Child Labour News Service "[CLNS] managed by the Global March Against Child Labour, is an attempt to streamline the international flow of information on child labour. It aims to raise key issues related to child labour and highlight the long neglected problems, as well as look for practical responses to solutions".
Archive update: By the Sweat & Toil of Children at the Digital Commons at Cornell University's ILR School:
** This was originally announced as being volume threebut the volume number and group title indicator were removed, I would hazard a guesssemantics.
Although the original links and content have long since morphed, I have left this archival information (from the late 1990s) for those who may be researching and need to back track for some reason or another. [original located at: www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/sweat/sweat.pdf] By the Sweat and Toil of Children - Includes not only the U.S. Department of Labor's first volume of the report on imports we
use daily (produced by the sweat and toil of children) and Volume II: The Use of Child Labor in U.S. Agricultural Imports & Forced and Bonded Labor. (10/17/95: the archive now also includes the third section: Forced Labor: The Prostitution of Children. These three reports
are only available in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. There is a link to current versions of free Adobe Readers for most platforms on this site.
Shorter executives summaries are available for all three sectionsboth in ASCII and in PDF formats. Ethics, gentle browser, begins with
you and me. Late 90s Update: volumes four and five are now available. I strongly recommend checking
[originally at www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/sweat4/welcome.html] Volume IV: Consumer Labels and Child Labor available
in HTML format from the Department of Labor. Individual page loads are a bit slow, butI believeworth the wait.
The Dying Rooms Revisited as I noted
a decade or more back, this was one of the saddest sites/sights on the web. Although there have been signs of improving conditions, there
have also been arrests of Chinese activists seeking to help. The original site has changed but above's a current link (2012) to the film site.
Free the Children[an International Network of Children helping Children] children organizing, not
children being organized. Their successes are important for so many reasons. Not only does Free the Children confront issues of child labor and bondage, but it
carries the message with children's voicespowerful voices claiming their interest in the world as stakeholders in the future and in the now. Read the book about how Free the Children came to be. You can order a copy
at their site or you can check it out at your library.
The Library of Congress number is
HD 6231.K53 A3 1998. Whether child or adultstudent
or teacherconcerned world citizen or a political representative, you
should read this book.
Doctors for Global Health [DGH] is a private, not-for-profit organization promoting health, education, art and other human rights throughout the world.
DGH practices Liberation Medicine: the conscious, conscientious use of medicine to promote human dignity and social justice.
Globalvision's tv and documentaries worth watching. Old Rights & Wrongs transcriptsget moved around a bitbut they're there somewhere. Rights & Wrong was Globalvision's human rights programa program moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, which had only the one season (available on the truly fine PBS stations). Last seen in Chicago on Channel 20 WYCC (PBS) the Chicago City Colleges Station. The show included programs on women's and children's "human rights." Worth seeking out. Globalvision has many such wonderful programs.
The Departmet of Labor has let the No Sweat site disappear. Surprise! Surprise!
Somehow we need to let them know, we don't buy it!
NO SWEAT Fashion Trendsetters will just say "NO" to sweatshop labor this season. Just another fad? Let's hope this season's freshest fashion statement at the U.S. Department of Labor's website sets a year-round trend destined to become the classic wardrobe standard.
Since the government is pro-sweatshop: some better sites (and sights) can be found below.
Nikewages.org: Olympic Living Wage Project disappeared from the web ages ago. You may still be able to locate it on one of the net archive sites. Originally it was sponsored by Press for Change, and done in collaboration with the Nicaraguan Solidarity Committee, NikeWatch, and Call to Action USA, is an international human rights project focusing on the lives of sweatshop workers in Nike’s Indonesian shoe factories. The he two project participants, Jim Keady and Leslie Kretzu, adopted the lifestyle, diet, customs and culture of the factory workers and lived
on the prevailing wages for approximately two months. Although the site is no longer there, the information is still spread about. You can still follow their journeys. You can view the video embedded Nike Sweatshops: Behind the Swoosh below. [approximately 20 minutes long]
Since 1982, Green America [formerly Co-op America]has been giving consumers, re-users, avoiders and investors more chances to align their purchasing and dollars with their values. Greed wasn't the only value of record in 1982. Check out ways of putting the good back into goods.
The Alliance for Democracy is not a political party, but a new progressive political movement setting forth to end corporate domination, to establish true political democracy and to build a just society with a sustainable, equitable economy.
Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy. Really puts the sense back in common sense. I started reading Francis Moore Lappé's; Diet for a Small Planet some 25+years agobecause when I became a vegetarian at the age of 18, having been raised on the meat and potato 50s and 60s American diet,
I didn't know how or what to eat. In learning about food value, I learned about the way the world's people have eaten and found nourishment for ages and the devastation replacing traditional foods with cash crops really unleashes.
Food First Policy Brief #1
Policy Brief #1: "Chiapas and the Crisis of Mexican Agriculture" by Roger Burbach and Peter Rosset, December 1994
Oxfam International Humanitarian Policy Notes food, poverty, genetically engineered crops, children, educationthere are no single issues in this world.
Worldwatch is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems.
Earth Island Institute was founded in 1982 by veteran environmentalist David Brower, fosters the efforts of creative individuals by providing organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment.
Environmenal Working Group is a nonprofit environmental research organization dedicated to improving public health and protecting the environment by reducing pollution in air, water and food. The goal of EWG’s research is to turn raw data into usable information. Our researchers unearth large databases from state and federal government agencies and other sources. Then, using their considerable computer hardware, software, and database management expertise, EWG analysts sift through the databases to discover the relevant information and newsworthy stories that are buried within the mountains of data.
The Council of Canadians is Canada's pre-eminent citizens' watchdog organization. Strictly non-partisan, the Council lobbies Members of Parliament, conducts research, and runs national campaigns aimed at putting some of the country's most important issues into the spotlight: safeguarding our social programs, promoting economic justice, renewing our democracy, asserting Canadian sovereignty, advancing alternatives to corporate-style free trade, and preserving our environment
"Why the future doesn't need us."Wired magazine article by Bill Joy, cofounder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems and nearly a gazillion other things.
This is my vote for top read of the year thus far in 2000.
idust.org and idust.net are no longer active: there is still information about the group at ratical.org/radiation/DU/IDUST.html [as of 06/2012] IDUST: International Depleted Uranium Study Team is a non-governmental organization of researchers, activists, veterans, doctors, lawyers and scientists throughout the world dedicated to immediately stopping the use of DU in military weapons.
The Nuclear Energy Information Service [NEIS] " is a non-profit, non- partisan organization whose purpose is to educate the public on issues concerning nuclear power and safe alternative energy resources. " Check out their current campaigns: I especially suggest you look into the Chernobyl's Children's Project.
Illinois Renewable Energy Association [IREA] is a network for sharing ideas, resources and information with individuals, businesses, and communities to promote a resilient
future through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and earth-friendly technology.
Center for Neighborhood Technology
A lot of cool stuff here. One of the more interesting projects is "The Greener Cleaner" a new environmentally
friendlyappropriate tech alternative to dry cleaning. I've been using it and am very happy so far. The picks from their The
Neighborhood Works magazine are also worth a look-see.
Linked here are parts of an earlier dissect-an-ad section from the mid-nineties that has vanished--a version of this site is still at the PBS POV site called Taking on the Kennedys, but compared with the impact of the originalit pales, so I'm leaving my original 1996 notes here in remembrance. POV: Dissect an Ad More than you need a one-minute manager, meditator, mediator or medicator, you need a tool that can analyze those zappy not-even-a-minute bites that bombard you while you sit there in your un-awares each night. Get your info-know inoculation nowbefore you vote.
Categorizing sites and pages by single topic naturally increases the difficulty of finding information using a different classification scheme.
I will get around to setting up a real word search for the sitethat has its own pitfallsbut for now, here are a few tips about the categorizations I tend to use.
Human Rights issues focusing on Children fall under Children Rights, under Labor when talking about sweatshops employing adults, under Green when talking about Food Policy.
I have listed the Cryptography and Human Rights information from the American Association for the Advancement of Science under Human Rights instead of Technology or Freedom of Speech
and women's issues are usually on my Feminist Threads page.
Animal Rights is on this page, but Vegetarian sites are listed on my Virtual Simplicity page. The Virtual Simplicity page also includes alternative energy and transportation information
that could just as easily have been housed under Green on this page.
Most legal and government (research) resources are on my Reference pageorganization or disorganization is probably most idiosyncratic on the reference page.
If you can't find something that you're sure you've seen before or that you think I should include,
drop me a virtual note. In the meantime, I have tried to minimize listing items more than once or at most twice, so you may want to give the page a quick scan to
get a good sense of what's where.
There is too much to do to do it all and do it all right. There is too much to do, not to do something right now.Elizabeth Fraser