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  •  Too bad the great Cesar Chavez (10+ / 0-)

    isn't around these days. Boy could we use his voice to keep these issues out front.

    "The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra

    by brooklynbadboy on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 05:18:01 AM PDT

    •  if Chavez were alive today (10+ / 0-)

      what are the chances that anyone outside of the blogosphere would actually know about him?

      For all the talk of the ideological biases of the traditional media, one indisputable fact is that they do everything in their power to block out and shut down pro-labor voices. Labor representatives once had a regular spot on shows like Meet the Press.

      •  Partly it is labor's fault. (5+ / 0-)

        For two many years all labor focused on was bad contract deals for a shrinking membership, rather than growing that membership and becoming more politically aggressive. It seems they've gotten much better on that front.

        But you are right about the old media. No doubt.

        "The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra

        by brooklynbadboy on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 05:37:27 AM PDT

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      •  I posted this upstream (3+ / 0-)
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        but here's a quickie youtube I put together from a radio module I did for WRIR's Hidden Histories on Caesar Chavez. It's only two minutes, and it quickly backgrounds his life and efforts. It'd be great if we could get more of our rich labor history into the mainstream media. Like so many folks from the progressive era, Chavez was smeared and derided by the popular press of the time. Because of this, Americans remain largely ignorant of what kind of sacrifices and heroes the progressive really are--and what the vast majority of Americans have gained from progressives and unions over the years (8 hour work days, 5 day weeks, etc...). So much is either taken for granted or entirely ignored.

        DelicateMonster a slightly left of center reading experience

        by DelicateMonster on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 06:14:17 AM PDT

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      •  but change is in the wind... (1+ / 0-)
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        You are right about the MSM and labor.

        But change is in the wind. Trumka was elected president of AFL-CIO earlier this month, and he is not afraid to go out on the teevee and make labor's case. And unlike his predecessor Sweeney, Trumka is actually good at it.

        We've also seen the leaders of Steelworkers and the Teamsters venture out more into the public arena recently. Hopefully, it's the beginning of a trend.

    •  We need to carry on Cesar's legacy (0+ / 0-)

      Cesar said if the union did not survive his death has work would have been for nothing.
      The UFW is working tirelessly to continue to build the union Cesar founded into a powerful voice for farm workers. Since Cesar's passing union membership has increased. Among recent UFW victories are agreements with one of the nation’s top five largest vegetable growers, the biggest strawberry employer in the United States, the largest rose producer in America, the country’s biggest winery and the biggest dairy in the U.S.
      Together we can continue the work Cesar started for us. Please help.

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