Category: Activists

Joan Rivers About To Get Kicked Out of Writers Guild For “Scabbing”

Once again Joan River is in danger of being kicked out of the Writers Guild.

Once again Joan River is in danger of being kicked out of the Writers Guild.

Under Deal Made With Guild in 2013 Rivers Promised to Stop Writing During Strike, But Rivers Continues To Write Violating Union Rules

Joan Rivers could face expulsion from the Writers Guild of America for failure to stop writing on a television show that writers are currently striking. That show, according to a union official, is E’s “Fashion Police” hosted by Rivers. Before going on strike Rivers’ writers were earning $610.00 a week with no health insurance. Their strike against E’s “Fashion Police” continues while Rivers violates union rules by writing on the show.

Rivers’ troubles with the union started back in October of 2013 after the Writers Guild scheduled a disciplinary hearing to determine if Rivers should be expelled for scabbing. Right before that hearing was to take place an embarrassed Rivers assured the Guild that she would stop writing and support her writers in their efforts to join the very same union she has been a member of for decades. Now once again she could get kicked out of it.

According to an interview on Pacifica Radio with Melodie Shaw, field representative and organizer for The Writers Guild of America West, Rivers has broken her promises to the union and has even given interviews calling her writers “idiots” and “schmucks” for organizing.

Shaw added that Rivers verbally abused the writers on E’s Fashion Police after they approached her about joining the union.


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David Feldman Show: Ralph Nader Answers Questions From Listeners

Ralph Nader Holds News Conference On DC Statehood

If you have a question for Mr. Nader please go to and hit the “Ask Ralph” button. The Ralph Nader Radio Hour is produced out of the KPFK studios in Los Angeles for Pacifica. It airs every Saturday at 11:00 A.M. on 90.7 FM in Los Angeles and throughout the country on Pacifica affiliates.

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Scott Budnick & Wayne Kramer


Tonight, Jerry Stahl talks Prison, Reform & Redemption with Hollywood exec Scott Budnick – who left his a career as successful producer (The Hangover Trilogy) to focus on his project, ARC – the Anti-Recidivism Coalition – and work on behalf of California inmates. Scott talks about sitting down with Obama to talk convict rights, and visiting Tehachapee penitentiary in Bakersfield with Zach Galfanakis.,.. Our second guest is radical rock icon Wayne Kramer. We’ll hear Wayne’s incredible life story – how  he went from  rock’n’roll stardom as guitarist for the MC5.  to serving time in the federal penitentiary at Lexington, to working with Johnny Thunders and other giants at the height of punkdom.  After successfully kicking heroin, Wayne continues to play and produce, as well as bringing  music to prisons with his organization Jail Guitar Doors. (The title taken from the Clash song written in Wayne’s honor.) Since its inception in 2009, Jail Guitar Doors has provided guitars and music lessons for inmates at more than 50 penal institutions throughout the United States. Kramer’s new album Lexington, began as score for  the PBS documentary, Narcotic Farm – about the very penitentiary in which he languished –  and has since soared to the top of the jazz charts.

Music Alley

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