As part of our continued coverage of the North Bay fires, and their impact, Cat Brooks and Brian Edwards-Tiekert interview Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Labor Organizing Network. He mentions the issue of wage theft, labor trafficking, and dangerous working conditions. Next, Cat and Brain interview Michael German, a Fellow in the Liberty & National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Michael German, a former FBI agent, speaks with Upfront about the new terrorist designation ‘Black Identity Extremist,’ reported after a report on the category was leaked in August. Alice Ollstein, a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics, illuminates some of the politics behind the bi-partisan health care bill bandaid. Afterwards, Rachel Linn-Gish, Director of Communications for Health Access California expands upon what the compromise would mean for health care recipients.
During the second half of the show, UpFront speaks with African labor leaders about the outflow of capital in Africa. Profits extracted from the country by large multinational corporations flowing out of Africa are often unaccounted for, tax laws broken or skirted. UpFront speaks with Luckystar Miyandazi, Policy Officer in the African Institutions Program at the The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM). Akhator Odigie, the Coordinator of Human and Trade Union Rights at the International Trade Union Confederation-Africa also contributes to the dialogue about the international scope of untaxed capital.