Last week, a massive blaze in a Bangladeshi sweatshop killed more than two dozen people making cloths for well-known American brands that many will soon see under a Christmas tree. A consortium of Bangladeshi and international activist groups have decided to target six specific companies, and need our help advocating for a list of demands.
Last month a tiny group of women based out of a Cape Town safehouse started a petition calling on South Africa’s justice minister to declare ‘corrective rape’ a hate crime. It has since become the most popular Change.org petition of all time. What has the minister done since? Absolutely nothing. That’s about to change…
Tomorrow the FCC is set to rubber stamp weak Internet regulations and the controversial merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, a move activists are calling “the beginning of the end” and the effective death of Internet freedoms. What can we do to save net neutrality in the final hour?
The Ghanaian government has imminent plans to evict thousands of destitute “Railway Dwellers” after signing a $6 billion contract with a Chinese company to completely overhaul the country’s railways last month.
Three days ago more than two dozen people, most of them poor women making luxury clothes for Americans, were burned alive in a sweatshop in Bangladesh. Despite it being the latest in a series of similar deadly incidents, multinational clients of the factory like the GAP still refuse to end their relationship with the local company that owns it.
Asia Bibi is the first female to ever be convicted of anti-Muslim ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan. The sentence? Mandatory death. The Catholic mother of a poor bricklaying family, Asia Bibi claims she did not say whatever anti-Muslim words some of her fellow citizens feel make her worthy of death. Can lots of local activism save her?
Emmanual Jal, a Sudanese child soldier turned hip hop artist and activist, is pushing a music video espousing the benefits of peace in Sudan. Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel, Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter have all joined in, and in a Change.org interview earlier today, Emmanual argues that global pressure is the only thing left to save Sudan from civil war.
We last reported that a Starbucks locked a group of human rights advocates and the families of torture victims inside the store and then kicked them out. Starbucks refused to apologize, claiming the incident was not a big deal. The verdict? Starbucks is lying, and secretly launched a full investigation. After hundreds of Change.org members petitioned Starbucks to apologize, yesterday they finally did.
Things have been better for Bahrain’s 23 human rights activists, opposition activists, bloggers and dissident clerics all on trial for treason. After being tortured for months, today their entire defense team quit. Local activists are calling on their international supporters to up the pressure.
Israel touts itself as the bastion of democracy in the Middle East, a mainstay against the dictatorships and monarchies that characterize the region. But there have been some incredibly worrying signs over the last two years in the erosion of freedoms of expression in Israel. One local feminist peace organization is calling on the UN to do something about it.
President Obama has repeatedly pledged to protect Internet freedoms. But under rules just proposed by Obama’s hand-picked FCC chairman, Internet providers will be able to speed up access to sites willing to pay top dollar, while slowing down your connection to everyone else. With a vote on the new rules in two weeks, a new coalition is mobilizing millions to pressure the FCC.
A global pioneer in gay rights legislation, South Africa is also the world’s leader in rates of ‘corrective rape’, whereby men rape lesbian women to ‘turn’ them straight. Now one group of women from the Cape Town townships are organizing against rapists and taking on the country’s minister of justice.