WAKING UP JESUS
The ongoing story of Jesus waking up in Chicago, in the body of an agnostic writer,
who is nothing like the Son of God the right-wing Christians watching him expected.
You are welcome to share my work with a link bank... keep getting asked this...
Last time I was here, I told them I would not lead a revolution, that I was there to spread heresy. The crowds thinned. The day they killed me, I marched alone... This time I have returned to find Romes Soldiers Sleeping, content they have killed off the Troublesome Jew. I was surprised how bloody the Indiana boy became as my sword fell again and again ....
In the years since this story began in 2007, my secret fame has spread out from the halls of power that kept me secret all these years, as they waited for the Christ to finally wake up...
I try to imagine their anticipation.
Remember a dream I had in my twenties about running thru Chicago screaming that Christ was coming back, and man oh man was I happy... a cloud came through the middle of the skyscrapers above me, in the thin strip of blue above Dowtown State street, and I expected to see Christ... instead, just a bunch of musicians painted up like Ziggy stardust.
I surprised my keepers. They thought they had me figured out from the Bible. If that book could have told you everything, there would be no need at all for me.
Jesus: "I have become Known across this planet as a dangerous man with a growing force of hidden followers who value my orders more than life itself. A prophet of war. Once and future King in a court of shadows. Life and death in my hands every damn day. I ROAR, your most mighty shit themselves and run. I make myself a known threat, so I can try to negotiate what otherwise requires bullets and blood. I am here to free the enslaved in body and mind. I cannot be defeated. When the Will of God and The WILL OF THE PEOPLE ARE ONE, NO FORCE ON EARTH CAN STOP US!"
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
we must stop slavery now
from the nyt
A girl cried after being rescued on Monday from a factory where she had been forced to work in Dongguan, China.
By DAVID BARBOZA
Published: May 1, 2008
SHANGHAI — China said Wednesday that it was investigating whether hundreds or perhaps thousands of children from poor areas in the southwest part of the country were sold to work as slave laborers in booming coastal factory cities.
Authorities in southern Guangdong Province, near Hong Kong, said they had already “rescued” over 100 children from factories in the city of Dongguan, a huge manufacturing center known for producing and exporting toys, textiles and electronics.
The children, mostly between the ages of 13 and 15, were often tricked or kidnapped by employment agencies working in an impoverished part of western Sichuan Province, and then sent to factory towns in Guangdong, where they were often forced to work as much as 300 hours a month for little money, according to government officials and accounts from the state-owned media.
The authorities in southern China said Wednesday that they had arrested several people involved in the case and that they were now trying to determine the identities of the children.
"These youngsters have no ID cards, so it makes it difficult to identify them," said Zhang Xiang, a spokesman for the Guangdong Labor Bureau. The child labor scandal, which was uncovered by Southern Metropolis, a crusading newspaper based in Guangzhou, in southern China, comes less than a year after the authorities said they had rescued hundreds of people, including children, from working as "slave laborers" in brick kilns in the north and central part of the country.
Many of the workers in that case also said that they had been kidnapped.
"The Liangshan child labor case is quite typical," says Hu Xingdou, a professor of economics and social policy at the Beijing Institute of Technology. "China’s economy is developing at a fascinating speed, but often at the expense of laws, human rights and environmental protection."
Professor Hu said that while Beijing has pushed to improve labor conditions throughout the nation, local governments are still driven by incentives to grow their economy, and so they try to lure cheap labor. "Most of the workforce comes from underdeveloped or poverty-stricken areas," he says. "Some children are even sold by their parents, who often don’t have any idea of the working conditions."
The child labor cases are an embarrassment to the Chinese government, which has in recent years announced a series of nationwide crackdowns on child labor and labor law violations.
But experts say rising labor, energy and raw material costs, and labor shortages in some parts of southern China, have forced some factory owners to cut costs or find new sources of cheap labor, including child labor.
Even factories that supply global companies, including Wal-Mart Stores, have been accused in recent years of using child labor, and violating local labor laws. Big corporations have stepped up their factory audits, but suppliers are sometimes adept are hiding operations and workers from auditors.
Officials in the city of Dongguan say they are now investigating all factories in the area to determine whether any are employing children. Young people can legally go to work in factories at age 16.
In a series of articles this week, journalists working for Southern Metropolis wrote that they had traveled to Liangshan Prefecture in Sichuan Province to pose as recruiters and interview parents and other residents.
The newspaper said recruiters and labor agencies working in Liangshan often transported children south and then "sold" them to factories at virtual auctions in Guangdong Province, one of China’s biggest manufacturing centers and home to a huge population of migrant workers.
At some coastal factories, children were even lined up and selected based on their body type, the journalists wrote.
The newspaper also alleged that when the children were paid, they received about three renminbi per hour, or about 42 cents, far below the local minimum wage of about 64 cents an hour. By law, overtime pay is much higher.
Chen Fulin, a government spokesman in Liangshan Prefecture in Sichuan Province, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that the articles on child labor in Southern Metropolis were correct.
"So far, we have detected and found four people in Zhaojue County suspected of luring the youngsters from Liangshan to Dongguan and forcing them to work in factories," he said. "We are dealing with the illegal employment agencies and the labor dealers, according to the law." In its report, Southern Metropolis said some children were threatened with death if they tried to escape from labor recruiters.
The newspaper did not identify the coastal factories where the children worked but the report said one was a toy factory in Dongguan, and that it had not been difficult for the journalists to uncover the labor scandal.
"Since journalists could discover the facts by secret interviews in a few days," Southern Metropolis wrote in a separate editorial on Tuesday, "how could the labor departments show no interest in it and turn aside from it for such a long time?"
Chen Yang contributed research for this article.
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