Episode 2: Not Going Back to Normal

Victories and challenges of organizing today. Anu talks with organizers Barb Rivera of Rochester Citywide Tenants Union who fought off her own eviction and Keith Bullard of North Carolina Raise Up fighting for a $15 minimum wage. Recorded in August 2021.

Victories and challenges of organizing today. Anu talks with organizers Barb Rivera of Rochester Citywide Tenants Union who fought off her own eviction and Keith Bullard of North Carolina Raise Up fighting for a $15 minimum wage. Recorded in August 2021.

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7:33- 8:10 I've been organizing for four years and I love everything about it. I'm feeling like my kid’s superhero. My kids love it. I bring them with me to my job. I bring them to the office. I bring them to rallies. I bring them to marches (CUT 7:50-8:00 I’m creating little activists because I want them to make changes in their world when its their time. I don’t want them to work too hard) I want them to know they have something to be proud of, a legacy to carry on, a mom to be proud of, you know? - Barb Rivera, Rochester Citywide Tenants Union

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18:11 - 18:22 and so you have a bunch of unorganized workers that are flexing their power and rejecting the old normal, and demanding a change in this society. - Keith Bullard, NC Raise Up

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This is the organizing conversation that needs to continue to happen. - Keith Bullard, NC Raise Up

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 26:33 In 2012, fast food workers had this ridiculous demand of $15 an hour in New York. And so they decided to go on strike, like that was mind blowing, but you have people in Seattle, Washington that say, yo, do you see those McDonald's workers over there going on strike saying they deserve $15 an hour? I'll go through the same thing. And I may not have ever met them personally. I know them because I am them. (end at 27:00 or can continue with the following text)

and they spoke up in Seattle. You know, they spoke up all across the country. And that's when you have a, uh, a common sense idea of, of some elected officials to say, Hey, it should be $15 an hour. (at 27:13)

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