In from Watchdog.net
“The warehouse manager told the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that he had asked for a safety screen to prevent such an accident, but after one was installed, the plant manager decided to get rid of it because it was slowing down production. TheBucks County Courier Times reports that with the screen, sugar clumps had to be broken up every 30 to 40 minutes; without it, clogs only occurred two or three times a shift.”
Snapple and Ben & Jerry’s: Take responsibility for temp workers in danger!
Inside a sugar plant run by the company that supplies Snapple and Ben & Jerry’s, Janio Salinas was sent inside the the massive hopper to clean sugar clumps — and was buried alive thanks to the removal of a safety device that “slowed down production.”
It’s a horrifying story — and it’s an everyday danger for temp workers at CSC Sugar plants.
The safety device that would have saved Janio Salinas was removed just 13 days before his death, and was put in after other workers were almost sucked under by the machines.
CSC Sugar has already been fined by OSHA for failing to train temp workers and placing them in danger.Snapple and Ben & Jerry’s are supposed to be Companies That Care: Join us in demanding they crack down on CSC, threatening to pull their contracts unless the supplier takes worker safety seriously!
PETITION TO SNAPPLE AND BEN & JERRY’S: Don’t let one more temp worker die thanks to CSC Sugar’s emphasis on money over lives. Threaten to pull your contracts unless they make worker training and safety a top priority, and better supervise their management decisions!
Please sign the petition:
STAND WITH WALMART WORKERS THIS BLACK FRIDAY!
This Black Friday we need to send the Waltons a message. We can’t sit back while their workers go hungry any longer. And Walmart and the Waltons must stop taking illegal actions against Walmart workers who want to work hard and be able to provide for our families
To take action, you just need to go to your local Walmart with a sign saying that you support the workers fighting for fair pay and respect, get a picture of yourself, and tell the manager you support the workers’ cause. Walmart tracks all of these actions and they have a huge impact.
To find a protest near you go to: http://www.blackfridayprotest.org.
New hunger report details how Walmart’s low pay perpetuates employee hunger:
This wonderful poem was written by our comrade Jeri Marie when we all worked with Queers Without Borders. We bring it out again this year in tribute to Jeri and in tribute to all the hard work that is done and being done by our queer circle of folks. Much has changed over the years since this poem was written but much still needs to change. We call for justice for all Walmart workers. Justice for fast food workers. Justice for Janitors, Parking Lot attendants, Security guards and all of us who are on the lower rungs of the working class ladder in americkkka. Justice for our Trans sisters and brothers. Justice for us all.
A Queer Poem for Black Friday.
by jerimarie liesegang
As the capitalist media, corporations and their soulless management prepare for the “holiday” onslaught of constant media brainwashing, senseless greed, manipulation, practices of usury to enslave, and on and on and on; not to mention the sickening music with which to march the lemmings to their malls of worship ~ I offer you our annual queer rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Black Friday.
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE BLACK FRIDAY
By Jerimarie Liesegang of Queers without Borders
Twas the night before Black Friday, when all through the store,
Not a cash register was ringing, not even a penny rolling on the floor;
The sale signs were hung with the rollback prices near,
In hopes that the greedy capitalists would soon appear;
The store associates were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of the morning cheer and squiggle danced in their heads;
And the Managers with their Walkie Talkies and the CEO with his serpent,
Had just settled down for a long winters holiday enslavement,
When out in the parking lot there arose such a clatter,
That the Blackwater Guard sprang from his post to see what was the matter,
Away to the front doors he sprang like a flash,
Tore open the cash registers and threw aside the cash,
When, to the Blackwater guards’ wondering eyes should appear,
But a hijacked manger, so devilish and near,
That he knew in a flash it must be the Queers,
With a little old driver, who so looked like the messiah,
He knew in a moment that it must be St. Sylvia.
More rapid than rich gays to an HRC rally they came,
St. Sylvia whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Richard! Now Timmy Now Frank and Paul!
On Jerimarie! On Matt! On Kyle and Neil!
Fly away from HRC! Fly away from the Corporate Gays!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As FEMA and government built levees before the wild hurricane fly,
That when they meet gay capitalists, they mount to the sky,
So up to the store front doors the queers did fly,
With a sleigh full of explosives and St. Sylvia too. Read the rest of this entry »
International Transgender Day of Remembrance
We join with thousands of folks around the world in mourning and remembering our sisters and brothers who have been murdered due to violence against Transgender folks. We think of our comrades here in Connecticut and around the country who we hold very close and dear and pray for their safety. We fight for the day when our people are free from hate and free to be who they are.
For a listing of our sisters and brothers who have been victims of violence who lives have been taken please go the the International Transgender Day of Remembrance site. There is also a listing of cities and towns where remembrances will be taking place.
From the sites page we read this:
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
Although not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender — that is, as a transsexual, crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating. Read the rest of this entry »