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Jan 22

This Is A Workers' Rights Issue

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In addition to harming the environment and global diplomacy, this shutdown violates federal workers' right to work when and only when they are fairly compensated. Freedom from coercion into working for no or delayed pay is a workers' rights issue, a racial equality issue (federal workers are disproportionately black), and a human rights imperative. Moreover, it is shameful that the government cannot model for businesses and foreign countries the most basic responsibilities of a decent employer.

In addition to being a Worker’s Rights issue, it is first and foremost a stark Constitutional issue. The Thirteenth Amendment of our Constitution strictly forbids slavery in all its forms. The fact that President tRump is requiring Government workers to work in totally non-essential positions without due compensation constitutes, in my opinion, slavery. We must all stand up to this abuse of power through all available constitutional means at our disposal. Speak out, petition Congress, join in solidarity activism, phone bank to help mobilize voters, write letters to editors of local and national newspapers, spread information on all Social Media platforms. Everything each of us can imagine

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  • I live in a mobile home. The roof is in terrible shape and needs replaced. Rain water has destroyed one of my walls from water leaking through the roof and into the wall. I put in an application to the USDA for a rural home loan to make repairs. Someone just started to look at my application when trump and mcconnel shut down the government. My loan is on hold and can not be processed! I am furious ! It continues to rain.
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