Thank god there were so many groups that did hurricane relief during Sandy. Did anyone know that Occupy gave more relief and support than the American Red Cross during the superstorm?
All of you take a huge, positive step forward for the causes you believe in whenever you comment on a Clay Bennett cartoon. Just imagine how horrible the world would be if you all weren't on here every day voicing your valid, well researched opinions and making a significant impact on other people's lives. I admire each and every single person in these comment threads. My life wouldn't be the same without you.
In the name of transparency, Sgt. Craig Joel of the CPD is also slimebag Alex Teach of the Chattanooga Pulse
My health is not a commodity.
"the UAW union hierarchy secretly made wage and benefits concessions at the workers' expense" - Does an increase in wages and benefits for workers come at workers expense? No. Stupid logic
Not everyone can pull themselves up by their boot straps like you seem to think. Not everyone has bootstraps. Your privilege is showing.
Thanks for reinforcing my point, shen. These people making ignorant comments are very privileged. They are privileged in the way that laws are enforced. They are privileged because they have easier access to jobs and more economic opportunity. It's easy to blame individuals for systemic issues like poverty and mass incarceration when you have class, race, and gender privileges to pave the road to success for you.
In your sheltered, privileged opinion, jesse. Go to the projects and find the jobs that people can access. There aren't many. Some of the only economic opportunity for low income people is illegal. It's an endless cycle of poverty and violence.
Anyone with a criminal record is a second class citizen in the U.S. It's near impossible to get a job when you have to check the convicted felon box. Felons can't go back to school unless they pay OUT OF POCKET. No scholarships, no loans. Felons also don't get food stamps. What else is left after all their options are stripped away. Even though they may not been seen as human beings in the eyes of the law, they are still HUMANS with needs that need to be met. They're trying to survive.
We need jobs that are accessible to people with criminal records and people in the inner city. VW is not. You have to have a clean record and a car to get there (no bus runs to the VW or Amazon plant). But jobs are only part of the solution. People with felonies need equal treatment. They should be able to vote. They should be able to get a job. They should be able to go to school. They need to be treated like HUMANS.
This is a great article, David. But I have a problem wrapping my head around something. Why is it that you support the right of a community to make decisions, take action, and make something together here in Chattanooga, but you don't support that right when it applies to students at UTK organizing their own sex education program?