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 Rochester 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
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
“Once poverty is gone, we’ll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They’ll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society – how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.”
― Muhammad Yunus,