It's not just nasty tales though...real rodents seem to have shown up locally in Disneyland, according to area activists. These labor activists suggest that Disney could do more to solve the problem of rats in its facilities. We talk with two of them, John Earl (former KUCI show host and a union reformer formerly with H.E.R.E., the hotel and restaurant workers' union) and Cindy Hanel, a former Disney employee who has since filed a workers' compensation claim against the corporation, claiming unsanitary conditions at a Disneyland restaurant.
Kicking off Subversity's 10th year of intriguing interviews, today's show airs from 4-5 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and is Web-cast simultaneously via kuci.org.
H.E.R.E. and Now! [John Earl's site]
Goofy Oversight by Nick Schou
'Rats and Rat Shit Everywhere' by Nick Schou
Disneyland: Mouse or Rodent [Jan 5, 1999 Subversity show with David Koenig (author, Mouse Tales) on Vietnamese American who's killed in an accident at Disneyland]
Sweatshops Disney Action Campaign 2
Google search on: sweatshops disney
In addition, there is this upcoming event in Pasadena:
YOU ARE INVITED TO AN EYE-OPENING TALK BY DISNEY'S SWEATSHOP WORKERS Are Disney's Winnie-the-Pooh dolls made in sweatshops? Come to All Saints Church in Pasadena on Monday, October 7, at 7:30 pm to hear young women who work at a Disney Company subsidiary in Dhaka, Bangladesh describe their working conditions sewing Winnie the Pooh garments. Among them is 19-year-old Lisa Rahman, who was earning five cents for each $18 Winnie the Pooh athletic cap that she made at the Shah Makhdum factory in Dhaka. These workers are on a national tour, asking that the Disney Corporation do the right thing. The church is located at 132 North Euclid Ave. in Pasadena. Sponsored by the group No More Sweatshops!, this event is part of a national campaign to focus attention of Disney's violations of human and worker rights -- including exploitation of child labor -- in the factories that produce clothing, dolls, and other items sold in Disney stores and elsewhere. Is Disneyland really "the happiest place on earth?" You be the judge. Join former state senator Tom Hayden, director of No More Sweatshops, as he introduces the Bangladeshi workers, who are on a national speaking tour. This eye-opening event is free and open to the public, with free parking. Tour co-sponsors and supporters include: Mobilization for the Human Family; United Steelworkers of America, Pastors for Peace, United Students Against Sweatshops, United Methodist Church Women's Division; People of Faith Network; United Nations Association-Pasadena; Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice; Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church; Progressive Jewish Alliance; Southern California Americans for Democratic Action; and Human Rights Committee-United Teachers Los Angeles. For more information call Ruby Gutierrez at All Saints Church: (626) 583-2734; or Erica Zeitlin at No More Sweatshops! (310) 559-9522, ext. 4. dan Daniel C. Tsang Host, Subversity, now Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. KUCI, 88.9 FM and Web-cast live via http://kuci.org Subversity: http://kuci.org/~dtsang; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel Tsang, KUCI, PO Box 4362, Irvine CA 92616 UCI Tel: (949) 824-4978; UCI Fax: (949) 824-2700 UCI Office: 380 Main Library Member, National Writers Union (http://www.nwu.org) WWW News Resource Page: http://sun3.lib.uci.edu/~dtsang/netnews1.htm AWARE: http://sun3.lib.uci.edu/~dtsang/aware2.htm Personal Homepage: http://sun3.lib.uci.edu/~dtsang/