Glenn Beck: Modern Day Slavery




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GLENN: Okay. I don't know why this argument hasn't caught on. I don't know why everybody is not saying it is modern day slavery. Well, here it is in the New York Times. Federal immigration agents raided the kosher meat packing plant in May, rounded up 389 illegal immigrants. They found more than 20 underage workers, some as young as 13 years old. Now these young immigrants have been -- these young immigrants -- have begun to tell investigators about their job. Some say they work shifts of 12 hours or more, wield be razor edge knives and saws to slice freshly killed beef. Some work through the night, sometimes six nights a week. One Guatemalan named Elmer L. who was 16 when he started working on the plant's killing floor said he was working 17 hour shifts six days a week. In an affidavit he said he was constantly tired, didn't have the time to do anything but work and sleep. He said, "I was very, very sad." Quote, "I felt as though I were a slave." You felt like you were -- you were a slave. "Labor investigators have reaped a Bounty of new evidence from testimony of illegal immigrants, teenagers and adults who were caught on the raid. Formal declarations, immigrants have illegal ( -- illegal immigrants, New York Times fails to put that word in there, have subscribed pervasive labor violations at the plant, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Out of work and facing deportation proceedings, many of the immigrants say they have nothing to lose about speaking up about the conditions in the plant. They have told investigators that they were routinely put to work without any safety training and were forced to work long shifts without overtime or rest time. Underage workers, many as young as 13, said their bosses knew how young they were. Because of the dangers of the work, it is illegal in Iowa for a company to employ anyone under 18 on the floor of a meat packing plant. Some of these boys don't even shave. They're teenagers. Investigators say -- investigations are also underway. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating allegations of sexual harassment of women at the plant. Lawyers for the immigrants are preparing a suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act for wage and hour violations. In one episode an informant said a floor supervisor had blindfolded an immigrant with duct tape. The floor supervisor then took one of the meat hooks and hit the Guatemalan with him. So far 297 illegal immigrants from May have been convicted of document fraud, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. They are spending five months in prison after which they will be deported. Most of the young immigrants were hired at the agri-processors after they presented false Social Security cards and other documents saying they were older than they were. When I was asked how old I was, they could see sometimes I couldn't keep up with the work. Elmer L. said he regularly worked 17 hours a day, blah, blah, blah, much of the work was very, very, hard, they didn't give me many breaks, I wasn't getting much sleep. He said he was clearing cow innards from the slaughter floor when a supervisor described as a rabbi began yelling at him, then kicked him from behind. The blow caused a freshly sharpened knife to fly up and cut his elbow. He was sent to the hospital with the doctors, closed the laceration (where the doctors closed the laceration with eight stitches but he said when he returned with his elbow still stinging, he asked for some time off, his supervisor said get back to work. The next day as he was lifting a cow's tongue, the stitches ruptured. He began to bleed again. He was given a bandage at the plant and sent back to work yet again. A Guatemalan who said she was 16 said she worked at night plucking chickens. She said she was working to help her parents pay off debt.

This is slavery and this is the most amazing thing in this story. So far 297 illegal immigrants from the raid in May have been convicted of document fraud and other criminal charges and most were sentenced to five months in prison after which they will be deported. Where is the line about the people who hired these people? Why are they not in prison for a year? Why does this company still have its doors open? This is slavery. This is exactly the same argument that the South was using on slavery: "Well, we can't make it. We won't be able to keep our doors open. Well, the evil North just wants to make slaves out of the entire South because their economy isn't run on slaves. Well, we have slaves. We can't do it. What will happen to us? Right is right; wrong is wrong, period. When it comes to slavery, do you want your kosher meat that badly? Have we really, truly forgotten who we were? Have we forgotten what's going on in the world, where slavery is actually happening and we say to people all the time, you know, stop with the -- stop with the complaints of slavery that happened 150 years ago. I get it. It was 150 years ago. There is slavery happening in the world today. Well, we know that slavery is happening on our own shores today. And how is it I'm a hate monger for pointing this out? How is it you're a hate monger for pointing this out? How is it that this world is so upside down, this country is so upside down that this isn't the winning argument? I think it's because not enough conservatives are making it. Stop calling it illegal immigration. Start calling it modern day slavery. Start calling it what it is. It is slavery for profits and it is slavery for votes, period. Slavery. When we start calling -- if it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, it's a duck. When we start calling this duck by its real name, slavery, it will end.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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