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[27 Oct 2009 | 16 Comments | ]
Win a Copy of Everyday Justice

Loyal blog readers – you’ve heard me talk about it, commented on my ideas in their original blog rant format, and have seen me publish my book Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices. Now it’s your chance to win a free copy! (non-loyal readers, critics, and newbies are more than welcome to enter too).
If you are unfamiliar with the book, Everyday Justice explores how our daily actions (like what we eat or wear) connect us to people around the world. These daily actions can often …

Debt, Featured, Injustice, Poverty »

[26 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
The End of Poverty Documentary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“A sort of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ for global economics … a powerful description of how Western policies since colonialism have subjugated Third World countries.” – Charles Masters, The Hollywood Reporter
THE ECONOMIC CRISES PUSHES AN ADDITIONAL 53 MILLION PEOPLE INTO POVERTY
WILL WE EVER SEE ‘THE END OF POVERTY?’
A NEW DOCUMENTARY OPENING IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE STARTING NOVEMBER 13 PROVIDES THE ANSWER
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LOS ANGELES, CA (October 2009) – In February, the World Bank issued this stunning report: the spreading global economic crisis is set to trap up to 53 million more people …

Action Alerts, Debt, Featured, Poverty »

[16 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Stand Up Against Poverty

Stand up. Get up from your chair, your sofa, the floor, or your bed right now.
Now imagine 117 million people all around the world, on every continent, standing up at the same time. This weekend, that’s what’s going to happen.
More than one hundred million people are taking a stand this weekend against global poverty as part of the Stand Up and Take Action Days. While many of us work on poverty issues everyday, talk about it at home and in our communities, once a year we have the opportunity …

Action Alerts, Environment, Featured »

[15 Oct 2009 | 7 Comments | ]
Blog Action Day – Climate Change

Destroying the earth is not a human right.
There I said it.
Today is Blog Action Day and the topic is climate change. I thought about writing well reasoned pleas as to why we all need to be aware and care for the earth. I thought about addressing the Christians who even in their gnostic rejection the earth can find reason to care for people. But I’m tired and I’m fed up with self-centered excuses. So I’m just going to say that we need to get over ourselves. …

Child Labor, Everyday Practitioners, Featured, slavery »

[8 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

Pastor Sarah Buteux wrote this children’s sermon as a means of introducing children to the need to support slave-free chocolate. I think it’s a fantastic resource for helping teach justice and love to children.
Children’s Sermon: Giving Away Your Money to the Poor
Props: Two bowls of chocolate on a table, one full of fair trade chocolate, one full of regular chocolate, both covered with a cloth. I picked up small $.25 candy bars and a bag of gold coins at Ten Thousand villages, but you can go on-line to www.serrv.org …

Action Alerts, Child Labor, Featured, slavery »

[7 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Reverse Trick-or-Treating for Fair Trade

Tens of Thousands of Schoolchildren Nationwide Will Protest Poverty and Child Labor-Tainted Cocoa during Third Annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating this Halloween
Kids across all 50 US States and Canada will urge nearly a quarter million households to shift purchasing to Fair Trade certified chocolate, coffee, etc by handing Fair Trade chocolate to adults.
A pleasant surprise will greet nearly a quarter million people distributing candy at their door, when youth reverse the Halloween tradition to hand adults a sample of vegan-friendly, Fair Trade dark chocolate.
The chocolate will be accompanied by a card informing …

Agriculture, Featured, Labor, News Stories »

[6 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
A New Milestone for the CIW

from The Nation –
Over the years, The Nation and I have closely tracked the heroic work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) as they have fought to protect agriculture workers in the fields of Florida from exploitation. CIW has exposed cases of slavery and worked with the Department of Justice to successfully prosecute them. It has carried out a Campaign for Fair Food to raise wages and improve working conditions. In short, it has led a movement that recognizes the dignity of the people who harvest the food …

Featured, Food, How-to Guides, Organic, slavery »

[5 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]
How to Have a Green Halloween

So I find myself wondering what to do about Halloween this year. No, not the typical Christian “should I celebrate it or not?” dilemma (more on this on a couple of weeks), but more of a quandary as to what sort of candy to hand out. Unless you are an evil grinch (or a fundamentalist Christian) you give out candy at Halloween. It’s the one night of the year when you are guaranteed to actually meet your neighbors as people get pulled out of the safety of …

Environment, Featured, Water »

[4 Oct 2009 | 19 Comments | ]
Upcycling Gains Popularity

via Reuters –
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rather than throwing that bag or hosepipe into the recycle bin, how about turning it into a belt or a shower curtain, joining a growing band of upcyclers?
Upcycling refers to reusing an object in a new way without degrading the material it is made from, as opposed to recycling which generally involves breaking down the original material and making it into something else, using more energy.
Supporters of the environmentally friendly practice of upcycling say people in developing countries have effectively been upcycling for years, …

human trafficking »

[1 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Filipino Public Exec Guilty of Human Trafficking

From the Global Nation Inquirer -
MANILA, Philippines — The first public official involved in human trafficking has been convicted by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 9.
Judge Amelia Tria-Infante meted out the penalty of life imprisonment to Police Officer 2 Dennis A. Reci and his co-accused Feliciano Manansala after finding them guilty of qualified trafficking, the gravest offense under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (Republic Act 9208).
Reci, while still a policeman, owned and operated 8RC bar, which he and his associate Manansala used as a front for child prostitution.
They were …