The experience of being Australian changed on the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front, but before the war started life carried on with a normalcy that was captured by the leaders in Australia’s burgeoning photography industry.
At a convention of more than 1,300 fast food workers in Illinois this weekend, attendees voted to start including acts of civil disobedience, such as sit-down strikes and restaurant occupations, in their campaign for higher wages and the ability to form a union.
Workers have gone on one-day strikes multiple times since late 2012 in hundreds of cities across the country, demanding at least $15 an hour and the ability to organize. The largest and most recent hit 150 cities in May. Workers have also taken protests to companies themselves, staging a protest outside McDonald’s corporate headquarters in May where more than 100 were arrested.
One of the organizers of the convention told the Associated Press that workers will be asked to do “whatever it takes.” One worker, Cherri Delisline, a single mother who has worked at McDonald’s for 10 years and makes $7.35 an hour, also told the AP that “we need to get more workers involved and shut these businesses down until they listen to us,” including occupying the restaurants.
The actions come at a time when job growth has been stronger in low-wage jobs like fast food but the pay is barely enough to live on. The average fast food employee who works full time, year round makes less than $19,000 before taxes. While executives in the industry claim that these jobs serve as entryways for teenagers to get into the job market, the largest share are held by people between the ages of 25 and 54, and more than a quarter have a child to support. The chances of moving up the ladder and making a career in fast food are much slimmer than in other industries.
Executives, on the other hand, are doing well. Fast food CEOs earn about 1,200 times what they pay their workers. The ratio wasn’t always so high, but the industry’s executive pay increased by more than 300 percent since 2000 while pay for workers has only gone up by 0.3 percent.
Beyond staging protests and strikes, fast food workers have taken legal action. Nine out of ten fast food workers report experiencing wage theft, being made to work off the clock or purchase uniforms with their wages, and workers filed seven class-action lawsuits against McDonalds in March alleging these kinds of actions.
An Indiana police officer has kept his job after pushing over a man in a wheelchair – despite his entire department demanding he be fired.
Lafayette Police Department Lieutenant Tom Davidson can be seen on video, dated October 1st last year, shoving paraplegic Nicholas Kincade.
The assault appears to be prompted by Mr Kincade bumping Lt Davidson’s foot with his motorised wheelchair.The incident occurred near the Excel School in Indianapolis, where police were called by school staff after Mr Kincade allegedly told them he had a gun in his backpack. Responding officers quickly found the man didn’t have a gun and he was told that he could leave with a trespassing warning, at the school’s request. According to Turnto23, Lt Davidson was put on leave during an investigation into his actions, but despite his department saying that he should be fired, the Lafayette Police Civil Service Commision – who vote on hiring and firing officers – instead ruled ‘unbecoming conduct’ and sentenced him to a 30-day unpaid suspension and a drop in rank. http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/05/police-officer-pushes-over-man-in-wheelchair-doesnt-get-fired-4787679/
Hey internet, want to read Ford Madox Ford’s great modernist World War I / war of the sexes novel — or rather, tetralogy — together over the internet? We’re doing it, and we’d love for you to join in if the idea appeals to you.
Here are some details about our project / internet reading group:
- What exactly are we doing? Reading and discussing the books, and also thinking about how they interact with the BBC’s 2012 adaption.
- How can you join up? First, get the book and start reading! It’s available here for free. Then, either drop us a line, letting us know you’d like to be involved, reblog this post to give us a signal boost while letting us know you’re into it, or just post something to your own tumblr and tag the post with “project parade’s end” so we can track it / reblog it.
- What’s going to happen next? Well, within the next week, we will start posting questions / discussion topics / thoughts about the novel as we read it, and hope to get some discussion going. If you feel inspired to contribute, you are warmly invited to do so!
One final note: two of us are coming at this after having seen and been completely floored by the recent BBC adaptation, and by Benedict Cumberbatch’s rather amazing turn as Christopher Tietjens, while one of us has not seen it, and is coming at the novel fresh and virtuously untouched by all that. What I mean to say is this: both perspectives are very welcome here.
If you are interested in reading this novel with us, we want you to know that there is is room for serious book-talk, and room to express how besotted you might justifiably be by the mini-series with relation to the book, or even just to wax lyrical over the amazing way the characters in the book were brought to life by actors and actresses who are easy on the eyes. Either approach is valued, and to be perfectly clear, we love to talk seriously about stories, but we also do not look down our noses at fangirl (or boy) squee.
So… that’s it! I do hope some of you will want to play. Nudge, nudge!
Popping back in for a sec to give the info for the Parade’s End reading group!
i know its supposed to be like social list but did anyone think this through
organize the things you love, like the economy
collaborate in the workplace
Somehow I feel that app won’t go down well with a lot of people in the USA.
Harewood Castle became ruins during late 1600’s to early 1700’s. It has since fallen into magnificent decay. Source.
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (it is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.
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