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  • The overall impact would be a massive increase of profits and power for transnational corporations at the expensive of sick people, internet users and the public. In addition … the TPP has raised worries on the part of labor and consumer groups.
  • Protesters Take Over US Trade Rep Building, Expose Secret Negotiations
  • “They have blood on their hands"

Emile Schepers, People's World 

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November 14 2013 | The New York Times reported serious worry in the U.S. Congress about the Trans Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP for short),  a massive new free trade deal being pushed by the United States with the involvement of 11 other countries on both sides of the Pacific. About 170 Congresspersons have signed on to one or more of three letters which oppose fast track status for the deal.

On Wednesday also, Wikileaks released 95 pages and 30,000 words of the draft of just one component on the treaty, on intellectual property rights. This did nothing to calm the many who think the TPP is a giant corporate power grab.

Emile Schepers is a veteran civil and immigrant rights activist … and has worked as a researcher and activist in urban, working-class communities in Chicago since 1966. 

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“They have blood on their hands" Josh Eidelson, Salon

  • Meet Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare
  • A top Bangladesh labor leader slams retailers, issues a plea to consumers, and explains why her life is in danger
  • California Wal-Mart workers strike today, following stunning Florida victory
  • These Kmart Workers Say They Can't Even Take Thanksgiving Off

Big Retailers Make Low-Paid Workers Into Exploited Turkeys on Thanksgiving

  • The mythic heritage of Thanksgiving may soon find the turkey replaced by the power of the almighty buck.
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Mark Karlin, Truthout / Buzzflash

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image/turkey/waronthanksgivingThink Progress

November 15, 2013 | Ah Thanksgiving, that quintessential of US holidays when the warmth of family and appreciation for the bounty of our nation are celebrated.  The tantalizing and comforting aroma of turkey -- with all the trimmings -- lingers as we give thanks and bask in the warmth of those we love.

Some begin the groaning board meal with a prayer; some begin with secular thanks; and some don't have enough money for a proper holiday meal.  But this is the day that symbolizes the harvest, the fruit of one's labor, the emotional recognition of the value of work and life and family and friends.

Mark Karlin is Editor of Buzzflash at Truthout 

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Black Friday Walmart Protests, Teresa, Joe, John and Susan, Peoples World / Black Friday Protests

The holiday season is already upon us and Black Friday Walmart protests are being planned across the nation. You can find one near you here: Black Friday Protests. Send us your photos, stories to editors@peoplesworld.org or tweet us @peoplesworld. Help us keep the coverage of Walmart workers going. Donate today. Solidarity forever!

 

 

 

In Washington, Monsanto & Friends Make Biggest Illegal Contribution on Record to Stop GMO Labeling

  • The largest donors, along with Monsanto, include ConAgra, General Mills, Pepsi Co, Coca-Cola, Kellogg Company, Campbell’s Soup Co, Land O’ Lakes, Ocean Spray, Cargill, Dean Foods and the Hershey’s Chocolate Company.
  • 5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store

Christina Sarich, Nation of Change

Friday, November 15, 2013 | If you haven’t already heard of the Grocery Manufacturer’s of America and their aims at stopping Initiative Five-hundred and twenty- two (522) from passing in Washington just days from now, you will shortly. With companies like Monsanto taking the lead, millions of dollars have been funneled illegally through a slush fund to try to sway voters against passing the five hundred and twenty two Initiative that would require grocery stores that sell foods containing GMO food to label it as such.

This group of slick corporate greed-mongers only disclosed their ‘donations’ to the fund after state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit earlier in October. More than $1 million has already been used to try to defend organic and right-to-know activists from getting their labeling bill passed. The companies know that the word is out, and if they don’t spend a king’s ransom on misinformation campaigns and propaganda then the 522 Initiative will be voted down.

Christina Sarich works at writer, yogi, musician

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5 Tips on How to Avoid GMO Foods in the Grocery Store,  Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society

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  • Which Companies Are Ruining Thanksgiving For Their Workers?
  • Here’s the ThinkProgress guide to the War on Thanksgiving.
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  • These Kmart Workers Say They Can't Even Take Thanksgiving Off

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November 14, 2013 | It’s that time of the year: conservatives are once again decrying the non-existent War on Christmas.

 

Meanwhile, retailers across the country are engaged in a very real War on Thanksgiving by forcing their low-wage workers to come in and work on Thanksgiving Day so the rest of us can start shopping a few hours earlier.

 

 

Here’s the ThinkProgress guide to the War on Thanksgiving.

 

 

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Black Friday Walmart Protests, Teresa, Joe, John and Susan, Peoples World / Black Friday Protests

The holiday season is already upon us and Black Friday Walmart protests are being planned across the nation. You can find one near you here: Black Friday Protests. Send us your photos, stories to editors@peoplesworld.org or tweet us @peoplesworld. Help us keep the coverage of Walmart workers going. Solidarity forever! 

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These Kmart Workers Say They Can't Even Take Thanksgiving Off, Jillian Berman, Huffington Post

  • Customers not thrilled about Kmart's Thanksgiving hours
  • Even before Kmart vowed to stay open for almost two days straight, the company’s Thanksgiving schedule was too grueling for some.
  • Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business
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How McDonald's And Walmart Became Welfare Queens

  • We should get corporate welfare queens off of the public teat. Regardless of your politics, it is an issue that politicians on both the Left and the Right can agree upon.
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  • Love, Corporate-Style

Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg View

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11/13/2013 | It seems that welfare queens are back in the news these days. The old stereotype was an inner-city unwed mother -- that’s dog-whistle-speak for black -- having multiple babies to get ever bigger welfare checks (throw in a new Cadillac and the myth is complete). Regardless, welfare reform of the 1990s ended that narrative.

No, the new welfare queens are even bigger, richer and less deserving of taxpayer support. The two biggest welfare queens in America today are Wal-Mart and McDonalds.

Barry Ritholtz is an American equities analyst, author, newspaper columnist, blogger (The Big Picture).

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Black Friday Walmart Protests, Teresa, Joe, John and Susan, Peoples World / Black Friday Protests

The holiday season is already upon us and Black Friday Walmart protests are being planned across the nation. You can find one near you here: Black Friday Protests. Send us your photos, stories to editors@peoplesworld.org or tweet us @peoplesworld. Help us keep the coverage of Walmart workers going. Donate today. Solidarity forever! 

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Love, Corporate-Style, Ralph Nader, Reader Supported News

  • Let's inform abusive companies like McDonald's and Walmart that entities created for profit are not our buddies, but rather "legal fictions" that must be held accountable to human necessities.
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  • The holiday season is already upon us and Black Friday Walmart protests are being planned across the nation. You can find one near you here: Black Friday Protests. Send us your photos, stories to editors@peoplesworld.org or tweet us @peoplesworld. Help us keep the coverage of Walmart workers going. Solidarity forever! 
  • Walmart Worker Strikes Over Low Wages Reach Chicago

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Walmart Worker Strikes Over Low Wages Reach Chicago, Caroline Fairchild, Huffington Post

11/13/2013 | Walmart workers from three separate stores in the Chicago area went on strike Wednesday. The walkouts are the latest in a series of worker demonstrations in protest of what associates describe as the retailer's low wages, unpredictable hours and unjust retaliation against workers.

 

“They have blood on their hands"

  • Meet Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare
  • A top Bangladesh labor leader slams retailers, issues a plea to consumers, and explains why her life is in danger
  • California Wal-Mart workers strike today, following stunning Florida victory
  • These Kmart Workers Say They Can't Even Take Thanksgiving Off

Josh Eidelson, Salon

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Kalpona AkterKalpona Akter (Credit: Alan Jacobsen/The Sidney Hillman Foundation)

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 | Fired while trying to unionize her sweatshop as a teenager and then jailed while mobilizing other workers to resist, Kalpona Akter is now a key leader in the Bangladesh labor movement – a cause cast into an intermittent spotlight by horrific disasters and mass strikes. Over the past year, Akter — now executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity — has salvaged and exposed U.S. brands’ garments from the site of a deadly factory fire, challenged Wal-Mart from the floor of its shareholder meeting, and sought to transform the fashion industry by organizing in concert with U.S. fashion models. (Wal-Mart has blamed production of Wal-Mart apparel in factories where disasters later took place on rogue suppliers, and said in July that the industry-backed safety plan it helped instigate “will move quickly and decisively to create uniform safety standards.”)

I sat down with Akter last week in New York, where she had addressed a conference. In an hour-long conversation, we discussed the alleged murder of her activist colleague, what role Western companies and customers play in shaping Bangladesh working conditions, and what connects Bangladesh garment sweatshops and U.S. fashion photo shoots. What follows is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.

Wal-Mart StoreJosh Eidelson covers politics, labor, and inequality as a reporter for Salon. His work has appeared at outlets including The Washington Post, Reuters, Slate, Dissent, and The American Prospect. His reporting on the Walmart strike wave for The Nation received a Sidney award from the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

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California Wal-Mart workers strike today, following stunning Florida victoryJosh Eidelson, Salon

West Coast Wal-Mart workers walk off the job as the union-backed campaign says Florida strikers won major changes

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These Kmart Workers Say They Can't Even Take Thanksgiving Off, Jillian Berman, Huffington Post 

  • Customers not thrilled about Kmart's Thanksgiving hours
  • Even before Kmart vowed to stay open for almost two days straight, the company’s Thanksgiving schedule was too grueling for some.
  • Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business
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These Kmart Workers Say They Can't Even Take Thanksgiving Off

  • Customers not thrilled about Kmart's Thanksgiving hours
  • Even before Kmart vowed to stay open for almost two days straight, the company’s Thanksgiving schedule was too grueling for some.
  • Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business

 

Jillian Berman, Huffington Post

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End Corporate Greed Occupy 11/07/2013 | Tyler Seiger, a four year veteran of Kmart, described working on Thanksgiving last year as “utter chaos.” The 20-year-old ran around the store looking to please shoppers who would “actually get angry and yell at you because you can’t give them a deal ahead of time.”

This year is likely to be much worse.

Kmart announced this week that it’s going further than competitors to get shoppers into stores during Thanksgiving and Black Friday, one of the most profitable periods of the year for retailers. Kmart stores are opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open for 41 hours straight.

Jillian Berman is an Associate Business Editor at Huffington Post.

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Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business, Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams 

  • Overall, American families are paying an annual $6,000 subsidy to corporations that have doubled their profits and cut their taxes in half in ten years while cutting 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. and adding almost as many jobs overseas.
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