A Better Option for the Impoverished Farmer

The fair trade movement has grown exponentially in recent years thanks to large corporate partnerships and more global awareness. It’s arguably made a difference for many tradespeople on whom wealthy countries depend. But it’s not the only option out there if you’re interested in ethical consumerism – there are alternatives to fair trade that can … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Over Not Writing (About Some Things)

Don’t be fooled by the title. I’m planning to write over Thanksgiving, and I’m planning to love it. However, I won’t be writing about human trafficking. And that’s something I’m grateful for this year. Leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ve noticed an onslaught of information about human trafficking on the web and in conversation. First there … 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

New Roots

I’m loving the IRC’s New Roots program. It plays on the the not-so-revolutionary idea that refugees miss the food from their homelands and often arrive with significant experience in gardening and even full-scale farming. New Roots helps refugees establish gardens from Iowa to the Bronx. The program has a simple action plan with complex goals. … 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

Good News Friday – Injury Edition

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Good News Friday

I’ve been really excited about this Good News Friday because I missed a week for the holiday and thus had a ton to share. At the same time, I’m running on no sleep. So in fear this post will spiral into a… rerhaldskf… mush of… aweh sadkf fb=… bad spelling and… aldf ehjkef… grammar mistakes… … Continue reading

A Slave-Free Nestlé?

I’m following up Thanksgiving by eating extra chocolate. And that’s because I have some good news, chocolate lovers! Nestlé announced Monday that they will be working with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate the working conditions of cocoa farms that supply their chocolate. Along with child labor in general, they will examine the allegations … Continue reading

Good News Friday

TGIF! Am I right? Am I right? JOBS JOBS JOBS! If you’re looking for work in human rights, there are some great job opportunities out there right now. Here are a few with links to their listings: End Genocide – A growing and dedicated DC-based NGO. Currently seeking policy analysts and web/communications personnel. USCRI – … Continue reading

Good News Friday

Happy Veterans Day, and a huge thank you in particular to my favorite veteran: my dad. Dad fought as a lieutenant with the Marines in Vietnam and has continued his fight in a very different way in the decades that follow. I’m proud to have been raised by someone with his courage; and I’m inspired … Continue reading

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