Tesco challenged on ethics in global supply chains
22 September 2014
Tesco was publicly challenged today over its abuse of suppliers around the world, as the company reeled from the crisis brought on by its overstatement of £250 million in profits. Watch this clip from Channel 4 News as John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, challenges Tesco over its unethical treatment of suppliers and warns of the consequences of any new supermarket price war.
TTIP - download our free PowerPoint presentation
19 September 2014
We've been getting a lot of calls here at War on Want HQ from you, about TTIP.
You're telling us how enraged you are about this corporate power grab, the effect it will have on jobs, rights and the NHS.
You're telling us you want more resources to help you mobilise resistance around the UK.
So we've put together this presentation. We hope it's useful! We've been inspired by how many of you have been moved by the injustice TTIP will bring.
Together, we can stop TTIP!
Sarath Fernando: “A Better World is Possible”
18 September 2014
War on Want is profoundly saddened by the death of Sarath Fernando, the founder of one of War on Want’s long term partners in Sri Lanka, the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR). We would like to send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and comrades.
Sarath was an ardent defender of social justice and the concept of food sovereignty as well as a great thinker and writer.Add Comment
Report Back: Don't Mention The Garment Workers
12 September 2014
On Friday 12 September 2014, as London Fashion Week Started we took action to London Fashion Week tells a story of fashion that keeps the dark side of the industry in the shadows.Add Comment
Don't Mention The Garment Workers
12 September 2014
Tansy Hoskins the author of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion has written this guest blog about why she and War on Want have decided to send the message to the London Fashion Week "Don't Mention the Garment Workers"
Twice a year London is enveloped in the glittering spectacle of London Fashion Week – a giant sales show generating over £100 million in orders for some of the biggest corporations in the world.
It is at London Fashion Week, along with parallel events in New York, Milan and Paris that the story of fashion is created. Fashion is sold as aspirational, glamorous and inclusive, a way of creating an identity, of making your mark upon the world. The models strut, the clothes swish, the cameras flash and the front row gasps.
But something is missing. The hemlines are perfect, the makeup is flawless, the music is pumping – so what can it be?
The missing are the millions of people hidden behind this façade. The 1,138 Bangladeshi garment workers killed at Rana Plaza, the 6 Cambodians shot dead for asking for a pay rise, the Pakistani workers burnt alive in their factory, the Haitians trapped in poverty wages.
Fashion Week deliberately obscures these stories, it demands you look away, that the only thing you gasp at and connect with is the runway. It demands that you forget the billions of pounds in corporate profit, that you forget about what fashion does to the planet, that you ignore your misgivings about over consumption and that you forget about the people that stitched the clothes on your back.
With the distinction between high street and high fashion shrinking and with ‘designer‘ profits increasingly dependent on perfume, cosmetics, t-shirts, jeans, and accessories, the entire industry needs to take responsibility and become accountable for it’s actions.
This is our city and we want the truth told. It’s time to stop pretending they don’t exist. It’s time to talk about the garment workers.
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At the Frontlines: A night of poetry, music and politics
11 September 2014
See photos from our inspirational 'At the Frontlines' event at the British Academy. With live music and performance poetry, the evening highlighted the struggles of War on Want's partners in Nigeria, Palestine and Colombia.Add Comment
Mobilisations in Colombia and London over violence against communities in Buenaventura
28 August 2014
Activists in Colombia and London took to the streets this Wednesday 27 August to highlight the ongoing violence and mass displacement occurring in the Colombian port city of Buenaventura.Add Comment
Communities in the Niger Delta demand justice
06 August 2014Add Comment
Gaza: the call for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
05 August 2014
Three great short films from our friends at the Rainbow Collective on why this is the moment that everyone must join the global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. Filmed at last week's demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London, in solidarity with the Palestinian people besieged and under attack in Gaza.
TTIP: battle of the choirs
04 August 2014
The battle over TTIP, the major corporate power deal currently being negotiated in secret by the European Commission and US government, has moved into the cultural sphere. Here are our friends from the Strawberry Thieves Socialist Choir with a bespoke TTIP version of Cole Porter's 'Don't Fence Me In':
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