Your Call's media roundtable: Turmoil in Venezuela; Workers' drive to unionize in Mississippi

Aug 3, 2017

On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss the worsening economic and political crisis in Venezuela, which has led to a widespread shortage of food and medicine, rising crime, and skyrocketing inflation. As of last year, nearly 82 percent of Venezuelans lived in a state of poverty. How are the media covering the underlying reasons for Venezuela’s catastrophic economic and political meltdown?

We’ll also talk about Wisconsin’s $3B tax give away to Foxconn for opening a $10B factory in the state and the historic union election for 4,000 Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi. 

Guests:

Juan Victor Fajardo, freelance journalist and editor of the Bolivian Express

Steven Greenhouse, former veteran labor reporter for the New York Times, and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker

Mike Elk, senior labor reporter & founder of the Payday Report

Web Resources:

Huffington Post: Venezuela’s Crisis Approaches A Tipping Point As Protests Spread To Government Strongholds

Foreign Policy: The Making of Leopoldo López

The Guardian: Nissan attacked for one of 'nastiest anti-union campaigns' in modern US history

NY Times: Racially Charged Nissan Vote Is a Test for U.A.W. in the South

NY Times: Activists Attack Wisconsin's Foxconn Deal as Harmful to Wetlands 

NY Times: Wisconsin’s Lavish Lure for Foxconn: $3 Billion in Tax Subsidies