Feb 12 is Let’s Talk Day. For each text msg sent or LD call made, Bell donates 5c to mental health programs.
———> here’s an idea: text your valentine some dirty messages hahaha ;)
The claim that a company like McDonald’s can’t afford to pay wages over the minimum is absolutely insulting when you compare the salary of its CEO to one of its crew members.
I worked at a McDonald’s in New York over the summer and did a little math while I was there. In 2011, former McDonald’s CEO James Skinner made $8.75 million with compensation, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. In comparison, crew members made $7.25 an hour, for about $15,000 a year, if they stayed at the job year-round.
If you take Skinner’s total salary in 2011 and assume that he worked 40-hour week, he would have made $4,200 an hour. In one hour, he made 580 times more than the average McDonald’s worker. James Skinner made $33,600 a day, which is twice the salary tht a McDonald’s crew member makes in a year of full-time work.
Looking at it another way, the average worker would have to work for almost 600 years to make the salary that Skinner made in 2011. In one year, Skinner makes more than I could make in at least six lifetimes.
|—||Maximum lies about the minimum wage | Socialist Worker | Samantha Valente (via america-wakiewakie)|
The Greatest Speech Ever Made
Irony at its best, Charles Chaplin one of the best and most legendary comedians of all time gave the greatest and most inspirational speech of all time
“I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.
Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.” The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder! Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it’s written “the kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.
Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill their promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!”
Anonymous vs. Thunder Bay Police Department
Anonymous plans to release information about the Thunder Bay Police department and its failure to properly investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women:
#OpThunderbird is an Anonymous effort to defend the lives of Indigenous women:
“Our sisters are beautiful. Our sisters are powerful. Our sisters should expect to live without fear.”
Look for more updates and “tweet storms” on January 28th.
My friend, Mike Roy, a Local Ontario activist, put this footage together of all the activism / events he attended in 2012.
He also put footage in from when I got arrested and sexually assaulted by the police last year at a local Manif Casseroles support rally. Two frames in one screen. (1:29, top right, bottom left.)
Ughhhh I will never get over that. Watching those clips makes me sick… you can see the bald officer as he lifts up my shirt and takes a good look at my breasts. Its disgusting!
A 2012 break down of The Indignants original footage. Folks have been asking for a year end video, well here it is!! This video covers the following: The Caterpillar lockout, Occupy actions, Robo call rally, Anti-fascist rally, Barrick gold, May day, Slut Walk,Occupy Parliament, Quebec student strike, Bill 78, Solidarity actions, Cornell West, Test their Logik, six nations haudenosaunee solidarity to fight racism, Lee Reed, Marine Land shut down, Stop Harper Ottawa, Ontario students against bill 115, Gaza solidarity, Idle No More…. Not all would fit into a 3 min video..
Filmed and Edited by Mike Roy
Recorded in London, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal Canada (2012)
The Indignants (Media group)
Media Co-op (Media group)
Occupy Toronto Media
Another great one from Andy Everson.
Why Idle No More Matters to Us All
This short overview to the movement points out the environmental aspect and draws attention to this issue’s relevance for those in Canada and around the world.
this makes me so ashamed and angry to be a canadian
i fucking love my country but i fucking hate my government
LIKE ARE YOU SERIOUS HARPER YOURE A DIRTY LITTLE FUCK and you do NOT deserve to run…
A London police officer has been arrested and charged with three counts of sexual assault against two women dating back to June of 2011.
Const. Andrew Michalski, 31, an 11-year veteran of London Police Services, was arrested and taken into custody early Wednesday morning. He was released on a promise to appear and has since been suspended from active duty.
A police source said investigators received a complaint that a 27-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted on two occasions by Michalski, who was an acquaintance. The assaults were alleged to have occurred in June and November of 2011 while the officer was off duty. Further investigation identified a 25-year-old woman, who claims she was sexually assaulted by Michalski, whom she was also acquainted with, in June 2012, again while Michalski was off duty.
That woman told The Free Press that she was with a group of friends at a Richmond St. bar late at night last June when one member of her party saw Michalski and waved him over to their table.
The woman said Michalski was noticeably intoxicated.
She said the alleged assault occurred at the table in front of friends.
Both women said they’re relieved charges have been laid and that they’ll get the opportunity to present their side of the story in court.
“Today was very important to me,” one said, “but I’ll be happy when it’s all over and I can move on.”
Michalski was at the centre of controversy in 2007 when London lawyer Brian Foster was arrested and charged with trespassing, assault and resisting arrest.
Foster, who was later acquitted of all charges, testified in court that Michalski hit him and threw him against a police cruiser after Foster was forcibly removed from a Richmond St. patio.
A police spokesman said Michalski has had a clean record with the force.
“The situation is before the courts now and it would be unfair to comment on it,” Chief Brad Duncan said. “Clearly, it’s difficult for us as an organization and so the process has to unfold and take us where it will take us.”
Assistant Crown attorney David Foulds, who’s based in Windsor, is expected to lead the case for the prosecution. It’s not known yet who will represent Michalski.
Foulds said he was aware of the file, but declined to comment further at this time.
Michalski is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 6.