Today our second Boycott Workfare demonstration took place outside The Salvation Army charity shop Ashton Under Lyne.
Once again the manager was very hostile. She said that she likes working outside the Jobcentre down the road because in her words “it’s doing them a favour”. No words of compassion were uttered from her lips when once again she was informed about the facts of workfare. She is however, a paid member of staff and her sympathies very obviously lie with the Jobcentre.
However, we did a good job of aiding awareness again and we informed members of the public about workfare.
We will be back, and hopefully more people will join us. We don’t have a set day or time for this as the element of surprise is important.
Interesting to note, when she called security they ignored us and left us alone as we were exercising our right to protest peacefully.
The manager asked us quite arrogantly “What would you like to achieve by doing this?” We answered together “An end to your shop and other Salvation Army shops using workfare.”
Working alongside Boycott Workfare this can be achieved.
Big shout out for our weekly Jobcentre demo tomorrow. 10-12am (Thursday). 101 Old Street Ashton Under Lyne. Numbers might be low so if anyone could attend we would be really grateful. We have been doing these demonstrations for over 17 months now and it’s hard going. Winter is always hard, but we keep at it because we give people hope.
Massive thanks to members of DPAC who attended The Houses Of Parliment today. You shouted on behalf of everyone targeted by this cruel government. Thank you so much!
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You are quite welcome. Your comment has the same effect. for all of us.
Here is that video. The video is here : http://tinyurl.com/videopetition
The last 15 minutes are quotes from Martin Luther King Jr encouraging demonstrations like yours. You are heroes. Make no mistake.
Far below I also added some quotes from Cesar Chavez, one if the greatest community organizers in recent history. He organized people in the farm industry, an Industry so inhumanely oppressed that even to this day most of the farm workers in the USA do not get the legal minimum hourly wage for their work. So hopefully his words in light of his struggles may inspire you as it does me as we face the Salvation Army worldwide which is paying people less than minimum wage with Workfare in Britain and forced, unpaid chores under threat of illegal eviction for many extremely Disabled residents paying rent (they call it program fees) to Salvation Army in places like Salvation Army Bell shelter, the largest shelter on the West Coast.
It is a descent into slavery.
Join the 2016 International Boycott of the Red Kettle Campaign.
The above website was made in Australia by Aletha.
NO matter what, you have friends and support from Australia to the USA and beyond. . We all look forward to your third demonstration in the future.
Lots of love from all of us. – – FlowersInTheSewer
Your work makes a difference!
Education of the Heart- Quotes by Cesar Chavez
“There are many reasons for why a man does what de does. To be himself he must be able to give it all. If a leader cannot give it all he cannot expect his people to give anything.”
Society is made up of groups, and as long as the smaller groups do not have the same rights and the same protection as others – I don[‘t care whether you call it capitalism or communism -it is not going to work. Somehow, the guys in power have to be reached by counterpower, or through a change in their hearts and minds, or change will not come.”
“…there has to be someone who is willing to do it, who is willing to take whatever risks are required. I don’t think it can be done with money alone. The person has to be dedicated to the task. There has to be some other motivation.”
“Being of service is not enough. You must become a servant of the people. When you do, you can demand their commitment in return.”
“Self dedication is a spiritual experience.”
“The name of the game is to talk to people. If you don’t talk to people, you can’t get started…You knock on twenty doors or so, and twenty guys tell you to go to hell, or that they haven’t got time. But maybe at the fortieth or sixtieth house you find the one guy who is all you need. You’re not going to organize everything; you’re just going to get it started.
“There’s no turning back…We will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart…”
“We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.”
“In this world it is possible to achieve great material wealth, to live an opulent life. But a life built upon those things alone leaves a shallow legacy. In the end, we will be judged by other standards.”
“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
“When you have people together who believe in something very strongly – whether it’s religion or politics or unions – things happen.”
“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.”
Thank you so much x
Keep up the great work! We reported your awesome article on our blog: http://www.GlobalRapeCase.org – We also held a protest against Salvation Army.
The video is here which features Workfare protests in the UK: http://tinyurl.com/videopetition
Please let us (located in America) know how we can support you in our comment section if you like.
See below article.
“Historic, First International Protest Against Salvation Army leads to illegal eviction.” https://medium.com/@loveandequalityforall/less-than-48-hours-from-now-i-will-be-homeless-b93126306564
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We would love to have
you join us in the upcoming 2016 International Boycott of Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
Either way, keep up the amazing work you are doing!
We appreciate your courage!
Thank you so much! I’ve been feeling a tad low today it’s not easy and your comment has really cheered me up. Thank you so much
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Twelve reasons why you should think twice about supporting the Salvation Army [long article click link for full article]
1. Upholding inequality.
2. Promoting hatred of gay people.
3. The fact that it is a religious cult.
4. Its support for conservative politics.
5. Harassing the Poor.
6. Aiding War.
9. Reliance on corporate and government support.
10. Attempts to control other people’s choices.
11. Ripping off and exploiting workers.
12. Support social change over religious charity.
Number 11 certainly applies in your fight to expose them.
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It’s bad enough when the likes of Tesco takes workfare but a charity? It’s despicable!
There is just so much valuable free labour available to charities through these workfare schemes. It is all too easy for them to look the other way, and take part in these practices. Particularly when many other charities are reaping the benefits of doing so.
This will be an increasing problem when Universal Credit is more widely introduced.
Replacing as it does, specific named workfare schemes with individual ‘work preparation’ plans, arranged via Jobcentre Work Coaches and training providers.
So workfare will move into the shadows, but it will still be workfare none the less, and just as morally wrong.
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Well done to you again, they’re such a disgrace. Totally unChristian.
Thank you they really are aren’t they.
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