RadioActive: Focus on Poverty Among the Disabled, Working Class

  • August 30, 2015
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RadioActive for August 30, 2015, wraps up our month-long focus on poverty by talking with disability activists and union organizers. Use the media player below to hear the show, which is hosted by volunteer Nick Burns and produced by Lara Jones. Click here for the RadioActive Report, a list of upcoming rallies, events and open public comment periods.

 

RadioActive August 30th

Segment 1: Jerry Costley and Barbara Toomer of ADAPT/Utah, an organization of activists with disabilities.

It's been 25 years since the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, but its promise has yet to be met in Utah, according to Toomer and Costley. Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m. on the south steps of the Utah Capitol building, ADAPT will demand justice for disabled individuals. As many as 200 ADAPT supporters from Utah and across the country will engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience. This rally will protest the ongoing budget shortfalls that drastically cut home and community-based services and routinely force seniors and people with disabilities into nursing facilities and other institutional settings.

 

Short excerpts:

 

ADAPT rally

 

ADA Unfulfilled

 

Segment 2: Dale Cox, president, Utah AFL-CIO, and pipefitter Hyrum Matthews, Local #140

From labor circles, Utah AFL-CIO president Dale Cox and pipefitter Hyrum Matthews of Local #140 talk about the 40-hour work week, the state of unions in a right-to-work state, and details on a special Joe Hill Centennial Celebration set for Sept. 5 in Sugar House Park.

 

Short excerpts:

 

Joe Hill Centennial Celebration September 5th

 

Labor in Utah

 

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