Monday, October 10, 2011

Paid Protestors?

Powerline links to this Craig's List Ad:
The Working Families Party (WFP) ( is New York's most energetic, independent and progressive political party. Formed in 1998 by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, we came together to build a society that works for all of us, not just Wall Street CEOs and the well-connected. WFP is independent from corporate and government funding and in-addition we are community based; community funded and equally uninfluenced by both major parties. Our agenda focuses on economic and social justice, corporate accountability, job creation, environmental protection, and investment in education and healthcare.
Hot Air points out the offered salary is not quite a "living wage":
For full-time work, $350 works out to $8.75 an hour … in New York City. Not exactly a living wage, is it? It’s probably not quite as low as flipping burgers at Mickey D’s, but I’d guess that a Big Apple barista makes more to start, especially when counting tips. Always good to see that those protecting the masses from exploitation are sticking to the declared principles of labor relations that they decry. At least we know what the lowest-paid job on Wall Street is — and I’m guessing it’s not a union shop, either.
On the other hand, there is the free pizza, cheap drugs and sex with hippie chicks:
“I’ve been smoking and drinking in here for eight days now,” said Dave, booze on his breath and his eyes bloodshot as he lay sprawled on a tattered sheet of cardboard. “I need to get some methadone. Every day, I wake up, and I’m f--ked up.” Drugs can be easy to score -- a Post reporter was offered pot for $15 and heroin for $10.
Such a deal!
And some couples have taken advantage of the free condoms distributed by organizers to do the nasty in full view of other protesters. “It kinda makes me think of what Woodstock must have been like,” said one protester, Sarah, 19 from the Upper West Side. “I haven’t hooked up with any guys ... but one of my friends did have sex in a tarp with a guy last night.”

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