Ira Harritt, Kansas City Program Coordinator, provided an update on the federal budget debate on KKFI Community Radio's Heartland Labor forum on Thursday, August 11, 2011. In this interview he reviewed what economists and leaders are saying about the recent budget deficit deal and discussed what will really put people back to work and heal our ailing economy.
Excerpts from the show:
AFSC believes that every person has basic rights that include access to education, adequate food and shelter, and freedom from exploitation in the workplace. To that end, we work at the grassroots level to improve living conditions for those in need.
Projects are as varied as vegetable gardens in a blighted Baltimore neighborhood, an informative radio program in Spanish for migrant workers in California who need to know their rights, handbooks on resources available to the homeless on Massachusetts, recovering back pay for factory workers who were “stiffed” by their employer, helping taxi drivers in the Chicago area change local ordinances that affect their livelihoods, or sustaining traditional water rights agreements for family farmers in New Mexico.
As the policy level, AFSC works through its Washington, D.C. office to communicate our positions on legislation with economic ramifications to the Congress. We also bring to senators and representatives voices from minority and often overlooked groups such as undocumented immigrants and Native Americans.