|Miriam, human rights defender, 1947-2012|
HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Erasmus (1466-1536)
|Desiderius Erasmus in 1523 as depicted by Hans Holbein the Younger. The Greek and Latin words on the book translate to "The Herculean Labors of Erasmus of Rotterdam".|
GOOD NEWS Good news to share!
CHINASeven activists who had been criminally detained after gathering outside a court in Beijing during the trial of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang have been released. We are also pleased to report that Peter Dahlin, the Swedish NGO worker has also been released. Thanks to all who participated in the actions.
We also report success of a labor action in Australia.
CAMPAIGN SUCCESS! Occupation ends with strong new agreement
[Workers ended their 5-day occupation by signing a strong new agreement which meets their bargaining demands and more.]
National Union of Workers (NUW) members at the International Flavours and Fragrances (IFF) facility in Dandenong (Victoria) have won their struggle. Again, thanks to all who helped.
CHARITY CORNERIn the wake of the closing of the Titan and Pollyanna blogs, we are continuing the charity corner here. This week we call your attention to the issue of health services for the world's most vulnerable peoples. The charity Micro Insurance Academy is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring insurance solutions to the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please open their site, choose a project and donate.
Empower Rural and Indigenous Communities
Indigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming. This week we call your attention to the Jawara people of the Indian Great Andaman Island.
© G Chamberlain/ Survival
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERYWe have added a new section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the site of the CNN Freedom Project where you can find a large number of campaigns against manifestations of slavery in different countries. The number of people living in slavery is of the order of 35 million, which indicates the extent of the problem. We suggest that you look up the Fair Trade movement in your country and make an effort to avoid buying slave-produced products. Look for these logos and try to be an ethical consumer:
This week we call upon you to join the chocolate campaign, to clean up the supply chain of chocolate. Think of a ten year old in Ghana with three years experience in harvesting cacao beans who has never tasted chocolate. Choose your action. The most important thing you can do is to flood your social media with information about the chocolate market.