Posts tagged politics

Via stoweboyd:


 To those who Occupy: We stand with you.
We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal  convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our  deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent  Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have  joined in solidarity.  The issues raised are of fundamental importance  to all of us.  These include:

The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral.

We are in an unemployment crisis.  Almost 14 million people  are unemployed.  Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed.   Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed.

Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by.

Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt.

Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to  influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than  hiring people.
 
We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who  may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and  hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement  is about.  All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and  millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes. And we have not  even mentioned the environment. We know that words are relatively easy but we wanted to act quickly to  demonstrate our support.  As a board and as a company we have actively  been involved with these issues for years but your efforts have put them  out front in a way we have not been able to do.  We have provided  support to citizens’ efforts to rein in corporate money in politics, we  pay a livable wage to our employees, we directly support family farms  and we are working to source fairly traded ingredients for all our  products. But we realize that Occupy Wall Street is calling for systemic  change.  We support this call to action and are honored to join you in  this call to take back our nation and democracy.    — Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors

(via Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream)

Via stoweboyd:

To those who Occupy: We stand with you.

We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity. The issues raised are of fundamental importance to all of us. These include:

  • The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral.
  • We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed.
  • Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by.
  • Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt.
  • Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.

We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement is about. All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes. And we have not even mentioned the environment.

We know that words are relatively easy but we wanted to act quickly to demonstrate our support. As a board and as a company we have actively been involved with these issues for years but your efforts have put them out front in a way we have not been able to do. We have provided support to citizens’ efforts to rein in corporate money in politics, we pay a livable wage to our employees, we directly support family farms and we are working to source fairly traded ingredients for all our products. But we realize that Occupy Wall Street is calling for systemic change. We support this call to action and are honored to join you in this call to take back our nation and democracy.

   — Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors

(via Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream)

The genius behind @MayorEmanuel is Dan Sinker, who has a heart made out of Chicago and balls of punk rock.

Alexis Madrigal reveals the man behind the the notorious, lovable, f-bomb spewing @MayorEmanuel. (via theatlantic)

A great story — and great coverage of it.

Via bmdesign:

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with.


The restaurant’s Web site provides further explanation that’s worth a read:
"Public events, performances, and discussions about Iranian culture and conflict will be held at The Waffle Shop, 124 S. Highland Avenue, adjacent to Conflict Kitchen. Conflict Kitchen operates out of the Waffle Shop’s kitchen door and is an extension of the Waffle Shop’s unique programming. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration will be augmented by events, talks, and discussion groups about the culture, politics, and issues at stake with each county we focus on.
The Waffle Shop is a neighborhood restaurant that produces and broadcasts a live-streaming talk show with its customers, operates a changeable storytelling billboard on its roof, and runs a take-out window that sells food from countries engaged in conflict with the U.S. The shop is a public lab that brings together people from all walks of life to engage in dialogue, experimentation and the co-production of culture. The project functions as a classroom for students from Carnegie Mellon University, an eatery, a TV production studio, a social catalyst, and a business. Our customers are our funders, audience, and participants as we film during open hours, inviting interested patrons to express their unique opinions and personalities.”

Via bmdesign:

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with.

The restaurant’s Web site provides further explanation that’s worth a read:

"Public events, performances, and discussions about Iranian culture and conflict will be held at The Waffle Shop, 124 S. Highland Avenue, adjacent to Conflict Kitchen. Conflict Kitchen operates out of the Waffle Shop’s kitchen door and is an extension of the Waffle Shop’s unique programming. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration will be augmented by events, talks, and discussion groups about the culture, politics, and issues at stake with each county we focus on.

The Waffle Shop is a neighborhood restaurant that produces and broadcasts a live-streaming talk show with its customers, operates a changeable storytelling billboard on its roof, and runs a take-out window that sells food from countries engaged in conflict with the U.S. The shop is a public lab that brings together people from all walks of life to engage in dialogue, experimentation and the co-production of culture. The project functions as a classroom for students from Carnegie Mellon University, an eatery, a TV production studio, a social catalyst, and a business. Our customers are our funders, audience, and participants as we film during open hours, inviting interested patrons to express their unique opinions and personalities.”