Posts tagged michigan
Posts tagged michigan
La Cosecha / The Harvest (2011)
"Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest / La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest and provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.”
What is this I don’t even -
State legislators in Michigan held a hearing on Tuesday to consider House Bills 5684 and 5685, which would allow taxpayers to receive tax relief for unborn fetuses past 12 weeks’ gestation.
why would you what even this is
i hate this world
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TAMALA WELLS: DETROIT, MICHIGAN
9/10/2012: Tamala Wells (33) of Detroit, Michigan hasn’t been seen or heard from since 8/6/2012 and the white, four-door Pontiac Grand Prix she was driving was found abandoned on Coventry Street, between Lantz Avenue and Emery Street. At the time of her disappearance, the mother of two was living with her boyfriend who claims Tamala was “just going out to take care of some business.” Tamala’s brother, Ricardo Wells, said he talks to or sees his sister usually 5 times a week and says it’s totally uncharacteristic of her not to contact anyone. Tamala is 5’6” and 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and jean shorts. Anyone with information on Wells’ whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit police at 313-596-5240 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
Come on, yall! Plano was able to mobilise over a thousand people by nightfall the day one woman went ‘missing’ up here earlier this/last year.
Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer dropped a bombshell this morning that may have obliterated Republican Clark Durant’s campaign for Senate.
Brewer alleges that he has uncovered documents that show a charity run by Durant funnels 95 percent of its funds – more than $600,000 a year – to the Durant family, particularly the candidate’s daughter, Hope Durant Loomis.
Brewer is calling for an IRS investigation into the Genesis Foundation, a nonprofit Durant formed in 1991 to help Detroit children secure a private school education. The charity is connected to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools, a charter school group which Durant founded.
“Clark Durant claims to be a ‘rebel with a cause,’ but it turns out he’s siphoned off almost $1.4 million from a charity originally created to help Detroit kids afford school. It’s clear the only cause Durant cares about is his own,” Brewer said.
“A man who unlawfully abuses charities and foundations for personal gain is not the kind of ‘rebel’ Michigan families need.”
Brewer’s own political investigation was sparked by a recent story in the Detroit Free Press that found Durant’s $500,000 salary at Cornerstone, a relatively small organization that educates 1,500 students, exceeded the pay received by many university presidents and CEOs of national charter school networks.
Wish I could believe this would “obliterate” the guy’s campaign.
no, i fucking hate this world. full stop.
Michigan’s House has passed HB 5711, a massive bill placing multiple restrictions on abortion providers, amid days of protests by activist groups and Democrat representatives.
1) Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks, Even For Rape And Incest Victims: A woman would not be able to have an abortion after 20 weeks of gestation based on the widely disputed idea that a fetus can feel pain after that point. The only exception would be if a woman’s life was in danger.
2) Transforms Doctors Into Detectives: The Republican-backed legislation would make it a crime for anyone to coerce a woman into having an abortion. Doctors will have to give their patients a questionnaire to inform them of the illegality of coercion and determine if the woman had been coerced or is the victim of domestic abuse before the abortion procedure.
3) Limits Access For Rural Women: Under the omnibus bill, doctors would have to be physically present to perform a medical abortion, thus preventing a doctor from administering abortion-inducing medication by consulting via telephone or internet. This would especially hurt rural women, who may have to travel hours to meet in-person with a specialist.
4) Requires Doctors To Purchase Costly Malpractice Insurance: If HB 5711 goes into effect, then doctors would be required to carry $1 million in liability insurance if they perform five or more abortions each month or have been subject to two more more civil suits in the past seven years, among other requirements. But the qualifications are so vague that almost all doctors who perform abortions could be required to carry the additional liability insurance at a potential cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
5) Regulates Clinics Out Of Existence: HB 5711 would create new regulations so that any clinic that provides six or more abortions in a month or one which advertises abortion services would have to be licensed as a “freestanding surgical outpatient facility.” That means that even if a clinic does not offer surgical abortions, it would be required to have a full surgical suite.
Now that the state House has passed the largest of the three bills, it will likely approve the two companion measures as well. Even though lawmakers rushed the bill through the House, the state Senate is not expected to vote on the measure until September. The body is composed of 26 Republicans and 12 Democrats.
This bill will limit or eliminate abortion access for everyone who can get pregnant, not just cis women. There is still time before the Senate votes on this bill in September, so please start contacting your representatives, organizing protests, and spreading information about this awful bill.
Whistleblowing Wednesday: Children As Young As Six Harvest 25 Percent of U.S. Crops
Knowing the farmer who grows your food has become an important tenet of the modern food movement, but precious little attention is paid to the people who actually pick the crops or “process” the chickens or fillet the fish. U Roberto Romano’s poignant film, The Harvest/La Cosecha (2011), being screened across the country for Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-29), informs us that nearly 500,000 children as young as six harvest up to 25 percent of all crops in the United States.
What’s illegal in most countries is permitted here. Child migrant labor has been documented in the 48 contiguous states. Seasonal work originates in the southernmost states in late winter where it is warm and migrates north as the weather changes. Every few weeks as families move, children leave school and friends behind. If you’ve had onions (Texas), cucumbers (Ohio or Michigan), peppers (Tennessee), grapes (California), mushrooms (Pennsylvania), beets (Minnesota), or cherries (Washington), you’ve probably eaten food harvested by children.
This isn’t a slavery issue, or an immigration issue per se. What’s remarkable is that most of the migrant child farmworkers are American citizens trying to help their families. This is a poverty issue and it gets to the heart of what we, as consumers, see as the “right price” to pay for food.
Children earn about $1,000 per year for working an average of 30 hours a week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. When you consider that the average annual pay for a migrant family of four is $12,500-$14,500, it’s apparent why some families feel they have no choice but to bring their children into the fields with them. Half of these kids will not graduate from high school because they’re always moving around, perpetuating the cycle of poverty that caused them to be day laborers in the first place.
but you guys don’t understand you guys no animals are hurt so it’s still cruelty free you guys!
This is a POC issue, and Immigrant Issue, and a SLavery issue due to Colonization and Nafta/Capitalism/Greed. Shit isnt right. Also i know a lot of Mixtec (indigenous folks) that work as farmers in ventura county. This is a RACE issue, indigenous people from latin america are very much on the bottom pole of the social ladder as well as blacks. And are forced to be in very dangerous and fucked up situations due to the way the system is set into place.