When the news is not good, try to stick together

November 17, 2010

The promise was that you would have a business to sell.

Come together now.

Boxer in Animal Farm, George Orwell

[Animal Farms project page]

Abuse tests your definition of a friend

November 16, 2010

Franchising tests everyone’s values.

If trust gets shattered by a betrayal of, say,  +30 years of loyal service to a company, our belief in ourselves is shaken.

And sometimes irrevocably shattered.

Look to those that have gone down that road before. Help others and in that generosity, grace will heal you.

[Awful Library Books]

To Canadian franchisees: Thank you for your patience

November 5, 2010

A joint communique will be delivered shortly.

40,000 ON and 76,000 CDN families

— No renewing franchisees were harmed in this post (ie. redacted conference badge).

Restoring justice in franchising.

October 18, 2010

When one human right is violated, all human rights are violated.Upon reflection, many franchisees consider their experiences a violation of their fundamental human rights. While the most obvious one, the one always mentioned in even the weakest franchise law (right to associate) there are several others, principally, violations of the right to enjoy free speech.

If franchising is to “get back” there must be a technology that assists in recognizing and treating this violence. It’s called restorative justice.

South Africa developed one:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a court-like restorative justice body assembled in South Africa after the abolition of apartheid. Witnesses who were identified as victims of gross human rights violations were invited to give statements about their experiences, and some were selected for public hearings. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request amnesty from both civil and criminal prosecution. Wikipedia

Canada is working on another for their indigenous peoples.

Franchisees are both a distinct and indigenous people. Ontario had a form of it at the public hearings that preceded the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure) in 2000.

  1. Check it out for yourself: of the 40 testimonies, former and honest franchisees speak one language, one experience, one emotion.
  2. For the individuals involved, March 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2000 were important dates in their lives because a threat to someone else’s liberty, is a threat to everyone’s. There are no bystanders in a rights war. Many of these are still in public service.
  3. I started collecting articles in preparation of these testimonies and from this need, WikiFranchise.org arose.

Statesmanship: A first step is the state acknowledging that systemic abuse happened and they themselves were a part of the problem. Not the individual politician or civil servant: but that, for their part, a predatory environment was tolerated and enabled that caused family violence to flourish in franchising. This is called leadership.

Public hearings may be an appropriate response.

audi alteram partem

Blessed are the cheesemakers

July 27, 2010

I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.

A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it, friends.

Kurt Vonnegut 1922 – 2007

Sermon on the Mount, Matthew:

  1. Blessed are the poor  in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
  3. Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
  4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
  5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  6. Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
  8. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Charity is the root of all good works.

June 24, 2010

So give to the poor; I’m begging you, I’m warning you, I’m commanding you, I’m ordering you.

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.

St. Augustine of Hippo 354 – 430

Franchisees are a tribe

June 4, 2010

Franchisees need their own rites, ceremonies to navigate their experiences.

Violence is a natural consequence of a breakdown of a functioning myth.

The tribal ceremonies of birth, initiation, marriage, burial, installation, and so forth, serve to translate the individual’s life-crises and life-deeds into classic, impersonal forms. They disclose him to himself, not as this personality or that, but as the warrior, the bride, the widow, the priest, the chieftain; at the same time rehearsing for the rest of the community the old lesson of the archetypal stages.

Joseph Campbell 1904-1987

Why white kids should be beaten

May 26, 2010

Russell Peters has become quite a phenomenon.

He seems to speak for those who had previously not been spoken.

And he really pushes the race thing.

So much that the differences start to become irrelevant.

Knights of Labor, 1886 Declaration of Principles

May 15, 2010

Abuse is as old as human activity.

What was once considered radical or impossible, is now viewed self-evident.

How we got here took lots of work and sacrifice. Take a look at the bold words.




The alarming development and aggressiveness of great capitalists and corporations, unless checked, will inevitably lead to the pauperization and hopeless degradation of the toiling masses.

It is imperative, if we desire to enjoy the full blessings of life, that a check be placed upon unjust accumulation, and the power for evil of aggregated wealth.

This much-desired object can be accomplished only by the united efforts of those who obey the divine injunction, “In the sweat of they face shalt thou eat bread.”

Therefore we have formed the Order of Knights of Labor, for the purpose of organizing and directing the power of the industrial masses, not as a political party, for it is more – in it are crystallized sentiments and measures for the benefit of the whole people, but it should be borne in mind, when exercising the right of suffrage, that most of the objects herein set forth can only be obtained through legislation, and that it is the duty of all to assist in nominating and supporting with their votes only such candidates as will pledge their support to those measures, regardless of party. But no one shall, however, be compelled to vote with the majority, and calling upon all who believe in securing “the greatest good to the greatest number,” to join and assist us, we declare to the world that are our aims are:

1. To make individual and moral worth, not wealth, the true standard of individual and National greatness.
2. To secure to the workers the full enjoyment of the wealth they create, sufficient leisure in which to develop their intellectual, moral, and social faculties: all of the benefits, recreation and pleasures of association; in a word, to enable them to share in the gains and honors of advancing civilization.

In order to secure these results, we demand at the hands of the State:

3. The establishment of Bureaus of Labor Statistics, that we may arrive at a correct knowledge of the educational, moral and financial condition of the laboring masses.
4. That the public lands, the heritage of the people, be reserved for actual settlers; not another acre for railroads or speculators, and that all lands now held for speculative purposes be taxed to their full value.
5. The abrogation of all laws that do not bear equally upon capital and labor, and the removal of unjust technicalities, delays and discriminations in the administration of justice.
6. The adoption of measures providing for the health and safety of those engaged in mining and manufacturing, building industries, and for indemnification to those engaged therein for injuries received through lack of necessary safeguards.
7. The recognition, by incorporation, of trades’ unions, orders and such other associations as may be organized by the working masses to improve their condition and protect their rights.
8. The enactment of laws to compel corporations to pay their employees weekly, in lawful money, for the labor of the preceding week, and giving mechanics and laborers a first lien upon the product of their labor to the extend of their full wages.
9. The abolition of the contract system on National, State and Municipal works.
10. The enactment of laws providing for arbitration between employers and employed, and to enforce the decision of the arbitrators.
11. The prohibition by law of the employment of children under 15 years of age in workshops, mines and factories.
12. To prohibit the hiring out of convict labor.
13. That a graduated income tax be levied.

And we demand at the hands of Congress:

14. The establishment of a National monetary system, in which a circulating medium in necessary quantity shall issue direct to the people, without the intervention of banks; that all the National issue shall be full legal tender in payment of all debts, public and private; and that the Government shall not guarantee or recognize any private banks, or create any banking corporations.
15. That interest-bearing bonds, bills of credit or notes shall never be issued by the Government, but that, when need arises, the emergency shall be met by issue of legal tender, non-interest-bearing money.
16. That the importation of foreign labor under contract be prohibited.
17. That, in connection wit the post-office, the Government shall organize financial exchanges, safe deposits and facilities for deposit of the savings of the people in small sums.
18. That the Government shall obtain possession, by purchase, under the right of eminent domain, of all telegraphs, telephones and railroads, and that hereafter no charter or license be issued to any corporation for construction or operation of any means of transporting intelligence, passengers or freight.

And while making the foregoing demands upon the State and National Government, we will endeavor to associate our own labors.

19. To establish co-operative institutions such as will tend to supersede the wage system, by the introduction of a co-operative industrial system.
20. To secure for both sexes equal pay for equal work.
21. To shorten the hours of labor by a general refusal to work for more than eight hours.
22. To persuade employers to agree to arbitrate all differences which may arise between them and their employees, in order that the bonds of sympathy between them may be strengthened and that strikes may be rendered unnecessary.

If you believe in organization, you are earnestly invited to join with us in securing these objects. All information on the subject of organization should be sent to the General Secretary-Treasurer of the Order, who will have an Organizer visit you and assist in furthering the good work.

Source, 1886

Education, Transition, Outreach and Research

May 11, 2010

Music entertainment for a reason.

Bridge School Benefit

The Bridge School

Follow That Dream, Bruce Springsteen (Elvis Presley’s video)

If your heart is restless from waiting so long
If you’re tired and weary and you can’t go on
If a distant dream is calling you
Then there’s just one thing you can do

Follow that dream wherever it may lead
Come on now and follow that dream
To find the love you need
Come on, follow that dream

Now I been searching for a heart that’s free
Searching for someone to search with me
I need a love, a love I can trust
Together we’ll search for the things that come to us

In dreams wherever they may lead
Come on now follow that dream
To find the love you need
Come on, follow that dream

Now every one has the right to live
The right to a chance to give what they have to give
The right to fight for the things they believe
For the things that come to them in dreams

In dreams wherever they may lead
Come on, follow that dream
To find the love you need
Come on now follow that dream
Wherever they may lead
Come on now follow that dream

To find the love you need
To find the love you need
To find the love you need
Come on, follow that dream

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