Chipotle, I love you even more now. What a fun way to support a great cause. I look forward to seeing all those who dress up!
A Bigger Celebration for the Smaller Farms This Halloween, we’re celebrating family farms and their dedication to the land they live on and the delicious food they produce. To join in on the party, come into any Chipotle on Halloween from 6 pm to closing dressed in a costume inspired by the family farm and we’ll hook you up with a burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos made with responsibly raised ingredients for just $2.
Have some fun with your costumes. Think crops, farm tools, tractors, silos, or farm animals. Get the proverbial creative juices flowing and you might have a shot at winning a prize in the Costume Contest.
In support of our family farming friends, we’re donating the proceeds, up to $1,000,000 to The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation and Farm Aid, two non-profit organizations working to keep farmers on the land and nurture a better agricultural system.
I wholeheartedly agree with the UN’s stance in this article. Instead of reacting to disasters, countries need to invest in disaster risk reduction. Easier said than done, of course. But what does it mean for us, American citizens? Please consider donating to organizations that invest in disaster risk reduction, training, and development—versus just aid (e.g., food distribution after a flood).
Reuters: “At least 150 people have died in Cambodia and southern Vietnam in the worst flooding along the Mekong River in 11 years, after heavy rain swamped homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate. Most of the deaths have been in Cambodia, where 141 people have died since Aug. 13.”
“At the heart of the protest, I believe what the protesters are calling for is repentance. They are holding a mirror up to our corporations, our governments, to the 1 percent wealthiest and to those of us in the 99 percent and saying: Look here at what our greed has done.”—Sarah Bessey
Yes, I would agree that the world is a better place without Gaddafi. But I really have to strongly question the journalistic ethics (and human ethics) of publishing gruesome images of Gaddafi’s body, people parading around him, videos, etc. As Americans, are we consuming these types of images and news more and more? Are we viewing them with a critical eye and with discretion or treating them as pornography? What happened to real journalism? Furthermore, should we ever rejoice in someone’s death? If we believe in human rights, that means for all humans, criminal, tyrant, or not—which translates to, giving people a trial before just shooting them. Just some questions to think about.
PARIS, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The threshold for publishing gruesome images like those of Muammar Gaddafi’s death is falling as the internet and social media make many of the editorial decisions that used to be left to a small group of professional journalists…
Moammar Gadhafi, the former ruler of Libya who has been on the run since August after his regime was overthrown, has been killed today, according to reports from the transitional government currently leading Libya. Gadhafi was apparently killed during a firefight with rebel fighters …
It’s clear by now that there’s simply no hope of the State Department issuing a legitimate evaluation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Fortunately, there is some hope: The EPA, which is one of nine agencies that gets to weigh in on the process. Sometime in the next week, the EPA will issue its review of the State Department’s Final Environmental Impact Report.
Strong opposition from his own EPA will be essential if we’re going to convince President Obama to reject this horrible pipeline. I just signed a petition to EPA Chief Lisa Jackson asking her to reject the State Department’s sham review of Keystone XL. I hope you’ll join me.
It has been three or so months since the following conversation took place (over social media and email). I still cannot get over how absurd it was; so much so, I felt like I was in an absurdist play. I wish.
I wanted to share (the following) conversation with the wider world, for a few reasons. I felt the pressing need to expose the prevailing sentiments, attitudes, and ideologies that internalize and perpetuate oppression, promote the status quo, and rallies against feminism (even) in the subtlest ways. The most baffling part was how defensive my friend got, when I simply pointed out that his original Tweet might have come off the wrong way (I was giving him a HUGE benefit of the doubt). At this point, I had only known this person for a few months, so I was running on the assumption that he was an open-minded, free-thinking, and self-aware person; someone who is not threatened by a woman challenging his “act” or opinions.
Unfortunately, then I quickly realized he was unaware that he even had a worldview, and thought being “funny” trumped everything else. His hubris became evident, bright as ever. Furthermore, I thought our conversation could become a “teachable moment,” but instead, he effectively threw the can of beer in my face.
The conversation started with the Tweet, then moved into an email exchange between my friend and I. My friend is a working young professional, a Caucasian male, and mid-to-upper-middle class. He is really a nice guy, but still, (obviously) vastly oblivious and ignorant of his own privilege and his own (limited) worldview. He is also trying to become a comedian/actor; for his “act,” parodies himself (i.e. à la Stephen Colbert)—but in the worst possible way. Stephen Colbert has perfected his character to a tee, and there is a clear differentiation between the character he plays on TV, and who Stephen Colbert really is (e.g. at home with his family). We also know that he is a serious comedian in his own right, studied with Second City, and so on. My friend, on the other hand, most likely, has never taken a single acting class; or takes his acting craft serious enough to be open to critique.
The most infuriating part was, when I tried to rationally explain why he, as a privileged white male, should be careful (and largely avoid) spitting out such comments on Twitter, he made me feel like the “crazy one.” He apologized for “offending me,” but not for fundamentally being wrong (for the lack of a better word).
[My retrospective comments, are inserted in brackets. Please note I have removed personally identifiable information and parts to the conversation. The integrity of the original conversation though, remains largely intact].
This all started with the following Tweet (original tweet has been long-deleted, so I am paraphrasing):
Dang, woke up this morning, had to make a sandwich for work. It was so hard. I should get married.
Recently, the unjust and punitive immigration law in Alabama was upheld by a Federal judge. Immigration struggles can separate children and families. Below, there is a national resource hotline for those facing these hard times.
Immigration continues to be a hot topic nationwide, with presidential candidates taking up the issue and the worst-in-the-nation law going into effect in Alabama. However, we also see signs of hope: cities and states choosing a different path, faith leaders standing up for immigrants in their communities. As we stand in solidarity with those encountering injustices, we must urge and pray for our nation’s decision-makers to come up with a comprehensive solution to this country’s immigration system — a solution that reflects our nation’s values and works for all of us.
24-hour hotline to help immigrants facing deportation As a response to the increasing number of deportations and children being left parentless, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (IICCR) has launched the country’s first 24-hour deportation support hotline. Run by volunteers, it can assist callers in English, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese, and is available to people nationwide.
“We should never adjust to one percent of the people controlling 40 percent of the wealth. I hear my father say, ‘We must have a radical revolution of values and reordering of priorities of this nation.’”—Bernice King, at the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C.
"The reason baby boomers don’t understand the protesters is because we grew up with all advantages now being denied the younger generation—and it’s left us totally clueless."
A businessman looks at demonstrators marching in the financial district on September 26, 2011 in New York., Spencer Platt / Getty Images
An interesting article. The general sentiment I have been experiencing lately, particularly from Boomers, is an over-sweeping dismissmal of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The article cites this – I don’t think Boomers (and/or those completely scoffing at the demonstrations, including the media) are grasping the reality of everyday life for Gen Y. I think this article sums up the worldview divide nicely. When I hear peers or colleagues who have JDs unable to find jobs, or taking receptionist positions, I am no longer phased. Quite sad.
A lot of us have also become insufferably smug and complacent. Over the past year I was lucky enough to be jolted out of my own smugness and complacency by a series of painful encounters with recent law school graduates. I began to investigate the question of how many law graduates were getting jobs as lawyers, and discovered that a shocking percentage—more than half—were not.
In just the past decade, total outstanding educational debt in America has risen more than five-fold, from $180 billion to nearly one trillion dollars. Meanwhile, the international crisis of global capitalism has led employers large and small to do everything possible to cut labor costs. This has produced the current 15 percent official unemployment rate among Americans in their twenties.
So far, the protests seem fueled by a collective sense that things in our economy are not fair or right. But the protesters have not done a good job of focusing their complaints—and thus have been skewered as malcontents who don’t know what they stand for or want.
So, what are the protesters so upset about, really?
Do they have legitimate gripes?
To answer the latter question first, yes, they have very legitimate gripes.
That 9% rate, by the way, equates to 14 million Americans—people who want to work but can’t find a job.
For this week’s Fashion Friday, learn.think.act. is featuring Kantha blankets by Hand and Cloth.
"What is Kantha? Literally, “quilt of recycled cotton rag” – is traditionally associated with rural women of the Bengal region of India and has a long and distinguished heritage…The term nakshi Kantha, which is popularly used in Bangladesh, is found in medieval literature.
"Made from layers of discarded sari joined by simple running stitch which, typically produces a wonderful rippled effect, the uses of Kantha range from utilitarian quilts to exquisitely embroidered heirlooms. Kantha is used primarily for blankets and as light wraps, with smaller versions traditionally used as swaddling clothes for babies" (jeanettefarrier.com).
For $98 (seems pricey, but not really if you consider the amount of hand work involved), you can get a beautiful recycled sari blanket, hand-sewn, and keep yourself warm in chilly weather. Also, by doing so, you will be supporting a great organization, Hand and Cloth, which is a job creation/employment program for women in Bangladesh.
…With Halloween fast approaching, this is the time that Hershey is most likely to bend to consumer pressure. Raise the Bar, Hershey!, a coalition of advocates against child and forced labor in the cocoa industry, started a petition on Change.org calling on Hershey to commit to fair trade chocolate now. Will you sign the petition telling Hershey to commit to buying fair trade certified chocolate?
Two million children work on cocoa farms in West Africa, according to labor advocates. Of them, over 10,000 children are modern-day slaves. As long as chocolate companies like Hershey are willing to buy chocolate produced by child and forced labor, children like Sikasso will be victimized and made slaves.
In 2001, Hershey and every other major chocolate company — including Mars and Nestle — signed a voluntary protocol for child labor-free chocolate. The other companies have begun to make good on their commitments, but Hershey has stepped away from the protocol, hoping customers won’t notice.
Sign the petition and show Hershey you have noticed. Tell Hershey they need to make a commitment to buying 100% fair trade cocoa now…
A new film called Blood in the Mobile takes a look at the shocking reality of cell phone production and the procurement of the minerals used to make cell phone parts. The film focuses on the Democratic Republic of Congo, where children mine minerals in abysmal conditions and are charged a “tax” to work by armed guards…
An interesting and eye-opening topic. I will have to check out this doc when it comes out. I never thought my phone has a link to the wars in Congo.
We saw right through their [Tea Party] flag code-violating sweaters and realized that these are people that would no doubt lobby against a bill that bans running over children if it were proposed by Obama just because it had his name on it.
I am deeply concerned by the recent passage of Alabama’s punitive immigration law, which takes Arizona’s SB 1070 one step further and even targets school-age children and their families.
I took a few minutes to take action supporting vulnerable migrants by speaking out against punitive state immigration laws, and encourage you to do the same! Our voices are integral for urging elected officials to support fair and humane policies for newcomers.
Thanks in advance for joining your voice for welcome!
We’re pushing the envelope in honor of Fair Trade Month - friends, are you ready for this? Our October giveaway is $150 to buy One Mango Tree products. Our new Fall Collection arrives this month, so that means you’ll get first dibs on all the beautiful new products, including sweet hats from Andean Collection and lots of gorgeous jewelry from 31Bits! Have a sneak peek here, and tell everyone you know!
“I think the most insidious thing about the any systematic form of oppression, be it racism or sexism, is the way that it encourages internalization among the very groups it thwarts the most.”—Thanks to my friend Laura for this.
Learn. On my relentless quest to be an informed and ethical consumer, (because I wholeheartedly believe we vote with our dollars, more than anything else), I ran across this article and campaign against sandblasted jeans. “Sandblasting, a process that involves workers firing sand under high pressure to give jeans a ‘worn’ look, can cause silicosis, a potentially lethal pulmonary disease. The process has led to the deaths of scores of workers in garment producing countries like Turkey” (cleanclothes.org).
Think. For some reason, this image deeply resonated with me. From the BBC, this picture depicts the safer alternative to sandblasting jeans – hand distressing. You can see the workers sitting on the floor, working away by rubbing the jeans down with sandpaper or another abrasive. Then it hit me. Someone, on the other side of the world, sits on a factory floor, manually distressing my jeans, for hours at a time, for far less than a living wage. Then the absurdity of buying “distressed jeans” dawned on me in its full weight, upon seeing this picture. Furthermore, I thought, someone on the other side of the world has been/or still is sandblasting my jeans (and risking their lives for no reason) for my pursuit of the “Jones” and/or discount fashion. And if you think about it, the mentality of discount shopping (i.e., getting the cheapest “best” price on a product, no matter the human or ethical cost) is very self-centered. It’s about me getting the best deal, etc., but I digress.
Act.Educate yourself. Read up on the resources and reports at cleanclothes.org, Green America, and more. Become a conscientious consumer – buy thrift, fair trade garments, embrace clothing swaps, and advocate for change by mobilizing your community. If you don’t know where to start, start with yourself. Start learning.