The U.S. spends more money on "defense" than anything else in the U.S. Budget COMBINED. We spend more than all of our allies COMBINED. We spend more than our "enemies" COMBINED. Congress habitually gives the Pentagon more money than the Pentagon asks for. Enlisted men and their families live in sub-standard housing while we build "smart" bombs and missle defense systems that fail in test after test, as well as aircraft that the Air Force doesn't even want. It's WRONG. It's grotesque. It's time to change it.
Check out "Peace Economy" by the Coalition for Peace Action for more information.
Sites to help you make socially-responsible purchases and investments:
The Fair Trade Federation (FTF)
An association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide. FTF directly links low-income producers with consumer markets and educates consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly traded products which support living wages and safe and healthy conditions for workers in the developing world. FTF also acts as a clearinghouse for information on fair trade and provides resources and networking opportunities for its members. By adhering to social criteria and environmental principles, Fair Trade Organizations (FTOs) foster a more equitable and sustainable system of production and trade that benefits people and their communities.
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the only independent, third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the USA. Through regular visits to Fair Trade farmer cooperatives conducted by Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO), and partnerships with US companies, TransFair verifies that the farmers who produced Fair Trade Certified products were paid a fair price.
Institute for Global Communication has vast and detailed information on and links to organizations working to counter unethical and destructive business practices and out-of-control government spending.
NetAction, is a project of The Tides Center and a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting effective grassroots citizen action campaigns by creating coalitions that link activists using the Internet with grassroots organizations, and educating the public, policymakers, and the media about technology-based social and political issues.
Consultants, contractors, freelancers, temps, self-employed, and those that work-at-home -- Working Today is your organization, providing a strong advocacy voice for members of the new independent workforce and offering access to benefits, such as group rates for comprehensive health and dental insurance and discounts on travel, office supplies, and computer software, along with a free legal assistance plan. The membership fee is just $10. The Web site provides information to help contractors, temps, the self-employed and those that work-at-home with a variety of issues, and links to many more resources on the Web.
In 1979, 79 percent of American workers had employer-sponsored health insurance. By 1996, however, only 61 percent had it. And now, unlike the world our parents lived in, even those lucky enough to have a company health plan often have to help pay for a significant part of it. Also, trying to make a living as a freelancer can be hard, but the government makes it even harder by making independent contractors pay double in social security taxes what employees pay. You can read more about these issues, as well as helpful guides for temping, working at home, determining if you are really an employee instead of an independent contractor, etc. at the Working Today Web site.
Why Bill Gates is Richer Than You
Funny... and sad...
Definitely check these sites before you EVER forward an e-mail from someone calling for a boycott, no matter how good the cause sounds. Always verify such information! Often, it's folklore:
Of course, if you do a search for "boycott" and the object of your hatred, you'll probably find someone already has a page about it.
This information posted by J. Cravens. The personal opinions expressed on this page are solely the opinion of Ms. Cravens, unless otherwise noted.
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