Episode

10/10 War In Gaza; UAW Solidarity; GOP Losing On Trans Issues w/ Jeff Schuhrke, Ettingermentum

October 10, 2023

It’s News Day Tuesday! Emma speaks with Jeff Schuhrke, assistant professor in labor studies at SUNY Empire State University, to discuss his recent piece at In These Times entitled ““This Fight Is Global”: Workers Around the World Are Standing With Striking U.S. Autoworkers.” Then, she’s joined by blogger Ettingermentum to discuss his piece entitled “The Modern Electoral History of Transphobia.” First, Emma runs through updates on Israel’s devastating siege on Gaza, including the rising death tolls on both sides, the international response to the conflict, international labor action, Kevin McCarthy’s obsession with stature, Bob Menendez’s desire to run for reelection, Trump’s fraud trial, and Oklahoma’s publicly-funded religious charter, before parsing through the Israeli government’s disturbing response to Hamas’ attacks this weekend, and the large role they played in Hamas’ rise. Professor Jeff Schuhrke then dives right into the massive size of this labor movement, with the US recently seeing hundreds of thousands of laborers on strike in recent weeks, driven in large part by the United Auto Workers’ rolling strikes against the big three auto-makers. Expanding on this latter point, Professor Schuhrke explores the international solidarity being shown to the UAW amid threats to export their jobs abroad for cheaper labor, with both independent Mexican unions and Lula da Silva’s Brazilian government extending support, before he and Emma wrap up with an assessment of the incredible international labor moment, and the future of international labor solidarity. Ettingermentum (or, Josh) then joins as he walks Emma through the evolution of the GOP’s mass transphobia campaign in the face of consistent electoral blowback. Josh first touches on the North Carolina Bathroom Law in 2013 – where the GOP attempted to use its Governorship and Super Majority in the state as a testing ground for their fascist legislation – and the resulting democratic governorship of Roy Cooper that continues to this day, before walking through the second wave of attempts around the 2016 election of Donald Trump, particularly those in Virginia and New Jersey, which failed so severely they saw Donald Trump pivot to a faux-Pro-LGBT stance for the 2020 race. Wrapping up, Ettingermentum and Emma explore the role of the Democratic Party and national media in propping up the legitimacy of this electoral strategy, their important shift towards highlighting the most extreme platforms of the GOP, and why voters won’t go for outright transphobic agendas.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and the MR Crew reflect on coverage of the Israel-Gaza war (including their own) with some help from Dave from Jamaica, Jimmy Dore and Tim Pool tiptoe around any support for Palestine, and Marco Rubio makes an outright call for genocide. Gabe from Philly explores Jewish liberation outside of Zionism, Kevin McCarthy brings the Freedom caucus into his response to the Israel-Gaza conflict, and Michael Knowles continues to exemplify the right-wing attack on education. Miguel S. calls in to explore the direct connections between poverty and crime, plus, your calls and IMs!Check out Jeff’s piece here: https://inthesetimes.com/article/uaw-strike-international-solidarity-mexico-brazil-union-labor

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