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"katherine spears" Discussed on Material

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05:49 min | 8 months ago

"katherine spears" Discussed on Material

"To to find new employees employment The four fired employees claimed at the time that they did nothing that wasn't part of day to day operations and that the tone of these charges which were announced to all employees was attended to destroy their reputations inside and outside of google now the All no are be investigated all four. These firings And the fires of a bunch of people. They determined that they were only going to go. Forward on the firings of lawrence burland and catherine's spears for violations of labor laws now lawrence burland. He's the quote. The justification that google offered for firing is that he subscribed to the open calendars of the open. Google calendars of several senior. Google employees whom he suspected of meeting with outside consultants to suppress organizing activity at the company. Oh did i mention that. Of course Google part of their part of their union busting is that they hired a bunch of consultants. That were that are good at helping. Big companies bust up any pro union sentiment amongst the workforce Calf and katherine katherine spears. A she was part of the code. co- team for an eternal tool inside google. An official internal tool so that if someone accesses a certain websites on the company internet that that i've ever will allow it will create a little pop up will come up to let them know because that. Hey you're you're you're google around the google campus. Here is something you should know about this site. You're about to visit like if you're about to go on to read it. And i i'm not making this up and making this up based on what i understand. Like if for instance if you were about to go on reddit maybe Maybe there'd be a pop up saying yeah just be sure. I don't care if you are if you can figure out that your read at handle is who you are. Don't share any company secrets here. This is a public forum. You're about to leave the security of whatever and so kathan spares wrote basically added pop ups that would appear when employees access google's internal community guidelines pages and the website of that consulting firm Both of these people were Got the same sort of track in which they're put on administrative leave and then terminated of three or four weeks later usually after again after a lot of interrogation lawrence in post firing interviews mentioned that the security teams that were interrogating him. That a lot of the questions they were asking they seem to be fishing for reasons to fire him as opposed to trying to get to the bottom of a security issue that they think might not have happened so in both cases. They're saying that no there was always the intention to create the justification for firing these people. They they were they were they were already dead. They just didn't know what the cause of death was going to be on the on the on the death certificate so here that formal charges that That the government may as were that At september twenty nine thousand nine hundred and on various times thereafter. They've they've virtually surveilled employees There some surveilled protected activities of these employees by on numerous occasions. Viewing an employee slide production in support of the union drive of contract. Workers that google's pittsburgh office iran quoting from the complaint. This comes this comes down to a the employees of contractor. That was working. Inside the pittsburgh office of google. They decided to. They voted to unionize. And they were punished. A very very much by that subcontractor but the techniques are very very similar at it. Seems as though the people who had access that slide deck. Where then marked for surveillance by google's on security team later on They were interrogating these employees about their accessible. Employees calendars again. These very focused interrogation. Was there again on a fishing expedition for recent fire They're held a meeting in which they threatened employees with reprisals by requiring employees to raise workplace concerns through official channels instead of through whatever medium that they choose they also accused google of creating a whole bunch of policy rules specifically to help them. Punish employees organizers such as new rules about about accessing Employees calendars book published. Google calendars internally This was the defense that the employees were making was that yes. They were looking at other employees Available google calendar. But this was something that all employees are allowed to do just on a daily basis as part of their job. There's no rule against this also in terms of the tool that can spears was putting together. There was no rule against creating against creating these little pop ups. This is part of the. She was part of the team. That was developing this. She thought was pertinent at pop ups for these for these certain situations they had they had broken. No rules The government is insisting that part of what their goals plan was. Well we'll have these new rules against accessing other document other people's documents other people's data of people's calendars. But we're not gonna fire the two hundred thousand people inside google. They are actually doing this. We're going to use when there's somebody that we want to put a target on the someone. We wanted to eliminate we will enforce this rule against them and use that as justification for firing firing them and for creating huge about how they're looking into your calendar. they were doing bad bet. Horrible things They were also Enforcing rules other rules similar about accessing to know documents again It's there in place so that if you're organizing they will use that to fire you. If you're not organizing. Well that's part of your job. Isn't it and that part of it wasn't just simply do punt single out and punish these four or five people but also to intimidate and scare other employees and towing the line from now on..

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"katherine spears" Discussed on KGO 810

KGO 810

01:47 min | 8 months ago

"katherine spears" Discussed on KGO 810

"Governor Gavin Newsom is scheduled to announce this hour, he will place nearly all of the state's 40 million residents. Under a tough stay at home order, You can hear the announcement as it happens here on KGO the press conference scheduled for 12 30 When it begins, We will carry it live Governor Newsome warned this week. He may take drastic action to prevent overwhelming the state's hospitals with covert night. In patients. Yesterday, California reported more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases, shattering the state's previous one day record that was set last week. Officers in the South Bay broken up a fraud ring targeting California's employment development Department. More from KGO SPREAD. Burkhardt Sunnyvale Police have arrested five people who allegedly defrauded the state Employment Development Department of $1 million Officers say the suspects you stolen mail and other personal identification to create fake profiles on the victims, names and collect unemployment benefits for the suspects are parolees or on supervised release from prison. Detectives say there are at least 100 victims, but evidence that just the suspects may have defrauded thousands more bread. Burkhardt kg away 10 Federal agency says Google violated labor laws when it fired two vocal employees last year. Ah, complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board sided with Lawrence Berlind and Katherine's Katherine Spears. It says Google wrongfully applied workforce policies such as restricting how calendars could be used to target employees engaged in organizing activities. Google says the employees violated security policies and internal systems. It will appeal the complaint. This report is sponsored by tribal We've studio in Burlingame travel We've studio on Broadway in Burlingame is closing, save up to 60%.

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"katherine spears" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

11:46 min | 1 year ago

"katherine spears" Discussed on KCRW

"Listeners who support this NPR station this is weekend edition from NPR news I'm Scott Simon a new report by Canadian and British researchers finds that you and peacekeepers in Haiti have left behind numerous children children were born after the soldiers are traded small amounts of money or single meal for sex with Haitian women and girls some as young as eleven years old peacekeepers were stationed in Haiti from two thousand four two thousand seventeen as part of a mission to stabilize the country following an earthquake can hurricane the mothers now have to raise their children with little support in with the World Bank calls the poorest country in this hemisphere doctor Susan Bartels of queen's university in Kingston Ontario co authored the report and join just now Dr Bartels thanks so much for being with us thanks for having me do you know the numbers the purpose of our research wasn't to actually count the numbers of children fathered by peacekeepers but rather together perspectives of local community members about how women and girls in the community interacted with peacekeepers we have two hundred and sixty five near dense that happened to be about children fathered by peacekeepers we did not ask about sexual relations and we didn't ask for stories about children born as a result of sexual relations the two hundred and sixty five that you mentioned that this this came out of interviews with twenty five hundred Haitians correct there were a larger number of stories certainly about sexual interactions somewhere consensual with adult he should win and some were clearly violent traits many were transactional sacks and their sexual exploitation so there were many more stories about sex between peacekeepers and abuse of power let me understand this these are were for the most part we're talking about children who have been abandoned by the men who were responsible correct it seems from the data that we collected the when the pregnancy became recognized in almost all cases the U. N.'s response was to repatriate the implicated soldier and from the perspective of the women and girls who were affected and of their family members and community members this really seem to be to their detriment because they were no longer able to be in touch with the father of the child there were no longer able to access a port and to be clear when you say repatriation means and send them back exactly send them back to their home country which is also hugely problematic from the sense that justice in the case of crimes cannot be achieved after repatriation what else did you report fine I report really highlighted how the extensive and pervasive poverty in Haiti contributes to many of the interactions between local women and girls and peacekeepers so these are women and girls who are trying to meet their basic survival needs or trying to pay school fees and so with that very poverty that leads them to engage in transactional sex in the cases of those women and girls who then conceive children our poverty is exacerbate it because they're blessed with a financial demands of raising a child alone as the U. N. made any response have they tried to fill responsibilities to you and has a mechanism through which fraternity claims can be launched and we know that the number of women and girls in heating have gone through this process no one that we spoke to had been able to successfully prove paternity but to prove paternity they would what have to get DNA tests or something exactly and the number of women and mothers have brought their children sorry for paternity testing and some of the narratives indicated that they waited two years for the results of the paternity tests which have not been released by the way so the women are invited to participate in the legal process that is difficult and prolonged and doesn't seem to lead anywhere exactly and it's full of bureaucratic delays and some of these women certainly not all of them but some of these women are coming from rural areas of Haiti without much access to education with lower literacy skills and trying to navigate the went system is probably nearly impossible Dr Bartels I'm I'm I'm sure you were in there so your own mind on on the balance to the U. N. mission help Haiti or take advantage of Haiti I think it's important to note that there were positive stories the US and improve security or you know financially our community is better off but they raped her women and girls the juxtaposition was very stark doctor Susan Bartels her research has been published on the independent non partisan website the conversation doctor thank you so much for being with us thank you and will know that in pairs Carrie Kahn is in Haiti now and spoke about this with you and representative Fernando error although cast you the U. N. has a system to make sure that responsibilities are found and the old cases our fall he said the winners received one hundred and sixteen allegations of exploitation and abuse including from twenty six women about thirty two children possibly fathered by you and forces Catherine spares worked as an internal security engineer at Google for two years part of the job was to write browse your notifications that notify co workers of employee guidelines and company policies like not uploading proprietary documents while they surf the web but when she posted a message about employees rights in the workplace one she says that Google itself and posted earlier Katherine spears was fired she is the fifty employee terminated by Google in recent weeks in a year of employee activism there that seen hundreds of Google workers protest controversial business contracts as well as claims of sexual harassment and workplace retaliation Catherine spears joins us from San Francisco thanks so much for being with us yes thank you so much for having me the message you passed on as I understand it read quote googlers have the right to participate in protected concerted activities why did you decide to post that message so I posted that message following news of Google hiring the I. R. I. union busting firm as well as four of my co workers being fired for organizing I thought that now was a good time to remind some of my colleagues about their rights and you felt it was important to post this message because because I think that actions a Googler taking are making it less transparent as a company and I think that this meaningful impacts the security of Google unless transparent Google is a less trustworthy Google and with access to billions of people sensitive data the world really needs a trustworthy Google in a way I gather this is what Google was inferring when they they issued a public statement obviously they they dispute your version of events and and say the content you passed along is a relevant the message violated the privileged access that you had how do you respond to that I would respond by saying that I went through the normal review process that I went through for all other changes during my time at Google that changes like this are routine that my team lead it's sad that that what I did was entirely within standard operating procedure did the team leader know what the message was are just to prove the process the team leader didn't approve the process what the team lead dad was after the fact he's posted publicly in my defense that I got all approvals necessary do you believe that you were let go because this had to do with with organizing activity absolutely did you feel at home there personally I'd loved working a Google for the most part I think that they treat their career employees really well and I think a lot of the queer employees would agree with me most of the concerns that I've heard from employees focus on their treatment of others and you knew what Google did to make money right yes I eat came to terms with the fact that I was going to work with an ad company and I'm still mostly fine with that I think it's very important to draw the distinction between the company only caring about money and googlers only caring about money I don't believe that Google there's only care about money I believe there are a ton of googlers who are still concerned with Google's mission and are either going to be scared into not speaking up or scared into leaving by Google's actions and other reservations that you have about Google's activities so I personally felt deeply uncomfortable with what was called project dragonfly which was going to be a censored search engine in China that alone would have made me uncomfortable the thing that really pushed it over the edge was executive that Google by passing the standard privacy review process to get this launched sure you're looking for another job yes I'm looking for another job and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I'm going to be comfortable with now one of the outcomes of this for me was watching how security tools can be used to harm organizer's and I am a lot more cautious and worried about how might work in tooling can be used to violate the rights of my coworkers Catherine spirits till recently worked at Google thanks so much for being with us thank you many towns and counties across the country face an unusual Christmas deadline they need to decide by December twenty fifth if they're willing to welcome more refugees in Minnesota one county that's been divided over immigration policies has never the less said yes Minnesota public radio's re ham Fisher reports the city of Wilmer has a population of about twenty thousand and is can your high county's largest city unlike many of its neighbors this small town in west central Minnesota is growing with a third of its population made up of people of color that's largely because Somali immigrants have joined the Latino population that's been making this city home for decades back I made is among them it is home with her new baby boy and a toddler she's wearing a head scarf and a long flowing dress her apartment is furnished with traditional decor that reminds her of Somalia I have made was born in Somalia but she and her family fled to neighboring Kenya shortly after the civil war broke out in the nineties she first moved to Arizona back in two thousand nine as a refugee but then she heard about Willmar Minnesota and decided to move here who is the honest so modest momma monks included there are a lot of Somali people in Wilmer that I thought would be helpful neighbors that were from a refugee camp that lived in Wilmer there here admits family has lived in the same refugee camp for thirty years she struggled to reunite with them especially after president trump took office and began reducing the number of refugees allowed to enter the US for many years leaders in Washington road large numbers of refugees to your state from.

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"katherine spears" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

10:39 min | 1 year ago

"katherine spears" Discussed on KQED Radio

"This is weekend edition from NPR news I'm Scott Simon a new report by Canadian and British researchers finds that you and peacekeepers in Haiti have left behind numerous children children were born after the soldiers are traded small amounts of money or single meal for sex with Haitian women and girls some as young as eleven years old peacekeepers were stationed in Haiti from two thousand four to two thousand seventeen as part of a mission to stabilize the country following an earthquake in hurricane the mothers now have to raise their children with little support him with the World Bank calls the poorest country in this hemisphere doctor Susan Bartels of queen's university in Kingston Ontario co author of the report and join just now Dr Bartels thanks so much for being with us thanks for having me do you know the numbers the purpose of our research wasn't to actually count the numbers of children fathered by peacekeepers but rather together perspectives of local community members of about how women and girls in the community interacted with peacekeepers we have two hundred and sixty five near dense that happened to be about children fathered by peacekeepers we did not ask about sexual relations and we didn't ask for stories about children born as a result of sexual relations the two hundred and sixty five that you mentioned that this this came out of interviews with twenty five hundred Haitians correct there were a larger number of stories certainly about sexual interactions somewhere consensual with adult he should win and some were clearly violent traits many were transactional sacks and their sexual exploitation so there were many more stories about sex between peacekeepers and abuse of power let me understand this these are root for the most part we're talking about children who have been abandoned by the men who were responsible act it seems from the data that we've collected the when the pregnancy the king recognized in almost all cases D. U. N.'s response was to repatriate the implicated soldier and from the perspective of the women and girls who were affected and of their family members and community members this really seem to be to their detriment be because they were no longer able to be in touch with the father of the child there were no longer able to access a port and to be clear when you say repatriation means and send them back exactly send them back to their home country which is also hugely problematic from the sense that justice in the case of crimes cannot be achieved after repatriation what else did you report fine our report we highlighted how the extensive and pervasive poverty in Haiti contributes to many of the interactions between local women and girls and peacekeepers so these are women and girls who are trying to meet their basic survival needs or trying to pay school fees and so is that very poverty that leads them to engage in transactional socks in the cases of those women and girls who then can see children poverty is exacerbate it because they are blessed with a financial demands of raising a child alone as the you and made any responsive they tried to fill responsibilities the US has a mechanism through which fraternity claims can be large and we know that the number of women and girls in heating have gone through this process no one that we spoke to had been able to successfully prove paternity but to prove paternity they would what have to get DNA tests or something exactly and the number of women and mothers have brought their children sorry for paternity testing and it's something narratives indicated that they waited two years for the results of the paternity tests which have not been released by the way so the women are invited to participate in the legal process that is difficult and prolonged and doesn't seem to lead anywhere exactly and it's full of bureaucratic delays and some of these women certainly not all of them but some of these women are coming from little areas of Haiti without much access to education our was lower literacy skills and trying to navigate the went system is probably nearly impossible October tells him I'm I'm sure you were in there so your own mind on on the balance to the U. N. mission help Haiti or take advantage of Haiti I think it's important to note that there were positive stories do you wear and improve security or you know financially our community is better off but the rates are women and girls in the juxtaposition was very stark doctor Susan Bartell Sir research has been published on the independent non partisan website the conversation doctor thank you so much for being with us thank you and will know that in pairs Kerry con is in Haiti now and spoke about this with you and representative Fernando error although cast you the U. N. has a system to make sure that responsibilities are found and the old cases our fall he said the winners received one hundred and sixteen allegations of exploitation and abuse including from twenty six women about thirty two children possibly fathered by you enforcers and Catherine spares worked as an internal security engineer of Google for two years part of our job is to write browse your notifications that notify co workers of employee guidelines and company policies like not uploading proprietary documents while they surf the web but when she posted a message about employees rights in the workplace one she says that Google itself and posted earlier Katherine spears was fired she is the fifty employee terminated by Google in recent weeks in a year of employee activism there that seen hundreds of Google workers protest controversial business contracts as well as claims of sexual harassment and workplace retaliation Catherine spears joins us from San Francisco thanks so much for being with us yes thank you so much for having me the message you passed on as I understand it read quote googlers have the right to participate in protected concerted activities why did you decide to post that message so I posted that message following news of Google hiring the I. R. I. union busting firm as well as four of my co workers being fired for organizing I thought that now was a good time to remind some of my colleagues about their rights and you felt it was important to post this message because because I think that actions a Googler taking are making it less transparent as a company and I think that this meaningful impacts the security of Google unless transparent Google is a less trustworthy Google and with access to billions of people sensitive data the world really needs a trustworthy Google in a way I gather this is what Google was inferring when they they issued a public statement obviously they they just moved her version of events and and say the content you passed along is a relevant the message violated the privileged access that you had how do you respond to that I would respond by saying that I went through the normal review process that I went through for all other changes during my time at Google that changes like this are routine that my team lead it's sad that that what I did was entirely within standard operating procedure did the team leader know what the message was are just to prove the process the team leader didn't approve the process what the team lead dead was after the fact he is posted publicly in my defense that I got all approvals necessary do you believe that you were let go because this had to do with with organizing activity absolutely did you feel at home there personally I loved working a Google for the most part I think that they treat their career employees really well and I think a lot of the queer employees would agree with me most of the concerns that I've heard from employees focus on their treatment of others and you knew what Google did to make money right yes I eat came to terms with the fact that I was going to work within that company and I'm still mostly fine with that I think it's very important to draw the distinction between the company only caring about money and googlers only caring about money I don't believe that Google there's only care about money I believe there are a ton of googlers who are still concerned with Google's mission and are either going to be scared into not speaking up or scared into leaving by Google's actions and other reservations that you have about Google's activities so I'd personally felt deeply uncomfortable with what was called project dragonfly which was going to be a censored search engine in China that alone would have made me uncomfortable the thing that really pushed it over the edge was executive that Google by passing this standard privacy review process to get this launched sure you're looking for another job yes I'm looking for another job and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I'm going to be comfortable with now one of the outcomes of this for me was watching how security tools can be used to harm organizer's and I am a lot more cautious and worried about how my work in tooling can be used to violate the rights of my coworkers Catherine spears till recently worked at Google thanks so much for being with us thank you many towns and counties across the country station and usual Christmas deadline they need to decide by December twenty fifth if they're willing to welcome more refugees in Minnesota one county that's been divided over immigration policies has never the less said yes Minnesota public radio's re ham fish here reports the city of Wilmer has a population of about twenty thousand and is can your high county's largest city unlike many of its neighbors this small town in west central Minnesota is growing with a third of its population made up of people of color that's largely because Somali immigrants have joined the Latino population that's been making this city home for decades back I met is.

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"katherine spears" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

14:11 min | 1 year ago

"katherine spears" Discussed on KCRW

"From the listeners who support this NPR station this is weekend edition from NPR news I'm Scott Simon a new report by Canadian and British researchers finds that you and peacekeepers in Haiti have left behind numerous children children were born after the soldiers had traded small amounts of money or single meal for sex with Haitian women and girls some as young as eleven years old peacekeepers were stationed in Haiti from two thousand four to two thousand seventeen as part of a mission to stabilize the country following an earthquake in hurricane the mothers now have to raise their children with little support in with the World Bank calls the poorest country in this hemisphere doctor Susan Bartels of queen's university in Kingston Ontario co authored the report and join just now Dr Bartels thanks so much for being with us thanks for having me do you know the numbers the purpose of our research wasn't to actually count the numbers of children fathered by peacekeepers but rather together perspectives of local community members of about how women and girls in the community interacted with peacekeepers we have two hundred and sixty five near dense that happened to be about children fathered by peacekeepers we did not ask about sexual relations and we didn't ask for stories about children born as a result of sexual relations the two hundred and sixty five that you mentioned that this this came out of interviews with twenty five hundred Haitians correct there were a larger number of stories certainly about sexual interactions somewhere consensual with adult he should remain some were clearly violent traits many were transactional sacks and their sexual exploitation so there were many more stories about sex between peacekeepers and abuse of power let me understand this these are were for the most part we're talking about children who have been abandoned by the men who were responsible correct it seems from the data that we collected the when the pregnancy became recognized in almost all cases the U. N.'s response was to repatriate the implicated soldier and from the perspective of the women and girls who were affected and of their family members and community members this really seem to be to their detriment because they were no longer able to be in touch with the father of the child there were no longer able to access a port and to be clear when you say repatriation means and send it back exactly send them back to their home country which is also hugely problematic from the sense that justice in the case of crimes cannot be achieved after repatriation what else did you report find our report really highlighted how the extensive and pervasive poverty in Haiti contributes to many of the interactions between local women and girls and peacekeepers so these are women and girls who are trying to meet their basic survival needs or trying to pay school fees and so is that very poverty that leads them to engage in transactional sex in the cases of those women and girls who then can see children poverty is exacerbate it because they're blessed with a financial demands of raising a child alone as the U. N. made any responsive they tried to fill responsibilities the US has a mechanism through which fraternity claims can be lodged and we know that the number of women and girls in heating have gone through this process no one that we spoke to had been able to successfully prove paternity but to prove paternity they would what have to get DNA tests or something exactly and the number of women and mothers have brought their children sorry for paternity testing and it's some of the narratives indicated that they waited two years for the results of the paternity tests which have not been released by the way so the women are invited to participate in the legal process that is difficult and prolonged and doesn't seem to lead anywhere exactly and it's full of bureaucratic delays and some of these women certainly not all of them but some of these women are coming from rural areas of Haiti without much access to education with lower literacy skills and trying to navigate the went system is probably nearly impossible Dr Bartels I'm I'm I'm sure you run this through your own mind on on the balance to the U. N. mission help Haiti or take advantage of Haiti I think it's important to note that there were positive stories the US and improve security or you know financially our community is better off but the rates are women and girls the juxtaposition was very stark doctor Susan Bartels her research has been published on the independent non partisan website the conversation doctor thank you so much for being with us thank you and will know that in pairs Carrie Kahn is in Haiti now and spoke about this with you and representative Fernando ever although cast you the U. N. has a system to make sure that responsibilities are found and the old cases our fall he said the winners received one hundred and sixteen allegations of exploitation and abuse including from twenty six women about thirty two children possibly fathered by you and forces Catherine spares worked as an internal security engineer Google for two years part of the job was to write browse your notifications that notify co workers of employee guidelines and company policies like not uploading proprietary documents while they surf the web but when she posted a message about employees rights in the workplace one she says that Google itself and posted earlier Katherine spears was fired she is the fifty employee terminated by Google in recent weeks in a year of employee activism there that seen hundreds of Google workers protest controversial business contracts as well as claims of sexual harassment and workplace retaliation Catherine spears joins us from San Francisco thanks so much for being with us yes thank you so much for having me the message you passed on as I understand it read quote googlers have the right to participate in protected concerted activities why did you decide to post that message so I posted that message following news of Google hiring the I. R. I. union busting firm as well as four of my co workers being fired for organizing I thought that now was a good time to remind some of my colleagues about their rights and you felt it was important to post this message because because I think that actions a Googler taking are making it less transparent as a company and I think that this meaningful impacts the security of Google unless transparent Google is a less trustworthy Google and with access to billions of people sensitive data the world really needs a trustworthy Google in a way I gather this is what Google was inferring when they they issued a public statement obviously they they just reach your version of events and and say the content you passed along is a relevant the message violated the privileged access that you had how do you respond to that I would respond by saying that I went through the normal review process that I went through for all other changes during my time at Google that changes like this are routine that my team lead it's sad that what I did was entirely within standard operating procedure did the team leader know what the message was are just to prove the process the team leader didn't approve the process what the team lead dad was after the fact he is posted publicly in my defense that I got all approvals necessary do you believe that you were let go because this had to do with with organizing activity absolutely did you feel at home there personally I'd loved working a Google for the most part I think that they treat their career employees really well and I think a lot of the queer employees would agree with me most of the concerns that I've heard from employees focus on their treatment of others and you knew what Google did to make money right yes I eat came to terms with the fact that I was going to work with an ad company and I'm still mostly fine with that I think it's very important to draw the distinction between the company only caring about money and googlers only caring about money I don't believe that Google there's only care about money I believe there are a ton of googlers who are still concerned with Google's mission and are either going to be scared into not speaking up or scared into leaving by Google's actions and other reservations that you have about Google's activities so I personally felt deeply uncomfortable with what was called project dragonfly which was going to be a censored search engine in China that alone would have made me uncomfortable the thing that really pushed it over the edge was executive that Google by passing the standard privacy review process to get this launched so you're looking for another job yes I'm looking for another job and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I'm going to be comfortable with now one of the outcomes of this for me was watching how security tools can be used to harm organizer's and I am a lot more cautious and worried about how might work in tooling can be used to violate the rights of my coworkers Catherine spirits till recently worked at Google thanks so much for being with us thank you many towns and counties across the country face an unusual Christmas deadline they need to decide by December twenty fifth if they're willing to welcome more refugees in Minnesota one county that's been divided over immigration policies has never the less said yes Minnesota public jury Minnesota public radio's rehab for sheer reports the city of Wilmer has a population of about twenty thousand and is can your high county's largest city unlike many of its neighbors this small town in west central Minnesota is growing with a third of its population made up of people of color that's largely because Somali immigrants have joined the Latino population that's been making this city home for decades back I made is among them it is home with her new baby boy and a toddler she's wearing a head scarf and a long flowing dress her apartment is furnished with traditional decor that reminds her of Somalia I have made was born in Somalia but she and her family fled to neighboring Kenya shortly after the civil war broke out in the nineties she first moved to Arizona back in two thousand nine as a refugee but then she heard about Willmar Minnesota and decided to move here who is the honest so modest my mama there are a lot of Somali people in Wilmer that I thought would be helpful neighbors that were from a refugee camp that lived in Wilmer there here admits family has lived in the same refugee camp for thirty years she struggled to reunite with them especially after president trump took office and began reducing the number of refugees allowed to enter the US for many years leaders in Washington road large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers trump acted on a promise he'd repeated once again in Minnesota this fall the president issued an executive order directing governors and county officials to send in their consent for refugee resettlement by December twenty fifth if they want to continue accepting refugees the US state department has received more than thirty letters of consent including signatures from Republican governors in Utah and Tennessee no governor has yet the client to accept refugees and the president's executive order is facing a challenge in federal court Minnesota's candy or high county was the first in this state to vote yes accepting more refugees but it wasn't without dissent or controversy well I've been in Wilmer since nineteen sixty six Raleigh Nissen is a seventy year old retired shoe store manager he's also the chair of the five person County Board the main problem that those folks had not to vote no forever but to take a posh delayed a vote to allow more time for input this and says the majority of the emails he received asked him to vote against refugee resettlement he was one of the two commissioners who voted against the measure here I'll just read some any info on the cost of the program all our social service ensures that are already over burdened we need to take care of our of the existing citizens first communities have no control over the inflow of refugees yet they must share the cost of supporting them the residents often don't speak out or even ask questions of the precious for fear of being called racist those who support refugees contend that racial bias does play a role in these decisions Jessica roll off is an immigration advocate who grew up in Wilmer she says the remains little contact between Somali immigrants and some white residents who often seem uncomfortable with the changing demographics here so the only thing they rely on is really scary stuff that they see on TV and if the only thing I thought about Islam had to do with terrorism I'd be pretty scared all the time to but I have had more experiences them roll off travel to a refugee camp in Kenya last year that's where she met many refugees waiting to be reunited with their families in Wilmer it's also where she realized just how connected the two places.

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"katherine spears" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

10:29 min | 1 year ago

"katherine spears" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"The soldiers are traded small amounts of money or single meal for sex with Haitian women and girls some as young as eleven years old peacekeepers were stationed in Haiti from two thousand four to two thousand seventeen as part of a mission to stabilize the country following an earthquake in hurricane the mothers now have to raise their children with little support in with the World Bank calls the force country in this hemisphere doctor Susan Bartels of queen's university in Kingston Ontario co author of the report and join just now Dr Bartels thanks so much for being with us thanks for having me do you know the numbers the purpose of our research wasn't to actually count the numbers of children fathered by peacekeepers but rather together perspectives of local community members about how women and girls in the community interacted with peacekeepers we have two hundred and sixty five near dense that happened to be about children fathered by peacekeepers we did not ask about sexual relations and we didn't ask for stories about children born as a result of sexual relations the two hundred and sixty five that you mentioned that this this came out of interviews with twenty five hundred Haitians correct there were a larger number of stories certainly about sexual interactions somewhere consensual with adult he should remain some were clearly violent traits many were transactional sacks and their sexual exploitation so there were many more stories about sex between peacekeepers and abuse of power let me understand this these are root for the most part we're talking about children who have been abandoned by the men who were responsible correct it seems from the data that we collected the when the pregnancy became recognized in almost all cases the U. N.'s response was to repatriate the implicated soldier and from the perspective of the women and girls who were affected and of their family members and community members this really seem to be to their detriment because they were no longer able to be in touch with the father of the child there were no longer able to access a port and to be clear when you say repatriation means and send them back exactly send them back to their home country which is also hugely problematic from the sense that justice in the case of crimes cannot be achieved after repatriation what else to to report find our report really highlighted how the extensive and pervasive poverty in Haiti contributes to many of the interactions between local women and girls and peacekeepers so these are women and girls who are trying to meet their basic survival needs or trying to pay school fees and so with that very poverty that leads them to engage in transactional sex in the cases of those women and girls who then can see children poverty is exacerbated because they're blessed with a financial demands of raising a child alone as the U. N. made any responsive they tried to fill responsibilities the US has a mechanism through which fraternity claims can be large and we know that a number of women and girls in heating have gone through this process no one that we spoke to had been able to successfully prove paternity but to prove paternity they would what have to get DNA tests or something exactly and the number of women and mothers have brought their children sorry for paternity testing and it's something narratives indicated that they waited two years for the results of the paternity tests which have not been released by the way so the women are invited to participate in the legal process that is difficult and prolonged and doesn't seem to lead anywhere exactly and it's full of bureaucratic delays and some of these women certainly not all of them but some of these women are coming from rural areas of Haiti without much access to education with lower literacy skills and trying to navigate the went system is probably nearly impossible Dr Bartels I'm I'm I'm sure you were in there so your own mind on on the balanced at the U. N. mission help Haiti or take advantage of Haiti I think it's important to note that there were positive stories the US and improve security or you know financially our community is better off but the rates are women and girls the juxtaposition was very stark doctor Susan Bartels her research has been published on the independent non partisan website the conversation doctor thank you so much for being with us thank you and will know that in pairs Carrie Kahn is in Haiti now and spoke about this with you and representative Fernando ever although cast you the U. N. has a system to make sure that responsibilities are found and the old cases our fall he said the winners received one hundred and sixteen allegations of exploitation and abuse including from twenty six women about thirty two children possibly fathered by you and forces Catherine spares worked as an internal security engineer Google for two years part of our job was to write browse your notifications that notify co workers of employee guidelines and company policies like not uploading proprietary documents while they surf the web but when she posted a message about employees rights in the workplace one she says that Google itself and posted earlier Katherine spears was fired she is the fifty employee terminated by Google in recent weeks in a year of employee activism there that seen hundreds of Google workers protest controversial business contracts as well as claims of sexual harassment and workplace retaliation Catherine spears joins us from San Francisco thanks so much for being with us yes thank you so much for having me the message you passed on as I understand it read quote googlers have the right to participate in protected concerted activities why did you decide to post that message so I posted that message following news of Google hiring the I. R. I. union busting firm as well as four of my co workers being fired for organizing I thought that now was a good time to remind some of my colleagues about their rights and you felt it was important to post this message because because I think that actions a Googler taking are making it less transparent as a company and I think that this meaningful impacts the security of Google unless transparent Google is a less trustworthy Google and with access to billions of people sensitive data the world really needs a trustworthy Google in a way I gather this is what Google was inferring when they they issued a public statement obviously they they just reach your version of events and and say the content you passed along is a relevant the message violated the privileged access that you had how do you respond to that I would respond by saying that I went through the normal review process that I went through for all other changes during my time at Google that changes like this are routine that my team lead said that what I did was entirely within standard operating procedure did the team leader know what the message was are just to prove the process the team leader didn't approve the process what the team lead dad was after the fact he is posted publicly in my defense that I got all approvals necessary do you believe that you were let go because this has to do with with organizing activity absolutely did you feel at home there personally I'd loved working a Google for the most part I think that they treat their career employees really well and I think a lot of the queer employees would agree with me most of the concerns that I've heard from employees focus on their treatment of others and you knew what Google did to make money right yes I came to terms with the fact that I was going to work with an ad company and I'm still mostly fine with that I think it's very important to draw the distinction between the company only caring about money and googlers only caring about money I don't believe that Google there's only care about money I believe there are a ton of googlers who are still concerned with Google's mission and are either going to be scared into not speaking up or scared into leaving by Google's actions and other reservations that you have about Google's activities so I personally felt deeply uncomfortable with what was called project dragonfly which was going to be a censored search engine in China that alone would have made me uncomfortable the thing that really pushed it over the edge was executive that Google by passing the standard privacy review process to get this launched sure you're looking for another job yes I'm looking for another job and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I'm going to be comfortable with now one of the outcomes of this for me was watching how security tools can be used to harm organizer's and I am a lot more cautious and worried about how my work in tooling can be used to violate the rights of my coworkers Catherine spears till recently worked at Google thanks so much for being with us thank you many towns and counties across the country face an unusual Christmas deadline they need to decide by December twenty fifth if they're willing to welcome more refugees in Minnesota one county that's been divided over immigration policies has never the less said yes Minnesota public jury Minnesota public radio's rehab for sheer reports the city of Wilmer has a population of about twenty thousand and is candy or high county's largest city unlike many of its neighbors this small town in west central Minnesota is growing with a third of its population made up of people of color that's largely because Somali immigrants have joined the Latino population that's been making this city home for decades deck I made is among them.

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"katherine spears" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

10:07 min | 1 year ago

"katherine spears" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Children with little support in with the World Bank calls the poorest country in this hemisphere doctor Susan Bartels of queen's university in Kingston Ontario co author of the report and join just now October tells thanks so much for being with us thanks for having me do you know the numbers the purpose of our research wasn't to actually count the numbers of children fathered by peacekeepers but rather together perspectives of local community members about how women and girls in the community interacted with peacekeepers we have two hundred and sixty five near dense that happened to be about children fathered by peacekeepers we did not ask about sexual relations and you didn't ask for stories about children born as a result of sexual relations the two hundred and sixty five that you mentioned that this this came out of interviews with twenty five hundred Haitians correct there were a larger number of stories certainly about sexual interactions some more consensual with adults you should read them some were clearly violent traits many were transactional sacks and their sexual exploitation so there were many more stories about sex between peacekeepers and abuse of power let me understand this these are root for the most part we're talking about children who have been abandoned by the men who were responsible correct it seems from the data that we collected the when the pregnancy became recognized in almost all cases the U. N.'s response was to repatriate the implicated soldier and from the perspective of the women and girls who were affected and of their family members and community members this really seem to be to their detriment because they were no longer able to be in touch with the father of the child there were no longer able to access a port and to be clear when you say repatriation means and send it back exactly send them back to their home country which is also hugely problematic from the sense that justice in the case of crimes cannot be achieved after repatriation what else did you report fine I report really highlighted how the extensive and pervasive poverty in Haiti contributes to many of the interactions between local women and girls and peacekeepers so these are women and girls who are trying to meet their basic survival needs or trying to pay school fees and so with that very poverty that leads them to engage in transactional sex in the cases of those women and girls who then can see children poverty is exacerbate it because they're blessed with the financial demands of raising a child alone as the you and made any responsive they tried to fill responsibilities the US has a mechanism through which fraternity claims can be large and we know that the number of women girls in heating have gone through this process no one that we spoke to had been able to successfully prove paternity what to prove paternity they would what have to get DNA tests or something exactly and the number of women and mothers have brought their children sorry for paternity testing and it's something narratives indicated that they waited two years for the results of the paternity tests which have not been released by the way so the women are invited to participate in the legal process that is difficult and prolonged and doesn't seem to lead anywhere exactly and it's full of bureaucratic delays and some of these women certainly not all of them but some of these women are coming from areas of Haiti without much access to education was lower literacy skills and trying to navigate he went system is probably nearly impossible October tells him I'm I'm sure you run this through your own mind on on the balance to the U. N. mission help Haiti or take advantage of Haiti I think it's important to note that there were positive stories the US and improve security or you know financially our community is better off but the rates are women and girls the juxtaposition with very stark doctors number tells her research has been published on the independent non partisan website the conversation doctor thank you so much for being with us thank you and we'll know that impairs Carrie Kahn is in Haiti now and spoke about this with you and representative for non don't ever all don't cost you the U. N. has a system to make sure that responsibilities are found and the old cases our fall he said the winners received one hundred and sixteen allegations of exploitation and abuse including from twenty six women about thirty two children possibly fathered by you and forces and Catherine spares worked as an internal security engineer Google for two years part of our job was to write browse your notifications that notify co workers of employee guidelines and company policies like not uploading proprietary documents while they surf the web but when she posted a message about employees rights in the workplace one she says that Google itself and posted earlier Katherine spears was fired she is the fifty employee terminated by Google in recent weeks in a year of employee activism there that seen hundreds of Google workers protest controversial business contracts as well as claims of sexual harassment and workplace retaliation Catherine spears joins us from San Francisco thanks so much for being with us yes thank you so much for having me the message you passed on as I understand it read quote googlers have the right to participate in protected concerted activities why did you decide to post that message so I posted that message following news of Google hiring the I. R. I. union busting firm as well as four of my co workers being fired for organizing I thought that now was a good time to remind some of my colleagues about their rights and you felt it was important to post this message because because I think that actions a Googler taking are making it less transparent as a company and I think that this meaningful impacts the security of Google unless transparent Google is a less trustworthy Google and with access to billions of people sensitive data the world really needs a trustworthy Google in a way I gather this is what Google was inferring when they they issued a public statement obviously they they just reach your version of events and and say the content you passed along is a relevant the message violated the privileged access that you had how do you respond to that I would respond by saying that I went through the normal review process that I went through for all other changes during my time at Google that changes like that's our routine that my team lead it's sad that that what I did was entirely within standard operating procedure did the team leader know what the message was are just to prove the process the team leader didn't approve the process what the team lead dad was after the fact he's posted publicly in my defense that I got all approvals necessary you believe that you were let go because this had to do with with organizing activity absolutely did you feel at home there personally I loved working a Google for the most part I think that they treat their career employees really well and I think a lot of the queer in place would agree with me most of the concerns that I've heard from employees focus on their treatment of others and you knew what Google did to make money right yes I came to terms with the fact that I was going to work within that company and I'm still mostly fine with that I think it's very important to draw the distinction between the company only caring about money and googlers only caring about money I don't believe that Google there's only care about money I believe there are a ton of googlers who are still concerned with Google's mission and are either going to be scared into not speaking up or scared into leaving by Google's actions and other reservations that you have about Google's activities so I personally felt deeply uncomfortable with what was called project dragonfly which was going to be a censored search engine in China that alone would have made me uncomfortable the thing that really pushed it over the edge was executives a Google by passing the standard privacy review process to get this launched so you're looking for another job yes I'm looking for another job and I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I'm going to be comfortable with now one of the outcomes of this for me was watching how security tools can be used to harm organizer's and I am a lot more cautious and worried about how might work in tooling can be used to violate the rights of my coworkers Catherine spirits till recently worked at Google thanks so much for being with us thank you many towns and counties across the country fashion and usual Christmas deadline they need to decide by December twenty fifth if they're willing to welcome more refugees in Minnesota one county that's been divided over immigration policies has never the less said yes Minnesota public jury Minnesota public radio's we have fish here reports the city of Wilmer has a population of about twenty thousand and is can your high county's largest city unlike many of its neighbors this small town in west central Minnesota is growing with a third of its population made up of people of color that's largely because Somali immigrants have joined the Latino population that's been making this city home for decades back I met is among.

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