Photo Credit: “Passing Through Eldridge” by Gigi Bio
In many arguments with friends I’ve been told as far as being “green” is concerned Black people don’t care about dolphins or polar bears. Black people care about people, particularly our own survival. And that’s understandable as there is much to be concerned with in our community, however I think “green” must include people and ultimately it is the survival of living things on this planet we all need to be concerned with.
So here’s a story about people and it’s completely dolphin and polar bear free.
Wu Liang Ye is a restaurant franchise owned by the Chinese government and established in New York City in 1993.
Workers are alleging the restaurant paid them “$1.10 an hour and later retaliated against staffers who sued” according to nydailynews.com.
“A suit filed in April 2008 said that Wu Liang Ye locations on Lexington Ave. and E. 86th St. paid workers just over $1 an hour, stole 10% of their credit card tips and failed to pay overtime.”
Anyone who knows me knows I prefer chicken and broccoli. I’ll eat chicken, rice and broccoli from any country too cause I’m worldly like that. Immortal Technique likes beef and broccoli though so all you vegans and vegetarians mind your goddamn business. Fa real I cosign everything he says here!
“Of the 25 workers named in the suit, 23 have been fired and some were assaulted and threatened”, organizers said.
Josephine Lee, of the pro-service workers campaign Justice Will Be Served!, said city restaurants improved wages in recent years, leaving Wu Liang Ye as one of the worst offenders.”
Hey, from what I know Chinese restaurant workers don’t get paid much in the hood either.