Off Leash 6.0

When did full-time, well-compensated employment become a luxury?

Finally good news for once in this burning dumpster known as 2019!

All hat, not cattle”

On Wednesday, a federal judge shot down Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas. Work requirements have led to thousands of people losing healthcare, which is why it was struck down.

Elsewhere, McDonald’s promised to not block minimum wage increases, which is totally out of the goodness of their hearts and not because of the bad PR they’d get from arguing that their workers should be paid poverty wages.

Wealth is theft

In my neck of the woods, rich people who are upset that they have to “share the waterfront” with a navigation center that would provide much needed services and housing to homeless people are raising money via GoFundMe and raring for a legal fight. There should be a rule that everyone above a certain income bracket should not be allowed access to crowdfunding sites. GoFundMe gave $5,000 to a rival campaign that’s in support of the navigation center.

Gig Workers Rising, a group of ride share drivers in SF, protested down the street from where I work on Monday (super bummed I couldn’t sneak out and go). Lyft and other tech giants that run on freelance labor are set to go public, which would make its most loyal employees and executives even richer than they already are, have been slashing driver pay to cut costs. One Uber employee (not a driver) wrote an anonymous Medium letter in support, which makes me hopeful that more and more people will finally get sick of their companies’ shit and something happens to address the precarity of work and that all the wealth labor creates is going to executives’ pockets and investors, not workers.

(Lyft also went public today and is selling shares for $72 a pop, valued at $21 billion.)

On a happier note: The workers of the company that owns GoFord Bikes voted to unionize with the Transport Workers Union this morning with 60% support!

The amateur sleuth who searched for a body - and found one”

Over the years, Yellowbird-Chase - a steely, plainspoken 50-year-old, and an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation - has assisted in dozens of missing persons cases. She is a part of a growing community of mostly-female amateur sleuths and activists who say cases of missing indigenous men and women are routinely under-prioritized and under-investigated by authorities.

Law and order is handled completely differently on tribal land than it is in the rest of the United States, under a system that the bipartisan Indian Law & Order Commission called "an indefensible morass of complex, conflicting, and illogical commands" in a 2013 report to Congress and then-President Barack Obama. —Jessica Lussenhop, BBC