"Increasing the minimum wage is good for business. It puts more money in consumers' pockets," said Lawrence O'Donnell of MSNBC. "So what will really happen to McDonald's the next time the minimum wage goes up? The same thing that has happened to McDonald's every time the minimum wage has gone up: McDonald's will make more money."
This is not the first time fast food workers have gone on strike this year over wages. In May, an estimated 400 workers at 60 different restaurants in Detroit walked off their jobs to join protests calling for a livable wage and the right to unionize following protests in St. Louis, Chicago, and New York.
Media Resources: MSNBC 7/31/2013; Forbes 7/30/2013; Guardian 7/29/2013; Huffington Post 7/29/2013; Politico 7/24/2013; Feminist Newswire 5/13/2013, 2/13/2013
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .