The New Deal is not Dead: Bearing Witness to the Fight for Economic Justice in Rochester

George Payne is a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Finger Lakes Community College and Niagara County Community College. In 2014 he founded Gandhi Earth Keepers International, an online social justice network for activists devoted to environmentalism. George is also the host of the Broken Spear Vision on g-payne-1_23_13Rochester Free Radio 106.3 FM, and he publishes regularly in a variety of local and national publications including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Pace e Bene Campaign Nonviolence, CounterPunch, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester CITY Newspaper, Minority Reporter, and Talker of the Town.

Today, George looks back on two years of economic and social justice activism. Photos include links to related articles by George and others.

Photography by George Payne

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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Fight for $15 Rally at The University of Rochester
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Take Back the Land Home Defense

see A gathering of students, educators, urban farmers and social entrepreneurs at the Bay Street Community Garden

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Home Defense on North Goodman

see A gathering of students, educators, urban farmers and social entrepreneurs at the Bay Street Community Garden

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Just like everywhere else in America, heroine has struck Rochester with a fury. These needles were found in Seneca Park.  see Hike to Rico’s Cave: An Experience Of “Two Rochesters” by Austin Retzlaff
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see “A Walk the Crescent”with George Payne

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Broken Spear Vision guest and Rochester social justice organizer Rosemary Rivera leading the charge at the “Moral Monday” action in Albany.

see Talker invited to Rochester Free Radio: WRFZ,103.6 FM

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Jim Hightower speaking at a Bernie Sanders rally at Monroe Community College

see Athesia, Video Celeb turned Paparazzi, at the rally

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Climate Justice March in downtown Rochester. see Rochester leaves its footprint on La Marche Globale
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Judy Bello, a frequent guest on The Broken Spear Vision. Often she discusses the connection between war and poverty. see Syria Through a Fractal Prism: Conversations on War and Peace with Judy Bello
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Prayer flags on Genesee Street see A ray of light on 595 Frost Avenue
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Our children are suffering because of greed, narrow mindedness, indifference, and meanness. There must be more effort on part of Rochester corporations to address generational poverty.
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 It is hard not to be cynical. see Sitting Tall: Colin Kaepernick, Nonviolent Dissent, and the Meaning of American Patriotism.
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Sanders defeat was a major blow to the progressive movement in Rochester. This rally at Monroe Community College was full of expectations unfulfilled.

see Asking and answering three questions at the Bernie Sanders rally from George Payne and Citizenship in action at the corner of Culver and Parsells

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George Payne at the 2014 “Moral Monday” action in Albany.
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Young protester at Climate Justice rally in Rochester 

see Learning for the Long Haul: The Campus Sustainability Movement Grows

Fast food workers in Rochester are joining thousands of workers in over 100 cities across the United States to demand an industry-wide $15 per hour wage and to form a union without retaliation.

Rochester is the 5th poorest city in the United States. Meanwhile multi-billion dollar corporations like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King take millions in profits away from our city leaving behind only poverty wages. Fast Food workers and Metro Justice are standing up to form the front-line for the fight against poverty for all in Rochester.

By demanding fair wages, union rights, and real respect in the workplace fast-food workers are standing up to fight poverty for our entire community. With higher wages, fast food workers would be able to pull themselves, and their families out of poverty while further supporting local businesses. By seeking to form a union, they are helping to revitalize a labor movement that represents all workers.

Learn more by visiting: Fight for 15 with Metro Justice

see “What is the working class?” with Thomas Warfield at the Labor Day Parade.