Episode 52 – The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Mother Jones
The Most Dangerous Woman in America!

Recorded April 27, 2015. According to West Virginia district attorney Reese Blizzard, that would be Mary Harris Jones, aka “Mother Jones.” And just who was Mother Jones and why was she so dangerous? What was Mother Jones’ role in the American Railway Union’s Pullman Strike? What was her relation to the women’s movement of the early 20th Century? How did her radicalism relate to her Irish heritage? How is her legacy and work with the miners’ unions to be remembered at the Mother Jones Museum in Mt. Olive, Illinois? And what was it with Gene Autry, anyway?

In this episode of Talkin’ Socialism, Peg Strobel interviews Rosemary Feurer, Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University and Director of the Mother Jones Heritage Project.

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Episode 51 — Derailing the Fast Track

Recorded April 11, 2015. Tom Broderick interviews Carson Starkey, the Director of the Illinois Fair Trade Coalition, about the pending “Fast Track” legislation in Congress, intended to speed passage of the yet-to-be-disclosed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement.

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Carson Starkey is an alumnus of the Paul Wellstone campaign and the U.S. Army. For more information: Globalization and Its Discontents Illinois Fair Trade Coalition Public Citizen’s Eyes on Trade Economic Policy Institute Trade and Globalization Congressional Progressive Caucus: Principles for Trade (PDF) Investor-State Dispute Settlement Since this episode was recorded, a Trade Promotion Authority (“Fast Track”) bill was introduced in the Senate. Let your Senators and Representative know how you feel about this and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Contact Congress U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate

Episode 50 — Vote Mujica — Chicago’s 25th Ward

Jorge Mujica
Jorge Mujica, 2015 Chicago Municipal Election

Recorded March 14, 2015. Jorge Mujica, recent candidate for Alderman of Chicago’s 25th Ward, and the manager of his campaign, Mario Cardenas. Interviewed by Chicago DSA’s Bill Barclay (Barclay was on the campaign steering committee), they discuss what went right with the campaign and what went wrong, and some of the history and some of the reasoning behind campaign strategy.

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Chicago 25th Ward
Chicago’s 25th Ward in the 2015 election. Darker red indicates greater percentage vote for Mujica.

Episode 49 – Gun Responsibilities in Oak Park

Tabling in Oak Park for universal background checks for gun sales.

Recorded February 23, 2015. Sandra Shimon and Joyce Champelli tell the story leading up to the passage in Oak Park of an advisory referendum advocating universal background checks for firearm sales and transfers, beginning with an Oak Park group (Gun Rights and Responsibilities Committee) that was meeting to find common ground between gun rights and gun responsibilities.

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Sandra Shimon is a life-long resident of Oak Park where she is co-chair of Oak Park DSA, active in her church and a variety of other progressive and charitable endeavors including the Gun Responsibility Advocates. Her proudest accomplishments are her daughters and grandson who are each in their own way making the world a better place.

Joyce Champelli is a 72 year old mother of four, grandmother of seven. She received both her B.A. and her M.A. from DePaul University, majoring in psychology. She has worked for the past 30 years for Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in the addition program. She has always had a strong interest in social justice issues and is currently an active member of United Power for Action and Justice, Move to Amend, and the Gun Responsibility Advocates. She is a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Oak Park.
Signature ad in support of the universal background check referendum.
Shall the federal government enact legislation requiring universal background checks of criminal and mental health history records for all transfers of ownership or possession of firearms, including transfers which occur at gun shows, over the Internet and privately, as a step toward preventing the ownership or possession of firearms by criminals and those with serious mental illnesses, and as a step toward preventing illegal gun trafficking altogether?”
For information about gun laws in your state, see http://smartgunlaws.org/scorecard/

For more information about the passage of the referendum, see http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/11-11-2014/18,000-reasons-to-be-proud/

Episode 48 — It’s Still Stagnation

Employment & Recessions
From Chicago Political Economy Group’s November, 2014, Jobs Report

Recorded January 10, 2015 — Chicago DSA members and Chicago Political Economy Group founding members Ron Baiman and Bill Barclay do a review of the 2014 economy and look ahead to 2015.

labor force participation
From St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, labor force participation.

The financial sector may be back, but wages have not grown; there’s no real surge in investment: It’s still stagnation.

Wages and Productivity
Wages and productivity

Is this a permanent condition? Baiman and Barclay look at the work of New School economist Lance Taylor in response to Thomas Piketty that suggests that, unless countered by vigorous public policy or very fortunate circumstances, stagnation may be be our future.

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Episode 47 — Gardening and Social Justice

Recorded December 3, 2014. “Intersectionality” has been a buzz word on the left lately. This episode explores the intersectionality of gardening, ethnic and family traditions, environmental sustainability, cultural diversity and social justice, as experienced through the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Heritage Garden Intership Program. DSA’s Peg Strobel interviews UIC Latino Cultural Center Director Rosa Cabrera and Heritage Garden Intern Leaders Sarah Hernandez and Karl Novak.

The Heritage Garden curriculum… builds on research conducted by Latino Cultural Center and African-American Cultural Center directors Rosa Cabrera and Lori Baptista when they worked at The Field Museum, which identified a number of key community concerns and strategies for community involvement in climate action including gardening and urban agriculture. The Heritage Garden project framework uses an assets-based approach that recognizes the range of green practices that people are already doing, builds on cultural values and identity, and links community concerns with environmental issues.

Garden interns engage in many hands-on, educational activities that help to develop and maintain the garden and sustain their relationships with community partners. Interns research the cultural significance of plants in the garden, gather recipes, and collect stories from family, friends, and neighbors about their environmentally friendly practices. Interns participate in weekly discussions about readings related to environmental and cultural sustainability, visit community resources that are relevant to this project, and work with local artists to make creative and explicit connections between environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social justice.

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