Weekend Links, Vol.32: Stop The Renaissance Hotel’s Labor Abuses

Welcome to another week of feminist web surfing! In Weekend Links we gather a set of the most engaging journalism, prose, poetry, art, and Interweb images or memes we have come across. We hope with this small curation of links to illuminate the work of the prolific and active feminist blogosphere.

Links We Like

The growing transgender presence in pop culture. [NYTimes]

Young, black, and feminist. [The Root]

#RedefiningRealness is a hashtag we can get behind. [The Bold Italic]

On “fake” nerd girls, sexism, and whore shaming. [New Statesman]

Pip & Pop create pastel-plastered worlds made of candy. [Beautiful Decay]

The history of how we built ghettos. [The Daily Beast]

A profile of Fatima Al Qadiri, the feminist producer. [Pitchfork]

On the faultlines in reproductive justice activism and their intersection with sex-selective abortions. [RHRealityCheck]

Did the upsurge in the alphabet constrict female empowerment? [Brain Pickings]

Transgender models are prospering in Brazil. [NYTimes]

Petition of the Week: Tell the Renaissance Hotel That Brown Doesn’t Tolerate Exploitation

Located on the Avenue of the Arts, the Renaissance Hotel has recently been heavily criticized for its exploitative and abusive labor practices. Owned and managed by the Procaccianti Group, the Hotel had numerous grievances filed against it by workers. The Hotel has disregarded workers’ safety, emotionally abused workers, used intimidation and interrogation tactics to deter the formation of unions, and has over-worked employees for sub-living wages. Workers have been required to use dangerous chemicals with no training, leading to OSHA intervention and thousands of dollars in fines. The hotel management fired a union activist during her maternity leave, and only reinstated her after she went to the Department of Labor. Workers have called for a boycott of the abusive hotel.

As the official Brown website states, “The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world.” The community, Providence residents and workers, is in need of such service from the university. The city we call home has been marred by the abuse of its residents by the Renaissance Hotel and the Procaccianti Group. It is time for Brown University to show that we, as members of the Providence community, will not stand for the violation of our neighbor’s rights.

We, the Student Labor Alliance of Brown University and other concerned students, ask you to sign this petition to show your support of the boycott of the Renaissance Hotel and ask that Brown University make a public statement condemning the Procaccianti Group’s practices as well. During this time of gathering to celebrate our university’s ideals of respect and service, we ask the University to pledge to uphold the boycott of the hotel and refuse to support the abuse of Providence community members.

Sign the petition!

Quote of the Week

“Rape is a men’s issue. Rape says much more about men than it ever has about women. Rape is a louder statement about masculinity than it is about femininity.” -Rus Ervin Funk, Stopping Rape: A Challenge for Men

Internet Images FTW

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