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[16 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Helping Haiti

From Jubilee USA –
JANUARY 13th – Jubilee USA is calling on the Obama administration to take 3 specific steps as part of its comprehensive response to the Haiti earthquake: (1) Provide massive assistance for relief and reconstruction in the form of grants, not loans; (2) Cancel the rest of Haiti’s debt; and(3) Provide Temporary Protective Status to Haitians living in the US. Use your voice for Haiti today. Please call the White House today at 202-456-1111 and ask President Obama to take these steps.
Here’s a sample script:
“Hi, My name …

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[17 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Jubilee Act in the House

From JubileeUSA –
Our long-anticipated moment has arrived! Late yesterday, the Jubilee Act (HR 4005) was introduced by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), along with Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA), Ranking Member Spencer Bachus (R-AL), and seven more Republican and Democrat members of Congress. This encouraging bi-partisan effort by powerful leaders in Congress is a tremendous holiday gift for our sisters and brothers in the Global South.
The bill expands life-giving debt cancellation to 22 additional impoverished countries left out of previous debt relief deals and calls for …

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[9 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Stop Vulture Funds

From JubileeUSA -
Tell Congress: Stop Vulture Funds from Hurting Poor Countries!
It’s time to stop Vulture Funds from harming poor countries once and for all. Vulture Funds are predatory hedge funds that siphon off newly freed resources from debt cancellation. They profiteer off debt cancellation resources by buying up poor country debt in default at pennies on the dollar and then abusing US Courts to sue for the full amount of the debt plus exorbitant interest rates and court fees. Instead of US tax dollars going …

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[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. …

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 …

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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 …

Action Alerts, Featured, human trafficking, slavery »

[26 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Slave-free Bibles

from End Human Trafficking -
In 2007, a case of crucifixes purchased by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York was traced back to a factory in China where girls as young as 15 were forced to work up to 19-hour days, seven days a week. Today, Christian items from bible covers to t-shirts are being made in factorys which abuse and traffic workers. And some Christians are standing up and refusing to stand for slavery.
The Just Holy Hardware Campaign has launched this week as part of a movement to …

Action Alerts, Featured, Food, human trafficking, slavery »

[3 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Fight Slavery at the Grocery Store

The End Human Trafficking site has a great post up on 7 Ways to Fight Slavery at the Grocery Store. It lists seven common foods that are tainted by human slavery and suggests shopping habits to avoid supporting those practices of slavery. While the slave connection to foods like chocolate is fairly well known, it may be a surprise to read how slavery taints even our seafood and strawberries. So check out the post and find out how you can avoid supporting systems of slavery when you …

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[30 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
New JubileeUSA Campaign

from Neil Watkins at JubileeUSA –
Jubilee USA can celebrate some real victories over the past few months:
o Following a 3 year campaign by Jubilee USA, the Obama Administration announced in April that it would provide $20 million to cover Haiti’s debt service payments to the World Bank. This means that Haiti will not make any more debt service payments for at least the next year, freeing up millions for desperately needed investments in health, education, and basic services in …