1. Health, Human Services, & Education Committee - September 16, 2009


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    This meeting starts off with Councilman Chris Hilbert speaking to me about starting the meeting late. At a previous meeting Mr. Hilbert pledged for every minute he started a meeting late he would donate $2 to the charity of my choice. Today's meeting started 2 minutes late, so that was $4 for the Black History Museum in Jackson Ward. I offered comments during the Citizen Comment Period. I reiterated the demands of RePHRAME [Richmond Public Housing Residents Against Mass Eviction] that were presented the night before at the 2nd Annual Community Forum on Public Housing held at Faye Towers in North Jackson Ward. The demands of RePHRAME are 1. One to one replacement of public housing 2. Right to return for all current residents without having to be re-screened and 3. To increase tenant representation on the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority [RRHA] Board from 1 to 3 members. I also complained about Ordinance 2009-143 which had been approved at the most recent Council meeting of Sept. 14, 2009 and allows the construction of electric fences in Richmond, Virginia in areas zoned M1 and M2 Industrial, and B3, general business. Previously all electric fences had been banned in the City.

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    • CL&P Power Restoration


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      Connecticut Light & Power, CL&P gave a presentation on January 8, 2013 to Redding explaining the difficulties of dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in terms of restoring power to the town. At the beginning of the talk, people were angry and made no bones about it. At the end, they realized just how intense the damage was and that CL&P did their best when dealing with the super storm known as Sandy was. Check it out, you will learn something about just how complex the electric grid truly is as I did when putting together the video for the town.

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      • Movement Detroit Webcast #1 Ataxia @ Urban Bean Company 2/5/2014


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        Movement Detroit Webcast #1 Ataxia @ Urban Bean Company 2/5/2014

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        • Live Webcast - National Alliance for Public Charter Schools


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          Live Webcast - National Alliance for Public Charter Schools http://www.publicharters.org http://www.hatfieldmedia.com

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          • Mr & Mrs Harrison's Wedding Day


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            • Partnership Forum May 2014: Jim Warford


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              • (8-3-11) Lima Company Memorial Service


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                • Harassment strategies at the workplace: The case of France Télécom Orange


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                  http://koroshiyaitchy.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/harassment-techniques-at-the-workplace-the-case-of-france-telecom-orange/ HISTORICAL BACKGROUND After its privatisation and the buyout of the British company Orange, the French corporation France Télécom Orange has appeared often in the media because of a striking wave of suicides among its employees. Dozens of employees of this company have committed suicide since 2008 (and counting). This includes a tragic self-immolation in April 2011. Some have blamed the plan NeXT, started in 2006, which contemplated 22,000 job cuts during a period of 3 years. Provided that an official labour force adjustment plan could potentially be expensive for the company, the corporate strategists devised a programme aimed at making people willing to leave. In the frame of this plan, managers were offered bonuses which were proportional to the number of employees they were able to get rid of. In addition, they also received training on psychological manipulation techniques. The result was a case of massive organised harassment and psychological abuse at the workplace. As a direct consequence of such a plan, and, in addition to the dozens of suicides and suicide attempts, it is estimated that thousands of employees and former employees of France Télécom Orange are receiving psychological or psychiatric advice. Most of them are also being medicated with antidepressants. HARASSMENT IN THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT The fact is that the manipulation strategies and techniques used by France Télécom Orange are far from being exceptional and, to a larger or lesser extent, have become pretty much the standard way of managing human resources in many corporations (and even, increasingly, in public agencies). This video shows some of the techniques more commonly employed: systematic harsh interviews, absurd recriminations, setting unattainable tasks, social and/or physical isolation and ostracisation, transfer to a different city, assignment of degrading tasks, assignment of no project or of too many projects, having people travelling continuously from one company site to another for no good reason, inducing guilt feelings, etc. The objectives are usually either forcing people to leave (but by forcing them to "choose" leaving) or exhausting them to make them accept terms that they would not accept in normal conditions. Targets for harassment may become as well those managers who refuse to implement these psychological torture programmes. TECHNICAL INFORMATION This video was made using material from the following sources: 1.- Que s’est-il passé à France Telecom ? TV report by Bernard Nicolas et Jacques Massard. France 2, Envoyé Spécial, 30 September 2010. http://envoye-special.france2.fr/les-reportages-en-video/que-sest-il-passe-a-france-telecom-jeudi-30-septembre-2010-2516.html 2.- France Télécom, malade à en mourir Documentary by Bernard Nicolas. Arte Thema, 16 November 2010. http://www.arte.tv/fr/3530624.html APOLOGIES 1.- Broadcasting rights: I have no rights whatsoever for broadcasting this material. 2.- Video and audio quality: Sorry, I could not find anything better. 3.- Translation and subtitles : I am neither a translator nor an English native speaker. As I am short of time, the translation was done in a rush. Subtitles are often hard to read due to an excess of verbosity or because they just go too fast. JUSTIFICATION The number of people I know who have been submitted to some kind harassment or abuse at work has increased significantly over the last few years (keep in mind, that most managers or wannabe managers nowadays read books or receive training where these psychological manipulation techniques are explained). Understanding what is going on often helps to make things a bit less hard for the victims. REQUEST If you want to improve the translation or the subtitles or if you want to translate the subtitles to other languages, the subtitles file is attached (you will need to change the extension from pdf to srt or txt): http://koroshiyaitchy.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/france_telecom_france_2_envoye_special_arte_thema.pdf

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                  • The Lean Movement (FULL)


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                    This video is about The Lean Movement.

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                    • Frank Gerlitzki: "Flyer"


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                      In order to collect Objects for his "True Story" exhibition in Guangzhou's 4-Side-Museum, Frank Gerlitzki exchanges invitations for the opening party with Items to be displayed during the show. The residents of the neighbouring village, even if knowing about the existence of the museum, would never visit it by themselves. Frank Gerlitzki is an artist, gallerist, curator and humanist with a long time experience in social practice, relational aesthetics and multidisciplinary approach. After having founded the gallery Espace ApArt in Luxembourg, a physical space for dialogue and cultural exchange that brought together artists of different countries for several years, he went travelling for a while in search of a "different space" and stopped in China. Beijing seemed already too fast and structured, so he moved to Guangzhou and found in the village of Xiao Zhou Cun an "island" to wander around and get lost. Since then he has worked from there in collaboration with the independent space Sabaki, the Guangzhou Art Academy and mostly with various artists and the "local people" he is so fond of since his arrival. Showed his work in numerous exhibitions and art-events in Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Poland, Morocco, Spain, Korea, Poland, China, Mexico, Austria, the United states and the United Kingdom. Honored by various awards. He has been the subject of publications all over the world. Frank Gerlitzki lives and works.

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