Category Archives: poverty

Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism

Yes Magazine
To combat terrorism, we should address the root causes of poverty, says former “economic hit man”
by John Perkins
The following is adapted from Hoodwinked: An Economic Hitman Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded—and What We Need to Do to Remake Them. Random House, 2009:
Navy Seal snipers rescued an American cargo ship captain unharmed and killed three Somali pirates in a daring operation in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, ending a five-day standoff between United States naval forces and a small band of brigands in a covered orange lifeboat off the Horn of Africa. Continue reading Poverty, Global Trade Justice, and the Roots of Terrorism

Fair Trade Chocolate on Halloween!

afjnOn Halloween, chocolate is the tastiest of treats. Yet, in reality, our favorite candy is bitter sweet…
284,000 children toil in abusive labor conditions in West Africa’s cocoa field, many trafficked from neighboring countries
Cocoa companies pay prices so low that many cocoa farmers cannot meet their families’ basic needs
Will you help spread the word on the cocoa industry’s dark side while also supporting more sustainable alternatives? Participate in Global Exchange’s third annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating! Continue reading Fair Trade Chocolate on Halloween!

Motel Rooms Become Home for Some

New York Times
By ERIK ECKHOLM

Johnny Garza, left, his wife Tamara Garza and their daughter Celine, 9. Monica Almeida/The New York Times Audio Slideshow
Johnny Garza, left, his wife Tamara Garza and their daughter Celine, 9. Monica Almeida/The New York Times Audio Slideshow

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Greg Hayworth, 44, graduated from Syracuse University and made a good living in his home state, California, from real estate and mortgage finance. Then that business crashed, and early last year the bank foreclosed on the house his family was renting, forcing their eviction.

Local officials estimate that 1,000 families who live in motels in Orange County, Calif., go uncounted in federal homeless data.
Continue reading Motel Rooms Become Home for Some