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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

7 responses to “Hunger strikers helped win $9 minimum wage for all”

  1. jgardner

    “[O]ne should now expect the best minimum wage workers in Pawtucket and East Providence to cross the border into Massachusetts for the $11 an hour fast food jobs, leaving the $9 jobs here in Rhode Island to the second tier workers.”
    Doth my eyes deceive me? Is this Mr. Ahlquist acknowledging the hurtful effects of the MW, something he’s continuously refused to do in previous writings? Why yes, I believe it is. But Mr. Ahlquist, if the MW were $11/hr in RI, where would the “second tier workers,” the workers who aren’t skilled enough to get $11/hr jobs, get jobs from?

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  2. Kate

    Thanks for your excellent reporting on this.

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