Why Day Protests Would Be More Effective Than Night Protests

The protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd by the knee of ex Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been all-encompassing for weeks. These protests received a lot of positive responses from corporations, activists groups, some lawmakers, and countless people in America and across the world.

They’ve been highly effective in getting bright spotlight on inequalities, injustices, and Police brutality.

I see a way protests could be even more effective and get almost every business owner in these cities to inadvertently aid in facilitating changes in local laws.

Weekday daytime protests.

Start early before businesses open and protest all day. The clogged streets will starve off traffic to the businesses impacting their revenue. Business owners would be quick to lean on city hall and local lawmakers to address the protested issues and begin a serious path to resolving those issues.

City hall would be more forthcoming and serious about resolving the protested issues because when business revenue drops tax revenue drops.

Day protests would eradicate these milquetoast curfews. Business owners aren’t going to stand for a curfew to further hurt business already slowed to a trickle by protests.

Building damage and looting would be lest likely as looters and window smashers wouldn’t have the cloak of darkness to disappear into.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the organizer of the most effective protests in history protested during the day and often targeted businesses purse strings as leverage to get his protester’s issues addressed.

Protest early that get in folk’s dollars will add additional energy and garner some local power that otherwise would not come from night only protests.

Surviving the Long Haul — The Trials and Tribulations of Women in The Trucking Industry

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Trucks move some 9.2 billion tons of freight annually in the United States, according to the industry’s trade group, the American Trucking Associations. That’s nearly 70 percent of the country’s total freight tonnage, making the trucking industry a critical backbone of American business, industry, and infrastructure. [SOURCE]

Truckers deliver the parts for your car, the merchandise that sits on your grocery store’s shelves, the food that’s on your plate at a restaurant, and, increasingly, the stuff you ordered online.

A report released earlier this year by the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that, in seasonally adjusted terms, trucks carried 36 percent more freight this March than they did in March 2000.

The people driving those trucks, however, are largely invisible to us. The few women in trucking—which is currently around 95 percent male, according to industry estimates—in particular, tell a dark story about what goes on.

Many of them describe a poisonous atmosphere where they’re subjected to on-the-job sexual harassment ranging from catcalling to rape.

A review of legal documents, as well as interviews with dozens of drivers, lawyers, and industry experts, reveals a broken structure of accountability that creates few incentives for taking their claims seriously and, in many cases, leaves women in danger.

This story at Mary Review is a long read albeit an appalling read – it’s a good read about an industry that’s slow to embrace women for their skills because they can’t ignore the endowments of their gender. Get the full read here.–>Surviving the Long Haul — Mary Review

From Captive To Captor [Audio]

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He entered the system intent on being a passive observer— a diligent reporter disguised as a laid-back, upstanding guard. But in time, he became aggressive, even vindictive, toward the prisoners. He squabbled with the men and sought reasons to punish them. His anger and paranoia metastasized and scared him.

“I wonder who I am becoming,” he wrote in the piece. “I feel ashamed of my lack of self-control, my growing thirst for punishment and vengeance. I’m getting afraid of the expanding distance between the person I am at home and the one behind the wire.”

https://soundcloud.com/propublica/from-captive-to-captor-a-journalists-journey-from-prisoner-to-prison-guard