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Yashar Ali 🐘
California Assemblywoman has launched a direct attack on press freedoms with her bill. I’d say she should be ashamed of herself, but knowing her, shame is not a sensation she’s familiar with.
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Yashar Ali 🐘 Oct 19
Replying to @LorenaSGonzalez
2. After I tweeted above, hundreds of freelance reporters have told CA Assemblywoman how devastating her legislation will be She’s responded defensively & retweeted this tweet calling me a “selfish piece of shit” She plans on running for Secretary of State btw
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Yashar Ali 🐘 Oct 19
3. Meanwhile her husband, a San Diego County Supervisor, a professor, and an appointee to (courtesy of my former boss Gov Newsom) has tweeted that I’m a “total asshole,” (sometimes) and that “I hope he gets help” Totally normal response
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Yashar Ali 🐘 Oct 19
4. Thanks to everyone who got this issue to trend and featured as a Twitter moment I’ll have more to say in the AM, particularly to two elected officials who can’t stand to be held accountable: Assemblywoman and her husband San Diego Supervisor
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Yashar Ali 🐘 Oct 20
Replying to @LorenaSGonzalez
5. Good Morning. Last night, after it was up for hours, CA Assemblywoman undid a retweet of a tweet referring to me as a “piece of shit” Don’t worry about me, I’ve been called worse Just tells you everything you need to know about her
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Yashar Ali 🐘 Oct 20
Replying to @LorenaSGonzalez
6. Important to note that one of California’s most powerful legislators, who authored a bill that hurts freelance reporters, is now deciding who is and isn’t a reporter I don’t need to prove myself to but there’s no doubt under CA law I’m a journalist
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Yashar Ali 🐘 Oct 22
Replying to @MikeElk
7. don’t you ever threaten me again. And the newsroom unions I’ve supported would have something to say about your accusation. Supporting freelancers does not make one a scab.
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Margot Roosevelt Oct 19
Thanks to 35 piece limit for freelancers in , news organizations who employ staffers w steady wages, benefits & job protections will be less likely to lay them off & outsource their work to a freelance contingent workforce. We’re not hearing from laid-off former staffers here
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Margot Roosevelt Oct 19
After Dynamex decision, the LATimes hired about 30 of its independent contractor freelancers. Those folks now have steady employment & job protections. If 35-pc limit is thrown out, there’s no incentive for news organizations to hire or retain staff as employees with benefits.
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Machine Pun Kelly Oct 19
Holy crap! Did they even research this?!!?
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Machine Pun Kelly Oct 19
For those who haven't tried making a living as a freelancer's benefit. As a somewhat established freelancer, I was making about $50 an article on average. I had to write about 60 articles/ mos to make $40K/year and pay Self Employment tax.
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