Monday, November 30, 2009

Heroic Stripper is Like the Cesar Chavez of Stripping

Original Story

One woman is on a crusade to reform Portland, Oregon's strip club industry by suing evil club owners who put making a profit before paying women fairly to take off their clothes and wiggle around on a pole. Solidarity forever!

Meet Zipporah Foster, profiled by Willamette Week last week. She's a 28 year-old single mother and a stripper who's had enough of skeezy club owners stiffing (ahem!) her and her co-workers. Foster is filing lawsuits against a brace of Portland strip joints in protest of two widespread—but totally lame—practices: 1) not paying strippers an hourly wage by classifying them as "independent contractors" instead of employees (as such, most strippers work for tips only) and 2) charging dancers a "stage fee" for the privilege of working the pole. (In Portland, Willamette Week found fees as high as $50 a night—pretty high when you consider a nightly take of anywhere from $40-$200.)

Now, Foster, AKA "Mocha," is fighting back in the name of naked ladies everywhere:

Foster, who goes by the stage name "Mocha," insists strippers deserve to be paid like any other worker. She and other dancers around the country are beginning to take a stand, and a handful have successfully sued for back wages...

"A lot of dancers, because they [club owners] try to make you feel low about what you're doing, they [dancers] don't have knowledge that this is wrong," says Foster...

So far, Foster is suing Exotica International Club for Men in Northeast Portland, the Safari Showclub in Southeast Portland, and Stars Cabaret & Steakhouse in Beaverton, seeking a total of $165,500 in back wages and lost stage fees. None of the clubs has settled, and the Exotica suit is now set for trial in February.

Could Mocha V. Exotica International Club for Men be our generation's Roe V. Wade? Imagine how bummed Supreme Court justices will be if the case sets some important legal precedent which they'll have to cite in all their decisions from now until infinity. ("As was found in Mocha V. Exotica International Club for Men...") Commenter Exsam points out a similar lawsuit has been filed in Indianapolis—which was certified a class action in January of this year.

Now, lawsuits are all well and good, but real social change requires direct action. Brown V. Board was an important step in the Civil Rights Movement, but all the white folks just dragged their feet until people took to the streets. Mocha needs to form a powerful stripper union which will incite strippers all over the world to come together in a powerful, sexy proletariat to wrest the means of production—the pole, the stage, the fuzzy boa—from strip club owners, raising from the rubble, like some 55 year-old contractor's reluctant hard-on, a new form of egalitarian strip club where lap dances are free and nobody fucking steals other girls' leopard print 5-inch platforms in the dressing room while they're out on the floor. (cf. the Lusty Lady, the world's first worker-owned strip club.) Organize or die!

A few jottings...

First, I wish to thank my friend Gennell for allowing me to publish her "Quote of the Day" on this blog. She is a friend of mine from back in my junior high days who is a recovering addict. While I have not traveled down the same roads as she has, I find her messages very inspiring.

I find it very interesting all the attention and speculation that is going into the Tiger Woods crash incident, last week. Again, most of us assume the worst. I've heard everything from trying to get away from his angry wife over alleged infidelity to being stoned on pain killers. I'm just happy he's ok and hope all this salacious bullshit just goes away.

Yes, it's been a while since I've done a video. I haven't felt real good for about a week and even had to go to the ER last Wednesday night. I thought I was coming down with flu symptoms, turns out that was the least of my problems. My pulse was way out of whack and it was determined that my heart rhythm was out of sync. I underwent what's called a cardiac defibrillation, where they shock your heart back into it's proper rhythm. I was put under for this procedure that lasted about 5 minutes. As far as I know, my heart is beating normal again, but I still have this nagging virus. Thank God it's not the H1N1.

Recently, I commented on the injustice I felt came to my first wife, who allowed her oldest daughter and her two kids to temporarily stay with her in her 1 bedroom, subsidized apartment, only to be evicted for violating her lease. Now I understand all the legalities involved here, but in its simplest form, all she was doing was providing temporary shelter until the kid could get back on her feet. There were no parties, no drug dealing. Just a mother of two kids trying to stay off the streets. Sad part of this is, the daughter has since found her own place, now it's her mom that faces the prospect of being out in the cold. Am I the only one who thinks this is just plain bullshit?

I will go out on a ledge here and predict that the Patriots will end the Saints' perfect season tonight at the Superdome. Much like my beloved Vikings, New Orleans has not had a real tough schedule in route to their 10-0 start. It is still my conviction that the the road to the Super Bowl will go through Minneapolis.

Well that's about all I got for now... Thanks for taking the time to read this mess....


Quote of the Day

Happy Monday everyone!!

I never thought of it this way. It sure makes sense, doesn't it? Last week I had a few things happen in my life that brought about those feelings of unhappiness and being unfulfilled. So, I made sure to go to several meetings this weekend.

While I am in meetings dealing with these feelings, I seem to be *propelled* to further myself by discussing issues that come along everyday, every week... helping me out of each little or big rut I fall into. It amazes me how much faster I can deal with these feelings when I attend meetings. Isn't our dealing with our discomfort head on a part of that humility thing we are supposed to be work on?? Do these feelings bring us upon our finest moments??


Friday, November 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has awaken from their food comas!! I learned this lesson several months ago, when I thought I needed a place to be quiet, to be all alone... temple like to pray and meditate. After some whining about not having such a place, someone suggested I look at it a little differently. The meaning of what I was told is exactly what this quote says. "He is within you. " I now know that I can pray and meditate at anytime, anywhere I need or want to....I have totally surrendered to this way of thinking. It is a wonderful freedom rather then an excuse to live in unhappiness.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. God Bless!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!I am sure all of you knows how it feels when " our own light goes out". I am very grateful for the people in my life who have and do... rekindle sparks within me everyday. They are all around you and I; with words of encouragement & praise, guidance & wisdom to help us make decisions to do the right thing. Sometimes it is just a smile! Remember to smile back!!! I have so much to be grateful for this year!!!

Have a wonderful day!!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life." What more is there to say... I really love this quote. It says everything that gratitude can bring into one's life if you allow it. That is the hard part.. to understand and allow it. I know now that I understand the joys and fulfillment of what gratitude can bring...the how & why & how it effects my life and the people in my life. I could go on & on about exactly what I am grateful for today... but it is a very long list!!! I hope you all have a wonderful day!!


Monday, November 23, 2009

Coming soon...

A dear friend of mine, who is recovering from an addiction, will share an inspirational thought of the day with the followers of this blog.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Apparently, only some people can help homeless family.

Society wants people to turn to family before they turn to the government. Yet, it's OK for apartments to evict tenants who provide temporary shelter to family members.

Looking for love in all the wrong places.

Young ladies who find sugar daddies or boy toys wonder why they can't find romance.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Babies? Whats the hurry?

I implore my children and others to have your life together before you bring children into this world.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I dont know my congressional district

But I do know my zip code. I hade no problem tracking stimulus spending in my region.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

No wi-fi on Northstar Commuter rail line?

Some feel the $317 million price tag should have included such an amenity.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Maybe we're a little rough on Muslims

After 9-11 and especially after the Ft. Hood shooting, it's become very easy to vilify everyone of Islamic faith.

No better place for that pond scum's trial.

Some are up in arms over the president's decision to bring 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Muhammad's trail to New York in a civilian court. I think it's a great idea.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

If the drinking age were 18....

Maybe Minneaplois and other cities would not have to look toward new laws to curb "underage" drinking.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hang up and drive?

The all important cell phone is further vilified.

It feels like the country is being torn apart.

Pundits from both ends of the spectrum are getting increasingly vile in their commentary.