Democracy Now

Democracy Now! (6 am) – March 10, 2005

Political Activism or Grassroots Organizing? A Debate on the Future of Organized Labor

In recent weeks, a group of some of the largest unions have begun considering leaving the AFL-CIO. At the center of the controversy is the issue of political activism and organizing: The AFL-CIO camp advocates directing more resources to the federation’s political program while the SEIU and its backers want the focus to be on grassroots labor organizing. We host a debate with the AFL-CIO and UNITE HERE.

Is the Democratic Party Turning to Anti-Choice Candidates to Attract Conservative Voters?

Pro-choice activists are accusing the Democratic Party of abandoning its commitment to abortion rights and turning to anti-choice candidates in order to woo moderate and conservative voters. We speak with members of the National Organization for Women and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Immokalee Tomato Pickers Win Campaign Against Taco Bell

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers – a group of tomato pickers from Florida – claimed a decisive victory in their national boycott of fast food giant Taco Bell to improve wages and working conditions. We speak with a farmworker with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and a member of the Student Farmworker Alliance.

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