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Wikipedia, “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act”:

SESTA and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) are the U.S. Senate and House bills that as the FOSTA-SESTA package became law on April 11, 2018. They clarify the country’s sex trafficking law to make it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend the Section 230 safe harbors of the Communications Decency Act (which make online services immune from civil liability for the actions of their users) to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity. Senate sponsor Rob Portman had previously led an investigation into the online classifieds service Backpage (which had been accused of facilitating child sex trafficking).


For certain marginalized folks, representation is so meaningful that they might be comforted to see someone like them holding a lot of power. It can represent the overcoming of major social setbacks. It’s much like how the presidency of Barack Obama was a great source of pride for some Black people (e.g. Black excellence) regardless of the atrocities he enabled.

It’s deeply misguided (speaking as a minority, in more ways than one) and deeply hurtful to think that someone like you amassing immense individual power is an indication of progress. But that’s one big emotional reason.


you are just offering these women up to be murdered

Marginalizing prostitutes does them little favors either. Before the US shut down Backpage, sex workers there were able to screen clients before meeting them. They networked among each other to share good clients and help avoid bad ones. Now that Backpage and many other online avenues are gone thanks to FOSTA-SESTA, prostitutes have to do more street work, which exposes them to needless danger and random clients.

If we let sex workers be, they are able to protect themselves. If we give them resources and foster greater respect for them, the effect multiplies. Cutting off their avenues of work sets them up to be murdered.


Should we also ban painters and musicians from selling their work? Should we really place further restrictions on women and their bodies?

Prostitution may not be necessary in an equitable society that provides for all basic human needs. But again, for a number of prostitutes and other sex workers, it isn’t just an income stream. They sincerely enjoy it as a means to express themselves sexually. Even some well-off people willingly choose sex work. For many women, transgender, and non-binary people, it’s empowering.

Sex work is a trade like any other. If people have their needs covered and still want to pursue sex work as their passion, they should be free to do so.


Prostitution should be decriminalized. Sex work has always existed in many societies and many sex workers choose the profession as their passion. It isn’t only a means of income. Criminalizing prostitution does little to address human trafficking or child safety while making prostitutes more vulnerable to violence, discrimination, and incarceration.

Interesting idea about having one’s “first time” with a sex worker. Wouldn’t have been my preference but I can understand how others may prefer and benefit from it.


> Organizing in Michigan, once a union stronghold, has symbolic significance. […] Votes for the other Michigan locations are expected to be collected in the first week of June. [Full article: [Archive.today](https://archive.ph/pqoCq), [12ft Ladder](https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crainsdetroit.com%2Frestaurants%2Ffirst-starbucks-michigan-reveal-union-vote-others-set-elections)] cross-posted from: https://midwest.social/post/131654
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> For many students, the financial assistance is their only means of going beyond high school—and FAFSA is the primary way to apply for federal student aid, which means that, until the Department of Education turned off tracking following The Markup’s questions, only the savviest web users could avoid sending an online application to the government without also providing potentially sensitive information to Facebook.
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> CMU researchers found that from August 2016 to May 2018, the tool calculated scores that suggested 32.5% of Black children reported as being neglected should be subject to a “mandatory” investigation, compared with 20.8% of white children. […] The CMU research found no difference in the percentage of Black families investigated after the algorithm was adopted. The study found the workers were able to reduce this disparity produced by the algorithm.
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Unlike other fast food chains, I can’t see too much automation happening at Starbucks. They made customer service a huge part of their brand. I could be totally wrong though.


I’m guilty of it on my instance, since I’m only able to participate in short windows of time. I’m in favor of changing in algorithm.


Retaliation can’t stop growing Starbucks union
> In an all-staff meeting, CEO Howard Schultz claimed that “companies throughout the country [are] being assaulted, in many ways, by the threat of unionization.” […] Meanwhile, Starbucks workers aren’t waiting for the NLRB to issue rulings or tally ballots to fight for their rights on the job. Workers in several cities, including Denver, Seattle, Overland Park, Ithaca, and Buffalo, have struck. These have been not just over the firings of union supporters, but also over issues like understaffing, cuts to hours, and spying on union supporters.
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Never thought to type a capitalized letter with two hands but I might have to try that. My left pinky crumples when pressing Left Shift to type “Q”, “A”, or “Z”, since I have to awkwardly reach left with my ring finger. It always felt deeply unergonomic to me.

I’ll have to practice using Right Shift, it feels nicer.


It sucks when workers fall into an opposite mentality and blame each other for not picking up more hours, refusing to trade shifts, or calling off work. All the while, the boss refuses to attract and retain workers by improving their pay and work environment.


Sure. I’ve mostly lived in places with severe housing issues, and I take public transportation, so it’s hard not to encounter people of all backgrounds.

I haven’t been unhoused, but from what I’ve seen and heard, it can be very lonely and isolating. If someone in that position needs someone to talk to, I’ll listen.


the bourgeois seem suspiciously supportive of it

It doesn’t feel that way for me. Unless it can make them money, they don’t give a fuck about healthcare, period.

In a population of billions, why spend money keeping a few workers alive when they can be replaced?


Republican Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, co-sponsored the bill with Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville. Both lawmakers took money in the last four years from political action committees that deal with industry, including the Housing Industry PAC, the TN Apartment PAC and the TN Manufactured PAC.

Bell used to be a landlord and shared his experience.

No comment.


> “Mutual aid is not complex,” Kara Mason says. “If you see a need in your community, address it. If you can uplift your neighbor, do it.” cross-posted from: https://midwest.social/post/112945
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“I don’t help anyone. I live with them.”
Heard this a few days ago from a [story](https://text.npr.org/1093380916) on [Júlio Lancellotti](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BAlio_Lancellotti), a Brazilian priest and activist: > Lancellotti has worked among São Paulo’s street people for 40 years. Yet if you suggest he actually helps them, you get a prickly reply. > > “I don’t help anyone,” he says. “I live with them. I share what I can with them.” > > For Lancellotti, this is about faith and about pushing back against intolerance and injustice. > > “Society has to find a better way of living together.” It’s since stuck with me. He spoke so much about the ideals of communal living, mutual aid, classlessness with just a few sentences.
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Dessalines could be seen as Lemmy’s authority figure. They’re one of Lemmy’s project maintainers and they administer the two largest instances.


I do that already, but I’d prefer to just see their username at a glance.


Suggestion: Add setting to show usernames instead of display names.
I’ve lost count on the number of accounts impersonating Dessalines. Plus, I’d like to easily see what instance a user comes from.
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I feel two ways about this. USB-C is probably the best connector design yet, and Apple needs to stop pretending that they offer a beneficial alternative with Lightning connectors.

At the same time, this will create a lot of e-waste. If I had to replace my USB-A charging adapter and my only options were USB-C, I’d also have to buy USB-C to USB-C cables. And as wireless charging becomes more popular, how relevant is this legislation in the long-term?


E-scooters should really be treated like bikes. But unlike bikes, it’s even scarier to ride a scooter in the street without good infrastructure.

I hate how most people ride e-scooters but they often don’t have their own place on the street.


I don’t have any answers, but I’m sending love your way. I’m sorry you aren’t getting help. Caregiving deserves appreciation and shouldn’t always be a one-person job.


I was only mildly pessimistic about Adams getting elected, but nope, he’s gone full cop. Incredible.


> The mayor initially broached the idea of using metal detectors last week following the subway shooting in Sunset Park, where 10 people were shot and 13 people were injured. […] Donna Lieberman told Gothamist on Friday that advanced detectors would fail to address the underlying issues behind crime, such as access to social services, mental health and the economy.
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> “While Apple’s changes make tracking individual users more difficult, they motivate a counter-movement, and reinforce existing market power of gatekeeper companies with access to large troves of first-party data,” the researchers wrote. […] The researchers also said that Apple isn’t required to follow App Tracking Transparency in many cases.
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Indeed looks interesting. Their official demo is lackluster but I found some working English-language instances:

From a practical standpoint, this seems like the better alternative to online surveys. I see a lot of those from municipalities, and this seems more open and interactive. Some parts remind me of product forums where people vote on feature suggestions.

Although I have to wonder about who gets to participate in these Decidim instances. Certainly not people who already struggle to use Google, much less use a computer at all. The developers seem to promote it as an all-in-one solution, but it really should be one tool for civic engagement among many.


> Ashraf al-Nimer said the Ukrainian community is the largest foreign community in the Gaza Strip. “Most of those have already experienced the four Israeli major attacks on the Strip and know the meaning and feeling of war. So they know what their families back in Ukraine are going through,” he told MEE. cross-posted from: https://midwest.social/post/104671
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> Ashraf al-Nimer said the Ukrainian community is the largest foreign community in the Gaza Strip. “Most of those have already experienced the four Israeli major attacks on the Strip and know the meaning and feeling of war. So they know what their families back in Ukraine are going through,” he told MEE.
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‘They’re playing really dirty’: Amazon lashes back in Staten Island warehouses
> The union vote at a second warehouse, a neighboring sorting center known as LDJ5, is set to start April 25, so the company has turned its focus there. […] Unlike at the fulfillment center JFK8, where the workers have sore and tired bodies from grueling shifts, the top grievance at the sorting center LDJ5 is not getting enough hours to make ends meet.
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> “I didn’t believe here in America that there could be an execution-style killing by the police,” the 26-year-old’s father, Peter Lyoya said through a translator at a media conference Thursday. […] “Right now, my life has come to an end … I didn’t believe in this country that there was a genocide.”
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> The vibrant streets of each place had their own unique personality, and it seemed there was always a place for everyone. […] In Colombia, it seemed everywhere I turned there was a skate park, protected bike lane, pedestrian-only boulevard, or public art. cross-posted from: https://midwest.social/post/104476
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Amazon workers in Staten Island clinch a historic victory
> The Amazon Labor Union clinched a decisive victory today, winning by a wide margin to create the first unionized workplace in Amazon’s extensive network of fulfillment, delivery, and sortation centers across the U.S.
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> A quick web search search also revealed that a number of people all over the US had found these exact devices in their cars.
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> Yellin’ with you crackas / Never got the bombs outta / Afghan, Libya, Vietnam, or Laos / Thirst for the blood / Leavin’ homes in a drought
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> Robin Pacquing describes herself as obsessed with surfing the Great Lakes, where waves can get as high as 2.5 meters […] “If the winds are strong and you’re willing to drive, you can find surf within a three-hour radius of Toronto,” she said.
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SLRPNK: new solarpunk-themed Lemmy instance
> Seems like someone started a Solarpunk themed Lemmy instance! Their most popular communities so far – subscribe from your own instance!: * [!solarpunk@slrpnk.net](/c/solarpunk@slrpnk.net) * [!meta@slrpnk.net](/c/meta@slrpnk.net) * [!software@slrpnk.net](/c/software@slrpnk.net) * [!aesthetic@slrpnk.net](/c/aesthetic@slrpnk.net) * [!art@slrpnk.net](/c/art@slrpnk.net) Or [sign up at SLRPNK](https://slrpnk.net/signup). cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/207591
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