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Nous, hommes et femmes de gauche par conviction, que nos cultures soient socialistes, écologistes, citoyennes, communistes, insoumises, hommes et femmes sincèrement désireux de faire gagner la gauche, il nous appartient de surmonter les antagonismes des partis, les vieilles rancunes, les sectarismes et les stratégies de démolition. Il faut un maximum de candidatures d'union à gauche pour les élections législatives. J'y suis prêt. Dès ce soir. Je soutiendrai par delà les étiquettes les femmes et les hommes sincèrement engagés dans cette démarche de rassemblement, première étape d'une renaissance et d'une reconstruction de la gauche française. 

Nous avons fait barrage au pire. À nous de construire le meilleur.


Benoît Hamon

—  Courriel de Benoît Hamon, le 7 mai 2017.

DSA | 30 in 30: Cesar Chavez


UP M-10000 at Chicago World’s Fair 1934 A by kitchener.lord


In support of US fast food workers and their right to a fair wage AND to protest, here’s some McDonalds illos. 

“Heil Ronald,” illo for NYPress, July1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.

Cover for SCREW #1425, June 1996, art direction by Kevin Hein.

“McRib Has No Bones,” illo for The ONION, Feb 2009, art direction by Josh Modell.

“Fast Food Wig Out” illo for BLACK EYE #2, Nov 2012, edited by Ryan Standfest. 

“Third World Ronald,” illo for NYPress, November 1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.

“Radioactive Ronald,” illo for NYPress, December 1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.


He was waiting on a corner in Union Square. I asked him about the skirt and whether he gets any strange comments - “not really” he said. I tried to get a bit more about his motives/desires for wearing a skirt (fashion? comfort?) and he explained that he just “likes the way it looks!” Fair enough!

Union Square | NYC | 5/10/14


#VerizonStrike #StandUpToVerizon: Thousands of Verizon workers have gone on strike after failing to reach a new labor agreement with the CWA Union. The union members argue that Verizon has outsourced thousands of jobs and continue to cut costs, while executives reward themselves with big bonuses and payouts. Strikes are happening all over the City of New York – these photos were taken in Financial District outside 100 Wall Street. 

anonymous asked:

If Canadian animators start demanding higher (fairer) pay and/or we get a union formed won't that create a collapse in the amount of animation jobs sent here? I would love to have wages reflect the cost of living in a city like Vancouver but if we lose a huge chunk of jobs then we are equally as screwed, are we not? I dunno, I feel like we're between a rock and a hard place.

This is a common refrain. The most difficult thing about it is you can’t prove a negative. Could our industry collapse if we demand fair wages or unionize? Maybe. But it also could not.

We can, however, present some compelling evidence that the industry will most likely not collapse. All of live action in Vancouver is unionized, and they had to fight hard for that. They thought their industry would collapse as well, but they risked it and guess what? It didn’t. Not only did it not, but it has grown since unionization into one of the top industries in our province. It employs thousands of workers, all union. They have fair pay, long term collective agreements with the production companies and overtime compensation.

Additionally, even with unionization and potential wage increases, Vancouver is still the most cost effective option for animation. BC tax credits pay back huge portions of our wages, our dollar is low, we are on the same time zone as Los Angeles and a plane ride here is two hours. Anyone who has worked in a shop with outsourced animation knows that there are major pitfalls to that model - the time difference alone creates huge costs for studios.

Right now we are the cheapest option in the English speaking world, and that’s important. Studios can’t have storyboards done in countries with significant cultural differences. Same with animation, the language barrier is a major issue.

No one seems to be discussing how fair pay and unions actually create stability in our industry, and make us more attractive. If we can produce better quality work because we are staying at studios, are healthy, and have a good work/life balance, our employers and their clients benefit far more than getting a shoddy product done for no money. Their shows will be more attractive to audiences, more creative, and better executed. Instead of constantly being hustled through the pipeline based on what studios need right now, we would have an opportunity to become experts in our particular area, be it key layout, backgrounds, character animation, designs or storyboards. It can take the boom we are in and make this a long term foundation from which generations of artists will be brought up in.

Sometimes people worry the work will go to Toronto or Halifax. Our thoughts on that have been made a reality with the wage share. Toronto and Halifax are not far behind us in terms of organization. They see what happens here, and we doubt that they will remain ignorant if we organize and push for fair pay and overtime compensation. Media unions are international, and there are labour laws in Ontario that studios have to follow as well.

Moving a production, in particular when that production has several seasons, is extremely expensive. It’s doubtful the additional cost of our wages will make up that cost.

If they move animation from Vancouver, where are they going to get the talent? Who is going to make their productions? We are. They will move us all out to Toronto or Halifax and we will just organize there. We don’t think artists understand - you make up a TINY portion of the population. There are so few people in the world that can do what we do that studios have to recruit internationally to staff their Netflix or Amazon or Dreamworks or Hasbro shows.

Lastly, all of our jobs could disappear anyways. They did in 2001 and again in 2008. At least if we have fair wages and a union, we will be protected during those downturns. Unions often have provisions for extending health benefits while artists aren’t working and provide training and upgrading during dry spells. We will be able to save more money through our pay and OT compensation to carry us through a crash. We are really confused as to how the threat of job loss justifies the continued exploitation of a workforce. If we are all employed badly is that better than most of us being employed well? If artists can bank savings, does that not mean that they may be able to start studios themselves, thus hiring more artists? Is it not better to build our industry with a solid brick foundation of mutual respect instead of the quicksand of exploitative worker practices? Honestly, if we continue to allow ourselves to be exploited, we may contribute to the major downfall of our industry, instead of a potential (but very unlikely) temporary blip.

So on top of tax payers subsidizing billions of dollars for public assistance because Walmart pays their workers poverty wages, Walmart also avoids paying a billion dollars of U.S. taxes through loopholes each year??!! #endcorporatewelfare

It’s important to talk about and recognize the fact that PhD students are young professionals in the early stages of their career and not just ~students because by the time you get your PhD you are literally an expert in your field

I’m sick of the “millennials are going to grad school to put off starting their life” thing because like, it makes people not take me seriously when I talk about what I do. I shouldn’t have to explain to literally everyone who isn’t also in grad school that getting a PhD is literally a full time job.

Anyways we should exclusively refer to PhD students as “early career scientists/academics” instead of grad students because until professional students (med/law students etc.) our training consists of actively contributing to our field. And maybe then more than just the STEM folks can get paid a living wage.

“Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too. 

It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode. This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.

- President Obama


#StandUpToVerizon #VerizonStrike: Thousands of Verizon workers on strike marched on Wall Street and demanded better pay and fair labor practices. Executives have continued to cut costs and ship jobs overseas, which has hurt working families and destroyed middle class jobs. More than 400 protests were held nationwide, at Verizon Wireless stores and other locations in dozens of cities. This is the third continuous week of the Verizon strike.