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Your Call's media roundtable: Turmoil in Venezuela; Workers' drive to unionize in Mississippi

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PAYDAY REPORT
Workers at the historic 5,000 person March on Mississippi against Nissan in March

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the worsening economic and political crisis in Venezuela, which has led to a widespread shortage of food and medicine, rising crime, and skyrocketing inflation. As of last year, nearly 82 percent of Venezuelans lived in a state of poverty. How are the media covering the underlying reasons for Venezuela’s catastrophic economic and political meltdown?

We’ll also talk about Wisconsin’s $3B tax give away to Foxconn for opening a $10B factory in the state and the historic union election for 4,000 Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi. 

Guests:

Juan Victor Fajardo, freelance journalist and editor of the Bolivian Express

Steven Greenhouse, former veteran labor reporter for the New York Times, and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

Mike Elk, senior labor reporter & founder of the Payday Report

Web Resources:

Huffington Post: Venezuela’s Crisis Approaches A Tipping Point As Protests Spread To Government Strongholds

Foreign Policy: The Making of Leopoldo López

The Guardian: Nissan attacked for one of 'nastiest anti-union campaigns' in modern US history

NY Times: Racially Charged Nissan Vote Is a Test for U.A.W. in the South

NY Times: Activists Attack Wisconsin's Foxconn Deal as Harmful to Wetlands
 
NY Times: Wisconsin’s Lavish Lure for Foxconn: $3 Billion in Tax Subsidies

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.