fairfastfood:

"I’m going to the Chicago Fast Food Worker Convention because it’s not just about one city – it’s for all of us working in the industry to have a chance for the American dream. The government, everyone, tells us that we can achieve this dream… but since we don’t get paid right and don’t have sick days we are highly disadvantaged compared to other industries. We just want the same benefits as others, to strive for ourselves and our families.
We’re working just as hard and making sure that McDonald’s has huge profits, so we should benefit more from those profits – because they are ridiculous.” Chris Higgenbotham, Oakland.

fairfastfood:

"I’m going to the Chicago Fast Food Worker Convention because it’s not just about one city – it’s for all of us working in the industry to have a chance for the American dream. The government, everyone, tells us that we can achieve this dream… but since we don’t get paid right and don’t have sick days we are highly disadvantaged compared to other industries. We just want the same benefits as others, to strive for ourselves and our families.

We’re working just as hard and making sure that McDonald’s has huge profits, so we should benefit more from those profits – because they are ridiculous.” Chris Higgenbotham, Oakland.

Art from Southpaw created for JVP years ago on a sign in Brasil yesterday. 

Art from Southpaw created for JVP years ago on a sign in Brasil yesterday. 

Our hearts break for the slowness of change. In 2009 we created this HOPE art for Jewish Voice for Peace after a horrendous round of bombing in Gaza. Since then many more bombings… and now  the current onslaught. The US plays a pivotal role as a chief supplier of arms to Israel. But more and more the voices for justice are overpowering the voices of reactionary defense of Israel. Our growing dissent in the US and a new movement for divestment, boycotts and sanctions against Israel — until compliance with international law — will prevail. The occupation has to end in Palestine. There are fears about anti-semitism and there is real anti-semitism but neither should prevent justice for Palestinians.  

I forgot to share this great photo…

I forgot to share this great photo…

New piece on Urban Legend Cellars in Oakland, swell people making a bunch of delicious wines. Looking forward to their new neighborhood one: Temescal. In Oakland Local.

New piece on Urban Legend Cellars in Oakland, swell people making a bunch of delicious wines. Looking forward to their new neighborhood one: Temescal. In Oakland Local.

The World Bank sees what it wants to see. OurLandOurBusiness.org is a campaign to help them see more. Work with the Oakland Institute

The World Bank sees what it wants to see. OurLandOurBusiness.org is a campaign to help them see more. Work with the Oakland Institute

workingamerica:

Google results give clue to why fast food workers showing up today for #WalmartStrikers.

workingamerica:

Google results give clue to why fast food workers showing up today for .
Fast food protests go global. Over 100 cities and 30 countries held actions, strikes and walk-outs on May 15 for increased wages fair treatment and the right to organize without retaliation. Seems that most all thinking people are in favor of a substantial raise for fast food workers. Even some major players like Subway and Dairy Queen have chimed in with support. But McDonald’s and other giants keep their focus on their billion dollar profits and CEO pay of 1000 x their workers. Time for change. Support #FastFoodGlobal

Fast food protests go global. Over 100 cities and 30 countries held actions, strikes and walk-outs on May 15 for increased wages fair treatment and the right to organize without retaliation. Seems that most all thinking people are in favor of a substantial raise for fast food workers. Even some major players like Subway and Dairy Queen have chimed in with support. But McDonald’s and other giants keep their focus on their billion dollar profits and CEO pay of 1000 x their workers. Time for change. Support #FastFoodGlobal

May 15 - Over 100 cities and 30 countries will take part in actions against unfair fast food practices such as widespread wage theft, (4 lawsuits in the East Bay alone against McDonalds’s), low wages, and advocate for $15 an hour and the right to organize without retaliating. The fast food industry makes over $200 billion in profits, with CEOs averaging 1,000 x their workers. It’s time for a change and though yes maybe not all small biz can afford $15/h this industry can. #FastFoodGlobal

May 15 - Over 100 cities and 30 countries will take part in actions against unfair fast food practices such as widespread wage theft, (4 lawsuits in the East Bay alone against McDonalds’s), low wages, and advocate for $15 an hour and the right to organize without retaliating. The fast food industry makes over $200 billion in profits, with CEOs averaging 1,000 x their workers. It’s time for a change and though yes maybe not all small biz can afford $15/h this industry can. #FastFoodGlobal

While Ronald McDonald was getting a makeover, Demos.org put out this report showing the fast food industry leading the nation in income inequality. Fast food CEOs make about 1,000 times ($26.7 million a year) more than their workers. This report comes on the heels of numerous “wage theft” cases around the country and a survey that showed close to 90% of workers experiencing some kind of wage theft in the industry.
Fast food workers are organizing for fair wages, $15 an hour, and a union.

While Ronald McDonald was getting a makeover, Demos.org put out this report showing the fast food industry leading the nation in income inequality. Fast food CEOs make about 1,000 times ($26.7 million a year) more than their workers. This report comes on the heels of numerous “wage theft” cases around the country and a survey that showed close to 90% of workers experiencing some kind of wage theft in the industry.

Fast food workers are organizing for fair wages, $15 an hour, and a union.