Saturday, May 1, 2010
Thanks to thecrimereport.org for the image.
If you've been reading the comments on Sarah's great post earlier this week, you probably already know my stance on the Arizona immigration law (in brief, it sucks). What you may not know if you've never met me is that I'm a big baseball fan, and whenever baseball and politics collide I get really excited.
On Wednesday the 28th, President Obama visited Quincy, Illinois. A group of patriotic, harmless Americans showed up to protest the egregious, communist policies being shoved down America's throat by the President. Out of a combination of cowardice and hatred of freedom, the out-of-control president sent a SWAT team to put down the protest.
...or, at least, so goes the story according to the Republican noise machine. Michelle Malkin's blog Hot Air covered the story with the headline "Video: SWAT team outside Obama event beats back geriatric tea-party hordes." There is only one problem with this narrative: it is complete garbage.
The reality is that President Obama's motorcade was about to drive down the street on which the protesters were standing. Local police were sent in to clear the street. Yes, the policemen were wearing riot gear. Yes, that was overkill. No, that does not make them a SWAT team. Terminology aside, the police were there about 15 minutes, and never approached the crowd except to ask them to get off the street and onto the sidewalk.
So let's get this straight. The President of the United States is driving down a street. Protesters on the street are asked to move to the sidewalk, and suddenly we are living in Communist Russia? No, the protesters don't look particularly dangerous, but I don't think I need to remind you that members of the Tea Party have in fact advocated violence. Clearing a road for a president is a reasonable safety precaution regardless of circumstance. Yet, if we are to believe the right-wing blogs, this is a major incident.
And people talk about the death of American political discourse...
(Credit to sharpelbows.net for the video, hotair.com for the quote, and Steve Benen at washingtonmonthly.com for the inspiration)
EDIT: The Hot Air post actually admits at the beginning of the article that the unit isn't a SWAT team. However, the headline remains unchanged. Anyone familiar with the way people consume news can guess how much of an effect that will have on readers.
First, thanks to all our friends and badass progressives who showed up the week of the hunger strike, whether you were just sitting on the quad or fasting with us- you are all awesome.
Going into the hunger strike, we did not expect Notre Dame’s investment office to suddenly have a change of heart and publicly admit that they are invested in a company that consistently breaks multiple tenants of Catholic Social Teaching (and possibly the law…) And, no surprise, ND made only one public statement to the Observer, affirming once again that they believe HEI to be an “outstanding” company.
However, the hunger strike was, in many ways, a victory. Not only did it publicize our campaign, make Notre Dame’s investment a bigger issue on campus and ruffled some feathers in the investment office, but it also moved campaigns on other college campuses and inspired workers in HEI hotels across the country to keep fighting.
While we were fasting, we had three different skype calls with works at three different hotels. In each one, we heard stories of injustice and poor working conditions. It was these incredibly courageous workers that fight for their rights daily despite the fear of losing their jobs, who reminded us why we were fasting to begin with.
We have been in dialogue with the investment office through e-mail this week, and we are continuing to pressure them to release the factual information as to why HEI is considered “outstanding.” They have yet to point to any concrete evidence that disputes the concrete evidence we have given them.
If they show us something that proves that the 30-40 workers across the country that we have personally spoken to (and the many others involved in the fight) are lying or in some way mistaken, we will change our minds. The workers of HEI as well as student campaigns are also being supported by clergy, politicians, lawyers, professors, and other community supporters. Until this discrepancy of information is resolved (which we believe is impossible), we will continue to support the workers in their fight for justice.
Check out this Lefty's Last Cry exclusive video from the conclusion of the Hunger Strike:
Get hyped for more actions, more feistiness, more pressure and more love for workers.
PS: if you have yet to do so, SIGN OUR PETITION! =)
UPDATE: U. Penn just sent a letter to HEI questioning their labor practices. Notre Dame has now put itself in opposition of 3 major schools (Penn, Brown and Yale) who have all made public statements against the mistreatment of workers in HEI hotels by continuing to not only support HEI but make public statements that they are "oustanding."
Reposted from Henry James Vasquez: Experimental Word Science
I'd like to break from my normal style and dig deep into a discussion about words and meaning. I believe the topic to be, however timeless and theoretical, relevant to our discussions of workers' rights and social justice. I hope you enjoy it.
I am currently taking a labor history course with my fellow editor Brendan McPhillips taught by professor Dan Graff. The class focuses on the history of labor in the United States since the New Deal. We often discuss "The Labor Question," which explores the employment relationship in different contexts. Yesterday, the question was posed by a classmate of mine: "Is the relationship between labor and management naturally adversarial?"
Given my obsession with words, I thought that it might be interesting to dig deeper into our understanding of the words labor and employee and how they might affect our answers.
To start, here are some of the most common definitions of labor in the noun form from Merriam-Webster:
|#1: To mean "physical work"||1300 CE|
|#2: To mean "childbirth"||1595 CE|
|#3: To mean "working class"||1839 CE|
Why did College Democrats win 2010 Club of the Year?
The short answer: you.
I'd like to thank Chris Rhodenbaugh for the celebratory post after this story broke. Once we found out about winning Notre Dame Club of the Year, I was curious how the big news would be covered by the campus media. Sure enough, The Observer nabbed our story from the docket and released the news in today's paper. This is the article, directly from the Observer website. I italicized the quotes for you all. Thanks again to everyone who nominated our club. You made the difference!
"[The government's] failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others, that includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe. (from POLITICO)"
I think I may have been the last one to hear about this, but evidently employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission really, really like porn. Like, so much that they can't even wait to go home to look at it. During the lead-up to the financial crash of 2008, people at the SEC were finding ways around the filters the U.S. government puts on its computers to view pornographic material while on the job, with one spending up to eight hours a day doing so. The lengths to which these people went to do this are kind of astounding.
In one case, the report noted, an employee tried hundreds of times to access pornographic sites and was denied access. When he used a flash drive, he successfully bypassed the filter to visit a "significant number" of porn sites. The employee also said he deliberately disabled a filter in Google to access inappropriate sites. (from ABC News)But anyway, as weird as that is, I'm actually not here to write too much about the actual offenses. My issue is more the reaction so far. To this point, most of the people who have vocalized opinions on the subject have been Republicans (aside from some of our awesome commenters). This annoys me. That's partially because I'm easily annoyed, but also for a couple of more legitimate reasons.
It's Sunday, Lefties! And with financial reform underway, I figured I'd just go for the obvious pick of Pink Floyd's "Money".
I hope you all enjoyed your weekends, and aren't too busy from studying for finals (or drinking to forget about finals) to give us a visit this week.
We have a #carwashcontest winner! Plus 3 v impressive runners up. All will be contacted. WINNER 2B ANNOUNCED ON LARRY KING THIS TUE. 9PMI don't really feel like waiting until then. If you can find the aforementioned $100-fine provision in the health care bill (I provided the links in the above paragraph) maybe I'll wash your car (or idk your bike?).
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