From The Trenches Radio for October: CTU Strike Analysis, Bradley Manning
From The Trenches is the monthly radio program of the Chicago Independent Media Center.
ON THE SHOW IN OCTOBER 2012:
* A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE 2012 CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION STRIKE
We'll speak with one of the CTU's lead negotiators, Chicago teacher and Chicago Indymedia's own Garth Liebhaber, for a behind-the-scenes perspective on the historic CTU strike of 2012.
* A CHICAGO PRESENTATION ON BRADLEY MANNING
We'll hear a presentation from Chicago activist and blogger Kevin Gosztola, about alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning.
* Plus, headlines from the worldwide Indymedia network.
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RECENT HEADLINES FROM THE INDYMEDIA NETWORK:
Wells Fargo Evicts Terminally-Ill Native Woman Despite Federal Court Order
Los Angeles Indymedia posted a feature headlined: "Wells Fargo Evicts Terminally-Ill Woman Despite Federal Court Order". Quoting from the feature, dated October 23, 2012: "Niko Black, a Native woman (Apache) with terminal cancer, has been evicted from her Garden Grove home by Wells Fargo, with co-operation of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and complicity of the local police. This, despite Niko posting a Federal Court Order forbidding such action on her front door and filing it with local police agencies. Black told the OC Weekly that fradulent paperwork was used to justify the eviction. Although she declared bankruptcy a few years ago, Black has never had a mortgage with Wells Fargo. Since the eviction, Federal Judge Theodore C. Albert (who signed the court order favoring Black) has ordered Wells Fargo and county representatives to appear in court on November 13 to explain the eviction.
Meanwhile, family, friends, and other supporters of Black are drawing attention to the actions of Wells Fargo and Orange County authorities. Updates are posted on a Facebook page, and a petition is being circulated."
Three Occupy Austin Activists Arrested During Tent City Rises
Austin Indymedia featured the story of three activists involved with Occupy Austin who were arrested during a protest aimed at helping the homeless. Quoting from the feature, dated October 6, 2012: "To commemorate the one year anniversary of the [Occupy Austin]...protestors planned to march to an abandoned Home Depot warehouse [where]...they planned to set up a temporary homeless shelter appropriately named 'Tent City.'" Police accuse the activists of trespassing. "Activist Kit O'Connell says homeless services in Austin...fall short for those who need a roof over their head. 'We want them to take some of these empty properties, abandoned properties, unused spaces and allow people to camp there to stay there,' he said. The arrestees were charged with criminal trespassing, and they expect the charges to be thrown out.
Union wins over chain of New York City pastry shops
New York City Indymedia featured the dramatic victory by union organizers over a local retail bakery chain. In August 2012, workers at a branch of Hot & Crusty, a chain of pastry shops in Manhattan, asked for a $1-per-hour raise. The owner responded to the request by closing the shop, locking out 23 workers on August 31st, but the workers, organized by the Laundry Workers Center, responded back. A statement by the workers tells the story: "After a workplace occupation, a week of targeted direct action, round-the-clock picketing and an outpouring of community support, the Hot and Crusty Workers Association announced Saturday that it has come to a tentative agreement with the new owners of the Hot and Crusty located at 63rd street and 2nd avenue. The Union announced that the company has agreed to recognize the union immediately and commence negotiations towards a collective bargaining agreement. Workers will return to their jobs in approximately two weeks. This is a historic victory for low-wage and immigrant workers and would not have been possible without the grassroots organizing of the Laundry Workers Center and a broad coalition of support, including Occupy Wall Street, various labor unions, workers centers and community-based organizations."