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:
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
firstname.lastname@example.org (Email for Lt. Deanira Gonzalez, head of CID/Criminal Investigations)
email@example.com (That will put you through to Randy Wright, their current chief of police.)
Please pass this around the internet and reblog it as fast as you can. Hopefully someone has seen this man and we can get him caught quick. He’s the main suspect right now in the shooting of that young lesbian couple. I’ll let GetEqual TX explain:
Portland, TX – on June, 22nd 2012 Mollie Olgin and Kristene Chapa were gunned down in a park. Mollie died on the scene. Kristene is hospitalized and recovering. Witnesses describe the suspect as being a white male in his 20s with brown hair and a thin build standing 5 feed 8 inches tall weighing 140 pounds. If you recognize the suspect, you are asked to call the Portland Police Department at 361-777-4444
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Suspect In Murder of Texas Teen Couple
This will be a short post. I realized that I got so excited over the Supreme Court’s ruling mandatory Life Without Parole sentencing for juveniles unconstitutional I forgot to give you the text like I usually do. So, without further delay, here is the decision in Miller v. Alabama.
Here’s hoping it saves Cristian Fernandez from a terrible fate.