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You Don’t Have to Screw People Over to Survive

“You don’t have to fuck people over to survive” are wise words I once heard radical comic book artist Seth Tobocman chant, repeatedly. It’s also the title of one of his books. Those words have stayed with me, and I’m a bit surprised more people don’t echo that sentiment.

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Do Fair Trade Labels Actually Mean Anything?

If you consider yourself a conscious consumer, you might have stood before the chocolate section at your Whole Foods, reading label after label of “fair trade” logos, and wondered, what the heck do all these different certifications mean?

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Unfair Trade Is Killing American Aluminum and Steel

Kameen Thompson started his workday Sept. 15 thinking that his employer, ArcelorMittal in Conshohocken, Pa., the largest supplier of armored plate to the U.S. military, might hire some workers to reduce a recent spate of overtime.

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10 Sustainable Fashion Brands That Will Keep You - and Planet Earth - Looking Good

In 2013, shoppers were reaquainted with the tragic story of their clothing when a massive factory collapse claimed the lives of more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers.

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The Terrible Legacy of Unenforced Trade Laws

Over the past several weeks, as Alcoa and Century cut aluminum production nationwide, James Markus, a 23-year-veteran aluminum worker, acutely felt the pain of those laid off.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Foie Gras for Corporations, Dead Rats for Workers

Some terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the 12-nation trade proposal completed last week, are so repulsive that the New Zealand trade minister who helped negotiate the scheme described accepting them as swallowing dead rats.

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Sanders Blasts The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Over the weekend, 11 nations reached a final agreement in Atlanta on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a wide-ranging deal that would expand corporate rights across member states to the detriment of worker rights, the environment and public health.

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Picking Apart One of the Biggest Lies in American Politics: 'Free Trade'

In 1992, Ross Perot won almost 20% of the entire presidential vote on the single issue of stopping so-called “free trade.” Today, several presidential candidates are gaining huge traction with similar opposition to NAFTA, CAFTA, and the upcoming Southern Hemisphere Asian Free Trade Agreement (SHAFTA, now called the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP). 

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Democrats Fold on Shady Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

Less than a day after blocking the Obama administration's path to a secretive trade deal, Senate Democrats have accepted an offer put forth by Republicans. The Democrats, led by Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, came to accept the deal after personal lobbying from President Obama.

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5 Reasons to Boycott Starbucks

Starbucks is the largest coffee chain in the world, with 20,100 stores and annual sales of $14.9 billion. CEO Howard Schultz is worth $1.6 billion. It’s a fortune built by consumers and coffee farmers for Schultz and Starbucks’ shareholders.

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3 Items People Died For You to Enjoy

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