Hyatt Hotels Declared Not Kosher

 

That’s a big declaration, isn’t it? But it’s not for the reasons you might think. Sure, most of us think of kosher laws as applying only to food. But they actually apply to many different parts of observant Jewish folk’s lives. And now, a group of rabbis has decided to declare Hyatt a non-kosher chain because of their labor violations and inhumane employee treatment.

From the Unite Here article:

“Clergy in the report focus on four areas of concern with Hyatt’s business practices: subcontracting, housekeeper injuries, employer interference in organizing efforts by non-union Hyatt workers, and efforts by Hyatt to divide its employees.  In accordance with Jewish legal tradition, Jewish clergy who produced this report identify Hyatt’s mistreatment of workers as Biblically prohibited oshek/oppression.  At properties where workers have called for boycotts, these Jewish clergy pledge, “to treat the Hyatt as lo kasher/not kosher for events and celebrations until it treats its workers with justice.””

In the larger report, Open The Gates of Justice, there are also Torah and Talmud references provided for those who want to do a deeper study about Scripture and labor rights.

Here’s the report:

 

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Texas Lesbian Shooter Sketch Revised

 

Hey all:

Just a quick hit up. According to news outlets, Kristene Chapa has been discharged from the hospital. She is the sole survivor of the hate motivated (cause c’mon we know that’s what’s up) attack on her and her girlfriend in Portland Texas.

There’s been a donation page set up to help the family. This young lady has a lot of rehab therapy she has to go through as a result of this crime: https://www.wepay.com/donations/127673

She’s also helped police put together a new sketch of the suspect they need to nab for this. Here it is:

black and white sketch of suspect in hate motivated Texas shooting

Once again, if you’ve seen this person, please call the Portland Texas police department and let them know ASAP.

Ph: (361) 777-4444
Fx: (361) 777-4445
email:

dgonzalez@portlandpd.com (Email for Lt. Deanira Gonzalez, head of CID/Criminal Investigations)

chief@portlandpd.com (That will put you through to Randy Wright, their current chief of police.)

 

 

 

 

 

This is just one of the things that makes me feel like I can’t be on my own neighborhood after dark. I’m disabled and trans, and have been told to “move along” by cops before when hanging out at night on Pike/Pine. Part of me thinks it’s because more wealthy white straight people are moving into the neighborhood.

But it really sucks feeling like I have to “get out” of my own neighborhood by a certain time each night. And I’m getting tired of feeling like I should just accept it and move on. This idea that if you aren’t doing anything wrong, then you shouldn’t have to fear the cops is another way of keeping people from speaking up when they know something isn’t right. The thing is, people want to believe that the police would never treat them like that. But they will if they can figure out how to.

Police don’t need an excuse, and as things get worse out here, they need less and less of one every day.

Black Orchid Collective

One of the six people bashed and arrested last Saturday night at Pride during the Queers Fucking Queers street dance party has written about her experiences that night. For updates on the arrestees, please follow the Grand Legion of Incendiary and Tenacious Unicorn Revolutionaries (GLTUR) on the web, Facebook, and twitter. For more background, please read jomo206’s post “It doesn’t get better, we rebel to make it better!

Last Saturday night, I went to meet some friends on Capitol Hill to go to a queer dance party in the street. I was excited to celebrate, dance and attempt to push the idea of pride weekend a little further away from its current state of corporate sponsored, assimilationist dismissal of all that is joyful, free and queer. I brought my bunny mask as it seemed like just the sort of occasion to wear it.

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Supreme Court Saves Kids Lives

I found this bit of idiocy on the web today:

“Hopefully the right thing will happen and the juveniles who desire to stay in prison for life will stay in prison,” Bondi said. (emphasis mine). WTH? Who desires to stay in prison for life???

In case you don’t know, Bondi is referring to the amazing Supreme Court decision that came down on Monday, letting the states know that it constitutes an 8th Amendment violation to sentence juveniles to mandatory Life Without Parole (LWOP).  I, for one, am very glad to see this happen. It seems to me that sometimes youth get sentenced more harshly than adults who commit the same crimes.

I think the reasoning boils down to “because we can”. It’s “in loco parentis” gone wild.

But don’t think Pam Bondi stops with wishful thinking about how wonderful youngsters find the Florida prison system. She’s not content until she paints Florida youth as some kind of raging torrential virus rampaging across the state. I don’t know what’s in the water down there, but as far as she’s concerned, we should all be VERY AFRAID of the kids:

“I’ve seen firsthand juveniles commit some of the most egregious, gruesome crimes imaginable,” Bondi said.

Huh. That’s interesting. She must have a reason for encouraging Florida residents to quake in their boots at the sight of a teenager. The crime statistics there must be out of sight amazing to behold.

Except that they’re not. In fact, it turns out that juvenile crimes, even really violent ones, have been on the decline across most counties in Florida. Did I learn this from some site run by wacko leftist socialists? 🙂 Nope. These stats are provided to you by the Juvenile Justice Division of Florida. Here, take a look at the summary:

Felonies dropped by six percent, and even violent felonies have been enjoying a three year decline. Not exactly the picture of a state under attack by kids who can’t be stopped.

According to the Miami Herald, 2,100 kids are currently in prison because they went to court in states where they faced mandatory life without parole sentencing for their crimes. What that meant was that the judge or jury couldn’t look at any mitigating circumstances or take anything into account. If they did it at all, then it’s LWOP for them!

This is what bothers the Supreme Court a lot. They say in the summary that life without parole as a default sentencing is a cruel and unusual punishment violation because individuals are supposed to have the right to “not be subjected to excessive sanctions“. They also hold that “punishment for a crime should be graduated and proportioned to both the offender and the offense“.

The biggest reason I find hope in this decision is the case of Cristian Fernandez. This young boy was arrested at the age of 12 and charged with the murder of his younger brother. He’s the youngest person in Jacksonville history to be tried as an adult. He’s 13 now, having spent his birthday in isolation at the Duval County Jail.

Angela Corey, who is currently prosecuting George Zimmerman, has said it’s necessary to charge Cristian as an adult in order to “protect” the rest of the community from him. Yes, by all means, let’s protect the world from this boy:

One railroaded child