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[30 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
World Habitat Day

The United Nations has designated the first Monday each October as World Habitat Day.
This year on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C. and around the world, please join Habitat for Humanity in support of this global observance as we come together and declare that the lack of decent, affordable housing is unacceptable.
According to the United Nations, more than 100 million people in the world today are homeless. Millions more face a severe housing problem living without adequate sanitation, with irregular or no electricity supply and without adequate security.
Worldwide, more than 2 …

Featured, News Stories »

[21 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Ivory Coast Payouts

from BBC World News –
An oil trading firm has agreed to pay more than $46m (£28m) compensation to people in Ivory Coast who say they were made ill by dumped waste in 2006.
Trafigura, with offices in London, Amsterdam and Geneva, said 30,000 people will each receive $1,546 (£950).
The money is in addition to the nearly $200m that the company paid the Ivorian government in 2007.
Trafigura and the plaintiffs’ lawyers agreed that a link between the dumped waste and deaths had not been proved.
A joint statement by the company and …

Featured, News Stories, Peace »

[20 Sep 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
Peace Concert in Cuba

from the BBC -
Havana is hosting the biggest open-air concert since the 1959 revolution, featuring some 15 top Latin American, Spanish and Cuban performers.
Hundreds of thousands of people – many wearing white – are attending the free event in Revolution Square, Havana.
Colombian singer Juanes, who organised the “Peace without Borders” concert, has received death threats from Miami-based critics of the Cuban regime.
But he has won support from 20 high-profile jailed dissidents inside Cuba.
The BBC’s Michael Voss at the concert says there is a mood of excitement, as many residents of …

Featured, Peace, Reviews »

[20 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Movie Review: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

My church recently hosted a screening of the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. I knew little about the film before attending the event, but what I encountered was a powerful story of women making a difference in their world. As the film description reads,
Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, …

Child Labor, Featured »

[17 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Porn, fireworks, diamonds made with child labor

A recent news release from the US government named a few of the items that are connected to child labor -

WASHINGTON – Children are used to produce everything from pornography in Ukraine to fireworks in the Philippines and diamonds in Sierra Leone, the US Department of Labor said in a report published Thursday.
The report lists 122 goods “produced with forced labor, child labor, or both, in 58 countries” from Afghanistan to North Korea to Uzbekistan.
“Agricultural crops comprise the largest category, followed by manufactured goods and mined or quarried goods,” said …

Environment, Featured, Injustice »

[13 Sep 2009 | One Comment | ]
7 Worst Companies

The Not for Sale twitter recently posted a link to an article from this past spring that named the world’s seven most irresponsible companies. They write –
Money isn’t everything – or is it? To most corporations, making a profit is goal number one – but some of those companies take it way too far, sacrificing the health of the planet and its inhabitants for a bigger bank balance. Far too many corporations turn a blind eye to the consequences of their destructive, exploitative practices. The worst of them are …

Environment, Featured »

[8 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
There’s an App for That

Are you looking for easy ways to find just businesses around you? Do you wonder if the product you are thinking of buying was fairly made? If you have an iphone, there are a couple of apps than can help you make those decisions.
Better World Shopper – an app that helps consumers vote with their dollars for the sorts of companies they want to support. From the app description – “Many companies claim to be “good corporate citizens,” but how many actually make the grade? With …

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[7 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Environment, Featured »

[7 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Weirdest Ways to Save the Planet

AlterNet recently posted Mike Sowden’s piece on the eight weirdest ways to go green. From eating free-range snails from your garden to solar-powered bikinis that charge your ipod, some people are getting really creative in the ways they can care for this earth. And of course, some of these eco-option fall into the “you gotta be kidding me” category. As Sowden writes, there’s “a dilemma for the eco-conscious military man: is there a sustainable way to bomb 10 shades of cr*p out of the enemy? Now …

Agriculture, Featured, Food »

[3 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Chipotle and Fair Wages

Jonathan Blundell just posted an exchange he had with the PR people at Chipotle regarding the wages they pay to the farmers who pick their produce. Chipotle has been under much pressure recently to ensure that it’s workers are paid a fair wage. They say they are working with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to attempts to bring better wages to the farmers. Agreements have been made to increase the wages of farm workers – most of who get paid nearly nothing and work in near slave-like …