Is this a human rights violation?
They’re being forced to risk their lives, so yeah I would say this is a violation of their right to life.
Republicans: “We need to respect our nation’s heroes, the troops and policemen and firemen!”
Republicans: “Prison labor is ethical”
I can’t wait to die
They’re prisoners. They all did something to be put there. Why pay a lot of people $15/hour when wild fires already cost a lot… When you could pay prisoners $2/hour.
Prisoners who work on these fires are more likely to get out earlier. (Good behavior. Whatever). AND many prisoners go into firefighting after they are released.
Working the prisoners is not a bad thing.
$2 a DAY, friend. Not an hour.
And first of all, let me point out the few MOST glaring flaws here.
1.) “they’re prisoners.” Let me kindly remind you that people don’t stop being human beings once they’ve been incarcerated. They’re not workhorses (although for the love of god, I’d want workhorses treated humanely and with some basic respect too)
2.) wow did you really just turn this into valuing money over human life did you DID YOU, you monster
"why pay a lot of people $15 an hour when you could pay prisoners $2 a day" wow economics major 101 over here thanks a fucking buttload professor, my ass is filled to the brim with thanks, let me shit my gratitude all over you
I’m gonna go out on the wildest possible limb here and guess that you know next to dogshit nothing about incarceration OR firefighting so let me clue you in. My dad was a firefighter. I grew up around firefighting. It was his dream, growing up. Helping people. It’s a noble thing. And he absolutely refused to encourage me to do it. I was not allowed to even consider firefighting because the one time I told him I was considering it his face froze into a fucking rictus thinking about me doing that.
You know what firefighters get told their first day? “It’s not a question of if you’re going to be injured. It’s a question of when and how bad.” My dad destroyed his spine in an accident saving two children from a burning apartment complex. He was in and out of surgeries my whole childhood. He can’t, to this day, turn his head more than a few inches to either side. And there were a lot of firefighters who got a lot worse than that, some of them a lot younger. It’s a thankless job, with long hours, hard conditions, extremely high risk of injury or death and not that great of pay to start with.
I want you to imagine that. I want you to imagine waking up at the asscrack of dawn and shimmying your worthless shitsack of a body into a thick, clunky suit, strapping on pounds of heavy equipment and charging headlong into a forest fire. Imagine sweating like a fetid rainforest mist into your helmet, your vision blurry, your lungs hurting, your EVERYTHING hurting as you sweat and wheeze and drag yourself through an inferno lugging a fat canvas hose.
Now imagine you’re getting paid $2 a day. Imagine you’re being watched over by bureaucrats who don’t give a fart in a tube sock whether you get hurt. Imagine you have nothing to come home to but a prison cell, and it’s going to stay like that. Imagine you’re a 19 year old kid who got locked up for driving home from a party drunk, or for getting frisked with a dime bag of weed in your pocket, or for any other number of dumb mistakes that don’t make you no longer worth protecting. Imagine this is your life now.
If you think those people aren’t real people anymore just because they’re in prison, and if you think those human lives and their days of toil to protect a forest aren’t worth more than TWO DOLLARS A DAY, if you’re supporting borderline slave labor, you need to unfollow me tout de fucking suite, because I don’t want to see notifications that your bitch ass is reblogging shit from me.
"thanks a fucking buttload professor, my ass is filled to the brim with thanks, let me shit my gratitude all over you"