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Local Furniture Manufacturing Case Study: Honolulu Furniture Company

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Globally, manufacturing facilities have shifted to the places where workers will generally work for the least amount of money and under the worst conditions. Subsidized shipping alongside these weak worker protection laws combined with international free trade agreements have led to the slow degradation of good paying manufacturing jobs. Certain industries, however, are starting to […]

How Wall Street Wolves Devoured My Mom

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After seeing The Wolf of Wall Street this week, I felt weirdly queasy and dirty. Martin Scorsese’s new film totally glamorizes heinous financial crimes that utterly destroyed many thousands of families. The stylized movie flaccidly portrays these sociopathic Wall Street criminals as comical narcissists swimming through a sea of naked ladies, completely dismissing the tsunami of brutal personal destruction wrought upon countless victims.

Elizabeth Warren: Expanding Social Security Now is Reality

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Senator Elizabeth Warren is demanding that our nation strengthen Social Security benefits, as more citizens than ever before are struggling financially, experiencing food insecurity or living in poverty. For millions of seniors, their monthly Social Security payments are the only thing that keeps them from being homeless, hungry and destitute.

Why Sharing is a Revolutionary Act, and Our Future

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Beth Buczynski’s new book: Sharing is Good: How to Save Money, Time and Resources through Collaborative Consumption, chronicles the roadmap to our sustainable future. This accessible and well-written volume explains the many ways that sharing our resources can not only help to save money, energy and time, but can also allow us to strengthen our communities and build more meaningful personal relationships with one another.

The Story of Solutions: Why Bigger is Not Better

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For five years Annie Leonard and the folks from the innovative Story of Stuff Project have been creating compact educational videos explaining complicated ideas in a very accessible and easy to understand format. One of their most recent short films, The Story of Solutions, is perhaps the most hopeful and inspiring in the series.

Siemens’ New Wind Turbine Commercial is Pretty Badass (video)

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Siemens’ latest commercial for their extreme wind turbine program combines dramatic, computer-generated camera angles, swooping visuals, and an epic soundtrack that might be more appropriate for a summer blockbuster if, you know, Siemens weren’t out there actually trying to save the world with their cheap, clean, non-polluting power. The kind of “save the world” thing […]

Workers Stand Up to Unfair Providence Labor Practices

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Labor unions have been under increasing attack in the United States for many years. Last week several dozen healthcare union members of SEIU 1199NW organized an informational picket during rush hour in front of a Providence facility in Lacey, Washington; their focus was to raise public awareness about their ongoing struggle to regain slashed health care benefits, as well as their ongoing delayed struggle for a fair labor contract.

Swiss Consider Adopting a Guaranteed Basic Income

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In an attempt to reverse rampant extreme poverty and severe economic inequities, the Swiss populace is now demanding a vote to implement a Basic Income for all of its citizens. These proposed economic reforms would mandate $2500 francs monthly for every adult; regardless if they are rich or poor, all people would be treated equally.