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Friday, December 13, 1996

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  • Sweatshops in Haiti

    Disney workers in Haiti are underpaid, overworked, and not allowed to organize under the Presidency of Rene Preval. Yonique, a Haitian woman who is an organizer of Disney laborers is interviewed on the Disney workplace in Haiti. Via previous investigation of Disney by Amy Goodman, it is submitted that the point of view of Disney is that the company does not directly employ the workers in Haiti, and that the workers are subcontracted by another company that Disney claims to have no influence over. LD Myles, HH Cutler, and Waterbury Garment Corporation are among the Disney subcontractors that are discussed. Barbara Briggs, a producer of the video titled "Mickey Mouse Goes to Haiti", and a representative of the National Labor Committee speaks about international action being taken against Disney with regards to workers Disney indirectly employs in Haiti. Children across the US write to Disney to illustrate the effect of what happens when the labor situation in Haiti is brought to the attention of Disney’s target audience.

  • The Exception to the Rulers

    Jeff Cohen, director of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting(FAIR), gives input about the Ovitz resignation, and other Disney policies. Walt Disney Company announces the resignation of Michael Ovitz, a powerbroker in Hollywood over the past decade. Ovitz had given an approval for a movie about the Dalai Lama which had angered the Chinese authorities, leaving questions for why Disney would allow this.
    Michael Eisener quoted on Disney take over of ABC suggests that Disney can accommodate other countries that prefer no political content in their programming, obviously a dubious comment for journalists working at ABC News. Because of this conflict of interest, the FAIR organization is part of a movement that seeks to make the broadcast tv news departments independent from the bias of their employers.

  • Discussion of Walt Disney

    Marc Elliot, author of "Walt Disney: Hollywood’s Dark Prince", discusses the subject of his book. Walt Disney is discussed as an American hero, a confirmed anti-Semite, a virulent union buster, and an informant to the FBI. The author describes Thomas Edison trusts that excluded Jews from the film industry in New York, results in the founding of Hollywood which resulted in Disney’s experience with the reverse exclusion of himself from Hollywood. The author alleges that Disney’s participation in blacklisting involved anti-Semitism under the guise of communist infiltration of Hollywood. Disney’s racist disposition is illustrated by single black employee of the studio for twenty five years who was Disney’s personal shoeshine.
    Anti-union and anti-labor attitudes of Disney are described by the author, essentially a use of popular anti-communist sentiment was wielded by Disney against striking workers, whose personal employment records were turned over to the FBI by Disney, and later used to investigate the worker’s communist ties. According to the author, none of these workers found work in this industry again. FBI and Disney involvement in COMPIC operation is discussed prior to Disney’s public testimony for the House Un-American Activities Committee.

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