Dec 112016
 
Informal Workers | WIEGO Informal workers do not receive social protection through work or legal protection through the state. Too often, these workers are unfairly stigmatized as “illegal”, “underground”, “black” or “grey” – but the vast majority are simply trying to earn a living against great odds. Informal workers may be self-employed in small unregistered enterprises; they may be sub-contracted workers or even work for wages in unprotected jobs. And they can be found in urban or rural settings, and in the richest as well as the poorest countries. In recent decades, informal employment has persisted or grown, emerging in unexpected places and in new guises. Today, half to three-quarters or more of non-agricultural workers in developing countries earn their living informally. They work in plain sight… Street vendors in Mexico City; rickshaw pullers in Kolkata; jeepney drivers in Manila; push-cart vendors in New York city; garbage collectors in Bogotá; roadside barbers in Durban… those who work on the streets or in open areas belong to the more visible occupational groups in the informal economy. …and out of sight Some informal workers are less visible – even invisible. Down the crowded lanes are workshops that repair bicycles and motorcycles; recycle scrap metal; make furniture and metal parts; tan leather and stitch shoes; weave, dye, and print cloth; polish gems; sort and sell paper, and plastic waste; and more. The least visible informal workers, the majority women, sell or produce goods from their homes: they may be garment or food workers, incense-stick or cigarette rollers, paper bag or kite makers. Then there are those – again usually women – who work in others’ homes. Tens of millions of domestic workers around the globe are among the most vulnerable of all workers. And informal workers are not confined to developing countries. There are informal garment workers in Toronto; informal embroiderers on the island of Madeira; informal shoemakers in Madrid; and informal assemblers of electronic parts in Leeds. Other common categories of informal work in both developed and developing countries include contract workers in restaurants/hotels; sub-contracted janitors and security guards; casual day labourers in construction and agriculture; piece-rate workers in sweatshops; and temporary office helpers or off-site data processors. Most workers in all of these categories are informally employed. But despite great differences … Working conditions and earnings differ markedly. Even within countries, the informal economy is highly segmented by place of work, sector (more…)
Dec 082016
 
Informal workers do not receive social protection through work or legal protection through the state. Too often, these workers are unfairly stigmatized as “illegal”, “underground”, “black” or “grey” – but the vast majority are simply trying to earn a living against great odds. Informal workers may be self-employed in small unregistered enterprises; they may be sub-contracted workers or even work for wages in unprotected jobs. And they can be found in urban or rural settings, and in the richest as well as the poorest countries. In recent decades, informal employment has persisted or grown, emerging in unexpected places and in new guises. Today, half to three-quarters or more of non-agricultural workers in developing countries earn their living informally.     Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Aug 132015
 
Great thanks to The Daily Kos and Leslie Salzillo , Daily Kos member “Every day we see and hear lawmakers and people of ‘faith’ using the word of God to hurt others. These hypocrites spew hatred and pass laws against women, blacks, Muslims, LGBT, Hispanics, the mentally ill, the disadvantaged, and the homeless. Yet, if we look at religions, we find most originate in love. Over time, the positive messages of those religions have been twisted and interpreted to fit the selfish and extremists agendas of those who use religion to hate, bully, abuse, and kill others. In his quote, self-proclaimed Christian and Democrat Cory Booker sums up religious hypocrisy in a way that’s hard for anyone to deny.”     Read Complete Article Here Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Aug 122015
 
New Video! “Was the Civil War About Slavery?” What caused the Civil War? Did the North care about abolishing slavery? Did the South secede because of slavery? Or was it about something else entirely…perhaps states’ rights? Colonel Ty Seidule, Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, settles the debate once and for all.   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Aug 102015
 
[“Share the World’s Resources”, a very important mission for today’s business and social interactions. M] In this report, Share the World’s Resources (a civil society organisation campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources within and between nations) seek to demonstrate how a call for the key principle of sharing is central to a growing worldwide movement of global citizens. The report notes the increasing discussion of extremes of inequality, and the growth of the ‘commons’ movement, which frames many of our most pressing issues in terms of our need to cooperatively protect the shared resources of Earth. It argues that a call for sharing “holds the potential to connect disparate campaign groups, activists and social movements under a common theme and vision.” The report also notes its potential to engage public opinion. In five sections, Sharing as Our Common Cause maps out how sharing is central to the key themes of social justice, environmental stewardship, global peace, participatory democracy, and multi-issue movements. In each section, the themes are further sub-divided into specific topics, and the connection with sharing is explored in more detail, including reference to organisations active within the topic areas, and relevant publications. In conclusion, the report makes the following arresting points: 1.A call for sharing represents unity in diversity 2.Sharing embodies a positive proposal beyond ‘isms’ and factional politics 3.We all understand the human value of sharing 4.The demand for sharing is already on the rise 5.A global call for sharing has radical implications. Its final recommendations are: 1.Integrate the message of sharing into advocacy and campaigning activities 2.Mobilise on collective platforms for sharing 3.Sign and promote Share the World’s Resources global call for sharing (www.sharing.org/global-call) The report, written in a clear, concise, non-technical style, makes a compelling case for the key importance of the principle of sharing, and deserves a wide audience. Original article: http://www.lucistrust.org/en/service_activities/world_goodwill/newsletter/review_sharing_as_our_common_cause?dm_i=935,3KKSN,YE981,CTFGT,1 Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Jul 272015
 
House Passes Bill to Prohibit States From Labelling GMOs! Ask Your Senators to Oppose Any Bill That Prohibits Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods! Should You Decide If You Want to Eat GMOs? Ask Your Senators to Oppose Any Bill Prohibiting GMO Labels! http://act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=65883&em_id=58581.0 The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that will prohibit states from labelling genetically engineered foods! Can you ask your Senators to oppose any bill that tries to take away labeling for genetically engineered foods? Why is this important? Well, in poll after poll, more than 90% of people want food to be labelled if it contains genetically engineered ingredients. Several states have already passed laws requiring labelling, including Vermont, which will require labels on all foods starting next summer,unless this terrible bill passes through Congress and is signed into law by President Obama. It’s really important that your Senators hear from you, so they’re not misled by the Big Food Corporations that want to prohibit GMO labeling. The lobbyists for Big Food have been busy on Capitol Hill, and it appears that many members of Congress may be confused by the language in the “Safe and Accurate Food Labelling Act.” It sounds good doesn’t it? We call it the Denying Americans the Right to Know Act (DARK Act). We get a lot of questions about why we need labelling for GMOs, even from staff of members of Congress! Our answers are below. We hope you’ll contact your Senators today, and give them the information below, so they can vote the right way and protect your right to know what’s in your food. Question: What is a genetically engineered food or GMO? Answer: A genetically engineered food is a plant or animal that has been changed by taking genes from one species and inserting them into the DNA of another species or altering the DNA in a way that could never happen through traditional cross-breeding or in nature. Question: Aren’t genetically engineered foods safe? Answer: The approval process for new GMO crops in the U.S. is extremely weak and relies solely on the safety tests done by the corporations that are creating these crops. Right now, most crops are approved by federal regulators under the “generally recognized as safe” provision, which means that if a GMO corn variety looks and “acts” like the non-GMO version of corn, it is approved. Question: But don’t farmers need genetically engineered foods to feed the (more…)
Jun 292015
 
Why is Monsanto a government agent?  We have campaigns to end bullying.  Stop Monsanto Bullying! The US is blackmailing Salvador, or trying to. Salvador just had an election June first, and the leaders who fought the oligarchy won.  These were the leaders of the campesinos. Those who defended the campesinos from the military repression, the FMLN, were now in power through a fair election. The appropriate action would be for the U.S. to apologize for funding the repression and to offer to pay reparations. A high level delegation should have been sent to recognize the new Salvadoran leadership, who embody the hopes and the dreams and the sacrifices of the poor. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to be on the side of justice and human rights? But rather than send a high level delegate, rather than offer reparations, rather than extend our hand in friendship to the new Salvadoran administration, the United States is actually trying to bully the Salvadorans. The U.S. is trying to force El Salvador to use Monsanto’s GMO seedsrather than their own indigenous seeds or risk losing nearly $300 million in aid. Read Full article     Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Jun 192015
 
My question is, when will people wake up? This is where we live and the people we live with. This society needs and enema. M Published on Jun 18, 2015 Jon Stewart apologized to his audience tonight for not having any jokes for them, as he just dropped the comedy to get serious about Charleston. He said, “I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness.” “By acknowledging it,” Stewart pointed out, “by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won’t do jackshit. Yeah, that’s us. That’s the part that blows my mind.” He contrasted how the U.S. does whatever it can to protect everyone from foreign threats, but has an “eh, what are you gonna do?” attitude to domestic threats. Stewart brought up the racial wounds being opened in Charleston, especially invoking how South Carolina still flies the Confederate flag and has roads named for Confederate generals. He sarcastically added, “And the white guy’s the one who feels like his country’s being taken away from him.” Jon Stewart: Domestic Terrorism & the Confederate Culture Must Stop (Video) https://youtu.be/LJl9iqnvkOE Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
May 192015
 
[The Charlotte Observer’s Taylor Batten wrote a piece about “Honesty Day,” which “requires” you to honestly answer a question if it is posed to you. (Sidebar: The Observer is a McClatchy newspaper.) He was asked: “Question? Why do you support such a liberal agenda? Remember you’re supposed to answer honestly.”] [Republished on the Daily Kos] [Now I have republished it because I believe the same. M] We believe that everyone is created equal. We believe that children should not bear responsibility for the sins of their parents. We believe people should not be treated as lesser citizens, with fewer rights, because of whom they love. We believe discrimination is wrong in every instance. We believe that police officers should act professionally, under incredibly difficult circumstances, regardless of a suspect’s race. We believe taxes should be kept as low as possible while still providing a sound safety net for the neediest, a robust education for all, decent health care for the elderly and the destitute, and other basics. We believe there are people of worth beyond our tight circle and there are neighborhoods beyond our own, with different histories, perspectives and needs. We believe there are peace-loving Muslims. We do not believe President Obama was born in Kenya. We believe in the separation of church and state. We believe if you’re a fan of a politician solely because he has a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ after his name, then you’re not paying attention. We believe we have only one planet, and we should protect it for our grandchildren. Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
May 052015
 
Published on May 3, 2015 American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up. Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)