Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Today marks the 23rd anniversary of homosexuality being removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO).
May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). This day “highlights that in reality it is homophobia that is shameful and must be deconstructed in its social logic and fought against openly.”
Visit the IDAHO website to find out how you can take action.
Spread the word!
(Washington, DC) – Fairtrade America, the new organization representing the international Fairtrade system in the United States, today announced the appointment of Hans P. Theyer as its executive director.
“I have seen first-hand the incredible difference fair trade can make for farmers, workers and entire communities in developing countries,” said Hans. “I am proud to lead the U.S. organization that will expand the benefits of the international Fairtrade system, and I look forward to raising public awareness and working in partnership with companies, retailers, producers and all fair trade advocates that share our vision of building a vibrant fair trade movement in the United States.”
La Cosecha / The Harvest (2011)
“Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest / La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest and provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.”
just goes to show you that not consuming animals does not mean you are supporting a system that is cruelty free
Festival de Cine Comunitario de Barriada Morales y Savarona 2013.
Cuando: Sábado, 13 abril 2013.
Dónde: Centro Multiusos, Barriada Morales, Caguas.
Apoya lo local y solidario.
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Children worldwide, with their most valued possessions
This fantastic series from Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti captures children from around the world alongside their favorite items. Pictured above is Chiwa from Mchinji, Malawi, but Galimberti’s subjects range from Zanzibar to Thailand to Texas.
From an introduction by Ben Machell of The Times Magazine
Everyone remembers their childhood toys. The fact that I can recall how most of mine tasted better than I can remember the names of my primary school teachers says everything you need to know about the universe kids inhabit.
El valor real de las cosas…
I’m bringing this back because this morning it was announced that Malala Yousafzai has been officially nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
The food you eat or brush you’re using may have been made by a worker earning less than a dollar an hour — not in the developing world, but in the invisible workforce inside America’s prisons. Share this if you oppose prison labor for profit.
When I was in prison I worked 3 shifts a day, 5 days a week, starting at 5 AM and ending at 8 PM. I was paid $5.25 a month. Pay for the inmates who facilitate UNICOR workers (by making their food, washing their laundry, etc,) is even lower than the wages cited in the above graphics. The prison industry is also a slave industry, and it isn’t just corporations who benefit. All the furniture you see in federal buildings, post offices, DMVs, etc, where do you think it comes from? Prison labor. I think a lot of people know about states that use prison labor for license plates, but fewer people know that the plaques on doors at city halls, and sometimes the doors themselves, come from prison labor. The incarcerated are a hyper-exploited class unto themselves, and almost no one seems to be helping them to organize themselves.
I have no sympathy for those in prison. They’re lucky if they’re paid in my opinion. Slave labor and punishment aren’t the same thing.
are you fucking kidding me? a woman was recently imprisoned for FIVE years. FIVE. Why? Because she lied about her address to get her kid into a nicer school. CeCe McDonald was put in jail because she defended herself against a white guy. People are arrested for fighting back against their abusers. People are put in jail for having addictions. People are put in jail for being homeless.
Not to mention, prison populations are overwhelmingly POC. Why? Institutionalized racism, dude. It’s not a coincidence the picture is of a black woman. It’s the truth. and it’s fucked. Our “justice” system is fucked.
I don’t feel sorry for prisoners getting paid such low wages. No matter what they’re in for. Break the law all you want, but don’t be stupid enough to get caught. If you’re going to do something that you are told is illegal then do it right and cover your tracks. Even if you were not aware you were doing something illegal you should have, because ignorance of the law is never and excuse. If you’re stupid enough to get yourself caught then I think you’re lucky if you get paid anything. Besides, why should a prisoner get paid even minimum wage when most of them are living under better conditions than half the elderly people stuck in nursing homes today. Three hot meals a day, a roof over their head, clothes on their backs, education if they should want it, regular access to exercise equipment, a job provided to them if they should choose to work, and health care all paid for by the tax payer. There is a reason they are incarcerated and there is a reason they don’t get paid as much as someone working on the outside.
People like you piss me the fuck off. Do you honestly not see a problem with the government making a huge profit off of prisoners, 50% of whom are non-violent offenders. 50% of prisoners are also parents to a minor child, including more than 120,000 mothers and 1.1 million fathers. 2/3 of them are non-violent offenders.
The united states has more prisoners than any country in the world, accounting for 25% of the world prison population. And the US gives our prisoners much longer sentences than any other part of the ‘developed’ world. The typical mandatory sentence for a first-time drug offense in federal court is five or ten years, compared to other ‘developed’ countries around the world where a first time offense would warrant at most 6 months in jail.
And prison labor isn’t fucking voluntary. If prisoners don’t work, they serve longer sentences (prison labor may reduce sentences for some), lose privileges, and risk solitary confinement which is torture.
Our government and private for-profit prisons makes billions a year from prison slave labor. That is why we have the largest prison population on earth and why we give harsh sentences.
Fuck all the asshole reblogging this post who ‘see no problem with this’ and support slave labor. Millions of people are being criminalized for being poor and having addictions and you’re lending your support to the cruel rich fucks profiting from our misery. I’m usually not the one to wish suffering on people but YOU deserve to be slave inmates working for pennies a day more than half of those serving time.
A real problem of injustice.
“For the future of daughters: Justice, dignity, hope…”
Also what a gorgeous photo.
As we continue our journey to become fully Fairtrade, we’re excited to announce we’ll be partnering with Fairtrade International to certify our products in the US. You will see their logo adorning all our ice cream, frozen yogurts, and sorbets by the end of this year.
Great stuff to see here! Thanks friends! Happy to see you in the Tumblr-verse!
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