The Rise (and Soon to Be Fall?) of Fast Fashion

In the last twenty years or so, the cost of clothing has plummeted. As a result, clothing stores struggle to get rid of their huge inventories, and yesterday’s blouse is today’s obsolete embarrassment. I find myself struggling to keep up. And doesn’t it seem to be getting worse and worse? The recent factory collapse in … Continue reading

Microcredit and the Alternative to “Job Creation”

When money is lent to the right people under the right conditions, it can transform lives and even entire communities.  This principle has been driving a revolution in international development: the microcredit revolution. Normally, the only financing available to impoverished communities comes from loan sharks, who require such exploitative rates that borrowers can never escape … Continue reading

Bangladesh and What Brings the Guilt Clouds

Last Friday I heard a brief exchange on The Diane Rehm Show’s Friday news roundup about the recent factory collapse/fire in Bangladesh in which at least 381 people have been confirmed killed. Susan Page of US Today stood in for Diane Rehm and interviewed, among others, James Kitfield of National Journal. Page asked Kitfield, “Do … Continue reading

“Happy Halloween” as a Journey

It’s that time of year again: the time of year when everyone eats a ton of crappy, cheap candy and brags about it. And it’s the time of year I become tempted by cynicism. A few years ago, I found out much of our chocolate has a connection to human trafficking in West Africa. It … Continue reading

Good Eats, Movie Review, & My Sad Hoodie Story

This week I’m trying something different: a non-injury-induced video blog. (If you get this by email or RSS, you may have to click through to the site to see it). Feedback appreciated! *One clarification: While Boat People SOS is founded by Nguyen Dinh Thang, who is working on the Aramark case in Jordan, I think … Continue reading

Something We Can All Agree On

China and the United States produce the largest CO2 emissions in the world. But do you know who comes in 3rd? No, it’s not the E.U., Brazil or Australia. It’s not India or the state of Texas. It’s slavery. Earlier this week I heard from Kevin Bales – author and co-founder of Free the Slaves … Continue reading

The Agony and Ecstasy of Wise Criticism

I feel like I have to comment on Mike Daisey, but that doesn’t mean I want to. As a dramatic writer with a journalistic bent who often focuses on human rights, this couldn’t be a more on-the-nose issue for me. But I hate the idea of writing about it, because every part of this story … Continue reading

Abolitionist Opportunities

The following opportunities came to me through the DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS) newsletter. As the membership coordinator for DC SMS, I can help you get involved, join a team, or even start a chapter in a different metro region. Let me know if you’re interested in getting involved, or check out one of … Continue reading

Good News Friday

If there isn’t any other good news in the whole world, we have this: it’s holiday season! I’m half-Jewish so along with family Christmas, I celebrate Hanukkah. Heck, I might even throw Festivus in there, too. On a related note, before I post some other good news below, let me say that this will be … Continue reading

Human Rights in China: An Interview with the Laogai Museum’s Harry Wu

I recently visited the Laogai Museum and wrote a bit about it for We Love DC. In the process I also spoke with the museum’s director Harry Wu. Wu is a survivor of the Laogai prisons – a forced labor system in China to which he was sentenced for political crimes. After moving to the … Continue reading

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