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  •  This fast food revolt (3+ / 0-)

    is starting to look a little like the civil rights movement in it's early days. I don't mean the repression part  - people being beaten and killed. I'm talking about the activism part -  a previously passive and accepting slice of society starting to become less passive and less accepting.

    Will this come and go like the Occupy movement, or will this catch on and change America?  We could be looking at the early stirrings of the revitalized labor movement, or we could be looking at the flavor of the month. I have a feeling this is the former rather than the later.

    Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

    by RhodeIslandAspie on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 09:02:42 AM PST

    •  It was easy to suppress Occupy, because all (4+ / 0-)

      the people were in one place. An easy target for the police. This is dispersed, and no on can call these people "anarchists" or "terrorists" like they did with people camping out. I think public sentiment is with these workers, considering that a huge number of people in NYC ARE these workers, and I think New Yorkers, by and large are very sympathetic to hard working people.
      Wage theft is a serious problem. We all know it is subsidized by the public in terms of public assistance to these impoverished workers. Once the public understands the cost, they will not put up with it anymore. "We pass along wage theft savings to our customers!"
      There needs to be a movement as successful and methodical as "Flush Rush" towards Dominoes or WalMart. It would exert incredible pressure on them. They cannot afford a systematic loss of 10% of their business.
      OWS should not die in vain.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 09:22:37 AM PST

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      •  And Occupy had no real focus. (2+ / 0-)
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        Or answers. But they had the right question.

        By an interesting coincidence, when Occupy Providence had their encampment in Burnside Park, I was spending my Friday evenings, Sunday afternoons, and Monday mornings working on an project for the 1% at a brokerage firm across from the park.

        Some of the brokerage types would look across at the encampment and make some sort of snide remark. I'd keep my mouth shut, satisfied with the fact that these people didn't know the enemy was in their midst.

        I'd go visit them on break, hoping nobody was spying on me with a telescope from Financial Plaza. It was an interesting mix of homeless activists, peace activists, liberals, socialists, Marxists, and libertarians. There was never any focus.

        But they were asking some questions that got the rest of us asking questions. And just maybe the Fast Food rebellion is a direct result of this.

        Just another underemployed IT professional computer geek.

        by RhodeIslandAspie on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 11:04:15 AM PST

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    •  This one feels more like a groundswell (2+ / 0-)
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      Rather than a flash in the pan.

    •  it's still (0+ / 0-)

      "beating and killing" but on a longer time frame and indirectly.

      out right beating killing is the "being dumped in the boiling pot of water". so we take action right away

      The wage rape and systematic abuses of employees is the being put in the pot being gradually heated. Thus action isn't taken, till its too late.

      the end outcome is the same  beating and death. just the time frame and the indirect instead of direct is different. The gradual abuse is more lethal in long run. because the people (employees) don't realize till it is too late, that they were beaten and or killed, because they were unable to take adequate care of themselves due to substandard pay etc.   Not going to doctor when you need too, because you can't pay the medical bill is example.   The beating / abuse is indirect but the end result is the same.

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