Sometimes domestic violence can seem just too personal for anyone to do anything about it. Believe me, there are moments — despite feeling the utmost sympathy, solidarity, and rage for those suffering under domestic violence — when I feel that way, too.

But considering the implications outside the home as well as inside, it just seems downright sensible AND sensitive to find a way to put an end to it.

Poverty is not simply having no money — it is isolation, vulnerability, humiliation and mistrust. It is not being able to differentiate between employers and exploiters and abusers. It is contempt for the simplistic illusion of meritocracy — the idea that what we get is what we work for. It is knowing that your mother, with her arthritic joints and her maddening insomnia and her post-traumatic stress disordered heart, goes to work until two in the morning waiting tables for less than minimum wage, or pushes a janitor’s cart and cleans the shit-filled toilets of polished professionals. It is entering a room full of people and seeing not only individual people, but violent systems and stark divisions. It is the violence of untreated mental illness exacerbated by the fact that reality, from some vantage points, really does resemble a psychotic nightmare. It is the violence of abuse and assault which is ignored or minimized by police officers, social services, and courts of law. Poverty is conflict. And for poor kids lucky enough to have the chance to “move up,” it is the conflict between remaining oppressed or collaborating with the oppressor.
—  Megan Lee

anonymous asked:

but whats a pyramid scheme?? I've never heard of it sorry to ask

a pyramid scheme is a “get rich quick” dealy that does not last very long for the people at the bottom of the pyramid but can be incredibly lucrative for the one person at the top.

a more detailed description under the cut, and at the end is some helpful information that everyone should read if you’re not familiar with MLM and Pyramid Schemes.

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Fun facts about Thanksgiving workers:
  • Retail workers aren’t the only ones subjected to working Thanksgiving, sometimes without holiday pay.
  • More often than not, employees in any type of business are given a phone interview, in person interview, orientation, and the employee handbook and every single instance has the repeated phrase “you may be required to work holidays” and while to some this is unfortunate, DO NOT go to their place of work and rant TO THEM about how they have to work holidays! For all you know, they NEED the holiday pay or the extra hours, or they don’t celebrate the holiday!
  • Other employees that typically work these days include: movie theater employees, waiters, waitresses, parking garage attendants, bartenders, fast-food employees, chefs, hosts, hostesses, hotline workers, etc. and also essential services like police, plumbers are typically on-call, firemen, even some cable installers work, and other such emergency or important people.
  • Most, if not all, employees are NOT PERMITTED to put in for time off on a holiday AT ALL no matter how far in advance they try. It is policy at most places to not allow this. Do not tell them “well just request it off” because they’re probably not allowed.
  • "Not showing up" is certainly a valid way for an employee to get out of work that day, thank you for suggesting. And guess what, they’ll also be free every day after that because they’ll have been fired for not showing up on an important day.
  • When rallying for people to have the day off, it’s all well and good to encourage not shopping retail on the holiday, but if you then go to a movie and get some Burger King on the same day, you’re an asshole and should be shot.
  • Do not shop, go to movies, or eat out on Thanksgiving and then places won’t open and people can enjoy the time off, whether or not they celebrate Thanksgiving is up to the discretion of the person and their family.

Pulitzer Center grantee Shiho Fukada captures the various faces and places of Japan’s disposable workers. Stable full-time jobs are becoming scarce as companies increasingly favor hiring easily-fired and re-scheduled part-time workers. Some 3000 workers now live in 24-hour internet cafes, while others wait in long lines for temporary employment and women compete for hostess jobs. Depression and suicide rates are skyrocketing.

"[Japanese] people suffer in private, in their homes, so I thought it was a really important story to tell, Fukada told Coburn Dukehart, for NPR’sThe Picture Show.

View more of Shiho’s photos and stories on Japan’s disposable workers here.

anonymous asked:

Hello! If you don't mind, could you clarify something? In response to an ask you said "nobody has the right to a job," and I found that truly alarming. Surely you think people have the right to feed themselves and their families?

You are misunderstanding what a right is. 

For a job to be a “right” it would mean that someone deserves it regardless of their skills or the benefit to their employer. It would mean that if an employer had a position open that needed someone highly skilled (say a nuclear engineer) but the only unemployed people to hire were high school dropouts with a resume that consisted of being a fast food burger flipper, those unemployed people would have a “right” to that job.

It would also mean that unemployed people got first crack at any job opening, instead of being open to anyone who wished to apply. 

Which is clearly stupid. 

Even if you specify that having a “right” to a job means that you only have a right to a job that you are qualified for, then that means that because of my “right to a job” that I should never be turned down for a job as long as I meet the minimum qualifications for the position whether the employer NEEDS a new employee or whether or not they have another applicant the next day who is even better suited for the position. 

It would also likely mean that you couldn’t be fired, because that job was yours because it was a “right” not because you were qualified or a good employee. 

In your version of events, my right to that job would trump the needs of the employer.

Except that’s how socialism works, not a free market. In a free market I don’t have a right to a job and an employer is not forced to give me one. It’s a transaction, my skills need to be needed by an employer and I need to be someone that the employer knows will work with their current employees and help them to make money.

You have a right to do whatever you wish, including feeding your family and taking care of them (which is not just a right, but a moral obligation), as long as your actions don’t intrude on someone else’s rights. That includes the rights of an employer or business to fire or not hire you, the rights of a store owner to not be stolen from, etc. 

It sucks when you don’t have a job, I empathize greatly with those that don’t. I’ve had that experience many times in the past, but I never had a right to a job. I had to hunt for jobs for months and months at times. 

So no, you do not have a right to a job and phrasing your question that way shows your clear far left wing bias by trying to turn this into a discussion that isn’t about “rights” but about trying to demonize by claiming that my stance on freedom is about trying to starve poor people.



You have a right to look for a job, to request a job, to hunt for a job. You don’t have a right to a particular job (whether you are qualified or not for that job) and no employer has an obligation, legal or otherwise, to give you a job. The only reason an employer really hires someone is if hiring that person will benefit them as well. 

Sorry, this is ranty and long and I don’t think I expressed myself well…I just woke up.

What’s striking about some of these labor practices is the absence of reciprocity. When a top executive agrees to a noncompete clause in a contract, it is typically the product of a negotiation in which there is some symmetry: The executive isn’t allowed to quit for a competitor, but he or she is guaranteed to be paid for the length of the contract even if fired. 

Jimmy John’s appears to have demanded the same loyalty as the price of having a low-paid job hourly job making sandwiches, from which the worker could be fired at any time for any reason. Similarly, retailers demand that their workers adjust to schedules that are set by computers and can vary widely from week to week or involve sending people home if sales are slow, but have little patience for an employee who needs to leave early to pick up a sick child.

A remarkable transformation is underway across college campuses in Arab countries that gives a glimmer of hope to women’s education.

With women now making up more than half the student body across the Arab region, universities have built new facilities and increased learning opportunities for their female students. Engineering courses that were previously off-limits are now available to them, and campuses have created male-free zones to encourage young women to speak their minds. Despite the progress, employment opportunities remain limited to women once they graduate.

Read more via U.S. News and World Report

Things a new job in nursing (may) teach you.

1. Patience, when you’re uncertain, frustrated, and filled with self doubt. There’s the hope of better days ahead

2.  Tolerance, when others are not as welcoming of newcomers. There’s a little foresight that this will change, with time

3.  Appreciation, of every nurse, and mentor in previous schools, (or jobs) whom have been supportive, and not exclusionary. And appreciation to be able to work onward to a dream.

4. Understanding, that even though you’re able to express your ideas, or  concerns,  they may not be well received or welcomed. It doesn’t mean they’re not valid.

5. Fortitude , that it may not be the “right job” or the “right time” but it is Right Now, and to make all learning count, and to not quit when the going gets tough.

6. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, and not know what you’re doing some days. It’s all a learning process, and we’re evolving even when it feels like we’re going backwards.

7. Respect, for everyone’s role, (and a little insight), some that you may not have been aware of was even happening behind the scenes. 

8. The support and encouragement, of even a solitary person, in the storm of doubt, chaos and fear. 

9. There’s always the hope of doing better, even if today feels like the walls are crashing in.

10 . Gratitude to see the diversity of nursing, and healthcare. Gratitude, to be working as a nurse even if others exclude, or ridicule you -  or your role. Gratitude to be working, at all, in this economy.

scarvesandsmiles asked:

So, I'm in my first quarter of college and I got a part time job at a local Target. I thought it was all going well but, I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of opportunities on my campus and I don't want to miss them. I'm considering quitting, after the season since I'm seasonal and could use a little extra money, but I'm scared of being unemployed. My parents have been for a real long time and it's really bad and annoying but I don't think I can handle work and I don't know if it'll be okay.

It’s your first year and you have FOMO —the Fear of Missing Out. It may be easy to lose sight of your priorities with so much new activity and fresh faces to meet, but you should be fearful of unemployment too; that is actually legit to worry about.

You’ll have plenty of time to experience campus events down the road; they’ll be stale and you’ll be enjoying them ironically by your senior year anyway, but the events that are worthwhile will be miserable if you can’t afford to go to them. If your job is going well, hang on to it; entry-level retail or warehousing employment will be close to impossible to find again until April as retailers will only be downsizing until the Spring clothing season ramps up demand.

The only year-round in-demand industry at the entry-tier is food service, and a McJob will ebb at your soul pretty badly. If you’re worried about not handling work, I move ~40lb boxes of clothes for a living now and I nope’d out of a fry-cook job after two days.

You can keep your work, school and social life in balance if you prioritize and use your time wisely; only quit if it interferes with your grades.

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- Engineer Dave


dribski said: 

hmm don’t be too dismissive - there are a lot of academically enriching things anon could be missing out on, not just social. good advice tho :)

Absolutely! Extra-curricular clubs and teams are fantastic if they’re enriching! Frosh Week, when it happens, not so much. Use your good judgement to prioritize the on-campus activities you do take part in. Balance!