We are back and posting on schedule. Alas, human rights violators never seem to take a vacation.
HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius 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”.
This week we are calling on all progressive people to support Tag Meir, Light Tag, founded in 2011, the largest grassroots coalition of organizations that work against hate crime and religious racism in Israel. Someone has apparently hacked their web site, but you can donate to them via their Facebook page. Use this link.
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 raise the issue of enforced “progress.” and its deadly effect on uncontacted tribes. For example:
Please open the links and post them wherever you can.
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY
We have added this section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labor which is all about modern slavery. We call your attention to the anti slavery campaign. There you can sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers’ supply chains cannot be overemphasized.
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Find a campaign to work for. Light must be made to shine in the darkest of places. Think of Uzbekistan when you shop for clothing. Over a million people are estimated to be forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan by their own governments every year.
URGENT ACTION CASES
Urgent Action: Urge Legislators To Decriminalize Abortion
Salvadorian legislators will soon debate a proposed change to the Criminal Code that, if passed, would end the total criminalization of abortion in the country. It is the first time in almost 20 years that there is a real opportunity to change this law. Please call for this action.
Urgent Action Update: Chadian Activist Freed, Two Others On Trial
Chadian activist Dingamnayal Nely Versinis has been released. Fellow activists Nadjo Kaina Palmer and Bertrand Sollo, detained at Amsinene prison, are on trial for their role in calling for peaceful protests. A verdict on their case is expected on 4 May. They are prisoners of conscience. Please act on their behalf.
Urgent Action: Bolivian Civil Society Center Under Threat
The civil society organization Bolivian Documentation and Information Center (CEDIB) reports being harassed, threatened, and evicted from its premises in Cochabamba, central Bolivia. This is a worrying sign of shrinking civic space in Bolivia and could mean the loss of decades of evidence related to human rights in the country. Please call for protection of the organization.
Fast food workers on strike for a living wage
Unite Union members at KFC, Starbucks, Carls Jr and Pizza Hut went on nationwide strike on April 22 to launch their campaign for a living wage. Workers voted overwhelmingly to take strike action against Restaurant Brands, the company which manages the four brands’ New Zealand operations, after negotiations for a new contract broke down over the company’s refusal to raise wages. Please click to support them.