Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman whose historic lawsuit resulted in the Supreme Court's landmark decision that a federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers, didn't live to see the day she fought for.
“What happened to our members Monday evening, here in the nation’s capital, was an affront to all our rights. The death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers has reignited the rage, pain and deep sadness our community...
Erica Meier"By taking those cattle to the slaughterhouse I was abandoning my friends to their cruel fate. I didn’t know then & still don’t know today how to describe my feelings about that. Queasy? Sleazy? Duplicitous?" via @tenderlymag
Counties with or near meatpacking plants have almost twice the rate of known COVID-19 infections as the national average, according to a geospatial analysis by the Environmental Working Group.
Erica MeierPowerful report via @EWG - "Tyson did not distribute personal protective equipment to its workers until April 23 – more than three months after the U.S.’ first reported COVID-19 case – when more than 5,000 of its workers had been infected."
The president plans to declare meat-processing plants critical infrastructure amid fears of disruptions to the food supply.
Erica MeierIt's alarming enough that he plans to "order" slaughterhouses to remain open despite outbreaks & failures to safeguard workers. Worse, he plans to protect Big Ag from legal liability for failing to safeguard these workers.
Tyson Foods is warning that "millions of pounds of meat" will disappear from the supply chain as the coronavirus pandemic pushes food processing plants to close, leading to product shortages in grocery stores across the country.
Erica MeierNewsflash @TysonFoods: The status quo food system IS a broken system. Focused solely on profit, Big Ag exploits everyone & everything in its path - from workers, to animals, to rural communities, to the environment. #stopfactoryfarming #eatplants
USDA is not providing employees protective equipment, and until recently, prohibited the use of masks.
Erica MeierWorkers & inspectors are raising red flags about COVID-19 spreading in slaughterhouses yet "@USDA is not providing employees protective equipment, and until recently, prohibited the use of masks."