Politics and the Workplace
At Tasty World
we're seeing the first of what will undoubtedly be many political events on the calendar this year, a natural fact of life as every candidate and cause wants a venue for their forum. Sometimes it's interesting, sometimes I can justify working some of the events as a professional making a livelihood and sometimes I question my willingness to work them at all.
From the first category of interesting events I don't have to work anyway, two of our staff have decided to get behind Wesley Clark (an interesting choice for two former Dean believers) and they'll have the first Clarke County for Clark04 meeting upstairs at the club at 7 pm tonight. While I might rather have my usual coffee and newspaper time, I'm thinking about going as a political reporter, especially since I might be the only one there.
From the category of things I have to work despite my feelings, there's a "Rally to Oppose the Patriot Act" Saturday 24 January. The bands are good, the money will probably be too good to refuse and the experience won't be difficult anyway, but I still wonder what exactly they're opposed to in the act. Because you and I should always know what we're talking about, I have found the entire text of the Patriot Act here
As for the category of political events I would have to simply refuse to work, even at the expense of job security, I see no such events on the horizon. One example that would fit this category would be anything to benefit the likes of Planned Parenthood. That's about the only thing of such seriousness I can really imagine we'd ever have, that I'd quit over. Say what you want about my principles; I will stand for them.