2. I haven't even watched the video but I AGREE!!!!
I'm copying and pasting what I just posted in reply to FWWM in my other thread here in ASAH, regarding the FEMA petition.
It's only been TEN DAYS, and it was as though it was meant to be...it was smooth sailing all the way (though I was braced for a lot of work to "get it out there" now that the election is behind us). BAM!!!
Next community organizing project coming up!!!
Part-time emergency employees deployed to assist in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts have won federal health benefits, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday.
The Office of Personnel Management is issuing an interim final rule, obtained by Government Executive, to expand the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to part-time workers with FEMA, known as reservists. The rule takes effect immediately.
The announcement comes after an online petition requesting the benefits received nearly 100,000 signatures in the 10 days since it was launched.
A May Government Accountability Office report found that reservists, who make up 57 percent of FEMA’s workforce, do not receive any federal health benefits. When many of these reservists -- also known as disaster assistance employees -- were deployed in support of Sandy relief, Dena Patrick decided to take action.
The disaster assistance employees serve two-year appointments and are paid only when deployed.
Patrick -- founder of Wishadoo!, a grass-roots community organizing website -- thought FEMA employees who have been on the front lines in areas devastated by Sandy -- knocking on doors, delivering mobile homes and supervising the disbursement of more than $250 million in grants to those affected by the storm -- had earned their benefits and launched a campaign on their behalf.