VOICES Radio: The MTA’s Anti-Blackness; Mark Masaoka Talks Unionism, Racism at GM Plant

The MTA’s Anti-Blackness; Mark Masaoka Talks

Unionism, Racism at GM Plant; and Horace Silver

performs his classic, Song for my Father

On this edition of Voices from the Frontlines, Eric Mann and Channing Martinez urge the MTA to “Stop Genocide Against Black Passengers”. They say it’s time for Voices listeners to get off the sidelines and join us on the Frontlines.

Support the Bus Riders Union motion to this Thursday’s MTA board by contacting Channing Martinez at Channing@thestrategycenter.org

We also have part two of a three-part discussion with Mark Masaoka, in conversation with Eric Mann. They share memories and analysis of the great work in the United Auto Workers by socialist and communists in the auto factories of Ford Pico Rivera, GM Southgate, and GM Van Nuys—Mark’s and UAW Local 645 in the fight against anti-Japanese chauvinism.

Jesse Jackson and Ed Asner join Eric Mann to stop auto plant closures in LA during the 1980s.

There are also segments with Ernesto Arce and the South Central Third World News, Vijay Prashad on the hypocrisy of US climate criminals passing the buck to China and India.

Horace Silver’s Song for my Father became an instant classic and was widely sampled in acid jazz and hip-hop during the 1990s til today.

We’ll hear the Great Horace Silver playing “Song for My Father” and a bit of background on the bop classic.

Also, Channing Martinez joins us to invite listeners this weekend to Strategy and Soul located at 3546 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, just around the corner from the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.



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