flyer friday

My church choir went #REDInstead for me!

Almost everyone in my choir wore red for me today. Some wore red outfits, some had red socks, red jewelry, a red tie or a red pin. I actually started to tear up whenever I saw someone walk through the door with red on them. 

I wasn’t able to get many pictures because of time constraints, but I have a few!

My choir’s director wearing a red tie.

Red in the soprano section. The weird O-shaped mouths in the top one is because we were singing at that moment. And yeah, I have #REDInstead written on my hand. :)

The woman with glasses is the director’s wife, and she works with autistic kids. She was shocked about Autism Speaks and said I was brave to stand up against such a huge organization. I told her “Nah, it’s not just me, it’s autistic people everywhere. I’m just one voice among many in a choir that’s trying to be heard.”

I want everyone who stands against Autism Speaks to know that my choir heard you.

Here’s a quick video.
* * *Don’t watch this if you have issues with vertigo or motion sickness because I do a spin to show the red.* * *
Remember, some people were wearing red socks or red accessories that were small and only visible if you were close to them.

There were people in the congregation wearing red, too! I think some of the congregation just happened to wear red that day. I know I saw quite a lot of people picking up my flyers on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, so there is a chance that at least some of the red was for #REDInstead.

Woke up to two messages saying the password has been cracked. I WAS SO CLOSE

But yes! More importantly I want to talk about the date on that flyer. Friday the 22nd. All this stuff sounds like it should be taking place in 2006, the summer of 2006, but the only two “Friday the 22nd”s in 2006 were in September and December, which doesn’t work with the timeline. (Of course technically none of this stuff works because why is the website being updated like it’s 2006 when it’s almost 10 years later but whatever we’ll figure that out eventually probably.)

Know what month does have a Friday the 22nd? May. Of this year. 

Do we have another date to look forward to on our hands, friends?

catsuitmonarchy for some odd reason the tumblr app won’t let me reblog and add commentary to your Black Friday post so I’m just gonna post my thoughts here.

To put it bluntly, I hate Black Friday and I believe it needs to be stopped because it has already gone too far.

First of all, especially in stores that are understaffed, working the day is absolutely mandatory. The only coworker that didn’t do it this year has a broken arm, and even then we were trying to get her in for a couple of hours because we needed all the help we could get. We’re all forced to work 12+ hour shifts, with only a half hour break so we can get some food. I’ve talked to other people in the mall and some are even working upwards of 20 hours just because they need the coverage. The vast majority that I talk to absolutely despise this day.

It doesn’t help that our company included coupons in our Black Friday flyer that don’t work on the majority of our merchandise. But they bury the exclusions in fine print, sometimes on a different page of the flyer. Which means that a customer who has been waiting a half an hour in line will suddenly find out from an underpaid (more on that later) cashier that they can’t save ten bucks. You can probably figure out how they react.

I work on commission, so this day is one of the biggest money makers for me. But I’m an exception in an industry where most workers are paid an hourly wage. Our company provided time and a half pay, but only from opening until 4 AM on Friday. It’s literally the least they could do to make it up to us for working on a holiday. Anyone covering a day shift is just working slightly above minimum wage, like any other day. Overtime is near impossible to get too because corporate deliberately cuts hours earlier in the week, working on a skeleton crew so we all can work long hours this weekend.

Even buying the argument that this is the only time that poor people can buy nice things (which isn’t true, some quick comparative shopping will reveal that there are comparable deals throughout the holiday season. In some cases our “Doorbusters” actually cost more than usual. A pair of boots were selling for $125. A week ago? $99.99.), what you basically have corporations pitting the working class against itself all in the name of squeezing out as much profit as possible.

The CEOs aren’t going to be standing behind a cash register on Thanksgiving night. They’re probably going to have dinner with their families as workers deal with grouchy customers, a lack of sleep, and the risk of personal injury. As profits soar each year, they have an excuse to open even earlier. If this keeps up there won’t be a Thanksgiving for a large portion of America and that is the height of class warfare.

Boycotting is absolutely necessary because the only way it’s ever going to stop is if it is no longer profitable.