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Project Laos Bangle Bracelet Pre-launch Giveaway.

Going to be releasing this collection of bangle bracelet made from upcyled weapons of conflict from the country of Laos. Laos is one of the most bombed countries in the history of mankind and Purple Buddha Project works with fair-trade artisans to create accessories pieces through fair-trade labor as well as providing meals to locals schools supporting underprivileged children. 

Going to be holding a giveaway of all 6 bangles in light of our release date approaching soon.

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USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills
Donald Trump casts himself as a protector of workers, but a USA TODAY Network investigation found hundreds – carpenters, dishwashers, painters, even his own lawyers – who say he didn’t pay them for their work.

During the Atlantic City casino boom in the 1980s, Philadelphia cabinet-builder Edward Friel Jr. landed a $400,000 contract to build the bases for slot machines, registration desks, bars and other cabinets at Harrah’s at Trump Plaza.

The family cabinetry business, founded in the 1940s by Edward’s father, finished its work in 1984 and submitted its final bill to the general contractor for the Trump Organization, the resort’s builder.

Edward’s son, Paul, who was the firm’s accountant, still remembers the amount of that bill more than 30 years later: $83,600. The reason: the money never came. “That began the demise of the Edward J. Friel Company… which has been around since my grandfather,” he said.

Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will “protect your job.” But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.

At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.

Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages.

In addition to the lawsuits, the review found more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980s. The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.

The actions in total paint a portrait of Trump’s sprawling organization frequently failing to pay small businesses and individuals, then sometimes tying them up in court and other negotiations for years. In some cases, the Trump teams financially overpower and outlast much smaller opponents, draining their resources. Some just give up the fight, or settle for less; some have ended up in bankruptcy or out of business altogether.

Trump and his daughter Ivanka, in an interview with USA TODAY, shrugged off the lawsuits and other claims of non-payment. If a company or worker he hires isn’t paid fully, the Trumps said, it’s because The Trump Organization was unhappy with the work.

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Similar cases have cropped up with Trump’s facilities in California and New York, where hourly workers, bartenders and wait staff have sued with a range of allegations from not letting workers take breaks to not passing along tips to servers. Trump’s company settled the California case, and the New York case is pending.

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Trump frequently boasts that he will bring jobs back to America, including Tuesday in a primary-election night victory speech at his golf club in suburban New York City. “No matter who you are, we’re going to protect your job,” Trump said Tuesday. “Because let me tell you, our jobs are being stripped from our country like we’re babies.”

But the lawsuits show Trump’s organization wages Goliath vs David legal battles over small amounts of money that are negligible to the billionaire and his executives — but devastating to his much-smaller foes.

Trump Lawsuits, via USA Today:


This USA Today story should dispel the notion that Donald Trump is a “champion for the Working Class” and is in reality just another Mitt Romney who preys upon people.

Full Story here

What's the price of our "nice nails"?

Read it here.

For Jing Ren, a 20-year-old immigrant from China, it meant paying her boss $100 to work unpaid for 3 months. Then she got $30/day.

ASK QUESTIONS at your local nail salon to ensure that the manicurists are being paid and treated fairly.

Women workers still earn, on average, 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. And the wages for jobs held by women of color reflect both sex and race discrimination. African-American women earn about two-thirds of men’s wages, and Hispanic women earn less than 60 percent. This needs to change. Take action now - tell Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act: http://afsc.me/1JH5dT3

Apple's joins the Fair Labor Association, power of U.S. Universities

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As Apple’s iPad is poised to become a future mainstay and fixture at colleges and universities, the one monkey on Apple’s back has been its own labor policies and practices.

United States colleges and universities have long been a driving force for fair labor around the world.

Apparel and merchandise licensed for sale by universities are almost all required to be a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) or otherwise commit to and insure certain labor conditions for workers.

As many schools are readying to provide or make iPad and ebook type devices part of the learning experience, Apple’s labor practices and its historic reluctance to conform to any set of labor standards and/or explicit manufacturing location disclosures, would have been an ultimate deal breaker for colleges and universities to make deals with Apple.

So it is not some higher plain of enlightenment that has helped Apple see the light, but the decades of fighting for fair labor at U.S. colleges and universities that aligned profit motive with moral motive.

Read More: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/13/BU761MP6A5.DTL

Image Credit: http://www.softwarenewsdaily.com/2010/03/apple-admits-to-using-child-labor

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#VerizonStrike #StandUpToVerizon: Thousands of Verizon workers have gone on strike after failing to reach a new labor agreement with the CWA Union. The union members argue that Verizon has outsourced thousands of jobs and continue to cut costs, while executives reward themselves with big bonuses and payouts. Strikes are happening all over the City of New York – these photos were taken in Financial District outside 100 Wall Street. 

After a thorough, independent investigation found significant issues with working conditions at three factories in China operated by Apple’s major supplier Foxconn, the Fair Labor Association secured groundbreaking commitments that will reduce working hours to legal limits while protecting pay, improve health and safety conditions, establish a genuine voice for workers, and will monitor on an ongoing basis to verify compliance. The nearly month-long investigation found excessive overtime and problems with overtime compensation; several health and safety risks; and crucial communication gaps that have led to a widespread sense of unsafe working conditions among workers.
—  The report on Apple’s (and other tech companies) Chinese manufacturer is in! And it’s not pretty. Changes afoot. [h/t ProducerMatthew]
Are you ready kids "Aye Aye Comrade!" I Can't hear you "AYE AYE COMRADE" Ohh... Who lives state not ruled by bourgeois? "Comrade squarepants" Who lives in a state that meets all his needs? "Comrade Squarepants" if fair wage for labor be something you wish, "Comrade Squarepants" Then take up arms and lets fight the rich! "Comrade Squarepants" READY Comrade squarepants Comrade squarepants Comrade squarepants

So on top of tax payers subsidizing billions of dollars for public assistance because Walmart pays their workers poverty wages, Walmart also avoids paying a billion dollars of U.S. taxes through loopholes each year??!! #endcorporatewelfare

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In support of US fast food workers and their right to a fair wage AND to protest, here’s some McDonalds illos. 

“Heil Ronald,” illo for NYPress, July1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.

Cover for SCREW #1425, June 1996, art direction by Kevin Hein.

“McRib Has No Bones,” illo for The ONION, Feb 2009, art direction by Josh Modell.

“Fast Food Wig Out” illo for BLACK EYE #2, Nov 2012, edited by Ryan Standfest. 

“Third World Ronald,” illo for NYPress, November 1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.

“Radioactive Ronald,” illo for NYPress, December 1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.

The Price of the Wage Gap

In the United States it is completely legal to pay disabled workers sub-minimum wages. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows employers to decide their employee’s wage according to their abilities and have no bottom limit on thier wage.

Wages under FLSA are below the minimum wage with most paying half the minimum wage. Many employers pay only ten percent of the minimum or less.

Disabled workers who find mainstream jobs are still paid only 64%-86% as much as other workers. This results in an annual $23,000 loss, enough to buy 25 Macbooks.

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FEED Projects’ mission is to create good products that help FEED the world. We do this through the sale of FEED bags, bears, t-shirts, and other accessories by building a set donation into the cost of each product. Thus the impact of each product, signified by a stenciled number, is understandable, tangible, and meaningful.

We take great pride in using environmentally-friendly and artisan-made materials, along with fair-labor production, in creating all FEED products.

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#StandUpToVerizon #VerizonStrike: Thousands of Verizon workers on strike marched on Wall Street and demanded better pay and fair labor practices. Executives have continued to cut costs and ship jobs overseas, which has hurt working families and destroyed middle class jobs. More than 400 protests were held nationwide, at Verizon Wireless stores and other locations in dozens of cities. This is the third continuous week of the Verizon strike.