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The Continued Plight of Samsung Factory Workers

Samsung has had, to put it lightly, an exciting year. From exploding phone batteries to a corruption scandal linked to the recently impeached president of South Korea, Samsung’s story rivals that of the most dramatic of soap operas. Given the public debacles of the past year, Samsung is under enormous pressure to pull off the smooth launch of their new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8. Things seem to be going well for the company – although Samsung officials recently announced that Bixby, Samsung’s new signature voice assistant, would be not be functional with the release of the new phone in April, they also shared that pre-orders are higher than any other previous Samsung phone. Yet despite Samsung’s consistent presence in the media, there is one story that hasn’t been avidly discussed: The occupational health hazards Samsung factory workers continue to face. SHARPS, a health advocacy group for Samsung workers in South Korea, has been documenting Samsung factory workers’ illnesses and deaths since 2007. In January 2017, they reported the 79th death of a factory worker. He was 31 years old, and died four years after being diagnosed with leukemia. He spent the last years of his life waging a two-pronged battle – one with his disease, and one with Samsung to receive worker compensation. He was ultimately unsuccessful with both battles. His tragic story is unfortunately just one of many. The Associated Press published an investigative report in August 2016 […]

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Do Better, Darden!

Darden—the parent company of Olive Garden, Yard House, LongHorn Steakhouse, and other franchises—has over 1,500 franchise locations, employs 150,000 people, and serves more than 320 million meals per year. It’s the largest sit-down restaurant company in the world. With incredible brand recognition comes incredible power: The company can move the restaurant industry in a more sustainable direction by improving the […]

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New campaign aims to protect one million trees a year

Green America calls on universities to make “Better Paper Commitment” and would keep one million trees standing each year through using 100 percent recycled paper in alumni magazines.  WASHINGTON, DC – March 21, 2017– In its newest push to encourage the magazine industry to embrace the use of recycled paper, the nonprofit Green America’s Better Paper Project launched “One Million […]

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Oppose Trump’s Cruel Budget

Donald Trump has released his proposed budget, and his blueprint for America is shocking.  The short version is that this is a budget of cruelty and harm to people and the planet. The budget contains extreme cuts for programs that benefit the environment, poor people, children, the elderly, people of color, and everyday Americans. The winners—the rich and the military.  […]

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Keep Supporting Standing Rock and #NoDAPL, Without Washington

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers and the new administration. It will stretch 1,172 miles from the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois and carry 570,000 barrels per day of crude to refineries across the U.S. By now you’ve heard of it and maybe also about the protesters, who call themselves “Water Protectors,” […]

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