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I’m making $21 an hour at McDonald’s. Why aren’t you?

Posted 4 months ago on May 16, 2014, 9:13 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: organizing, global protest, fast food forward

No, that isn’t a typo. It’s really my salary.

You see, I work for McDonald’s in Denmark, where an agreement between our union and the company guarantees that workers older than 18 are paid at least $21 an hour. Employees younger than 18 make at least $15 — meaning teenagers working at McDonald’s in Denmark make more than two times what many adults in America earn working at the Golden Arches.

To anyone who says that fast-food jobs can’t be good jobs, I would answer that mine isn’t bad. In fact, parts of it are just fine. Under our union’s agreement with McDonald’s, for example, I receive paid sick leave that workers are still fighting for in many parts of the world. We also get overtime pay, guaranteed hours and at least two days off a week, unlike workers in most countries. At least 10 percent of the staff in any given restaurant must work at least 30 hours a week.

Many of the U.S. workers I meet make less than $9 an hour. And unlike in Denmark, where most fast-food workers are young people looking to make extra money while in school, the vast majority of U.S. fast-food workers are adults trying to support their families. Roughly 70 percent are in their 20s or older, according to a recent study, and more than a quarter are raising kids.

Jessica Davis, for example, who works at a McDonald’s in Chicago and has two daughters— one 4 years old and the other 4 months old. After working four years at McDonald’s, she makes $8.98 an hour and has no stable work schedule.

How can fast-food companies expect employees to work hard but not pay them enough to live on? All fast-food workers should be able to support themselves while helping large companies like McDonald’s make huge profits.

Employees also deserve a voice in their workplace — as we have in Denmark — and McDonald’s should respect the right of employees in all countries to organize and speak for themselves.

McDonald’s didn’t give us our union. We had to fight for it. It was a five-year struggle that involved many demonstrations like the ones that will stretched across the globe on Thursday.

Written by McDonald's worker Louise Marie Rantzau. Originally published on Reuters.



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[-] 7 points by Ache4Change (3158) 4 months ago

'Fast food CEOs oppose worker raises despite making 1200 times more than the average employee' -


Never Give Up! Occupy The Work Place! Stop Buying Burgers For A Week In Solidarity!


[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

investors support ceo pay


They must be taught that Mcd's profits and stock price will suffer if they don't support a better revenue distr among ALL workers.

[-] 4 points by Ache4Change (3158) 3 months ago

"We did it — workers did this," said Kshama Sawant. She has been a leader of Occupy Seattle, and then became the tenacious, articulate leader of a large grassroots coalition of low-wage workers called "15 Now." Last year, Sawant was elected to the City Council by putting the case for the $15 wage floor directly to the voters.

In addition, Mayor Ed Murray campaigned last year for raising the minimum to $15 — indexed to inflation. Having won, he pulled together a 24-member working group of both labor and business interests this year, and they spent the last four months working together to hammer out details of the local ordinance. On June 2, all nine city council members voted unanimously to adopt it.

Achieving this was not exactly a breeze, for the forces of corporate avarice always pull out all the stops to defeat any move to improve the lot of ordinary working families. When it comes to raising the minimum wage to at least a bare level of human decency, pulling out all the stops invariably includes corporate PR deceptions, such as pretending that helping workers would put an intolerable squeeze on little mom-and-pop stores.

But wait — who are those large guys looming in the shadows, back behind mom and pop, carefully guarding the cash register?

Why, they're multibillion-dollar, brand-name chains.

These corporate behemoths — not mom and pop — are the chief exploiters of millions of low-wage American workers. They're rank profiteers, constantly lobbying in Congress, states and cities to hold down wages, benefits and hope — even as they wallow in record profits and shell out exorbitant, multimillion-dollar paychecks to their top executives.

From - http://www.nationofchange.org/bold-shift-americas-minimum-wage-debate-1402584902

Also see - http://www.nationofchange.org/10-corporate-tax-dodgers-you-should-know-about-1402586573

Never Give Up Seeking Justice! Occupy Fairness & Solidarity!

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 2 months ago

Protests work! Now vote for candidates who support min wage increases!

OWS & other likeminded progressive groups get credit for all small steps forward.


We MUST increase the pressure! Demand more! This ain't enough. Where's the COLA?

Peace, FYI

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Excellent links.

Here is unelected 3rd party progressives pushing gov for min wage.


We are responsible for all these efforts.

Raising our voices is the fuel for all change that benefits the 99%


[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 1 month ago

"Door open to unions" with new ruling v MickyD's.


"The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators — a decision that, if upheld, would disrupt longtime practices in the fast-food industry and ease the way for unionizing nationwide"

One step at a time. Increase the pressure! Demand more!!

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Credit goes to OWS, & and all protestors demanding increased wages for all these progressive steps.


Which proves protests do matter!.

So Demand more $11 ain't enough! $15 ain't enough!!

Protest, VOTE! Repeat!

[-] 2 points by Ache4Change (3158) 2 months ago

'Raising our voices is the fuel for all change that benefits the 99%' - YES! Thanks for all the good links above and below, and in compliment, see -

http://www.nationofchange.org/hospital-funds-minimum-wage-increase-workers-executive-bonuses-1404309354 &


See the first link within the context of the second. Never Give Up! OWS! Solidarity.

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 1 month ago

Low pay is not ok!" Spread the word


"BREAKING: McDonald's has tried to ignore our calls for better pay, inventing a make-believe world where responsibility for wages and working conditions falls squarely on their franchises, but where the tremendous profits are mostly theirs. No more. The government has recognized what we've always known -- that McDonald's is the boss."

[-] 4 points by Ache4Change (3158) 2 weeks ago

'The economy is continually teetering toward the edge of deflation, which is the feds responsibility to take care of. They need to push up the money supply and encourage demand in some creative way.'


An increased Minimum Wage is part of the demand stimulation that we need but it's not about just buying more stuff anymore, it's about just surviving. These days people go into debt just surviving. The lenders of money don't want people to have a living wage because they want people to keep borrowing and paying interest.

From your last link - 'Ikea’s US division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition. The 17 percent average raise announced on Thursday is the Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain’s biggest in 10 years in the US.'

Ikea being a Swedish company, gets what its responsibilities are and that happy employees makes for a better, more sustainable business. Sadly too many American companies can't see beyond the next financial quarter's bottom line.

Never Give Up The Workers' Struggle! Occupy The 99% Issues!

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 5 days ago

Good point. More companies must be pressured, with letters, protests, social media, boycotts, strikes, marchs,,... etc.

Not givin up, GEARIN UP!!!

[-] 1 points by ShadzSixtySix (884) 2 weeks ago

So ... ''The lenders of money don't want people to have a living wage because they want people to keep borrowing and paying interest.'' !!! Bingo & that's the whole kit and kaboodle right there !! Solidarity A4C !

semper fidelis ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 1 day ago

Poll: Imaginary Jartocracy, or Min Wage?

Which should we discuss?

[-] -1 points by timeforabigchange (-7) from Winnipeg, MB 1 day ago

is jartocracy really imagined?

What about our fallen comrades like Odin? Wasn't he destroyed by the jartocracy? Did the community decide together that he should be banned, or was it only jart and her minions?

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 1 day ago

His honor the all father purity judge? One of your PPP force. He was just a McCarthyite searching & destroying all who disagreed with him.

For you right? That's what he said anyway.

Do you support our fight for 15$??

Set aside the distractions of meaningless issues, focus on substance

[-] 0 points by timeforabigchange (-7) from Winnipeg, MB 1 day ago

We simply disagree on what substance is. (I don't believe you bring any substance to the forum for example. You only bring repetitive babbling in my opinion. But, I think everyone has a right to speak, so please continue to babble.)

I really believe, in all honesty, that having a forum based on democracy instead of jartocracy is extremely important at this juncture. We need to set an example for the world that democracy is possible. We need a forum buit by the community, for the community. If we can't do that, then we have no right to say that the 99% should lead the world democratically, we have to agree to the jartocratic concept of having only a few lead us. We have to be able to eat our own pudding, to practice what we preach, or else it loses so much power.

If we actually showed by example and practiced what we preached, this forum would not be used by only 8 or so people.

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 1 day ago

minimum wage action, info, updates are substance to me.

Your made up 'jartocracy' and fantasies regarding what the forum can be are just a distraction from our important work.

The effort to improve the lives of millions of decent hard working families is REAL!!!

Our movement, the fight for 15$ must continue growing & we MUST agitate all powers that be to join that movement.


Or we can be distracted by the ridiculous fantasies you've spewed for 3 years to no affect, while the minimum wage movement continues to progress and improve the lives of the 99%.


What moron has been fooled by your tired blatant concern troll tactics?

[-] 0 points by timeforabigchange (-7) from Winnipeg, MB 1 day ago

Your made up 'jartocracy' and fantasies regarding what the forum can be are just a distraction from our important work.

Nope. Jartocracy is not made up. And, it's a crucial issue right now.

Odin, builder, PeterPropotkin, pinguento, and so many others were banned because of the jartocracy. That is no fantasy my friend.

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 1 day ago

I KNOW they were banned because of their intolerance and harrassment of posters whose political thought they disagree with.

But the importance of your fantasy pales in comparison to the importance of decent hard working americans struggling in underpaid jobs.

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

Obscene!! Living wage w/cola NOW!!


update, bump, whatever

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1168) 1 day ago

What happens to the others in the workforce in the community when the new low is 15? Do their wages double too?

What happens to teh cost of the goods they make? Do they double as well?

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 1 day ago

All wages will be pushed up when the min wage increases. Obviously.

Costs of goods do NOT double when min wage increases because wages are a small part of cost of svcs.


So don't worry about the cost of your big mac.

[-] 2 points by turbocharger (1168) 1 day ago

I don't eat big macs. Do you have any idea what the ratio of worker and worker related expenses are in the services economy we live in?

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 22 hours ago

What I know is that millions of workers are working for sub living standard wages.

I know as well that we are struggling with a meaningless "recovery" because of low demand.

Wages must be raised for the 99%. Dismiss, disregard all the nonsense arguments against improving the lives of millions of decent hard working families.

Corporations/owners in the service economy will have to buckle down, & give more profits (that workers created!!) to decent hard working people.

The ratios will have to change, 'cause workers are WORTH it!!

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1168) 22 hours ago

So you don't understand the economics of what you are proposing? Honestly, I don't really either. I think I understand the data a bit more than you do, perhaps, but at the end of the day the only reason I ask this stuff is because if people are going to propose economic model change, they have to understand the benefits, the costs, the downsides and hopefully have answers to predictable questions and concerns.

FYI labor is usually your largest expense as a business. Not always, but more times than not.

Also, make sure you consider at the end of the day, multinationals have the money from other operations to weather the storm of a dramatic shift like this.

Mom and pop will go under much quicker. This is an incredibly serious side effect of 15now that needs to be addressed if it is going to be taken seriously. I have stated this on a few conference calls regarding 15now, and its not to be a downer, but to get further down into the numbers.

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 22 hours ago

Doesn't matter who understands the economics better. We ain't competing.

Economists on all sides of the issue can be sited.

I support increasing wages.

Understand that?

I understand the economics just fine. just reverse the self destructive, supply side, trickle down, anti labor policies and people will get increased wages, economy will take off, & businesses will reap a fortune.

So profit will go to workers/consumers who spend & generate economic activity instead of the current model where corps get the profit & invest in non job creating risky ventures that crash the world economy.

Understand that?

[-] 2 points by turbocharger (1168) 12 hours ago

I understand you are simply reciting talking points and not addressing that 800lb elephant at the end of the room that I was talking about involving 15 now.

If everyone is making $15 an hour, and we all work for Walmart, have we really succeeded?

What is your answer to the mom who runs a small diner that tells you if wages are increased to that level, she is going to go out of business?

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 2 days ago

Action on min wage war!


Not givin' up, Gearin up!!!

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 2 months ago
[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 2 months ago

$13 hr in Chi town not enough.


Upd, bump. Solidarity

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 2 months ago
[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

When CEO's submit we must assume we have lowballed our demands.


Take it & fight for more!!

Protest, Vote,. Repeat!

[-] 6 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 3 months ago

you should be able to make a living if you work. that means you shouldn't need state aid. you should be able to make it on your own. with the current minimum wage so low that is impossible to do alone without help.

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 weeks ago

Wolff's criticism illustrate the right approach our Political leaders should take.


Agitate ALL pols for a living wage w/cola!

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Anti 99%, min wage, Here is the problem




Identify the leaders who support Koch agenda and vote them out!!

Pressure all pols to vote against anti 99% Koch agenda!!

Support ALL leaders who defy the corp oligarch Koch bros!!



[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 3 months ago

someone still has to give you money

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago
[-] 2 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 3 months ago

they are working for it.

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Influence min wage debate!


Join the chat

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 3 months ago

they still control the money

[-] 1 points by quantumystic (1710) from Memphis, TN 3 months ago



[-] 4 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Michigan folds!

But it's too little too late sign the petition.


After Party gutting of original bill!!


More protests, cause this ain't enough!

[-] 4 points by shoozTroll (17632) 3 months ago


If it passes, expect ALEC to take it to States all over the Nation.

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Keep the pressure on!! We aren't fooled by half steps.


Take what we can get & resume the fight for higher wages!

just keepin it real.

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Everyone needs to look sharp!!

Good info.


[-] 4 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Pressure all pols/corps to increase wages.


More momentum, but this is NOT enough.

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 1 month ago

Trust Poppins. She knows as well as our representatives.


$10.10 ain't enough!

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 4 months ago

Stand up for yourself and your rights and what do you get?




[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

shadz posted this I think:


right to work laws are bad because they hurt decent hard working families & help corp oligarchs. By "crippling Unions", which represents workers best opportunity to negotiate for better working conditions with corp mgmt.


[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 4 months ago

''The Most Dishonest Words in American Politics : 'Right to Work''', by Steven Wishnia :

I can not claim credit for that good link you post to and though you are mistaken that I posted it, I certainly agree with what you say and do endorse it and also append the following in compliment :

labore et honore ...

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

doublespeak, Orwellian, diabolical.

you have the right idea here.

[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

''Supporters of a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Chicago said today that the time is right to introduce their plan to the City Council, despite moves from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and at the state level to go more slowly and possibly adopt smaller increases.''

Rahm Emmanuel, huh ?!!! Dem Pol ?!! Former Oblah-blah White House CoS ?! Class Traitor & Stooge ?

fiat justitia ...

[-] -2 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

So then for you the value of this story is how to bash the President and Dems specifically?


Well like most of these increases they are too little, too late, so take it, & continue pressuring ALL pols for more increases.

Put aside the immature, empty, one sided partisanship. Focus on the substance of the issues.


[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

Knowledge of the Chicago workers' struggle was the ''value'' in the link provided by you, as was the three links I extracted from that article. Rahm Emanuel's behaviour re. that struggle deserved to be noted and so I did.

You do get a li'l bit sensitive about any criticism of El Presidente' & The Dems don't you ? So, ''wow'' ! Why dat, huh - are they above any criticism and have you ever done so on this forum ?!! Honestly ask yourself - are they now more focussed on The 99% or do they just focus on The 10% ; 1% & 0.01% ?!!!

I'm not ''partisan'' ... I have a huge problem with ALL conservatives and to imagine that most Democratic Party Pols are not that - is the delusion that enables the 0.01% Co-opters to retain their vice like grip on 'the democratic process'. So, ''immature, empty (&) one sided'' - would be NOT recognizing that, I would suggest.

pax via justitia ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Your article clearly is against "the New Populism" Sen Warren & Sanders.

I support the issues Sen Warren is fighting for, I also support what your article suggested populists would support.

I support pressuring ALL pols for change that benefits the 99%

Bashing only the pols fighting for my agenda is ridiculous and exactly what the corp oligarchs want.

But whatever, you are free to flame war, I know it's fun. But in the end what does it buy you to constantly bash one side?

Besides the entertainment value you may derive you spend your time tearing down and not building up.

I can't do that. Too negative, bad form, negative karma, dark side, too yangy.



[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

You may ''support'' Elizabeth Warren or even Bernie Sanders but it's 'People over Politicians' and 'Planet over Profits' !!! You don't seem to be able to handle critiques never mind any criticism of Dems Pols but I am not - 'flaming or bashing for entertainment' .... as this shit is far, Far, FAR more important than that !! Consider that any and all lasting ''building up'' of a Mass 99% Movement ... can only be done from below by The 99% - NOT from above by ANY Politicians & this is what both parties realise and fear the most !

pax .. et lux ?

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

The "building up" of a mass 99% movement IS being done from below.

What are you ranting about?

Seatle just passed the largest min wage in the country. Our movement is a big reason we got the pols to pass it.

Now we must tell them it ain't enough. can't stop the protests!

[-] -1 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

We are actually on the same page on this and many matters - even IF you can not accept it, lol !!! We agree on more things than we disagree on, imo !! So - stop making up shit about what I'm saying, lol !

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

your accusing me of lying about you?

Is this more personal attack distractions.?

How exactly am I "making up shit about what" you are saying?

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

Hmmm, ''distraction'' is as 'distraction' does !!! Your hysteria is not pleasant to behold !! Now .. calmTF down & look at your last but one reply to me to see why I said what I did ! More importantly, consider :

e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Petitioning for direct vote on min wage increase!


In Nebraska!!!

Wow. Imagine that. Occupies influence in action!!

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

From your slightly random link, I nevertheless excerpt :

''A bill that would have raised Nebraska's minimum wage failed during the last legislative session, but, one group isn't giving up the fight.

''Last week Seattle, Washington made history when they voted to raise their minimum wage to 15 dollars. That's the highest in the nation.

''One local group is fighting for a pay raise here at home. The group Better Wages Nebraska is attempting to collect 83 thousand signatures by July 3rd. They want the minimum wage increase to be decided by the voters on the November ballot.''

For much more on The Minimum Wage, see :

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Great links! Again. Thanks.

Is your "random link" criticism serious.?

The last one came from a local news source, I find much info at the local level. No good?

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

Hmm, ''random'' is more a reference to the appearing out of nowhere at any time, rather than strictly the 'relevance or content' lol and also do see ... http://truth-out.org/art/item/24283-minimum-wage (cartoon).

minma maxima sunt ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

I can resend the same link repeatedly too!


It was a great story before,& still is.


[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

Yep ! Feel free to do that !! Don't forget to chop n' change too tho' !!!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

minimum wage war update! (new article)



[-] 5 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

"A minimum wage of $13.13 is likely to benefit New York City’s working poor substantially," the report reads. The Comptroller's office arrived at $13.13 because it would be the largest allowable under a minimum wage bill currently working through Albany. The bill would raise the state minimum wage to $10.10/hour by the end of 2015, and allow municipalities to raise it further by 30%.'' from your link, from which I also extracted ...

fiat justitia ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Corporatist oligarchs stole Amer. dream.

And todays min wage news:


Restoring the Amer dream one worker at a time

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

Apparently 'The Chicago Tribune' requires its on-line readers to jump through umpteen hoops and to go through tedious mularkey in order to read its content - ergo I couldn't open your link but nevertheless, I append from a more collegiate source, the following :

fiat justitia ...

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Paywalls suck.

Will read your links later (if I haven't already)



[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

Cool and .. ''The Fight For 15'' - from 'AcronymTV' :

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Even $15 ain't enough! An illustration.


Your false accusations, & dishonest personal attacks are irrelevant (as I've told you repeatedly) when considering this fundamental issue of wealth inequity.

Please stay on topic, and don't stray from substance.


[-] -1 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

I'll speak as I choose and IF you don't like it - don't engage me - simple !!! I am NOT going to open your MSM link because it'll just be more obvious and weasel words from more Corporate Corrupted Co-opted 'so called' journalists who don't really give two shits for The 99% !! However, I'll show you some ''topic'' !

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

I was at that protest last year (Responding here from you short video comment)

Here's a current upd on 15now's fight:


Nothing is easy.

Persevere, protest, vote. Repeat

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Do you think Councilperson Sawant (who has acknowledged her socialist/occupy influence, and was ELECTED) has pushed this most critical issue forward.?


We must protest, VOTE, and protest again.

We need both actions. We can't afford to dismiss any non violent tactic.

This one council seat can be the beginning, just as the current min wage movement (on topic) started with one protest at a burger king in times square 18 mos ago.

(love E Grant, & elec ave, just not so revolutionary & therefore less relevant)

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

Re. Kshama Sawant - you'll find a lot more from her here :

I'm heavily committed on that thread btw, so you'll find even more opportunities to stinkle my comments there too if you like and more relevantly, for some more 'Rev. Tunes', perhaps also see and stinkle here :

minima maxima sunt ...

[-] 0 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

At least you support increasing wages.

Even if you can't put aside the childish flaming personal attacks.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

I support a lot more than ''increasing wages'' but that is fundamental to The 99%, the world over !!! I think that you internalise my ''attacks'' on 'Dem Pols and The Dem Party Machine On The Hill' - far to much !! Should I infer anything from that, lolol ?! Anyway, try looking ..

''The American today is expected to bow to authority unquestioningly, even as he is told he has the freedom to do otherwise. He is told to trust those in power at the very moment they betray him. He is encouraged to participate in the affairs of public life while simultaneously being denied access to the necessary means and knowledge. He is living in a world that preaches openness and honesty while simultaneously insisting on the necessity of secrecy in matters of state.

''He is living in a nation that preaches peace and democracy while sustaining an ever-increasing war budget, a nation that in the name of democracy supports the decimation of weaker countries for purposes of private gain. He is told that it is dangerous “out there,” where the enemy lurks, but safe “in here,” when in fact the enemy lies within.

''He is living in a world based on power, fear, deception, exploitation, and hypocrisy. Like a traumatized and abused child his natural response to such a situation is the response he learned as a child—to believe in the good intentions of those who abuse him while retreating to a position of acquiescence, numbness, and indifference toward the outcome of events that dramatically impinge upon his well being and his very existence.

''Many of us suffer from meta­noia. While a paranoid person will think he is in danger when he isn’t, a metanoid person will think he is safe when he isn’t. A metanoid is liable to call someone who sees hidden dangers “a paranoid conspiracy nut.” Metanoia insulates us from the disturbing reality around us and thus renders us powerless to do anything about it.

''Once we begin exercising our imaginations and sharing our ideas with others, we have begun the process of change. We find we are not as alone as we thought we were. We aren’t trapped. We aren’t powerless. There are viable alternatives. It is as simple as getting together and talking to each other about what is wrong and how to fix it. The process will carry us forward.''


I don't recommend this deeply insightful article (which I have savagely abridged here, lol) to any sensitive soul who wants a good night's sleep but it could reward a close read for any inquiring minds out there ~*

veritas vos liberabit ?

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Yeah sure, nothing I don't know.

The "American" described is certainly the biggest stumbling block to taking our govt back from the corp oligarchs, & implementing progressive change that benefits the 99%.

But it certainly ain't me. And it doesn't change the fact that WE MUST protest, VOTE and protest again.

THAT is the only thing that WILL change our situation. Us, the people, not any of the parties or politicians that the distractoids obsess over.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars: the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." - - H. L. Mencken - (1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist.

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 0 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

"What's the word?"

[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

Right, ''Johannesburg'', lol !!! RiP G.S-H & re. Jo'burg, another wee, foot tappy ditty also comes to mind :

dexter ?

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

Got a long way to go until labor is properly, respected, valued, and compensated.


But we are wakin 'em up, and slowly but surely as we get them into the streets (& voting booth) we will succeed

(Eddie Grant??? not as revolutionary as G.S. Heron I must say)

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 3 months ago

''How did we go from a society that once cared about our workers, believed strongly in a middle class, built our communities around public education and respected one another’s religious beliefs, to what we have today? We are fed a steady stream of concocted doomsday scenarios, that tell us; if corporations don’t take control of our government, increase their profits, we face certain economic collapse.'' ... from your link (which was so busy with adverts n' shit that it took ages to load on my old putr, lol) and so by way of a reply, please consider :

''A job is only yours if you can keep it. And with the competition these days you're lucky if you don't get torn apart. You think WS is bad - wait until you meet your new co-workers. Back-stabbing desperate, greedy baboon societies dressed in casual pressed pants. The higher ups watch the Lord of Flies scenes with all the glee of puppet masters watching their little creation dance under their fingertips.

''You'll watch yourself doing things that make you gag and cringe (even while you sleep), you will remember yourself back in that third interview for that Petco cashier job and the manager schmuck at Stucky's restaurant that turned you down and you'll eagerly bow to your new corporate lords as if they were the great providers and you are not even worthy.

''You'll run around like you exist solely to serve the workforce aristocracy and sweat each day as you work harder and harder while some sociopathic bully middle manager abuses and demeans you for their own enjoyment daily... and then about five years later just as you were gaining the semblance of stability - you'll find that pink slip in your hand and get walked out the door with a box and 2 weeks pay to carry you into the future as the new unpaid intern is passing you on the way to their interview for your old newly unpaid position. Good Luck out there!''

As an obiter dicta, although I saw Gil Scott Heron play live a few times (and also even met him once to talk to & RiP), nevertheless - Eddie Grant is cool man - remember ''(Rock Down To) Electric Avenue'' ?!!

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by wickerman (62) 4 months ago

That's what I said. I don't have links to it or anything, it's just my opinion.

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

No worries, really. You don't have to prove any thing. Just askin cause I wanna see, not to discredit you.

Did you bring up Bundy on thid minimum wage thread because they're both shaded by elements of racism.


Still not sure why you brought up Bundy.

[-] 1 points by wickerman (62) 4 months ago

Just o point out how the internet can be manipulated. No other reason.

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

Correcting this would help millions of the 99%.



[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

note any leader willing to support our agenda, then put their feet to the fire.


[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago



[-] 1 points by OccupyNews (1183) 4 months ago

It would be interesting to run the numbers. What does a typical McDonalds pull in per hour? I'm guessing 250 to 500 dollars? How many employees? 8 to 10?

cost of food for the franchise, franchise fee, taxes, insurance. I bet they could afford 10 to 13 bucks an hour with raises to 15 bucks after six months or a year.

[-] 1 points by OccupyNews (1183) 4 months ago

Seems like a lot of money because that amount of money has to be multiplied since each worker has built in costs. I don't know what the multiplier is, it might be 2, 2.5 or 3, so to pay that worker 21 dollars an hour it costs the company between 40 and 60 dollars an hour. Does each worker generate that much gross per hour? Maybe, probably not every hour of the day otherwise each store would have to gross 300 to 500 bucks an hour

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2669) 3 months ago

More wage progress


Keep up the pressure, this is still not enough.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 4 months ago

fast food places never call me back for an interview

[-] 1 points by rocket88doowop (29) from Brooklyn, NY 4 months ago

How do we make sure that raising salaries does not increase prices, thus making people no better able to afford necessities?

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4676) 4 months ago


[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

Kansas U agrees


The economic inequity debate is joined.

Have at it.

[-] 1 points by Shule (1976) 4 months ago

Wow! Too basic, too simple, too smart. You hit the nail on the head. Too bad too few are listening.

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

More & more everyday.

[-] 3 points by Shule (1976) 4 months ago

Progressive taxation is a form of maximum wage limiting. Right now in the U.S.A. we've actually created "regressive: taxation, i.e. the more money one makes the less taxes one pays.

[-] 3 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

It's criminal of course.

[-] 2 points by 99nproud (2669) 4 months ago

We don't.

[-] -1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 2 months ago
[-] -1 points by draguartism (19) from Brooklyn, NY 3 months ago

To answer your question - why I don't make 21$/hour at McDonald's is because I do not wish to work there. I don't support the way the raise their animals.