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Nov 30
Inspired by this petition:http://action.sumofus.org/a/fast-food-strike/68/172/?sub=fbDemanding a living wage for fast food workers in New York of $15/hour. Their current wages are just over $7/hour.
Sign the petition! I hope liberals start picking up on these more reasonable, radical lines of thinking. Here’s their message.—————————————————————————————————————-
Just days after Walmart workers made history with their Black Friday strike, hundreds of workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food chains have walked off the job in New York City, demanding a living wage and union representation.
Like the Walmart workers who went on strike last week, fast food workers in New York are risking everything to challenge a system keeps millions in poverty so a few massive corporations can make huge profits. If this strike shows that low-wage workers can fight back and win, it could be the first step towards creating a more just economy — and they need all the support they can get.
Use the form to the right to sign our petition demanding a living wage for fast food workers.
This strike could change the lives of thousands of workers — workers like Chyna Scott, who works at a McDonald’s in the Bronx. Chyna makes $7.25 an hour, and hasn’t been able to find an apartment, so for the last year, she and her three year-old daughter, Jakiya, have been living in a homeless shelter.
There are 50,000 fast food workers in New York City, making as little as $11,000 a year. And these aren’t just teenagers looking for a little spare cash: the typical fast food worker is 28 years old, and many of them have children of their own. Many need public assistance to make ends meet.
Fast food workers are so underpaid that they rely on food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers, and other forms of public assistance to make ends meet. That means that, like Walmart, McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food giants are costing taxpayers millions every year.
These workers aren’t just taking on one company, they’re trying to change a whole industry. Right now, workers are striking at Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and McDonald’s. Thirty stores have been shut down, and organizers are expecting more to follow suit.
If these workers are going to change the fast food industry, they need all the help they can get, and that’s where the SumOfUs community comes in. If enough of us raise our voices in support of these workers, all these fast food chains will know that mistreating workers could hurt their bottom lines. And more workers will be likely to join the strike if they know their customers are standing with them.
Sign our petition in support of New York fast food workers. 

Inspired by this petition:

http://action.sumofus.org/a/fast-food-strike/68/172/?sub=fb

Demanding a living wage for fast food workers in New York of $15/hour. Their current wages are just over $7/hour.

Sign the petition! I hope liberals start picking up on these more reasonable, radical lines of thinking. Here’s their message.

—————————————————————————————————————-

Just days after Walmart workers made history with their Black Friday strike, hundreds of workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food chains have walked off the job in New York City, demanding a living wage and union representation.

Like the Walmart workers who went on strike last week, fast food workers in New York are risking everything to challenge a system keeps millions in poverty so a few massive corporations can make huge profits. If this strike shows that low-wage workers can fight back and win, it could be the first step towards creating a more just economy — and they need all the support they can get.

Use the form to the right to sign our petition demanding a living wage for fast food workers.

This strike could change the lives of thousands of workers — workers like Chyna Scott, who works at a McDonald’s in the Bronx. Chyna makes $7.25 an hour, and hasn’t been able to find an apartment, so for the last year, she and her three year-old daughter, Jakiya, have been living in a homeless shelter.

There are 50,000 fast food workers in New York City, making as little as $11,000 a year. And these aren’t just teenagers looking for a little spare cash: the typical fast food worker is 28 years old, and many of them have children of their own. Many need public assistance to make ends meet.

Fast food workers are so underpaid that they rely on food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers, and other forms of public assistance to make ends meet. That means that, like Walmart, McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food giants are costing taxpayers millions every year.

These workers aren’t just taking on one company, they’re trying to change a whole industry. Right now, workers are striking at Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and McDonald’s. Thirty stores have been shut down, and organizers are expecting more to follow suit.

If these workers are going to change the fast food industry, they need all the help they can get, and that’s where the SumOfUs community comes in. If enough of us raise our voices in support of these workers, all these fast food chains will know that mistreating workers could hurt their bottom lines. And more workers will be likely to join the strike if they know their customers are standing with them.

Sign our petition in support of New York fast food workers. 


Nov 23
socialism-or-barbarism:

LOLROMNEY

damn - even their kitchen is unbearably white

socialism-or-barbarism:

LOLROMNEY

damn - even their kitchen is unbearably white


Sep 22

Sarah Silverman explains voter ID: ‘Lawmakers are trying to fu*k you’


…but forgets about one key demographic: WOMEN 

Check out what the President of League of Women Voters, Elizabeth MacNamara, has to say:

"Women in general and elderly women in particular are being disproportionately harmed by the new laws. In some instances citizens who have been voting for decades are being required to obtain birth certificates (which some elderly people do not have since they were born at home) and their wedding certificates in order to prove who they are. In some states they are faced with a catch 22 – you must have a photo ID in order to obtain a birth certificate and you can’t get a birth certificate without a photo ID. In most cases there are costs associated with getting a birth certificate and marriage license. This becomes more complicated if you were born or married in a state in which you are not currently living. Birth certificates cost between $7 and $30 dollars, depending on the state, and can take up to eight weeks to obtain.”


Jul 16
“My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” Barack Obama, at a meeting with bankers in 2009

As the author of this article says: “Next time he should get out of the way.”

 

Jul 1
He’s a great guy
I would like to have a beer with him
His family dog is great/important

He’s a great guy

I would like to have a beer with him

His family dog is great/important


Feb 18

Santorum takes himself to the guillotine over French revolution and human rights history.

Rick Santorum seems to think that without God around, then unalienable rights go out the window. Here’s a quote from a New York Times op-ed, which, by the way, is about Santorum’s praise for inequality. Seriously. He loves it. Anyway, the quote:

 “They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine.”

Sorry Rick, but you obviously know nothing about human rights and their history. One of the fundamental elements of the French revolution was precisely the assertion of unalienable human rights. In fact, the group United for Human Rights begins its short history of human rights by citing the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, arising from the ferment of the French revolution. 

Why should I be surprised that this kind of ignorance, hyperbole and manipulation of facts are the standards of politics today? Is it really that special? 
Actually, yeah, according to another New York Times op-ed from Paul Krugman. Apparently, according to the standards of some political scientists, today’s right-wing is farther right than any congress since 1879 (as far back as their estimates go). 

We live in strange times… 



Jan 24

President Obama, yelling at Presidential Candidates after they do nothing to stop the booing of gay soldiers. 

President Obama:

How about standing up for the people of the United States who have been screwed by our economic system, “even when it’s not politically convenient?”

You have “stood silent” on the critical issues of our economic meltdown just as the republicans stood silent over gay marriage. You expect me to applaud you for enacting one of the most basic elements of a progressive platform? I would sooner shed real tears. 

Where have you been? 

Why should have I ever expected more? You, like me, are a cog in a sick system. The only difference is I entrusted you to use your infinitely greater power to change this system.

I spit on our feudal age of development in which I have to consider voting for someone like you or a right-wing crazy every four years and call it a functioning democracy.

No. It is a laughable farse. 

I hope my grandchildren pity me. 

(via flapjackstate)


Jan 6

noneofthismatters:

Santorum To Mother Of Cancer Survivor: Sick To Blame For Pre-Existing Conditions, Should Be Charged More

During a town hall in Keene, New Hampshire this morning, Rick Santorum told a mother whose son survived cancer that people with pre-existing conditions should pay more for health care coverage because they make poor health care choices. While specifically exempting the woman’s child from personal blame, Santorum insisted that the sick cost more to insure and insurers should charge them higher premiums:

MOTHER: The comments I heard you make in New Hampshire, comments that you support insurance companies’ right to refuse to insure people with pre-existing conditions and that you also agreed with higher premiums for people who are sick, well my son graduated college and I pray that he gets a good job. Why is it alright for him to possibly be denied health care insurance or have to possibly pay a fee that he would not be able to afford or for a company not to hire him because he was five years old and he had cancer? …

SANTORUM: Insurance works when people who are higher risk end up having to pay more, as they should. In your case, your son obviously did nothing wrong. Obviously there are a lot of other people that increased their health risk that did do things wrong and as a result, it resulted in higher health care costs.

The woman asked the question in response to remarks Santorum made in Merrimeck, New Hampshire, where he defended insurers for denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and argued that individuals who are sick should pay higher premiums. “I’m okay with that,” Santorum said.

At today’s event, Santorum claimed that the pre-existing conditions clause in the Affordable Care Act — which will prevent insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or charging them more for coverage — would increase health care costs because people would wait until they’re sick to purchase coverage and refuse to heed the mandate. But as the Massachusetts health law demonstrated, the mandate will likely encourage younger and healthier people to purchase coverage before they fall ill and help reduce the number of so-called “free riders.” Reform also expands the risk pool so the costs of the sick people are paid for with the premiums of the healthy. Once they fall ill, their costs will be borne by the next generation of healthy beneficiaries.


Keep talking, Ricky…

Wow Rick, you’re obviously befuddled, and trying very hard to fall back on the coaching from your free-marketeers. Fail Rick. Also, disgusting that you would treat this person’s case so callously 

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Nov 14
Our Last Graph About 9-9-9, and the Only One You Need to See

"Atlantic contributor Jared Bernstein shares a graph from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It’s based on the Tax Policy Center’s analysis of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan. It’s striking, obviously, but not surprising. If you create a flat tax, strip out the deductions for working families, and leave investment income untouched, you’ll inevitably raise taxes across the board except for the investor class.”

Our Last Graph About 9-9-9, and the Only One You Need to See

"Atlantic contributor Jared Bernstein shares a graph from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It’s based on the Tax Policy Center’s analysis of Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan. It’s striking, obviously, but not surprising. If you create a flat tax, strip out the deductions for working families, and leave investment income untouched, you’ll inevitably raise taxes across the board except for the investor class.”