Monday, November 30, 2009
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!
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....
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
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. God Bless!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Have a wonderful day!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Sunday, November 22, 2009
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.