Kevin Harris, United Workers Member
By Kevin Harris
Before I told my boss: “I feel like a slave working here” and he fired me. Today I looked him in the eye at the Our Harbor Protest. Here’s how it went…
Standing Together. Standing Stronger.
I believe that in order to get treated better as human beings we have to come together as people, no matter what color, and make these developers do the right thing. Without us their businesses can’t be run. We deserve to be treated fairly. How hard is that to ask about something so little?
Wake up, people. The United States right now doesn’t stand for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It stands for the rich-stay-rich and the poor-stay-poor. At the Inner Harbor they lay people off in the winter to take the money that should be yours, but they could care less whether you drop dead or not.
All they care about is money, just like the rest of these scandalous businesses. These businesses could give you money if you are unemployed until you find another job, but yet they are not really trying to give you back anything in return.
We Are Leaders
It feels great to have people fighting for these rights, because we are leaders – just like me. We want things out of life in a sacred and positive way. Instead of this evil system trying to keep us down and wanting us to tap out. We need thousands of the same leaders like MLK, Malcolm X, W.E.B. DuBois, Harriet Tubman and the whole nine yards.
I feel as though that the only way we can make a change is if we keeping standing together even if the businesses take out one of us by firing us. If we keep standing there we can win. And there will be another who stands, and another, and another, and another leader. Then they will finally realize that they can fire us, or even lock us down, but they can’t take away our knowledge or brain power. And someone will always be standing there.
Then they will finally realize and finally give in to our demands. I think the United Workers is a great organization because they teach and give you a lot of knowledge about the system and show you how to use it against the system and go about it in a correct righteous manner. I just hope that the people in the United States realize now that you have to be a leader to get this thing to happen because I believe that there is more of us than them, we just have to come together and defeat them with our knowledge.
Do Something for a Change
Stop making excuses and do something for a change. You have all the time in the world for everything else, doing what the system is trying to feed you into, but you don’t think your rights are important. Come on, people let’s make a change.
I got tired of being treated like a nobody: no health care, no raise, getting clocked out early, and my pay not being right when I work overtime, by not receiving overtime pay. I felt as though I was lied to so they could play their dirty tricks and use me to keep their pockets fat.
They don’t even care about their workers. If they did, why do they pay us so little and still lay us off? Another thing is why can’t they wait till we do the smallest thing so they could fire us. Huh? Answer that question: I guess so they could bring somebody new in, that’s in desperate need of money, so they think that they can’t complain about the small pay – because they are new at the workplace. That’s why now I think it should be justice for all, because the businesses are wrong with no remorse, and they will have to answer to God on why they treated us in this manner. What are they gonna say to Him?
I Look Boss in Eye. He Runs in Shame.
Today at Our Harbor Day as I marched with hundreds of people to the Inner Harbor, it felt great to see the look on one of my old supervisors face as we were marching near Phillip’s today. He saw me with my sign in my hand (that said “End Poverty Now” and “Human Rights” on the other side) and he ran back in the building with a look of shame on his face.
He knew he was wrong for what he did to me. All I said, on the day they fired me, was that “I feel like a slave working here” and he fired me. But I am not worried. He felt so exposed and ashamed of the decision that he made and he can’t look me in the eye and can’t look at himself in the mirror. He tried to jump out of his skin when we came down the street, when he saw me with hundreds of others backing each other up.
Everyone is Person Worthy of Universal Dignity
At the end of the day, when I think about how everything is going on I know that we all need to be treated as human beings. I also feel that I have to surround myself with more caring human beings, people that truly want to help someone out and give someone a hand. In my heart I feel: What is so hard about sharing a dollar and being equal?
We the people as fellow humans need to stop the madness against each other, cause right now the system’s story is not adding up like long division. They want to divide us but we’re truly equal. Plus, when you keep adding to a problem it becomes more of a problem and it don’t get solved. All I expect is fair exchange. We put our heart and soul into the businesses, but really are not getting anything in return but slave-like treatment.