Immokalee Workers Tour wraps up with powerful Bay Area finale! Days Six and Seven of the Trader Joe's CA Truth Tour July 16-17, 2011
Sunday's action -- and indeed the Truth Tour -- wrapped up with a brief exchange between Lucas Benitez and a Trader Joe's store manager. At first, the manager made clear that he felt the protest was inconvenient. Lucas said he understood, but assured him there were greater inconveniences at stake, like doing one of the hardest, most dangerous, most vital jobs in the country and never making enough to provide a decent life for your family.
Contact your senators and representatives and ask them to support this important bill before we run out of effective antibiotics to treat humans with life-threatening infections.
You might think that by now, with threats of antibiotic resistant infections in hospitals on the rise nationwide, that our Congressional leaders would do the right thing and pass this sensible bill. The agribusiness and pharmaceuticals lobbies are strong. Only if a majority of citizens tell our leaders we want a change will this bill, which has been introduced in Congress for the past four years, finally be passed. Someone you care about may die if we don't act to end this practice which places more value on profits than human lives.
Yesterday around 11am Mountain Time, 2 campesinos in the Aguan were
detained without charge from the community of Rigores, which has been
increasingly under attack by large landowners in the region since the
2009 coup. At 7pm, Rigores was attacked with firearms by police
forces, and 2 more campesinos were forcibly disappeared. The Alliance
for Global Justice received news that a violent eviction is to take
place at 6am tomorrow Friday, and will be on site to observe and
accompany the campesinos of Rigores. While one of the detainees has
The Obama Administration is hoping to move the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement forward as soon as this July. If you believe that human rights should NOT be sacrificed on the altar of free trade, we need your help to make sure the free trade agreement does not pass!
Please join Witness for Peace and our allies at an urgent demonstration in Washington, D.C. on July 11th.
Where: Lafayette Park (right in front of the White House)
When: 12 pm (noon) on Monday, July 11
Today the U.S. House of Representatives is considering its agriculture spending bill for fiscal year 2012. EWG Action Fund has been working hard to oppose the bill's misguided spending cuts and to support healthy food and local and regional food systems. But we need your voice to help us make the difference. Votes on key amendments can happen any minute. Call your representative now! We have included directions and sample language below to make calling quicker and easier.
Please consider writing a letter of support (below) for an important bill to remove excessive speculation from commodity markets.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
contains some key derivatives reforms that will help restore sanity to
commodity markets, but it doesn't go far enough to rein in the problem of
massive institutional speculation in commodities, especially through
Read Anna Lappé editorial in Huffington Post titled "Why we should question Walmart's latest PR Blitz" reacting to Wal-Mart's Jan 20, 2011 announcement of their five-year plan to transition to healthier foods.
You can read the Jan. 20, 2011 New York Times story by Sheryl Gay Stolberg titled "Wal-Mart Shifts Strategy to Promote Healthy Foods"
The Organic Consumers Association and Dr. Bronner's File Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Complaint Against TransFair and Fair Trade Cheater Brands Avon and Hain Celestial
Editor's note: the following was written by Organic Consumers Association (OCA).
International trade has failed to deliver a better standard of living to many impoverished farmers and workers in the developing world, where unfair and exploitative prices, wages and working conditions prevail, trapping millions in poverty.