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nemfrog · a month ago
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Blue jays gang up on a snake. The little water-folks. 1907.
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bitchesgetriches · a month ago
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when a strike ends, should we start supporting the company again? wondering if I should buy nabisco and other products. thanks
It depends on if the strike was successful and if the workers’ demands were met. If the company doubled down on its shitty working conditions and punished the strikers, then I’d probably try to avoid them as a consumer.
Are Unions Good or Bad? 
Raising the Minimum Wage Would Make Our Lives Better 
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bowithoutadaemon · 3 months ago
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There is only about 12 hours left until the construction of line 3 in the area of the Red Lake Treaty Camp is complete. So these next 12 hours are crucial.
If you can go be there in person then go now. If you can donate money then do that now. If you live in the US or Canada and can send an email or call your representative do that now. If you haven’t signed the petition (can be found at stopline3.org) then do that now.
Red Lake Treaty Camp’s insta https://www.instagram.com/redlaketreatycamp/
The video ugrunna mentioned with further information, actions you can take and people to follow for more information: https://www.tiktok.com/@ugrunna/video/6992616711128190213
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naked-atelier · 3 months ago
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Luc Lafnet or Jim Black (?)
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titleknown · 6 months ago
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Speaking as a leftist who is both, it’s hard not to get cynical about collective action as someone on the Autism/ADHD spectrums.
Because, like, due to stuff I’ve realized more and more over the years are symptoms of my disorders, I’ve lived most of my life as someone who’s always driven people away by coming off too strong, or being too emotionally unsable, or being too much of a burden, who’s difficulties with attention/scheduling/interpreting instructions have always made me basically the weakest link in even the small volunteer jobs I’ve been in.
I’ve never been able to get people to care about my concerns and I’ve never been able to work with others on issues that’re important to me because either seemingly nobody thinks I’m worth working with or there’s no organized movements to create the change I want and I know I’m not a good enough leader to start them.
And, it’s hard not to feel that the powers of change collective action brings is a thing for other people but a thing that I can never have, because my disability keeps me from the social bonds or usefulness to the whole that would let me be a part of it.
Like, how am I supposed to embrace a philosophy that the group can create change when the group says to me “Not you, never you”?
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anatomy-lesson · 3 months ago
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“Our customary language obscures the interdependence of collective violence and everyday social organization. Words such as 'riot', 'disorder', and 'disturbance' reflect the views of authorities, rivals, and unsympathetic observers. They presume that someone has willfully disrupted the normally peaceful social order by acting violently, and thereby justify repression of the 'rioters'. They distinguish sharply between 'force', the use of physical coercion by authorities, and 'violence', the use of physical coercion by people who lack authority. So-called riots, however, almost always involve at least two parties, an aggrieved group of people and representatives of the authorities. When those representatives are police or other armed forces, they often perform the major share of the physical violence, and sometimes initiate it. A routine demonstration, meeting, or market only becomes a 'riot' when a second party challenges the action of the first."
- Charles Tilly, 'Collective violence in European perspective', in Gurr, T.R. (ed.), Violence in America, Vol. 2, Protest, Rebellion, Reform. Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage, 1989. pp. 62-3
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charlesreeza · 3 months ago
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The Future Belongs to the Workers, 1933, Walter Wellington Quirt
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nelc · 2 months ago
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Together we bargain
Divided we beg
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protoslacker · 5 months ago
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By 1985 it seemed that almost everyone I knew was dead, dying or caring for someone who was dying. The KS Foundation became the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. We marched, lobbied, ACTed UP, sewed quilts, raised money, got arrested, confronted politicians, transformed medical research, cared for the sick and comforted the dying. We did everything we could to fight the disease and defend the communities that were under attack. It was a time of appalling loss, terror and misery and yet – somehow – we rose to meet the challenge.
Cleve Jones at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. A reflection after 40 years of HIV
On the 40th anniversary of the first documented cases of AIDS, Cleve Jones reflects on what this somber anniversary means.
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wholesome-gay · 5 months ago
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Hey friends! Would love it if you could sign this letter to my employer (Oxford University Press) asking management to recognize our union:
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bitchesgetriches · 10 days ago
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Antiwork Is the New American Dream
NEW POST! Antiwork Is the New American Dream
For the past few years, I’ve been a member of a subreddit called Antiwork (r/antiwork). I think I found my way there through r/PovertyFinance or r/LostGeneration, where I lurk, occasionally answering questions about surviving life in a capitalist hellscape. (Usually while on the toilet. Sorry, jut being real!) Antiwork is a place for people to vent about their jobs, mostly through memes and…
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slow-rains · a year ago
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—Jenny Odell, from How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (Melville House, 2019)
[Text ID: If we think about what it means to “concentrate” or “pay attention” at an individual level, it implies alignment: different parts of the mind and even the body acting in concert and oriented toward the same thing. To pay attention to one thing is to resist paying attention to other things; it means constantly denying and thwarting provocations outside the sphere of one’s attention. We contrast this with distraction, in which the mind is disassembled, pointing in many different directions at once and preventing meaningful action. It seems the same is true on a collective level. Just as it takes alignment for someone to concentrate and act with intention, it requires alignment for a “movement” to move. Importantly, this is not a top-down formation, but rather a mutual agreement among individuals who pay intense attention to the same things and to each other.]
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naked-atelier · 5 months ago
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Les Audaces Amoureuses de Melle, 1947
Luc Lafnet, Les Caprices du Sexe, 1928
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kkglinka · a year ago
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The USPS has not been tax funded since the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989, but Congress controls the postal rates, which they routinely hold hostage, and the president appoints the Postmaster General, who can cause chaos through top-down orders.
Imagine you are a fully self-sufficient adult whose pay and budget routinely break even, so you're doing okay even if you're not making profit within a capitalist society that idealizes that arbitrary financial model.
Yet your parents tell your employer how much to pay you and have the right to waltz into your home, steal your household appliances, then bellow to the public how you waste food and live in squalor. Unlike your three greedy neighbors who live in luxury off the backs of slave labor, and give regular bribes to your parents.
The USPS is not confiscating equipment, deliberately slowing mail, etc. The Postmaster General, acting on the president's behalf, is doing all that. Because the president cannot defund the USPS, he is using a villainous toady to sabotage its equipment and deliver malicious, crippling orders.
The modern USPS was formed through a massive wildcat strike in 1970. We haven't gone on strike since and it's wise to remember that our competitors combined only have about 10-15% of our capacity and no interest in grossly unprofitable rural delivery. If push comes to shove, we don't actually need to follow those orders. Only our collective sense of duty to the general public, and strong desire to assist election success, is stopping us. For now.
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grupaok · a year ago
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Francis Alÿs, The Modern Procession, New York, 2002
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comfiduck · 4 months ago
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Hmm so I think Billy Elliot’s dad was in the wrong. I know it was supposed to be a big internal battle for him to go back to work during the strike so he could put his son through ballet school but like, do you not think other people’s kids had dreams? Do you not think other people were hungry, and suffering? It wasn’t supposed to be easy. That individualistic attitude has been promoted so much in our culture now and it’s how the rich get to take advantage.
Real life example: my work has a deliveries department, there are two depots that supply different parts of the country. They always used to have a night shift, and everyone liked it because you got good pay, and it was generally quiet. One day the bosses decided it was costing them too much money, so they did away with it. How did they cover the out of hours requirements you ask? They relied on overtime as needed. The trouble with overtime is they you don’t get as much pay, or as reliable hours as with the night shift, and you don’t get as much of a break, as obviously overtime is on top of your normal hours. Overtime, however, is extra-contractual, it is strictly voluntary. So one of the depots unionised and agreed that none of them would do any overtime. By doing this no one would be able to cover the out of hours requirements and the bosses would be forced to reintroduce the night shift. That depot still now has a night shift. The other depot tried the same thing, but two of the drivers decided they wanted the overtime, they wanted to make all the money. So every time overtime came up, they took it, while everyone else refused. Because of this they never got to keep the night shift, and everyone there works longer hours and has to rely on overtime to bring their pay back up to what it used to be.
It only takes one or two people being selfish to collapse a movement, to think that it won’t hurt if they do it, to think somehow their needs are more important than everyone else’s, and assume everyone else isn’t making sacrifices too. Only the rich and elite benefit from individualistic culture.
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