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Rikers Island must end human rights abusesAs reported in the New York Times, New York City's Department of Investigation is reviewing 129 cases of assault on Rikers Island inmates by correction officers at the prison in 2013.  The 30 investigators working on the case have uncovered evidence leading to the arrests of a captain and eight correction officers for, among other things, assaulting inmates and falsifying evidence to cover up their crimes. Incarcerated persons with mental health issues have suffered the worst of the violence,  with a population in need of mental health care nearly as large as all 24 psychiatric hospitals in New York State. As the prison population has declined, violence has increased. Incarcerated persons with mental health issues are often treated with choke holds instead of therapy. Inmates have been brutally beaten after suicide attempts, with at least one suicide attempt faked by correction officers to cover their assault on a prisoner. Though the assaults, isolation, and extremes of temperature incarcerated persons may face at Rikers Island may be severe, the neglect of their health can do just as much damage. Incarcerated persons have been left unattended for hours while in need of emergency medical care, denied necessary medical tests, and isolated in filthy cells for hours or days. One inmate was left to miscarry alone and in pain, while another was mocked and denied medical care as she sobbed for help before her eventual death in her cell. Being sentenced to a crime does not include being subject to beatings and medical neglect. When a person is in state custody, beatings and medical neglect are torture. The grievance process is ineffectual. Staff are rarely held accountable for even the most serious offenses. These abuses have been going on for a long time, but they must end. Join us to tell Mayor DeBlasio and Commissioner Ponte that it's time for Rikers Island staff to follow their own rules and put an end to the torture and neglect of the people in their care. --  - "New York City Reviewing Rikers Assaults on 129 Inmates," by Michael Schwirtz and Michael Winerip, New York Times, July 21, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/nyregion/new-york-city-reviewing-injuries-dealt-by-rikers-correction-officers.html?_r=0  - "Rikers: Where Mental Illness Meets Brutality in Jail," by Michael Winerip an Michael Schwirtz, July 14, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/nyregion/rikers-study-finds-prisoners-injured-by-employees.html
Vote to Raise Iowa's Minimum WageIf we hope to have a successful society composed of educated people who can compete in the national and international market place, we must support wages which allow freedom to pursue success without the handicap of impossibly low wages. We cannot maintain our strength in world standing unless we provide our workers with hourly and salaried reparation worthy of who we say we are. Dragging our feet in willingness to pay our people a living wage is a disgrace and an implication that America will not have the staying power we must have to lead with strength in an ever evolving world economy. It is essential that move forward, now, in 2014.
DON'T LET NESTLE DRAIN US DRYThis issue is important because: - Nestle has an environmental impact on our watershed, - Nestle contributes little or nothing to our tax base, - Nestle pays little or nothing for the water they take, - Water is shipped off and doesn't re-enter our watershed, - Michigan citizens do not gain anything by the increase, - Nestle demonstrated miserly behavior in a time of need. Corporations which do not demonstrate beneficial citizenship should not be subsidized with hundreds of millions of dollars in resources and tax breaks. The Great Lakes water basin holds 20% of the Earth's fresh water, and should be regarded with care.
Let The Bloomingfoods Workers Exercise Their Right to OrganizeThe right to organize, and to engage in other protected concerted activities to improve conditions in the workplace, is one of the most important principles in U.S. labor relations. Guaranteed under the National Labor Relations Act, specifically Section 7 (please see link below), all covered workers have the right to organize themselves in whatever manner they choose regardless of the opinion or actions of their employer. Under the original intent and spirit of the act, the decision to organize and bargain collectively, or take any other action pursued by two or more workers to improve conditions, should take place without interference by the employer. As we know, this right has been interfered with, eroded, attacked, diminished, and rendered weak by hostile legislation and by an anti-worker consulting industry that generates billions in profit by interfering with the basic right to organize. Employers large and small have engaged in campaigns of intimidation, harassment, captive audience meetings, threats, and dismissals, all known as unfair labor practices, to prevent workers from exercising their rights. We can make sure this does not happen here. Bloomingfoods is an important institution in our community, reflective of the basic values of many of our residents who are committed to social justice, equal rights, and sustainability. Let’s make sure Bloomingfoods adheres to these basic principles during this organizing drive.
Union Organizing is a Civil RightAs go unions, so go middle-class jobs. Decades ago, unions and the civil rights movement marched arm in arm towards a common future -- an America free of discrimination, with opportunity for all. Today, workers still face numerous forms of discrimination and can be illegally fired for standing up for their rights. Workers can appeal, but the current process takes years. Companies have quickly learned to fire workers first and ask questions later. We can’t sit back and hope for the best while union busters and the Supreme Court tear apart the foundation of the middle-class. We need to go on offense. With your help, we can begin to fix a broken system. We can ensure that workers join together on the job without fear of unjust termination or a drawn-out and often ineffective process. Together we can rebuild and give voice to the middle-class.
Take Texas Back From ALEC!ALEC skirts the law restricting lobbying activities and gifts to politicians, and pushes its ideologically driven agenda through model bills that put corporate profits and the right-wing agenda before the needs of working people. What are just some of the laws that ALEC and Laubenberg have promoted, and in many cases, already imposed on Texans? • Stand your Ground Bill • Voter ID Bill • Women’s Sonogram Bill • Sanctuary Cities Bill • Anti-ACA Legislation These actions are hurting millions of Texans, undermining public education, damaging our environment, cutting off access to healthcare, and making our streets, homes and workplaces less safe.
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in WisconsinOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
Raise the minimum wage to $10.25 per hour in Brownsville, TXOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
Raise the minimum wage to $12/hour in Dallas, TXOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
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Raise the minimum wage in the state of Arizona to $10.15 an hour
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 in Charlotte, NC