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When It Comes to Trade, We Need Better than the TPP

No Lame Duck Vote on TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is expected to bring a net, but marginal, boost to the economy, according to a new study by the U.S. International Trade Commission. We can expect a loss of manufacturing jobs, not a fact to take lightly, but the sector expected to tip the balance in favor of a boosted economy […]

We Still Need to Raise the Federal Minimum Wage

Raise The Wage

The Fight for $15 is sweeping the nation. Thousands of workers, notably in the fast food sector, have staged coordinated strikes. California recently passed legislation guaranteeing a minimum wage of $15/hour for all workers to be phased in over the next several years. New York followed close behind with legislation that will guarantee workers in […]

Mobilizing for a Better World

fight for 15

Around the world, thousands of people are currently mobilizing to demand more and better from governments and corporations. In Paris and now spreading throughout Europe, thousands are staging all night vigils protesting anti-labor policies and calling for a democracy that works for people. In a statement from the public assembly in Paris, organizers say, in […]

A New Look at the History and Trajectory of Fair Trade

Fair Trade Farmers

“In the early 1980s, as the Reagan administration aggressively funded an imperialist war in Nicaragua, the Sandinistas reached out internationally for demonstrations of solidarity.” Ian Hussey and Joe Curnow begin their article Fair Trade: From Solidarity to the Standardization of Neocolonial Relations, recently published in Darkmatter this way. They go on to elaborate on the […]

12th ISSUE OF FOR A BETTER WORLD PUBLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

Fresh off the Printer - For a better World Issue 12

Our 12th issue of For A Better World focuses on the apparel industry, a global industry with huge human and environmental costs. Fast Fashion vs. Ethical Fashion In an interview, Andrew Morgan tells us of his journey to directing the documentary The True Cost, about the impact of “fast fashion” on the people who make […]

Join the Fashion Revolution!

Join the Fashion Revolution

April 24th marks the 3rd anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, which killed over 1,000 apparel factory workers in Bangladesh. Although this was an especially dramatic and tragic reminder of the risk involved in apparel production, it is not the only tragedy, and unfortunately hundreds of workers have been killed in tragic incidents, especially fires, […]

Amazing Wage Victories, but More Work to be Done!

Rent Won't Wait...

What seemed impossible just a few years ago is now becoming reality. Two states in the last week have reached proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. California’s initiative will raise the minimum wage for all workers to $15/hour by 2023, benefiting more than a third of the state’s workforce. New York’s deal will […]

David Bronner on the Raise the Wage Campaign

“People are fed up with the fact that the economy has grown by such a huge amount in the last fifty years, and massive wealth to the top 1%, executive pay has exploded, while the median wage has stayed flat for decades, and the minimum wage has decreased by 30% in value.” David Bronner, Cosmic […]

The Business Case for Raising the Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage Handout

Most of us are familiar by now with the worker-led Fight for $15. This movement has been an important and powerful force for change. But less visible is the fact that most small businesses also support raising the wage. On Saturday, March 12th we will hold a panel to discuss the business case for raising […]

Addressing Climate Change Together

Watch Lee Wallace from Peace Coffee

Recently we asked Lee Wallace of Peace Coffee in Minneapolis to tell us about a project she’s excited about. Listen to her talk about the initiative to bring together a business, non-government organization focused on agriculture and trade policy, and scientists to support small-scale farmers practicing agro-ecology. Learn more about this initiative at http://tinyurl.com/IATPpeace Posted […]