A wise old hen in Echo Park once told me "the more things change the more they...resemble the troubles of an earlier decade." Cluck. The '20s to be precise. The comparison between now and then is being made everywhere. But Chicken Corner was heartened to see that a performance/discussion group called The Roaring Aughts aimed to take the comparison to a meaningful place on Saturday with a dollmaking/discussion event. The Aughts' goal is to make 898,863 dolls this summer - one doll for each person in L.A. living below the poverty line. Participants work shifts, with time cards. They apply
for their jobs. An informal discussion was to be led by author-architect-car-free cyclist Michael Rochlin. The event took place at the Brewery downtown.
According to organizer Browne Molyneaux there is already an employee
of the month.
Heather Anacker is the employee of the month. Her job application states: "I am the best person for the job because I have a pocket knife." We need more employees like Ms. Anacker.
Chicken Corner was unable to join the labor force on Saturday. She was
drinking champagne from her (glass) shoes and eating cake while dancing the
Charleston (at a five-year-old's birthday party). But she does have a
question: Where will the 898,863 dolls go? Will they March down Sunset
Blvd.? Or keep watch at intersections? Will they belong to the people
they represent? Will they ride the bus?
According to Molyneaux, the next "shift" will be on August 15, with a discussion on exploitation in the tech industry.
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