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Entries Tagged as 'Social and Economic Justice'

Water is an Environmental Justice Issue #blogactionday

October 15th, 2010 · Comments Off · Energy & Sustainability, People Helping People, Personal Social/Environmental Responsibility, poverty, Social and Economic Justice


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Summers’ Departure Could Create Space for Real Reform

September 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Politics, Social and Economic Justice


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What Kind of Idiot Would Publicly Burn a Koran on 9/11?

September 7th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Diversity, Peace and War, propaganda, Social and Economic Justice

  • Christ’s message was one of tolerance of differences, acceptance of diversity. Consider as one among many examples the story of the Good Samaritan. Samaritans were a despised ethnic group in Christ’s day, as this post on Bible.org makes clear.
  • What makes the US different from (and better than) totalitarian governments with official state religion is that we were founded on the bedrock principles of justice and equality, even for those who are different from us. While it’s true that as a country, we certainly haven’t always lived up to these principles, they are part of our founding heritage and part of why I am proud to be an American. Bigotry is anti-American, and this is an act of bigotry.
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    Marketing Honesty: Is Fair Trade Really a Fair Deal?

    August 7th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Abundance and Prosperity, Corporate Social Responsibility, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, poverty, Social and Economic Justice

    Essentially, the term Fair Trade refers to the following business model: companies pay craftsmen and farmers in developing countries an increased wage for goods that are traditionally produced in that region. These goods are produced with an eye to minimal environmental impact. Examples of Fair Trade goods are: bananas, honey, cotton, wine, handcrafts, coffee, sugar, and tea. As of 2008, the annual amount of revenue generated by Fair Trade goods amounted to approximately US$4.08 billion worldwide.

    While the popularity of Fair Trade goods is almost certainly a byproduct of good intentions on the part of consumers, is there a downside to the Fair Trade industry?

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    A Brilliant Ad for CSR…A Puzzling Call to Action

    August 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments · Advertising, Corporate Social Responsibility, Demographics/Psychographics, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, People Helping People, poverty, Social and Economic Justice

    I got the message that it’s my job to make a difference in the world, no matter what I happen to wear.

    Now, I confess—As an entrepreneur motivated more by creating social and environmental change than by making a monetary fortune, I am exactly who this ad is directed at. And I was fascinated. I took the rare step of typing in the link that was displayed on the video to find out more

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    Temporarily Able-Bodied (BloggersUnite: Empowering People With Disabilities)

    July 24th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Demographics/Psychographics, Diversity, Social and Economic Justice


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    US Senate Priorities are All Wrong

    July 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Democracy, Politics, Social and Economic Justice


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    A Chance to Confront Racism

    July 21st, 2010 · 5 Comments · Diversity, language, People Helping People, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice, Transparency vs. Secrecy

    “I’ve been beating myself up for not challenging your racism when you expressed it. So today, I’m going to stop beating myself up and tell you that I didn’t appreciate your put downs of those who look different from you, and I’ll not have you cut my hair again.” Then stand still and listen for dialogue. It may be quite vitriolic, but you may be able to go deeper. And you owe him that much.

    You do this, not for his soul, but for yours. But there may be a side benefit of reaching his, too (maybe not right away).

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    Wall Street Reform + Oil Cap + Gay Marriage

    July 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Business Ethics, Democracy, Energy & Sustainability, General Commentary, media-general, Politics, Protests and Crackdowns, Social and Economic Justice, Socially Responsible Investing


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    Banana Imperialism: A Company Town in Costa Rica

    July 14th, 2010 · Comments Off · Business-general, Energy & Sustainability, poverty, Social and Economic Justice

    Most of our trip around Costa Rica has involved protected wilderness areas, and we’ve seen what bananas look like in nature; they grow a few here and there amidst the astounding biodiversity of the rainforest. Thousands of trees in orderly rows would not be found in nature.

    A nearby organic farmer told us that this kind of monoculture requires enormous amounts of pesticides and herbicides. Not so good for the planet in this country that prides itself on its eco-consciousness.

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