Entries of interest tagged with: slavery

Do you buy chocolate produced by slaves?

Those who buy chocolate (or coffee or tea or bananas or …) that does not follow international FairTrade standards are saving money by buying the products of exploitation. Demand that shops carry FairTrade and eliminate products based on exploiting others! … more

Peter’s blog: ‘Slavery & Prisons today’

Thanks to the 13th Amendment, a person convicted of a crime can be forced to work as punishment. And thanks to widespread racism in society, law enforcement, the courts, and the prison system, Black people are vastly more likely to wind … more

Teaching What’s Right: Teaching Columbus in Schools

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed some inaccuracies in information I learned through my grade school career. One fallacy that was widely accepted and taught was the notion that Christopher Columbus discovered America. It was ingrained into our minds all … more

Peter’s blog: ‘Thanksgiving & Colonialism’

Thanksgiving Day seems an appropriate time to post this brief historical note about Colonialism in the United States. I’ll start by mentioning that this is the original territory of the Lenape, now known as the Delaware. Like most parts of … more

fyi: “Replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day”

Following up on the previous post about Standing Rock, suggestions have expanded to the rapidly-growing movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day: The movement to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day is spreading rapidly What Is Indigenous People’s Day? More … more

Chocolate: The Bitter Truth

Fair Trade isn’t just about coffee. Many commodities are subject to abuse by large trading corporations and large growers. Coffee is perhaps the largest volume, but tea, chocolate, sugar, bananas, and many others are also important. Chocolate is subject not … more

Human Trafficking

A few years ago, police in a town in NJ raided a suspected brothel. But they didn’t find young women working as prostitutes, they found sex slaves who had been trafficked from overseas—captives whose every move was controlled by the traffickers. Trafficking … more

What Is Fair Trade?

In today’s world economy, where profits rule and small-scale producers are left out of the bargaining process, farmers, craft producers, and other workers are often left without resources or hope for their future. Fair Trade helps exploited producers escape from … more