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On March 17, 2011, a group of artists issued a call to action to boycott the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum (and potentially other Guggenheim museums) over the rights of workers at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum site. The Guggenheim Foundation is firmly committed to working to protect workers' rights on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum site. Very important steps have been taken over the past six months that demonstrate this commitment. In response, Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, sent the following letter to Emily Jacir and Walid Raad, who initiated the petition.
GUGGENHEIM RESPONDS TO PROPOSED ARTIST BOYCOTT
From: Richard Armstrong and Nancy Spector
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 11:48 AM
Subject: Letter from the Guggenheim
Dear Emily and Walid,
We wanted to share with you information that we are sending to Human Rights Watch in response to their letter dated February 24, 2011 to the Guggenheim, Louvre, and NYU regarding workers' welfare in Abu Dhabi. Up until now we have not been briefed on such details by TDIC, our partner in Abu Dhabi. Since the release of the Human Rights Watch most recent report and our sustained conversations with TDIC, we have a new opportunity to comment on several important issues that have been the focus of your concern.
As you well know, Human Rights Watch has singled out two key issues since the publication of the joint agreement between the Guggenheim and TDIC in September of 2010, which announced several milestones in securing workers' rights on Saadiyat Island. These issues comprise the appointment of an independent monitor and a provision to ensure that employees at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi site are reimbursed for any recruitment fees paid.
As you know from our previous correspondence, TDIC has committed to appoint a recognized independent monitor in May 2011 to monitor compliance and to publish its results annually. With respect to the recruitment fee issue, TDIC has expanded the safeguards in its Employment Practices Policy (EPP). The existing EPP (and our joint statement) prohibited contractors using any agent charging a recruitment fee to employees, and required that contractors be solely liable for and pay all recruitment fees. The EPP now goes beyond this provision to require contractors to reimburse workers in full for any fees associated with their recruitment. This provision mirrors what New York University has done, and reflects precisely what Human Rights Watch recommended to us that we should do.
We hope you can recognize that this represents substantial and concrete progress in the two areas that Human Rights Watch conveyed to us were the ones in which they felt our statement was lacking, and where they suggested progress should be made. In Human Rights Watch's recent draft report, they have also raised the issue of compliance with the provisions of the joint statement, including whether workers retain their passports and whether employment contracts are consistent with the jobs workers are asked to perform. TDIC has shared with us the report issued by the outside firm it hired to monitor compliance at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum site in November of 2010. We found the results were encouraging. For example, the report found that 90 percent of the workers interviewed held their passports and the remaining 10 percent had visas in process, and 100 percent of the workers interviewed were holding their employment contracts and in all cases the actual conditions were found to be consistent with what was described in the agreements.
In evaluating the conclusions in Human Rights Watch's draft report we took into account the fact, which they shared with us, that they actually only interviewed 5 to 10 of the workers on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum site, whereas the report we received prepared by the outside auditor was based on a much broader sample. When Human Rights Watch visited the site, there were only 50 to 100 workers since construction is in its very early stages. It is also worth mentioning that these reforms have been put into place before significant construction gets started.
We believe that the statements that were made last week by Human Rights Watch have painted an inaccurate picture of the substantial progress in safeguarding workers' rights that has been made to date. Clearly, the Guggenheim shares the goals expressed by you, the signatories of your petition, and Human Rights Watch to protect worker's rights in Abu Dhabi. We believe that the progress made thus far is more than ceremonial. In fact, it signals fundamental changes in the emirates' decades-long labor practices. It is important to us that you understand this was achieved through persistent and sustained effort on our part working in tandem with TDIC. We recognize that there is still much to strive for but know from past experience that change such as this is incremental around the world. It is very troubling to us that your statement portrays the Guggenheim as a passive agent with little consciousness of the issues at hand. That is the exact opposite of the truth.
Now that you are in contact with TDIC and even made a visit to the workers' village, we hope that information from all sides will be more direct and timely. It will certainly be more productive if we can all work together to insure that our common goals are met. We will welcome your continued involvement now that construction of the museum is imminent.
At present we fear that Human Rights Watch's statement and your petition are jeopardizing a project that promises to have a very positive effect in the region by casting a negative light on the Guggenheim. We strongly believe that the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi, with its future program of transnational contemporary art and thought, can serve as a beacon for important intellectual activity, cultural exchange, and, ultimately, critical shifts in social practice.
Having shared this with you, we plan to make this information public to a broader audience to further greater understanding of a complex and many-sided situation.
Please bear in mind, that we want to maintain a dialogue with you about this most crucial of issues.
Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief CuratorOn March 17, 2011, a group of artists issued a call to action to boycott the... more
Walkouts, Bank Boycotts and Recalls: Wisconsin Protests Intensify As Union-Busting Legislation Pushed Through State Assembly
Setting a good example is one of the most, powerful, potent methods of teaching.
Let us all watch, listen, and carefully study the the good example set by these Pro-Democracy activists in Wisconsin interviewed by Democracy Now's Mike Burke.Walkouts, Bank Boycotts and Recalls: Wisconsin Protests Intensify As Union-Busting... more
Dear Citizens of the United States of America,
It has come to our attention that the brothers, David and Charles Koch--the billionaire owners of Koch Industries--have long attempted to usurp American Democracy. Their actions to undermine the legitimate political process in Wisconsin are the final straw. Starting today we fight back.
Koch Industries, and oligarchs like them, have most recently started to manipulate the political agenda in Wisconsin. Governor Walker's union-busting budget plan contains a clause that went nearly un-noticed. This clause would allow the sale of publicly owned utility plants in Wisconsin to private parties (specifically, Koch Industries) at any price, no matter how low, without a public bidding process. The Koch's have helped to fuel the unrest in Wisconsin and the drive behind the bill to eliminate the collective bargaining power of unions in a bid to gain a monopoly over the state's power supplies.
The Koch brothers have made a science of fabricating 'grassroots' organizations and advertising campaigns to support them in an attempt to sway voters based on their falsehoods. Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and Citizens United are just a few of these organizations. In a world where corporate money has become the lifeblood of political influence, the labor unions are one of the few ways citizens have to fight against corporate greed. Anonymous cannot ignore the plight of the citizen-workers of Wisconsin, or the opportunity to fight for the people in America's broken political system. For these reasons, we feel that the Koch brothers threaten the United States democratic system and, by extension, all freedom-loving individuals everywhere. As such, we have no choice but to spread the word of the Koch brothers' political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness.
Anonymous hears the voice of the downtrodden American people, whose rights and liberties are being systematically removed one by one, even when their own government refuses to listen or worse - is complicit in these attacks. We are actively seeking vulnerabilities, but in the mean time we are calling for all supporters of true Democracy, and Freedom of The People, to boycott all Koch Industries' paper products. We welcome unions across the globe to join us in this boycott to show that you will not allow big business to dictate your freedom.
U.S. Product Boycott List
European Product Boycott List
•Lotus / Lotus Soft
•Okay Ktchen Towels
To identify these brands, please look for the following logo anywhere on the packaging:Dear Citizens of the United States of America,
It has come to our attention... more
The DIGNITY of the American Worker IS NOT FOR SALE!
How often have you heard, “‘We can’t tax big business more, they’ll just pass the costs on to the consumer?”
Some people seem to be willing to accept that must be helpless slaves to big business. They may have bought the Tea Party and the Wisconsin Governor, but NOT me! I say…they CAN’T pass the costs on to ME if I don’t buy their products.
This is America, not China! Workers don’t need to give up their rights and the middle-class doesn’t have to BOW TO THE PLUTOCRACY ANYMORE!
Until BIG BUSINESS IS ASKED TO SACRIFICE THEIR FAIR SHARE…A BOYCOTT IS IN ORDER.
I’m STARTING with Koch Ind.
Here’s WHY. http://www.theawl.com/2011/02/the-selling-of-wisconsin-enter-koch-brothers-bag-man-jeffrey-schoepke If as the Governors agrees, Wisconsin is the first domino, we need to STOP IT IN IT’S TRACKS THERE!
The damning phone call is HERE: http://dancody.org/archives/uncensored-prank-call-of-gov-walker-recording-talking-to-david-koch.html/
Cowards like Governor Walker are afraid to negotiate the collective bargaining rights of the Teachers and Nurses unions. Only weak leaders fear tough negotiations. Strong leaders view them as opportunities for sustainable solutions with buy-in from all stake holders.
Cowards and bullies and union busters aren’t going to solve this country’s big problems by themselves in ANY meaningful and sustainable way.
The POWER is with the People and their WALLETS!
Koch Ind doesn’t care about anything other than the bottom line. We can significantly SHRINK it by attacking the TOP line,The DIGNITY of the American Worker IS NOT FOR SALE!
How often have you heard,... more
Perhaps one of the most significant points in this case is that genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa is the first perennial GMO. It can cross breed with wild alfalfa and provide a rogue GE gene pool, greatly increasing the probability that eventually all alfalfa will become contaminated. Alfalfa is also considered “insectary” due to the large number of insects it attracts, which will also accelerate the genetic contamination. If GMO alfalfa follows the same path as GMO soy and corn, then within 15 years we should expect to see 80-90% of the 21 million acres currently planted in alfalfa to be of a GE variety. This means a serious challenge to producing organic alfalfa, vital for organic dairy. It also means a substantially increased environmental human exposure to the herbicide RoundUp, a known endocrine disrupter.
Plant pathologist Don Huber, PhD, professor emeritus of Purdue University, says the repercussions of introducing Roundup Ready technology to another crop, like alfalfa, could be disastrous. "If indications hold true, we're set up for the greatest disaster that this country or the world has ever seen, that will dwarf any major famine or drought that has ever been recorded," says Huber.
Should consumers choose to take their own action against this assault on human health, we wanted to point out some of the Land O’ Lakes brand names & licensees so that you can contact them and tell them what you think about their grand “little” experiment on mankind. Here are a few of the most well known names:
Land O’ Lakes
- (800) 328-9680
Purina Mills (Livestock feeds)
- (800) 227-8941
Dean Foods (Owner of Horizon Organics) packaging LOL products under license
- (214) 303-3400
- Dean Foods Consumer Response P.O. Box 961447 El Paso, TX 79996
White Wave (Owned by Dean foods) packaging LOL products under license
- Land O’Lakes products: 800-878-9762
Alpine Lace (Lowfat cheese products)
Of course you could also contact Forage Genetics directly at:
- Forage Genetics International, P.O. Box 339 Nampa, ID 83653-0339
- (800) 635-5701 email@example.com
- Mark McCaslin, PhD, President - firstname.lastname@example.org
If consumers let these food giants know that they will NOT buy their poisons, they WILL have no choice but to eventually listen
Time for a massive boycott.Perhaps one of the most significant points in this case is that genetically engineered... more
The Humane Society of the United States says its undercover investigation documents inhumane treatment of breeding pigs and piglets at a factory farm in Waverly that's owned by a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.
At a Wednesday morning news conference, the HSUS says its investigator spent a month working inside the facility and found many incidents of abuse.
"We conducted this investigation to shine a very bright light on this very dark world of animal abuse that exists in these operations in which gestation crates are used," said Senior Director, Factory Farming Campaign, HSUS.
For example, HSUS alleges that three times, the investigator informed employees that a pig was thrown into a dumpster alive. The animal had been shot in the forehead with a captive bolt gun, which is designed to render an animal unconscious, and was thrown in the dumpster still alive and breathing.
Other incidents HSUS says it documented were female breeding pigs crammed inside "gestation crates" so small the animals could barely move and employees mishandling piglets and tossing them into carts.
HSUS says the company, which is among the nation's top animal agribusiness, pledged in 2007 to phase out the use of gestation crates within 10 years, but that last year, the company changed its mind. Citing the economic climate.
Shapiro, "the company can not rely on the economic recession as an excuse for failing to allow its animals merely the ability to turn around when the company just posted its highest earnings last quarter in the company's entire 74 year history."
Smithfield Foods said care and safety is its top priorty and that it began an investigation since learning of a possible incident through its animal welfare hotline.
Shapiro said other large pork producers, such as Maxwell Foods, are already gestation crate-free.Cargill is 50 percent gestation crate-free.
HSUS says seven states across the country have already banned the use of gestation crates.
Shapiro says gestation crates are not illegal in Virginia and Smithfield Foods doesn't face any criminal charges.The Humane Society of the United States says its undercover investigation documents... more
Please read the original press release contained in the following first link below that lists the prisoners demands.
The notorious Georgia Prison System has once again made the national news. Georgia is already noted for being second in the percentage of its residents confined to state prisons; second only to Texas. The violence towards the prisoners, the lack of action taken by guards when there is an altercation among prisoners, and the lack of access to basic health care, and the lengthy sentences imposed on Georgia citizens is nothing new.
Historically, inmates would get three meals of 2500 calories Monday through Friday; and two meals on Saturday and Sunday. Less than two years ago the prison system stopped feeding its prisoners three meals on Fridays, and now they are talking about taking away one of their meals on Thursdays. Georgia citizens now fear for their health and wellness. While the authorities say that the inmates get 2500 calories in two meals or three meals, the inmates say that the portion sizes do not change.
Hungry humans tend to be agitated, frustrated, and on edge. It has long been noted that if you keep people full they are less likely to cause problems. But if they don't cause problems then they might be released. If they are released, the prisons don't receive funding to house them. And, no, they don't use all the money allotted to care for each prisoner on the prisoner. The paperwork may show that but the reality is very different. Prison is big business and for profit.
Please read the original press release contained in the following first link below that lists the prisoners demands.
http://ppjg.wordpress.com/2010/04/05/america%E2%80%99s-prison-system-corporate-organized-crime-runs-the-system-of-human-trafficking-for-profit/Please read the original press release contained in the following first link below... more
As we reported yesterday, in the hours before WikiLeaks published its latest cache of secret government files, a hacker tried to shut it down with a cyber attack (something a Chinese hacker seems to have succeeded at today). Fortunately for WikiLeaks in the previous hacking case, it's website is hosted on several different worldwide servers, including those owned by Seattle's own Amazon.com, which meant WikiLeaks could move its traffic and avoid a more crippling attack. This isn't sitting well with some folks and calls for an Amazon boycott are now springing up on the internet like mushrooms after a rain storm.
A majority of the boycott demands seem to be coming from conservative websites like WyBlog(http://wyblog.us/blog/tech/boycott-amazon-over-wikileaks.html), ConservativeHideout(http://conservativehideout.com/info/index.php/component/content/article/34-conservative-sites/683-boycott-amazoncom-theyre-now-hosting-wikileaks) and Geobent(http://geobent.blogspot.com/2010/11/boycott-amazon.html).
But PI blogger Charlette LeFevre (who seems to have no obviously public political leanings) posted a demand for a boycott early this morning(http://blog.seattlepi.com/capitolhill/archives/230196.asp?source=rss).
I wonder would Amazon have published a list of underground railroad sites in the days of slavery? Would Amazon have published Schindler's list? Would Amazon also publish the names of all their own current employees and their foreign connections?
Besides drawing an obvious false equivalency between slavery and holocaust era information and the embarrassing-at-best, dangerous-at-worst nature of WikiLeaks latest dump, LeFevre goes on to say that "I am a consumer and can exercise my consumer buying power by boycotting Amazon and sending a message."
A boycott would indeed hurt Amazon. It's highly unlikely that it would hurt WikiLeaks, however, as the site has several mirror servers in Sweden, France and elsewhere and could likely find a new company to host it, should Amazon give it the boot.
But being that no one can seem to find WikiLeaks top dog Julian Assange and have him answer for his controversial disclosures, it's not surprising that some are aiming at a much easier target.
Grass-roots activists have accused Facebook of anti-democratic behavior for disabling key features on corporate boycott pages.
Indeed, the popular social networking site recently locked-down sections of a page that been created to boycott Target until the company ceased funding [allegedly] anti-gay politicians, such as Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.
Jeffrey Henson - who runs the controversial group - told Politico(http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42364.html) that FB was banning new discussion threads, preventing members from posting videos and barring administrators from sending updates to boycott members.
"It slices the [virtual] vocal cords," claimed an angry Henson. "Our page [members] are now outraged over the website's actions."
Nicholas Lefevre, an avid promoter of the Target boycott, expressed similar sentiments.
"Facebook is interfering with the function of a page dedicated to individuals organizing in response to corporate action to which they object.
"With the limited avenues for such expression and organization and the importance of the Internet to that ability, anything that threatens that expression is dangerous."
However, a Facebook spokesperson told Politico the pages were restricted because they didn't comply with the site's (stringent) terms of service.
"Facebook Pages enable public figures, organizations, businesses, and brands to share information, interact with interested people, and maintain an engaging presence on Facebook.
"They're...optimized for official entities' needs to communicate, distribute content, engage people and capture new audiences. To protect people from spam and other unwanted content, we restrict Pages that represent ideas or positions - rather than discrete entities - from publishing stories to people's News Feeds."
But Ilyse Hogue of the liberal grassroots group Moveon.org said she believes democracy clearly "works best" when every single citizen's voice is weighed equally.
"[Unfortunately, it seems as if] the whole [FB] system is titled away from those individual voices," added Hogue.Grass-roots activists have accused Facebook of anti-democratic behavior for disabling... more
After the breakdown of its talks with Target Corp., the nation's leading gay rights organization said Monday that it would continue to protest against the company over a donation used to support a Republican gubernatorial candidate with a history of opposing gay rights.
Officials with the Human Rights Campaign said the giant retailer had effectively rejected the group's proposals that Target donate to gay rights organizations to offset the earlier donation.
Target's handling of the confrontation has been closely watched because it is the first case in this election cycle of a company hit by national protests over a campaign donation. The topic is especially sensitive this year because of a Supreme Court decision that allows corporate organizations and unions to use their funds in election campaigns.
Human Rights Campaign is considering whether to suspend Target's 100% rating on its Corporate Equality Index, a measure of corporate hiring diversity policies on a scale of 0% to 100%.
"If their initial contribution was a slap in the face, their refusal to make it right is a punch in the gut, and that's not something that we will soon forget," said Joe Solmonese, the group's president.
Target said it was "best to wait" given the controversy stirred by its donation, which prompted Facebook calls for a boycott and scattered protests outside stores. An anti-boycott site also popped up on Facebook from conservatives supporting Target.
"We believe that it is impossible to avoid turning any further actions into a political issue and will use the benefit of time to make thoughtful, careful decisions on how best to move forward," the company said in a statement.
Target Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel has told employees that sending a $150,000 donation to the new political group MN Forward was a business decision. The group used Target's funds to help underwrite ads backing Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who opposes gay marriage and other legislative initiatives sought by gay rights groups.
In response, San Francisco officials threatened to block the construction of two Target stores in the city, where gay advocates have long had strong influence. In addition, MoveOn.org and other left-leaning groups have asked supporters to boycott Target. MoveOn posted a video Monday on YouTube showing a group of its members performing a musical number inside a Seattle Target store.
Republicans and several organizations on the right have complained that Target was the victim of "liberal thuggery."
The ability of corporations to donate on behalf of Republican candidates is of special concern to Democrats in this midterm election. Democrats have outraised Republicans in traditional campaign fundraising, but they fear the advantage may be overwhelmed by corporate giving.
On the right, observers think the unwanted attention Target has received will put a chill on donation plans.
Human Rights Campaign said it had reached two tentative agreements with Target but the retailer backed out. The group said it planned to give $150,000 to organizations that supported candidates in favor of gay rights.
Best Buy Co. has also given to MN Forward. Human Rights Campaign said it was negotiating with Best Buy.After the breakdown of its talks with Target Corp., the nation's leading gay... more
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In January, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited $$ in our elections.
In July, Target gave $150,000 to the anti-gay, anti-worker candidate for Gov. of MN.
Last week, a quarter million people pledged to boycott Target
Yesterday . . .
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This action on their part proves they are feeling some pressure from the boycott. And really... giving checks to station owners when Gulf residents can't even get claims filed to feed their families?! More proof positive that BP cares more about its IMAGE than cleaning up this ecocide and its accountability for it. Don't you just feel so sorry for all of the station owners who screwed you with high gas prices?
Tsk, tsk, BP. You should have saved your WINDFALL PROFITS from screwing the American people over in years prior to this instead of paying out BILLIONS to buffoons like Tony Hayward. You might be able to make it now. I have no pity for any of them. I have boycotted gas stations IN TOTAL, walking, taking mass transit, driving less only when I have to, and continuing to call on this do nothing government to GIVE CONSUMERS A CHOICE.
And also, thank you to those who are doing this. We need to take it up a notch to boycotting driving in general as much as possible, and calling for CHOICE and alternate fuel and electric cars. It's about time they started feeling the pinch after all of the years they screwed us over.This action on their part proves they are feeling some pressure from the boycott. And... more
L.A. County supervisors join city's AZ boycott
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to join the city's economic boycott of Arizona over the new immigration law. The L.A. City Council already voted to boycott the state because of Arizona's new immigration law.
Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky say there is no question that America's immigration system is broken, but they believe Arizona's new law is a violation of American civil rights.
Molina and Yaroslavsky introduced a motion asking Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona to repeal SB 1070. The motion also directs the county to review all investments in Arizona, such as state municipal bonds, and to suspend travel to Arizona for county business.
The motion passed by a vote of 3 to 2.
The Board of Supervisors willl also send a letter to President Barack Obama and Congress, asking them to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Supervisor Don Knabe said boycotting Arizona is a misguided reaction to a bad law, while Supervisor Mike Antonovich called the motion "stupid."
"It doesn't make sense, it doesn't follow the law," Antonovich said. "All Arizona is doing is following federal law and that is also California state law."
Supervisor Knabe released a written statement saying he also wouldn't support the motion.
"Los Angeles County is currently facing tremendous fiscal challenges with our own dysfunctional state government, which we are attempting to work through. This motion takes away from these efforts, and will distract from what we are elected to do for the residents of this county," Knabe's statement read.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was the deciding vote on the issue.
The LAUSD Board of Education is also joining the list of those opposing Arizona's law. The board will consider on Tuesday a resolution condemning the law and curtailing economic support of Arizona, introduced by board president Monica Garcia.
The resolution would urge students and their parents to be aware of the law, which authorizes Arizona police to question someone's immigration status when there is suspicion that the person may be in the state illegally.L.A. County supervisors join city's AZ boycott
Tuesday, June 01, 2010... more
Lead by the lead vocalist for Rage Against the Machine, Zack de la Rocha, a group of musicians have decided to boycott Arizona in protest to the anti-immigrant law SB1070.
“Fans of our music, our stories, our films and our words can be pulled over and harassed every day because they are brown or black, or for the way they speak, or for the music they listen to,” declared de la Rocha in a Billboard Article about the boycott.
The Sound Strike, is the name of the campaign, which rolled out a Twitter account, and a website that shows that the group just started this week, and that so far they have a group of over 20 artists and growing. In the website they also invite other artists to join, and be part of this boycott against Arizona.
The boycotts against Arizona keep popping out. Artists like Pitbull, Wisin y Yandel, Jenny Rivera and Cypress Hill have announced cancelations of their shows, and with this unified effort, there could be more acts to fall as well.
For a full list click here --> http://bit.ly/coSgi6Lead by the lead vocalist for Rage Against the Machine, Zack de la Rocha, a group of... more
Teachers and Schools in England plan to boycott the SATs exams this year, in a news story that will make anyone who went through the exams jealous because the same event didn't happen for them.
In the article, the BBC discovered in 113 councils around 15% of the schools are going to boycott the SATs. "Among the schools of which the BBC has details, nearly 1,900 (15%) say they will boycott the tests and about 5,650 say they will not (45%)."-BBC, who note the other 40% are currently unknown.
It's stated the boycott stems from teachers who don't want to teach children just for the SATS tests, because other subjects can be left behind. Once again these children don't know how lucky they are to have teachers like this (well, we could always create a new exam system to find out)Teachers and Schools in England plan to boycott the SATs exams this year, in a news... more
Today, marks the day Cannabis is no longer Current, as well as hundreds of other news stories.
Current is no longer a Individually ran operation it has been bough out by the corporations and is now a SUGGESTIVE THINKING NEWS PROPAGANDA WEBSITE.
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DEMAND THE TRUTH
if you want to hear about celebrities and retards turn on the TVToday, marks the day Cannabis is no longer Current, as well as hundreds of other news... more
Austin Activists Protest Material Support of Genocide in Palestine: Ahava cosmetics produced In illegal Israeli settlements.
More than 30 people carried picket signs in front of the Gateway Shopping Center in Austin on Saturday, April 24, urging shoppers to boycott ULTA Beauty for refusing to take Ahava Dead Sea cosmetics off their shelves.
The Austin protests, which began the previous week at the Sunset Valley ULTA store, are part of an international campaign to call attention to resources taken from illegal Israeli settlements. The UN has declared the Israeli settlements in Palestine to be a violation of international law and Ahava violates the fourth Geneva Convention by exploiting Palestine’s natural resources.
Bernice Hecker, a member of the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, said:
"We’ve joined this international campaign to call attention to the illegal Israeli settlements and the theft of Palestinian resources. By telling shoppers to boycott ULTA, we are calling attention both to the occupation and to the fact that Ahava is marked as “made in Israel” when it is really made in occupied Palestine."
The boycott efforts have been organized by the Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights, CodePink, and the UT Palestinian Solidarity Committee. Members of the groups have approached the managers of four ULTA stores and asked them to remove Ahava products but they refused.
On April 17 the groups held an in-store action at Sunset Valley ULTA followed by a picket on the sidewalk of the shopping center. On April 24 there was a brief in-store action at the Gateway Ulta with a picket line on the sidewalk. These actions were in response to ULTA's refusal to remove these illegal products from their stores.
More on the boycott campaign can be found at http://www.StolenBeauty.org
This is a http://ZGraphix.org production.Austin Activists Protest Material Support of Genocide in Palestine: Ahava cosmetics... more