#Missing #DC #DMV #MoCo #SilverSring
#Rp come on y’all!
I don’t wanna yell at anybody on #Metro, so PLEASE follow the local protocol. STAND TO THE RIGHT on the escalators!— Auntie Peebz. (@thepbg) November 20, 2013
I’ve reblogged his perfection so many times already.
Hey! This is in my city! (Washington DC)
Walmart is the nation’s largest private employer: 1.4 million Americans, or about 1 percent of the working population, are Walmart employees. Walmart also pays exceedingly low wages to those employees. But a bill in DC could set a nationwide precedent to drag Walmart employees out of poverty.
Even in the realm of big box retail stores, Walmart is winning the race to the bottom. A 2005 NYU study found that Walmart employees earn 28 percent less, on average, than workers at other large retailers. That puts downward pressure on their competitors: the same NYU study found that in 2000, retail workers would’ve taken home $4.5 billion more if Walmart wasn’t around.
If Walmart gave all of its workers even a small pay raise, the effect would be like an economic stimulus, with millions of workers able to purchase essentials with the extra cash in their pocket.
That’s why you better be watching the DC City Council, and that’s why you should know the letters LRAA: the Large Retail Accountability Act.
The bill would require DC businesses a.) with at least 75,000 square feet and b.) whose parent company has annual sales of at least $1 billion to pay their workers at least $12.50 an hour. In the District of Columbia, that ropes in Costco, Home Depot, and yes, Walmart.
Elissa Silverman of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute explains:
The bill comes at a time when the District is experiencing a population boom, and when development in many neighborhoods is attracting national retailers. A growing retail sector adds jobs to the District, but the hourly pay is often at or close to the city’s minimum wage, which is currently $8.25 an hour. The median wage for cashiers in DC area is $10.38 an hour – meaning half earn less than this and half earn more – while the median wage for retail salespeople is $11.21 an hour.
If you think $12.50 is a wildly high hourly wage, consider this:
…As the committee noted, many of the city’s large retailers already have an average wage that meets or exceeds the living wage, which means the living wage requirement would affect their lowest-paid workers but not all.
Is this unfair to Walmart? Walmart certainly thinks so. But you don’t have to be a math major to find that Walmart could pay its workers much more than $12.50 an hour and still be making gangbusters: $400 billion in global sales last year, with more than $15 billion in profit. The company is owned by some of the richest people on the planet. Through social programs like SNAP and Medicaid, taxpayers subsidize Walmart to the tune of over $900,000 annually.
Councilman Vincent Orange put it this way: “Big business, come in, make your profit, make your sales. But if your company makes more than $1 billion a year, you must pay our citizens $12.50 an hour or more.”
The bill passed its first reading on Wednesday, with a vote of 8 to 5. If the bill passes the second vote in July, it goes to Mayor Gray for his signature or veto. This could set a nationwide precedent for other communities to ensure Walmart plays by their rules – not the other way around.
Sunday Shout-Out: Washington, DC
The Scurlock Studio
Addison Scurlock (1883-1964) was the photographer of black Washington. His portraits – in particular those of the black elite – frame our understanding and memories of their lives in the first half of the 20th century.
The Scurlock Studio photographed most local and national leaders of the day, as well as weddings, school groups, social clubs, and businesses. It made portraits for Washingtonians of all social classes. It also served as the official photographer for Howard University and the local junior high and high schools. Scurlock’s sons also took photographs for newspapers and produced newsreels in the 1940s.
The Scurlock Studio was a family business. Scurlock’s wife Mamie served as the business manager. Sons Robert and George joined the business as photographers in the 1930s. In 1948 the sons opened the Capital School of Photography, where dozens of professional photographers and photojournalists received training. In 1952 Robert Scurlock branched out by opening Custom Craft Studios, specializing in color photography, at 1813 18th Street, NW.
After Robert Scurlock’s death in 1994, the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, purchased the collection spanning nearly a century of Washington history.
Watch video here.
Schools slated for closure:
- Choice Academy @ Hamilton
- Davis Elementary School
- Ferbee-Hope Elementary School
- Kenilworth Elementary School
- M.C. Terrell/McGogney Elementary School
- MacFarland Middle School
- Mamie D. Lee School
- Marshall Elementary School
- Prospect Learning School
- Ron Brown Middle School
- Sharpe Health School
- Shaw Middle School @ Garnet-Patterson
- Spingarn High School
- Spingarn STAY High School
- Winston Education Campus
i know a lot of you guys don’t live in dc but PLEASE reblog this. if i have to see chicago school closings almost everyday and still reblog without hesitation, please do the same for me.
my ward (5) is losing FIVE schools. we don’t have many to start out with in the first place and we have the LARGEST RESIDENTIAL POPULATION OF ALL THE WARDS. THESE KIDS ARE RUNNING OUT OF SCHOOLS TO GO TO.
DO YOU SEE HOW MANY SCHOOLS WE ARE LOSING HERE? WE ARE AT A DISADVANTAGE HERE.
as a product of the dc public school system and a dc native, this actually breaks my heart.
Gentrification strikes again!
Washington Redskins Will Never Change Name: It’s the Money, Stupid
In a recent online column, Forbes sports business reporter Tom Van Riper made the case for why Dan Snyder will never change the name of his Washington Pigksins NFL franchise: Money.
This is pretty simple but really seems to confound some folks.
If you wish to enter a subway car, an elevator, a bus, an alcove - whatever small but key space - let those who wish to leave that same space do it first.
You see, human beings have mass, and take up space in the universe. Therefore, this elevator/subway/whatever will be better able to hold you once there are less humans in it.
This step brought to you by my fellow MAX riders. It won’t leave without you! Just wait seven goddamn seconds!
Chuck Brown was your uncle. Whether you had ever met him or not Chuck was ya uncle. One of the first songs you probably ever knew by heart was a Chuck song. Mine was “It Don’t Mean A Thing”. RIP Uncle Chuck we miss you
reblog for complete relevance. RIP
R.I.P. Uncle Chuck. “Run Joe” will always crank
This area definitely ain’t been the same since he passed.
I owe Chuck my life. My parents met at one of his shows. RIP.