Ancel currently coordinates
The Heartland Labor Forum,
an award-winning weekly one-hour radio show about the workplace and
economic issues on community radio in Kansas City KKFI-90.1FM.
In 2011 she won first prize from The
International Labor Communications Association for a radio show,
Overhaul about the shutdown of the
American Airlines maintenance base in
Global solidarity work
She is President of the Board of Directors of The Cross Border Network for Justice and Solidarity, a non-profit organization which develops ties and mutual understanding between working people in the Kansas City area and workers in Mexico and Central America. Its motto is: Supporting workers across borders and workers who cross borders. She also served from 2000-2007 as a Director and Executive Committee member of The Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras, a San Antonio-based tri-national non-governmental organization.
In May, 2010 Ancel organized a delegation of labor educators, filmmakers, and students to investigate the strike of copper miners in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico. The report, Crossing the Border to Cananea: High Stakes and Teachable Moments for North American Workers March, 2011 and a link to the video are available at http://cas.umkc.edu/labor-ed/global.htm. Ancel has also traveled six times to Honduras on human and worker rights and election monitoring delegations from 2009-16 and speaks and writes about the 2009 coup and the surge in violations of worker and human rights since then.
Defending labor studies against attack
In April and May 2011 Ancel and a team teacher in St. Louis were targeted by media thug Andrew Breitbart of BigGovernment.com who posted a series of highly edited videos misrepresenting a course they teach, accusing them of teaching violence, sabotage, communism and militancy. A hate campaign against them was spearheaded by the St. Louis Tea Party and the Missouri Lt. Governor. However, Ancel fought back and was vindicated by UMKC. She and others organized support from around the country to save her colleague’s teaching job and won his reinstatement. Ancel and her colleague were later honored for defending academic freedom by the American Association of University Professors at their annual meeting.
Charles Suffridge retired from Ford Motor Co. in 1995 after 30 years on the assembly line. He was actively involved in the United Auto Workers Union for 18 of those years as Education Committee member and Chairperson. He also was a discussion leader for the UAW High School Labor Studies Program. Over a three (3) year period he was able to make a number of presentations in Social Studies classes in Kansas City, MO high schools and acted as a discussion leader at Oak Park High School, in North Kansas City & Washington & Sumner High Schools in Kansas City, Kansas. Through utilizing the UAW/Ford Education Benefit he was able to complete his BA in U.S History in 1995 and continued his education upon retirement and completed his MA degree in U.S. History in 1997 at U.M.K.C. He coordinated ILS's high school labor studies LAP curriculum for the Greater Kansas City area. This program was put together with the aid of local teachers and labor leaders.
memories of Charlie:
Heath who took over the Education committee after Charlie retired) "Charlie
inspired me, and he motivated me. He was always teaching, and he
was always there to help. I knew I could count on Charlie. I met
him back in 1987 when I was appointed to the Education Committee,
and for the next 8 years I got to know him very well actually, and
I worked with him side-by-side on many educational projects. Charlie
was very creative, and he was always looking for new and better ways
to educate the membership which kept us very active on educational
Kline, President of UAW Local 249) "One of Charlie's main contributions,
other than being a good friend to myself and encouraging me early
in my political career to keep the faith, Charlie took over at the
Education Committee for me, and he was instrumental in getting what
we call New Member Orientation to our new members. He's just the
kind of guy that you loved to be around. He was a good friend. He
made things happen on the Education Committee because he was evenhanded
in how he did things. It's a sad day for me; losing a good friend,
and sometimes as President of a local you lose a lot of members,
but this one really bothers me and hurts me a lot, but I know there's
a brighter day ahead, and Charlie helped all of us."
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