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Horizon "Organic" Factory Farm Accused of Improprieties, Again

February 18, 2014

Cross-posted The Cornucopia Institute

Selective Enforcement by USDA Alleged — Kid Glove Treatment for Dean Foods/WhiteWave

In an open letter published today and addressed to USDA National Organic Program chief Miles McEvoy, The Cornucopia Institute accused the regulatory agency of abdicating its enforcement responsibilities.   Cornucopia, an organic industry watchdog, charged that the USDA had allowed Dean Foods and its WhiteWave subsidiary to, allegedly, operate a giant factory farm dairy that has been illegally disadvantaging the nation’s family-scale dairy producers.

 

7000 NO teachers, laid off after Katrina, win court ruling

February 17, 2014

cross-posted from nola.com by Danielle Dreilinger

In a lawsuit that some say could bankrupt the Orleans Parish public school system, an appeals court has decided that the School Board wrongly terminated more than 7,000 teachers after Hurricane Katrina. Those teachers were not given due process, and many teachers had the right to be rehired as jobs opened up in the first years after the storm, the court said. The decision was unanimous.

The Resistance CONTINUES and the Indigenous Mandate in San Francisco de Opalaca

February 10, 2014

Cross-posted from COPINH

COPINH hereby communicates to the world that today, Sunday January 26, 2014, the mandated sovereignty indigenous action continues, in defense of the collective rights to autonomy and respect, for the establishment of the Legitimate Municipal Indigenous Council, to fulfill indigenous governmental functions.  This historic action took place yesterday, in the presence of some 800 Lenca indigenous people of Opalaca, of COPINH and ADRO. 

Versión en español abajo.

IN AMERICA YOU CAN PAY SOMEONE A WAGE OF $2.13 AN HOUR And get away with it

February 10, 2014

Cross-posted from Sky Valley Chronicle

By Marjorie Elizabeth Wood 

At a pancake house in Houston, Claudia spent two hours rolling silverware into napkins on a slow weekend night. Without any tables to serve, she wasn’t tipped to supplement her $2.13 hourly wage. Like many other restaurant employers, Claudia’s boss did not make up for her shortfall in tips despite the legal obligation to do so.

Claudia’s story, reported in the book Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman, speaks for millions who struggle to make ends meet on a tipped minimum wage of $2.13.

Building an Earth Economy: Local, Organic, and Fair

February 5, 2014

Cross-posted from PR Watch

By Elizabeth Henderson

With the financial recovery looking more like the Great Recession, people are turning to the real goods and services of the earth economy. As stock prices rise and the top one percent bloats with wealth, for many in the 99 percent incomes are eroding and job security is a quaint concept from the past.

Chiapas: Localities declare ban against mining, hydroelectric development

January 9, 2014

Reposted from: Climate Connections

Eight municipalities in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state on Dec.10 were declared territories free of mineral or hydro-electric development, asserting principles of local autonomy and prior consultation. The joint statement was issued by 56 communities, ejidos (communal agricultural settlements) and popular organizations in the municipalities of Tapachula, Motozintla, Huehuetán, Cacahoatán, Mazapa, Comalapa, Chicomuselo and Tuzantán.

 

Amnesty Action Alert

December 13, 2013

reposted from Amnesty International
 
URGENT ACTION 
Families forcibly evicted, 100 more at risk 

Around 60 families have been forcibly evicted from their homes in an informal settlement in the area of Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. A further 100 families face a similar threat. Many of them are victims of the January 2010 earthquake who had already been forcibly evicted from their makeshift camp in May 2012.

December 10 in DC: "Nowhere to Go" Human Rights Conference

December 4, 2013

"Nowhere to Go" Human Rights Conference: Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 6-8 pm.
United States Capitol Visitor Center, Orientation Theater South, Washington, D.C.

The Tuesday night event is hosted by Amnesty International, and features Other Worlds' friend John Bougher who will be screening his film "Mozayik," Other Worlds board member Andy Lin who will present his "Self-Portrait Project" from Haitians living in camps, and New Orleans activist Shana Griffin, among others!

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