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Winter steelheaders on the Skykomish River, western Washington.

Winter steelheaders work the lower Skykomish River of western Washington, the Cascades behind.

These links are fresh as of November 2009.

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food

On the Enviromental issues page there are a few links to organizations, websites, and stories dealing with food, agriculture, sustainability, genetically engineered/modified foods, Monsanto Corporation, and so forth.

World Trade Organization

Isn't the WTO old business? Nope. It's effects are growing and will be with us for years to come.

Isn't the World Trade Organization an economic, not a social, concern? Not at all. The WTO, and free trade generally, was and still is being protested worldwide because of the social disruption it causes.

In some people's view, "free trade" is just a euphemism for predatory, unregulated, global corporate capitalism.

  1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wto: a dispassionate history of the WTO at Wikipedia.org
  2. How Free Trade Hurts: 12-23-2006 Washington Post, by Byron Dorgan and Sherrod Brown (Democratic senators from North Dakota and Ohio).
  3. The great alternative site gatt.org, with its links to sites like dowethics.com
  4. citizen.org/trade: Global Trade Watch at Public Citizen "promotes democracy by challenging corporate globalization"
  5. oxfam.org.uk and oxfamamerica.org are members of Oxfam International. Look for dozens of papers about WTO policies.
  6. If searched, the BBC has dozens of stories on free trade, including a short illustrated history of the struggle over "A century of free trade".
  7. aflcio.org refers to the Economic Policy Institute's excellent Briefing Paper #147 "The high price of 'free' trade"
  8. Humanist economist David C.Korten's classic book "The Post-Corporate World" and lecture "Life After Capitalism" may be the best arguments yet against the WTO. His site, the People-Centered Development Forum, at pcdf.org thankfully has a documents page.
  9. physiciansforhumanrights.org reprints Tear Gas -- Harrassing Agent or Toxic Chemical Weapon?
  10. wto.org, to be fair
homeless in Seattle

In all the industrialized world, only the United States has a significant homeless population.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness states: "According to the most recent official estimate, approximately 675,000 people are homeless on any given night. In any given year, 2.5 to 3.5 million people will experience at least one night of homelessness."

  1. endhomelessness.org: National Alliance to End Homelessness
  2. nationalhomeless.org: National Coalition for the Homeless
  3. seniorservices.org, Senior Services, since 1967, and scn.org/people/seniors, Northwest Seniors Online, both in Seattle
  4. Community Resources Online, the Crisis Clinic, and the Seattle Crisis Resource Directory from the Peace Heathens
  5. Sociology 498G: Homelessness at the U of Maryland provides some statistics and links
  6. realchangenews.org: Real Change magazine
  7. hope-link.org: "35 years of service"
  8. members.tripod.com/~bmdavidson/index.html: "Homeless People and the Internet"
  9. pbs.org/weblab/needcom: Market Research for Panhandlers, a strange collaboration between PBS and weblab.org
  10. pages.prodigy.com/lemus/vagrant/vagrant.htm, "Where derelicts loiter online," is from Jim, so what did I expect?
  11. ich.gov: US Interagency Council on Homelessness
drug wars

"At the end of 2007, over 7.3 million people were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole -- 3.2% of all U.S. adult residents or 1 in every 31 adults." "Drug offenders, up 37%, represented the largest source of jail population growth between 1996 and 2002." "Nearly one in eight drug prisoners in America are behind bars for marijuana-related offenses, according to data released this week [November 2006]." "If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of every 15 persons (6.6%) will serve time in a prison during their lifetime." -- data from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics

"In 2007 alone there were an estimated 1,841,200 arrests for drug abuse violations. Of those 1,519,000 were for possession only." -- U.S. F.B.I., Uniform Crime Reports

"According to the 2007 survey, 114 million Americans age 12 or older (46% of the population) reported illicit drug use at least once in their lifetime." -- U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

"The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population, but it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners...It has 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 in population. If you count only adults, one in 100 Americans is locked up." -- The New York Times, of April 23, 2008

"In 2007, 873,000 people were arrested for marijuana offenses in the U.S., and 90% of them were just for possession." -- crrh.org

  1. sentencingproject.org: The Sentencing Project -- Research and Advocacy for Reform
  2. november.org is The November Coalition: drug war prisoners, and their page of links to links
  3. crrh.org: hemp
  4. deoxy.org/li_thi.htm Zippy
good works

See also my few links for socially responsible investing.

  1. thehungersite.org: "A click at The Hunger Site sends a serving of food..."
  2. salt.claretianpubs.org/links/links.html: Many, many links from the Claretians
  3. jubileeusa.org: Jubilee debt forgiveness
  4. heifer.org: give a cow--"Heifer had 726 active projects in 57 countries and 29 states in FY2006"
  5. act.credoaction.com: "A Publication of Working Assets"
  6. three sites that pay a percentage to good causes:
    workingassets.com/Recipients.aspx Working Assets,
    igive.com "Change online shopping for good," and
    greatergood.com, where "up to 30% of every purchase automatically goes to the cause you select "

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