Monday August 6, 2012, 6:01 am
As one gets older the cynical way that mega corporations give (proportionately) half a cent of their profits with huge fanfares whilst making hundreds of dollars through using sweatshops, denying workers rights and health care, and by polluting - it just makes me sick.
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 5:29 pm
Fantastic report Carrie! - thanks for posting.
I was doing research on breast cancer while a public health student and found out that Imperial chemical company, whose extreme pollution was exposing women to the very chemicals responsible for a lot of breast cancer, also made tamoxifen (supposed to prevent breast cancer but cause uterine cancer) through its pharm subsidiary.
At the same time, the company sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness so it could dictate that their literature exclude discussions about how chemicals contribute to breast cancer.
Also II just investigated the private prison industry. Wells Fargo invests in private prisons, and even the Methodist Church did until Enlace began a divestment movement to convince the church to change. It's working on Wells Fargo now.
All of us who have them, (I don't anymore) need to look at our retirement funds to see how the money is invested. Often if we don't specify, so others decide. When I had one, TIAA-Cref - it allowed you to choose. I never knew exactly if my wishes were followed, but at least I was given some choice.
Apparently divestment movements can have a real impact - as the one that helped end apartheid. I learned about this from McKibben's Rolling Stone article (on global warming). He is suggesting another movement on that scale to end fossil fuel devastation of our planet.
And McDonald's you just can't say enough about - you probably saw my petition demanding they change to organic potatoes. It's really disgusting for them to collect money for Ronald McDonald houses for children hospitalized (often due to cancer), when they are supporting Offutt's spraying near schools & homes causing children to be exposed to pesticide drift (pesticide exposure is the leading cause of leukemia in children). Not to mention the pesticides they consume in those potatoes (treated with systemic pesticides, fungicides, etc).
The mayor of London seems surprisingly ignorant or corrupt - would've thought he was from Alabama (no offense those who are,,) or NC if I'd read the quote without the source.
These are related petitions. I know some or most of you have signed already - two about divestment movements for change: