The third in a series of "Conversations for the 21st Century"
In recognition of May Day (International Workers Day) Sandy LeonVest pays tribute to workers all over the world during this third in a series of "Conversations for the 21st Century." The participants in this conversation, David Swanson and Joshua Frank, are two of the nation's most eloquent progressive advocates, as well as nationally acclaimed journalists, authors and activists.
This week's discussion takes place against the backdrop of deep social unrest -- in the US and across the world -- and as tens of thousands gather across the nation to demand decent jobs (with a living wage), human rights, healthcare for all, access to affordable education and the end of war. They discuss the significance of the Occupy movements' May Day demonstrations and General Strike, in the context of the upcoming 2012 presidential elections, including a look at 21st century progressive politics and the importance of pushing for a truly progressive agenda and exercising our constitutionally guaranteed democratic rights outside of the "corporate ballot box."