New Orleans On March 13th the United States Department of Labor (DOL) is taking comments on the ways and means of an almost $2 million dollar survey of over 10,000 workers nationally that they have proposed as part of their so-called Misclassification Initiative. What they are trying is to suss out through these interviews is [...]
Casey Budesilich from Tides with Awardees Brenda Robichaux and Marylee Orr
New Orleans Twenty-two years ago the Tides Foundation began giving the Jane Bagley Lehman Public Advocacy Awards on an almost annual basis to largely unrecognized local grassroots organizers and activists making a huge difference on major issues in what I have always called “the [...]
Lima and Miami In Bolivia coca leaves in hot water is the drink recommended for altitude adaptation. It’s what they grow, so it’s what they drink. In Peru they grow some pretty good beans. We’ve handled some Peruvian fairtrade at Fair Grinds Coffeehouse to brew a good cup, so it’s not as if there isn’t [...]
New Orleans Fairtrade has a language problem that is quickly becoming a huge commercial and consumer problem. There’s no copy write to the name “fairtrade,” so like it or not, anyone can use it, claim it, or con with it. As a relatively new movement trying to build commercial strength and consumer identification, a “classic” [...]
New Orleans This is the way pre-industrial societies and social networks operate.
Somehow I opened in the darkness with the generator roaring, doors flung wide open, and by the light of a flashlight at 630 AM telling folks at Fair Grinds Coffeehouse that I had lots of choices. I had “hot coffee” and I had “hot coffee.” [...]
New Orleans Seven years ago to the day, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and we’re still living in the wake of that storm. To say that Isaac wasn’t as bad is almost saying nothing, other than how lucky we were to be spared. 70% of the Greater New Orleans area has been without power, some 700,000 [...]