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GRITtv Live: Chicago Workers Occupy Factory, Question Bailout

Barack Obama has said that Chicago workers who have occupied a factory are "absolutely right" to demand "benefits and payments that they’ve earned." Today GRITtv talks to New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, Mark Meinster, an organizer for the United Electrical Workers Union, and Melvin Maclin Vice, President of UE Local 1110 on the Republic Windows sit in and why they’re not buying the bailout. Followed by an interview with Howard Zinn.

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.