a third of the workforce in America belonged to a union in the 1950’s – but today – it’s around a tenth of the workforce – and less than 7% of private workers belong to a union currently. So what impact has the destruction of organized labor had on our economy and our communities? Is it time to beging thinking about new ways to organize labor beyond the traditional union model? And conversely, as unions have declines – and corporate power increased – is it time to start re-think the idea of corporate capitalism altogether? Plus – how is the erosion of union labor harmed the DC area’s ability to turn the electricity back on following the freak storms a week ago?
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Learn more at billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-is-l…r-a-lost-cause/ Bill opens this week’s show by explaining how last week’s Supreme Court decision not to reconsider Citizens United exposes the hoax that Citizens United was ever about “free” speech. In reality, Bill says in a broadcast essay, it’s about carpet bombing elections “with all the tonnage your rich paymasters want to buy.”

Also lost in the Supreme media chatter last week: a disturbing ruling in Knox vs. SEIU Local 1000 that restricts labor unions from directing collected dues toward political causes. There’s no similar limit on corporations, naturally – yet another indication that the power and status of modern unions is waning, especially when compared to the unbridled influence of Corporate America. With a sharp decline in union membership, a legion of new enemies, and a series of legal and legislative setbacks, can unions rebound and once again act strongly in the interest of ordinary workers?

On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill talks to two people who can best answer the question: Stephen Lerner and Bill Fletcher, Jr. The architect of the SEIU’s Justice for Janitors movement, Lerner directed SEIU’s private equity project, which worked to expose a Wall Street feeding frenzy that left the working class in a state of catastrophe. Fletcher took his Harvard degree to the Massachusetts shipyards, and worked as a welder before becoming a labor activist. He served as assistant to the president of the AFL-CIO, and is author of the upcoming book They’re Bankrupting Us – And 20 Other Myths About Unions.

Later in the show, Bill talks with and invites readings by poet Philip Appleman, whose creativity spans a long life filled with verse, fiction, philosophy, religion… and Darwinism. Appleman’s latest collection is Perfidious Proverbs.

Bill Moyers is back! Check your local listings for air times: billmoyers.com/schedule
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What happens when you put a movie scientist in the room with a real scientist? You hope to inspire millions to take part in an energy revolution!

Courtesy of DemocracyNow.org As we discuss the spate of extreme weather in the United States, the author and professor Christian Parenti argues that the Republican-led assault on the public sector will leave states more vulnerable to global warming’s effects. “Another thing missing from these discussions — it’s not just the words ‘climate change,’ but the words ‘public sector,'” Parenti says. “I mean, who’s out there fighting these fires? It’s the public sector. Where do people go when there are these cooling centers? It’s the public sector. … This assault on the public sector must be linked to climate change.” We’re also joined by The Guardian’s U.S. environment correspondent Suzanne Goldenberg and by Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground website.

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In this “Viewpoint” Web exclusive, country music artist and LGBT activist Chely Wright sits down with comedian John Fugelsang for an in-depth interview revealing how she reconciled her Christian faith with her sexual orientation.
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DemocracyNow.org Set to be implemented by 2017, Vermont’s healthcare overhaul goes well beyond the new federal law. The Vermont Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, enacted last month, will make Vermont the first state in the nation to offer single-payer healthcare. On Thursday, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin hailed the Supreme Court decision upholding the federal Affordable Care Act, but he said Vermont would probably be least impacted by it. “We’ve had a long history of healthcare reform and a real priority of taking care of our citizens,” says Robin Lunge, Vermont’s Director of Health Care Reform. “We’re not interested in waiting for the nation to catch up with us.”

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