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September 21, 2008

Federal law often leaves whistleblowers out in the cold

Congressional Democrats and employee rights groups are pushing to plug what they view as gaping holes in laws designed to protect workplace whistleblowers...

Eric Frumin, occupational safety and health director for Unite Here, a union that represents about 450,000 workers, says current whistleblower law is "so weak, it's an invitation to employers to retaliate against people who report injuries."

Read whole article in the Charlotte Observer here

Posted by cat at 02:35 PM

September 19, 2008

Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger Supplier
Sacks 19 Workers for Organising Against
Sex Discrimination

Over a year ago, 26 workers at the PT Mulia Knitting Factory in Jakarta, Indonesia formed a union to fight the factory's violation of their rights. The factory reportedly refused to pay female workers their pregnancy and miscarriage leave and failed to offer transportation for female workers after the night shift. In addition, the factory had failed to pay mandatory health and pension benefits, often did not provide adequate safety equipment and kept workers on precarious, temporary contracts.

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Sacks 19 Workers for Organising Against
Sex Discrimination"

Posted by cat at 07:52 PM

Putting the Balls Away

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On the 35th anniversary of the Battle of the Sexes, Brooklyn Cable Access Television (BCAT), will broadcast Putting the Balls Away, a reenactment of the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs created by Tara Mateik.

September 20, 2008
4:30 PM **EST**
Time Warner Channel 35
Cablevision Channel 68
Not in Brooklyn? The online stream is BCAT 2

Posted by cat at 07:18 PM

Town Hall Meetings


Town Hall Meetings co-curated by Daniel Tucker -- visits 5 cities to interview 100 socially and politically engaged artists.

Posted by cat at 07:14 PM

September 13, 2008

Rachel Maddow interviews Google CEO, Eric Schmidt


This interview with Google CEO, Eric Schmidt covers a lot and is worth a listen. Get educated about Google ... in China, potential applications for voting rights, how advertising factors in, etc. Thanks Rachel Maddow!

Posted by cat at 11:40 AM

September 10, 2008

I Love My Public Library


The election is inspiring so many sentiments and knitPro patterns! Download knitPro file

Posted by cat at 12:23 PM

September 06, 2008

Lucretia Mott - Community Organizer


Abolitionist and Suffragist (Community Organizer) Lucretia Mott

Download knitPro pattern here. Here is another example of a leader in community organizing

Posted by cat at 01:43 PM