Millionaire Amy 'Scrooge' Goodman of Hypocrisy Now Request Unpaid Intern Helpers to Refrain from Eating at Catered Party Following 2011 Fund Raiser
December 2, 2013
Democracy Now!, the venerable progressive broadcast hosted by journalist Amy Goodman, requires interns at its new, LEED Platinum-certified office in Manhattan to work for free for two months, for a minimum of 20 hours a week, after which "a $15 expense allowance is provided on days you work five or more hours."
"They really held that $15 over us," said one former intern, who added that "they told us pretty explicitly on our first day that the internship wouldn't lead to a job." According to the source, who requested anonymity, interns were required to fill out daily accounts of the "results" they achieved each day. ("Wrote headline tweets for the day, monitored stream from last night, listened to interviews for quotes"; "Got a retweet from Lupe Fiasco (rapper).")
In 2011, Democracy Now! asked its $15-a-day employees to work the program's 15th anniversary gala, a major fundraiser. Interns were asked to "greet and thank guests, check their coats, make sure the event goes smoothly, and help clean up," according to an email obtained by VICE. "We will provide you with a delicious pizza dinner, but ask that you refrain from eating the catered dinner at the event."
Back then, interns did not have to wait two months to get their $15 stipend, which probably made the Domino's go down easier. But while entry-level staffers at Democracy Now! are paid less than ever, not all have shared in the sacrifice: Goodman made more than $148,000 in 2011, twice what she took home in 2007-and that doesn't include income from book sales or speaking engagements.
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