“It sounds like an urban legend: giant mutant-looking rats roaming a city housing project. Only there’s a picture. A photo making the rounds shows Housing Authority worker Jose Rivera minutes after he speared the humongous rodent with a pitchfork at the Marcy Houses. It’s covered in white fur and looks well-fed. It appears to be about three feet long, including its hideously dangling tail.”—
"Unemployed Need Not Apply." wait what? via @rashadrobinson
It’s hard enough to be unemployed — but there’s a growing problem with companies that refuse to hire people who don’t already have a job. With unemployment at 9%, this kind of discrimination affects a huge number of people. And it hits Black communities particularly hard, as more than 15% of African Americans are unemployed.1
Our friends at USAction launched a campaign asking job listing websites like Monster.com to ban ads that discriminate against the unemployed.2 But not only did Monster.com refuse to ban these ads — they actually threatened legal action against USAction for raising the issue.3 Other job listing websites have been completely silent. It’s outrageous.
Monster.com needs to hear our voices now. Please join us in calling on Monster.com and other job listing websites to stop publishing ads which discriminate against the unemployed. It takes just a moment:
At a time when more than 9% of Americans are out of work, during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, no one should have to have a job in order to get a job. This type of discrimination hurts everyone who’s looking for work. But Black people are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed as White folks. And Latinos are also unemployed at a higher rate than Whites.4Whether it’s intended or not, discrimination against the unemployed is discrimination against Black and Latino Americans.
Democrats in the House and Senate are crafting legislation that would make this kind of discrimination illegal. We’ll keep an eye on that legislation and let you know how you can help get it passed.
But right now, without any law to prevent discrimination against the unemployed, job listing websites could do more than anyone else to stop this practice. These companies are supposed to be in the business of helping people find jobs. But by continuing to publish help wanted ads that say “you must be currently employed to apply,” they’re enabling a practice which makes it even harder to recover for the people who are struggling the hardest in this economy.
Monster.com has said that they’re against discrimination against the unemployed5 — but they’re refusing to stop publishing these ads, saying that they’ll leave it up to individual companies to decide what to do.6Monster.com wants to have it both ways — they think they can pay lip service to opposing this practice, while continuing to make money off of the companies that engage in it. It’s selfish and irresponsible.
We can help by joining the more than 60,000 people who have already called for Monster.com and other job listing sites to stop discrimination against the unemployed. If enough of us speak out, we can create negative media attention that will make easier for Monster.com to do the right thing than to continue profiting from job listings that discriminate.
Please join us in demanding that Monster.com and other job listing companies stop publishing ads that discriminate against the unemployed:
— Rashad, James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team August 25th, 2011
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Irene is gonna totally ruin your weekend. We know, it sucks, but here’s a few pointers from Jen Doll’s handy guide to how to deal with it:
• Stock up on your favorite booze(s), a supply of cash in case ATMs don’t work, or you can’t get to them, plus cash is just good to have, says Mom, and at least one yellow rain slicker so you can wear it while raising your fist to the sky in the driving rain and shouting, “Come and get me, mother fucker, I dare you!” (If you feel up to it.)
• Charge your cell phone. But it probably won’t work in an emergency, as we learned from the earthquake, mostly because everyone will be calling everyone. Invite your friends over and get drunk instead. Unless you live in a high-rise building above the 10th floor. Find some friends downstairs.
• Take a moment to employ the tagline from the1979 movie Hurricane, “There is only one safe place… in each other’s arms.”
• Back up your computer. Why? Because we’ve been being told to do this for years and in a hurricane you might actually have time to do it.
• Get some canned goods, and maybe some milk and bread. We’re not really sure why, but this seems to be what you’re supposed to eat in a hurricane.
• Take your weathervane off the roof. And your pool chairs or whatever, if you’re a jerk with a pool. Bring stuff inside, and weigh down stuff that you can’t bring inside so it doesn’t fly away and/or hit somebody in the head.
Check out the rest of Jen’s pro-tips here. But seriously, stock up on the booze.
This is actually a pretty good guide. I’m def gonna buy a case of wine when I have some time.