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We are recommending this short zine written by our friends, which is a brief analysis of the fast food industry from an intersectional lense.  We at the Wingnut have been involved locally with the Fight for $15 Fast Food Workers movement. We support workers because a)some of us are fast food workers or other low paid workers, b) not supporting workers would get us no closer to social change, and c) we have to build movements to have movements, and create relationships with people to build the community that is necessary to transform the world.

But at the end of the day, we are anti-capitalists. Not all of us are vegan, but the environmental impacts, health impacts, animal suffering, exploitation of low income people of color and more mean that the Fast Food Industry is a major negative impact on our communities. Improving the working conditions and raising wages is something that all industries need and all workers deserve.  However, the Fast Food Industry is specifically so rotten, so toxic, that changes to labor will never be enough.

We will continue to support the Fight for $15 and other worker’s movements, but we will also always keep the bigger picture in mind. Low wages and bad working conditions are just a symptom of the rotten exploitative attitude of the fast food industry. We need to attack the roots.

Check out the zine, read more about it, and help us create a vision for a world without Fast Food, and where our communities are healthy and sustainable!

https://archive.org/details/SmashTheFastFoodIndustry

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Megan Walker, myself (Kat McNeal) and Jonathan Cunningham compiled the following information on Norrell Elementary. I’ve included a brief summary of results, as well as links to where we found each piece of information. All of the information was publicly available when we found it (9/4/2012). This is by no means a complete picture of the situation with Norrell Elementary, as it neglects statements made by school board members, direct testimony from area parents, a complete history of the site, and many other facets. For more complete information, speak to Art Burton and Lillie Estes.Our findings establish that there were explosive levels of methane still being exuded from the dump site as late as 2006 (FEMA’s 2007 Report), that the Environmental Protection Agency lists A.V. Norrell Elementary School as an ‘active’ candidate for the National Priorities List of contaminated sites (Superfund Site Information Database), and that the conditions at Norrell stand to violate the Head Start Program’s Environmental Requirements. Additionally, despite some claims from School Board members, Parks and Recreation has never listed the school as the site of a community center or community program.The most recent environmental survey of the site available to the public was the FEMA report in 2007, reflecting conditions in 2006. There exist no more recent investigations available to the public online.

These sources, and the absence of more recent data, suggest that the dangers of Norrell have not been addressed in any way since its closing in 2006. Beyond the obvious physical dangers of the site, which were very much present in 2006 with no evidence that they have been resolved since, Richmond Public Schools could stand to lose Head Start funding should conditions violating the requirements be rediscovered

The following report includes a description of, and select quotes from, the source materials.

FEMA’s 2007 Report

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