Les Miserables and the Marginalized

Forbidden Broadway, a show that parodies hit musicals, describes Les Misérables with this rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream”: Come watch us grovel in the dirt, Then buy a souvenir and don it. Rich folks pay twenty bucks a shirt That has a starving pauper on it. That pauper, from the millions of t-shirts, CDs … Continue reading

Consumerism and the Marginalized

Yesterday a fellow blogger made it to WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” page with a post on Fairtrade and how it does very little good for the world except alleviate guilt. I first want to offer some publicity to the piece because it is a thought-provoking write-up about a controversial topic that we’ve recently discussed on this … Continue reading

Tea for Two Billion

With almost two billion people in the world living in extreme poverty, any highly sought-after commodity has the power to hurt and the power to heal. As one such commodity, tea can provide a generous income, a chance for education, a spiritual ritual, and affordable medicinal help for the world’s poorest communities. But tea can … Continue reading

Tea: Debt and Migration

Who knew that a regular job producing a commodity the entire world consumes could lead to so much insecurity? Many women across the globe pick tea leaves in an effort to feed their families and provide education to their children. Despite the rain-or-shine, labor-intensive duties and low pay, the job provides income and, in many … Continue reading

HIV on the Tea Farms

Over the last decade, stories have surfaced about a growing epidemic on Kenya’s tea plantations – an increase in HIV at an alarming rate. Tea pickers near Kericho, Kenya – by Ed Roberts The plantations pay very little, and working on one can be a very difficult life. Mothers wanting to make money for their … Continue reading

What Makes an Iraqi Refugee

Chances are, if you live in or near a big city, you almost certainly have Iraqi refugees nearby. After seven years of war and occupation, millions of Iraqis have fled to other countries seeking status as refugees, and millions of others are internally displaced in Iraq. Displaced Palestinian-Iraqi family near Jordanian border Many of the … Continue reading

Forced Migration and Organ Trafficking

Organ trafficking is the theft, via violence or coercion, of human organs in order to sell them or use them for transplant on the black market. The selling of organs in any way is illegal in every country but Iran, where the process is closely monitored. Urban myths abound about some man in Texas or … Continue reading

Life on the Road

Photo: Olav A. Saltbones/Norwegian Red Cross For the last six months, we have read every sad story imaginable about Haiti and its orphans and widows. We have been frustrated alongside relief workers who can’t get supplies into the hardest-hit places. We have felt the confusion of the government, which wants to rebuild but is paralyzed … Continue reading

Koman Coulibaly and the Marginalized

Today the U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Algeria in their final group round match of the World Cup. In case you’ve been unconscious for the last week and missed it, last week’s game between the United States and Slovenia ended in both glory and controversy. The U.S. recovered from a 2-0 deficit to tie … Continue reading

The World Cup and Marginalized Dreamers

It’s Movie Day at The Marginalized! Below I’ve attached an episode of Current TV’s Vanguard series. In this documentary, Mariana van Zeller explores a growing trend in Ghana: the exploitation and trafficking of many young African men who dream of finding fame by playing football in Europe. The episode is 45 minutes, so I know … Continue reading

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