1) Jon Rainwater, executive director of Peace-Action, examines Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that Moscow was suspending its participation in the New START treaty — the last remaining nuclear arms control pact with the United States. He’ll talk about the dangers of a new nuclear arms race, and what can be done to pressure Russia and the U.S. to resume good faith negotiations on arms control and the reduction of nuclear stockpiles.
2) Ryan Black, Organizing Coordinator with RootsAction.org and the Defuse Nuclear War coalition discusses the protests that were organized by the coalition on the first anniversary of the Ukraine war, calling on the Biden administration to “lead with diplomacy” and work to end the war in Ukraine.
3) Mel Buer, an associate editor and labor reporter with The Real News Network discusses the train derailment disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, how deregulation of the rail industry played a role in the toxic chemical accident, and the issues covered in her recent Nation magazine article, “The Ohio Derailment Catastrophe Is a Case Study in Disaster Capitalism.”
4) Luis Luna, Coalition Manager with the group Husky for Immigrants, talks about his group’s advocacy for the passage of Connecticut legislation that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to cover people up to 26 years old regardless of their immigration status. If passed, this bill would build upon a measure passed by the Connecticut legislature last May that expanded the Medicaid program to include children up to 12 years old, regardless of immigration status.
Monday, Feb 27 at 8 PM and in the WPKN archive.
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Hazel Kahan’s guest on North Fork Works is Aimee Weldon, coordinator with the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who describes efforts to conserve and restore saltmarsh habitat for the saltmarsh sparrows, whose population has been declining steadily. They’ve been called the “canaries in the coal mine” for the salt marsh ecosystems. Weldon explains how she and her colleagues and partners are working to restore the salt marsh not only for the birds but also for the human coastline populations between Virginia and Maine. Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 AM (repeat at 8:00 PM) and archived.