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Looking Back, Moving Forward: 2010 Year in Review

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The earthquake in Haiti.  The BP oil spill.  A crumbling US economy and educational system.  And domestic workers in New York receive a historic bill of rights.  We look back at some stories we brought you in 2010, and look ahead to 2011.

Featuring:

Pierre Labossierre, Haiti Action Committee; Ansel Herz, independent journalist living in Haiti; Albert Naquin, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimachas Tribal Chief; Aaron Viles, Gulf Restoration Network Campaign Director; Robert Gorman, Catholic Charities Houma-Thibodaux Executive Director; R.J. Molinair & Clairece Fralou, Gulf Coast residents; Marguerite Higa, parent, organizer of Save Our Schools Hawaii; Ai-Jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance Director; Pat Francois, Domestic Workers United member.

Making Contact’s Pauline Bartolone speaks with Pierre Labossierre of the Haiti Action Committee:

Economic Need Keeps Gulf Coast Residents Supporting Big Oil

With their land, traditions, and livelihood all thrown into chaos, and their future in doubt, you might think that the people of Southern Louisiana would be calling for major changes to the way the oil companies do business, or leading the charge for an overall ban on underwater drilling.  But as correspondent Julia Botero reports, the economic realities are much more complicated, and many of those most closely affected by the devastation of the gulf spill, are in fact, not calling for any change at all.

Hawaii Parents and Students ‘Sit-In’ Against School Furloughs

In Hawaii this past year, the school year was the shortest in the nation because of furloughs every Friday. But in early April 2010, a group of parents called ‘Save Our Schools’ decided they couldn’t stand idly by … literally. They staged a sit in at Governor Linda Lingle’s office, demanding that she take stronger action to end the off days. Listen to their story among this mix of stories about how teachers, students and parents dealt with the crisis in K-12 education.


—WEB EXCLUSIVES—

Extended interview with Ai-Jen Poo

Full-length interview with Ai-Jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers
Alliance, about the successful campaign for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New
York State.


Extended interview with Ansel Herz

Full-length interview with Ansel Herz, independent journalist in Haiti, about post-earthquake recovery, foreign aid and debt relief, the UN, and elections in Haiti.

For More Information:

Act Against Oil-Abolish Offshore Drilling
http://www.actagainstoil.com/

Ansel Herz
www.mediahacker.org

Antonia Juhasz
http://www.tyrannyofoil.org/

Biloxi-Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees
http://www.biloxi-chitimacha.com/

Catholic Charities Houma-Thibodaux

Houma, LA

Democracy Now’s coverage of earthquake in Haiti
http://www.democracynow.org/tags/haiti_earthquake

Domestic Workers United
http://www.domesticworkersunited.org/
New York, New York

Gulf Restoration Network

New Orleans, LA

Global Exchange Chevron Program

San Francisco, CA

Haiti Action Committee

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

http://www.ijdh.org/

Louisiana Bucket Brigade

New Orleans, LA

Louisiana Environmental Action Network

Baton Rouge, LA

Mobilization for Climate Justice

National Domestic Workers Alliance

New York, New York

Rethinking Schools

United States Social Forum

Articles, Blogs, Films, Reports, Other:

The Fight to Save Public Education
by Shamus Cooke

Gulf Residents Scared Oil Industry Will Leave: Will We Ever Break Our Abusive Relationship With Oil?

Sierra Club Oil Spill Map

School Reform We Can’t Believe In

by Stan Karp, Rethinking Schools

Music:

J-Dilla by Always Find a Way

Zero 7 by Warm Sound

Bounce by Dopestar

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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