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The United Farm Workers Union celebrated its 50th anniversary this past weekend with leaders, including the late Cesar Chavez, still being canonized by some and demonized by others. Since the grape boycotts that made it famous in the 1960's, has the UFW kept its promise of signing contracts for higher wages and better working conditions? Why is it not devoted to farm workers any more? What happens to the millions of dollars raised in their name? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, after two summits, can the only remaining superpower still set the world's agenda?

Banner image: US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is introduced by UFW President Arturo Rodriguez at the United Farm Workers 50th anniversary gathering Sunday, May 20, 2012 in Bakersfield, California. Photo by Susan Goldman/US Department of Labor

 

Main Topic The UFW: 50 Years Later 25 MIN, 42 SEC

In Bakersfield over the past weekend, the United Farm Workers Union celebrated its 50th anniversary with cries of "Viva Chavez!" and Sí se puede!" We get an update on the UFW from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez, who was in Bakersfield over the weekend for the 50th anniversary celebration, and from Miriam Pawel, who's written about the UFW for the past seven years, first at the LA Times, then as author of The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement. She's currently working on a biography of Cesar Chavez.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, Morning News Producer (@SaulKCRW)
Miriam Pawel, journalist and author (@miriampawel)

Main Topic Afghanistan, Eurozone Questions Linger Despite NATO, G8 Resolve 25 MIN, 6 SEC

167x120 image for tp120521afghanistan_eurozoneAfter thousands of protesters clashed with police this weekend, many Chicago businesses encouraged workers to stay home today. Meantime, at the Convention Center, NATO leaders agreed to pull troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with President Obama insisting that "stabilizing" that country is still a "vital" priority. The NATO meeting came hard on the heels of the G8 summit Friday and Saturday at Camp David, which supported the President's call for "growth" as opposed to "austerity" in the Eurozone. Agreements produced by these back-to-back summits could have long-term consequences for Afghanistan and the European economy. We hear what they mean for the US and other Western powers.

Guests:
Tony Karon, Time magazine (@TonyKaron)
Paula Newberg, Georgetown University
Philip Golub, American Universitiy of Paris
Martin Butcher, arms control advocate (@ButcherMartin)

Power, Profit and Prestige

Philip S. Golub

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