americasgreatoutdoors Happy birthday National Park Service! Couldn’t make it out to the parks today but we celebrated all this weekend in the mountains!
The food you eat or brush you’re using may have been made by a worker earning less than a dollar an hour — not in the developing world, but in the invisible workforce inside America’s prisons. Share this if you oppose prison labor for profit.
When I was in prison I worked 3 shifts a day, 5 days a week, starting at 5 AM and ending at 8 PM. I was paid $5.25 a month. Pay for the inmates who facilitate UNICOR workers (by making their food, washing their laundry, etc,) is even lower than the wages cited in the above graphics. The prison industry is also a slave industry, and it isn’t just corporations who benefit. All the furniture you see in federal buildings, post offices, DMVs, etc, where do you think it comes from? Prison labor. I think a lot of people know about states that use prison labor for license plates, but fewer people know that the plaques on doors at city halls, and sometimes the doors themselves, come from prison labor. The incarcerated are a hyper-exploited class unto themselves, and almost no one seems to be helping them to organize.
Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word!
Photo: Morton Katz (www.sharetheexperience.org)
Who was cuter? The great debate of 1996.
Happy Africa day part 2 (African Queens)
1. Queen Nefertiti of Kemet (Egypt)
2. Queen Yaa Asantewaa of Ashanti (Ghana)
3. Makeda (Queen of Sheba) from Ethiopia
4. Queen Nzinga of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of Mbundu (Angola and Congo)
5. Queen Nandi of Zulu (South Africa)
6. Queen Amina of Zaria (Nigeria)
7. Queen Tiye of Kemet (Egypt)
8. Empress Menen of Ethiopia
9. Queen Mbuya (Grandmother) Nehanda of Zimbabwe
10. Queen Hatshepsut of Kemet (Eygpt)- The first woman in recorded history to preside over a nation