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Forced Labor and Human Trafficking

New Orleans   At the Fair Grinds Dialogue , Stephanie Hepburn, co-author of Human Trafficking Around the World:  Hidden in Plain Sight, led us through the hall of horrors of forced labor and the little that is done about it around the world.  She and Rita Simon had amassed stories and studies from twenty-four countries to [...]

FCC Opens Low Power Radio Applications Window

Los Angeles   The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it is opening the window for applications across the country for low power radio licenses from October 15th through October 29th of this year.  You should care about this not because it is easy to win, build, and operate a radio station, but because it [...]

Indian Wastepickers Ready to Train New Yorkers!

Los Angeles  Mayor Bloomberg is now adding composting as another key ingredient of his urban-futures program in New York City joining his other major campaigns around smoking in private establishments, too much sugar in sodas, and gun control, and I’m all for it!  The case he has laid out is impeccable. There are savings in [...]

Is the DOL Finally Moving on Employer Abuses of Independent Contractor Classifications?

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 [...]

Tides Recognizes BP Environmental Warriors on Long Gulf Coast Marathon Fight

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 [...]

Traveler’s Travails in Bolivia, Peru, & Miami: Coffee So Bad, Transfers So Long

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 [...]