UNTIL ALL ACHIEVE WELL-BEING

Welcome to the Sunday, December 04, 2005 issue of this Peace&Justice action email!

This email contains an action request from Amnesty International. Secondly are two items related to this time of Seasonal giving - websites to order sweatshop-free and other products, plus a couple of sites to help safely dispose of used electronic equipment. Finally, there is more information from the previous email's section related to one of the preventive aspects of peace & justice, including a Guestbook entry.

 

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Every year I like to highlight an action from Amnesty International - their work on human rights is renowned, and of course, each email could be filled solely with AI actions. But the UWAA emails try to bring exposure to a wide range of concerns and thus I leave it to each person take action below, and also explore the website to see if you are drawn to their work and have the ability to help out more by joining or getting on their email list.

This request involves a teacher who was originally arrested along with her three year old daughter prior to a peaceful protest in Myanmar. The mother, Ma Khin Khin Leh, was sentenced to life imprisonment at a notorious prison where she likely will languish unless intervention is made.

Sign Petition & Further Info:
    http://www.kintera.org/site/c.ehLPK1PHLsF/b.1190953/k.5C3A/Free_Ma_Khin_Khin_Leh.htm



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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SWEATSHOP FREE

With the holidays upon us, it is encouraging to see more and more sweatshop-free gift ideas. The following link provides a good overview of the major websites where you can purchase a wide range of sweatshop-free items. It should be noted that while these items can be great for gifts, they are available all year round for normal purchase - pants, shirts, shoes, hats, socks, jackets, etc. A second link is provided for other alternatives. Whenever possible, through our buying patterns we can alter the dynamics toward a better future for all:

Sweatshop-free:
    http://www.sweatshopwatch.org/index.php?s=59

Solar Gadgets, Fair-trade chocolates, Organic Cosmetics, etc:
    http://www.coopamerica.org/emails/canews/20051122/



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HELP WITH RECYCLING ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS

A new investigation by the toxic trade watchdog organization, Basel Action Network (BAN), has revealed that large quantities of obsolete computers, televisions, mobile phones, and other used electronic equipment exported from USA and Europe to Lagos, Nigeria for "re-use and repair" are ending up gathering dust in warehouses or being dumped and burned near residences in empty lots, roadsides and in swamps creating serious health and environmental contamination from the toxic leachate and smoke.

Following the publication of a report on their previous investigation in China, entitled Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia, BAN, together with the Computer TakeBack Campaign initiated the E-Stewards Program in North America which now has over 30 member recycling companies that have pledged to uphold the world's most rigorous standards for social and environmental responsibility in e-waste management. To locate a responsible recycler that won't dump e-waste on developing countries visit the links below:

List of Responsible Recyclers:
    http://www.ban.org/pledge1.html
    http://www.computertakeback.com/the_solutions/recyclers_map.cfm

Background:
    http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/1023-01.htm



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FURTHER ON PREVENTIVE FOCUS & TRIBUTE

The previous UWAA email contained a tribute to Willis Hopkin and raised up the issue of suicide, depression and societal dynamics. Two additions have been made to that website (see link below). First a guestbook has been added if anyone would like to add a comment about Willis or in general about the issue of suicide and/or Seasonal Affective Disorder (and for those who had trouble using it earlier, please re-try it, as it has been simplified). Secondly, under the "Action" tab of the website, there is now a link, duplicated below, to a Maclean's Magazine article that deals with suicide in general, and even more germane from a preventive viewpoint, it describes some encouraging research initiatives that are coalescing.


A Tribute and a Call for Resolve: Guestbook link only:
    http://pub10.bravenet.com/guestbook/806320174/

A Tribute and a Call for Resolve: Overall link:
    http://members.shaw.ca/WillisTribute/index.htm

Maclean's Magazine article:
    Maclean's Article: Stalking a Silent Killer (Nov 14/05)



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