Attacks on Social Security Are Attacks on Women; And they’re becoming a mainstay of the GOP primary.

By Helaine Olen for Slate.com

“In national politics, the war on women isn’t always about denying women the right to choose to end a pregnancy or to have health insurance pay for contraception. It’s also about denying women their financial dignity.”

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I am a 52-year-old lesbian who has been through dealing with both chronic asthma since age two and undiagnosed Tourette Syndrome as a young teenager. I’ve moved to Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City by myself knowing almost no one and creating a rich and fulfilling life for myself in each place.

In NYC, I worked with chronically and persistently mentally ill homeless men in the CSS program at VOA and with chronically homeless women in the food service training program at the Lexington Avenue Shelter for Women.

I survived a 10-year-long progressively violent domestic relationship during which I graduated from college with a double BA and from law school with a JD.

I was the first editorial assistant to make it all the way to features editor at the association magazine at which I worked and garnered, by request, the largest raise ever (at the time) for someone working on that publication

I worked at a reputable mid-sized PR firm, had a breakdown and diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. I was incarcerated on a locked ward, and survived three suicides, chronic unemployment, subsisted on public assistance and food stamps supplemented by standing on the food line at the church near my former residence in Flatbush. I was FTC’d by HRA’s Back to Work Program, yet I quickly secured a job and went to work as PR Account Supervisor for the craziest, most abusive boss I ever had, walked out of that job and got a new one. I have worked in PR as a media relations specialist and communications strategist as well as a freelance journalist for well over a decade. I am also a published author.

I can handle anything – except faking that I can slip into fashions that neither fit nor flatter my ample, androgynous lesbian body.

We both know I’m not a cultural fit for the organization, so this note is in lieu of the writing assignment you set out for me.

Thank you for taking the time to interview me, even though I was wearing jeans and sporting two large tattoos.

Good luck in your search for a qualified, committed – and well-dressed – candidate.

Some of them get behind $15? HOW ABOUT $25, a real living wage!!

“Democrats are divided on how much to lift the nation’s minimum wage, an issue that has long united the party.

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is pushing to raise the federal wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $15. But budget experts warn such a hike could eliminate millions of U.S. jobs.

Many liberals on and off Capitol Hill have embraced the $15 figure, seeing it as an important remedy for addressing the nation’s growing income disparity. Democratic leaders, however, have been reluctant to back it, rallying instead around smaller increases.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) want to push the minimum wage to $12 per hour. President Obama has edged his support to higher levels in recent years, from $9 to $10.10 and now $12. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, backed $15 per hour for New York fast-food workers on Friday but hasn’t specified a wage floor for the nation”

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From SLATE: Companies That Exploit Unpaid Interns Just Won a Huge Victory at Court

From Jacobin: Culture Isn’t Free

The Retail Race Divide: How the Retail Industry Is Perpetuating Racial Inequality in the 21st Century.

Steno Pool

Photo: Steno pool, 1952, Seattle Municipal Archives via Photopin

“We know that getting more women on teams can boost performance. The examples are numerous: Citing private internal research of 20,000 client teams, EY’s vice chair Beth Brooke has said that the more diverse teams had higher profitability and great client satisfaction than non-diverse teams. And professors Anita Woolley and Thomas W. Malone have learned that increasing the number of women on a team also increases its collective intelligence.

Yet when it comes to one of the most important “teams” a company has — its board of directors — the United States seems to have hit a ceiling of about 16% women, with little by way of national efforts by government or business to increase that number.”

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The NYPD turning their backs on New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at a murdered officer’s funeral in the midst of protests on behalf of black men and women murdered by racist cops is deemed disgraceful, rude and unjustified. And that’s by the liberals, progressives, radical activists, and people who consider themselves committed to a social justice movement that includes racial, gender justice and economic justice along with all the other progressive/radical “justices” that exist.

Believing that disrupting the funeral of a slain officer, murdered not in reaction to any of their protests or claims of racism, but by the bogeyman of the mentally ill lone gunman, is distasteful even for the most left of activists, is both counterintuitive and counterproductive.

The sentimentality and lack of imagination on the part of these same activists who work so hard for the cause by putting their bodies (and minds) on the front lines, is the Achilles heel of the movements, plural, for justice.

For these self-proclaimed radicals and revolutionaries who have no regard for police, consider cops pigs, nothing more than legally sanctioned racist paramilitary groups unjustifiably killing their brothers and sisters, are not keeping their eyes on the prize.

Brainwashed, like the rest of us, into accepting the lie that some traditional ceremonies of life and death events are more worthy of respect than others, their solemn sentimentality will be their downfall as well as the end of the renewed social revolution that with Black teenager Michael Brown’s murder by a white cop in Ferguson, MO in 2014.

Current events and desperate times call for cold, clear-eyed perseverance and a solid (and stolid) and patently unsentimental strategy that cannot be derailed by anything outside of the very fight, the protests, and indeed the revolution that can, in the end, save society.

And, it’s not just funereal pomp and circumstance that makes grown activists clench. There’s also the notion that the workplace is not the place for protest.

The idea that the American “workplace” is anything other than a socially acceptable slave colony, no matter what the industry and without regard for the false distinction between for-profit and non-profit businesses, it itself another romantic ideal about reform that has taken hold in radical circles and replaced revolution with rehabilitation. We must be resolute in the goal of the complete elimination of capitalist trappings, traditions and trademarks. This includes smashing the traditional notions of work and workplaces.

By accepting the idea that we need jobs at all, or that job creation is a good thing, we accept the status quo. Instead, we must think in terms of no work. Not different models of work or an equalitarian workplace, but the complete dismantling of the American workplace/workforce who could more productively do something, anything else, with our time and energy.

What are we working for after all? To line our bosses pockets through our labor.
To fund wars? We are financing other people’s dreams, and in the process creating our own nightmares. Rather we need to invest in our own dreams – of freedom, love, friendship, integrity – and revolutions of the mind, body and spirit.


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