Labor is on the air as Roberts hosts DC 37
Taping union TV show March 28 are
DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts,
state AFL-CIO Pres. Denis Hughes and
DC 37 Secretary Cliff Koppelman.
Television is now a key component of DC 37s communications
arsenal for promoting its agenda in Manhattan. Executive Director Lillian
Roberts hosts the unions public access cable TV program, State
of the Union.
The show keeps viewers updated on union activities such as contract negotiations
and political campaigns and informs the public about labors role
in improving the lot of working people.
Our TV show gives labor a voice in the media, which are increasingly
dominated by right-wing, corporate interests, Roberts said. Much
of the success of the conservative movement comes from its control of
the print and broadcast media.
The show is available to Time Warner cable subscribers on Manhattan Neighborhood
Networks public access channels, and the union hopes to expand the
show to other boroughs. MNN doesnt follow a set schedule, so viewers
should check its Web site (www.mnn.org)
for times. The show will be on channel 57 at 8:30 p.m. on May 11 and on
channel 54 at 2:30 p.m. on May 15.
DC 37 Secretary Cliff Koppelman, who is president of Court, County and
Probation Dept. Employees Local 1070, co-hosts the half-hour show. Assistant
Director Donna Silberberg and Professional Assistant Rudy Orozco of the
DC 37 Communications Dept. are the producers.
On a typical show, Roberts gives introductory remarks and then she and
Koppelman launch into a dialog with guests such as state AFL-CIO President
Denis Hughes, City Council member Robert Jackson, and Professor Immanuel
Ness of Brooklyn College and Richard Greenwald of Drew University.
Our point of view
The show often features union leaders and highlights members activities
and achievements. Roberts sometimes introduces videos on events such as
DC 37s celebration of Black History Month, and the April 10 immigration
With our own TV show, we have a unique opportunity to get out our
view without having our perspective watered down or distorted, Roberts
said. The TV show and our newspaper, Web page, and radio
program are important weapons in the war of ideas over the direction
of our society.
Gregory N. Heires