[Nfbc-info] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: Goodwill InformationalProtest

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 7 19:15:09 UTC 2012

Good work, LM.  Please provide the list of locations to all of the chapter 
presidents.  I am sure that you have the link.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lisamaria Martinez" <lmartinez217 at gmail.com>
To: "NFB of California List" <nfbc-info at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 11:06 AM
Subject: [Nfbc-info] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: Goodwill 

Hello my fellow Federationists.

Below is a call to organize as a group and protest the unfair wages
that Good Will Industries provides to people with disabilities. The
East Bay Chapter will likely organize somewhere in the East Bay and I
invite anyone who is close enough to come, to help organize a large
group of "informational protesters." This is a serious matter and we
should support the idea that paying below minimum wage is unfair,
unjust and absolutely criminal.

If you or your chapter is interested in joining forces, please contact
me via email at lmartinez217 at gmail.com or via phone at 510-289-2577.

This is not a time to sit back and watch. This is a time to step up to
the plate and stand up for something you believe in.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: David Andrews <dandrews at visi.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2012 01:27:08 -0500
Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: Goodwill Informational Protest
To: nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org

>From: "Lewis, Anil" <ALewis at nfb.org>
>Subject: Goodwill Informational Protest
>Goodwill Informational Protest
>Taking Our Fight for Fair Wages to the Streets
>Where:                 Goodwill Thrift Store Locations Around the Country
>Date:                     August 25, 2012
>Time:                    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Local Time
>This is an informational protest.  Our purpose
>is to promote public awareness of the unfair,
>discriminatory, and immoral practice of paying
>subminimum wages to workers with
>disabilities.  Goodwill is a household name, but
>most households do not realize that Goodwill is
>one of the many employers that pay less than the
>federal minimum wage to their workers with
>disabilities.  In order to effect a change in
>this policy, we are urging people not to shop at
>thrift stores affiliated with Goodwill
>Industries International and/or donate goods to
>Goodwill until they adopt a policy to pay at
>least the federal minimum wage to all of their
>workers with disabilities.  Signs will be used
>to attract attention and informational flyers
>will be distributed to the general public.
>We are aware that some Goodwill-affiliated
>agencies pay their workers the minimum wage, and
>others have chosen to limit the vocational
>potential of these individuals by paying them
>pennies per hour.  The agencies that value their
>employees with disabilities by paying at least
>the federal minimum wage are setting an example
>for the others to follow, and they can provide
>the technical assistance necessary for the
>others to adopt a similar business model that
>pays a competitive wage to every employee.  As a
>result, Goodwill is in a better position than
>most to assist in bringing this discriminatory practice to an end.
>We are setting up informational protests at
>Goodwill Thrift Store locations across the
>country.  The protests will occur between the
>hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. local
>time.  The following website can be accessed to
>find local Goodwill Thrift Store locations:
>A larger protest makes a better media
>presentation.  More protest sites provide greater direct public awareness.
>One Goodwill Protest Site Location form should
>be completed for each protest site.  A form is
>attached and will be available for download at:
>All completed forms and emailed request should
>be sent to <mailto:alewis at nfb.org>alewis at nfb.org.
>Protest signs will be provided when
>requested.  All orders for signs must be
>submitted by August 20 to ensure they will be
>received in time for the protest.  Remember that
>only the signs will be provided.  Site
>Coordinator should obtain a four-foot length of
>2-inches-wide by 1-inch-thick lumber that will
>be needed to support each sign.  A staple gun
>should be used to attach the lumber between two
>signs so that the sign can be read from either side.
>Informational flyers will be available for
>download shortly before the protest date from
>Each site will have a Media Contact responsible
>for dealing with inquiries from the local
>media.  Of course, our national staff will be
>available to assist with this effort.  A
>national press release about the protest will be
>issued prior to the event, and a template to
>develop a local press release will be
>distributed and made available upon request.  We
>will also distribute talking points that can be
>used by a local spokesperson when interacting with the media.
>We will be taking our fight for fair wages to
>the cyber streets as well.  We encourage
>everyone to take advantage of social media to
>spread the word about the protests.  Twitter
>users should Use the twitter hash tag #fairwages
>and the Goodwill twitter handle of @goodwillintl
>to post about local protests, and Facebook users
>should Post comments to Goodwill’s Facebook page
>Mr. Anil Lewis, M.P.A.
>Director of Strategic Communications
>“Eliminating Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities”
>200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
>Baltimore, Maryland   21230
>(410) 659-9314 ext. 2374 (Voice)
>(410) 685-5653 (FAX)
>Email: <mailto:alewis at nfb.org>alewis at nfb.org
>Web: <http://www.nfb.org>www.nfb.org


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