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Honk your horn against sweatshop exploitation!!

05 November 2013

Thank you Central Foundation Girls School!

As part of their project for Citizenship class, Fahima, Nadia and Ruhina made this short film of their activities to raise awareness of War on Want's Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops campaign.

If you would like War on Want to deliver a sweatshop related workshop to your class to help motivate a group around a related subject, please email Nadia at nidle@waronwant.org or visit our schools page.

 

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Thank you knitters and stitchers!

16 October 2013

A big thank you to everyone who visited the Upcycing Academy at the Knitting & Stitching Show 2013

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Boots' billion pound tax dodge

14 October 2013

New research shows that Alliance Boots, the high street chemist and pharmaceutical giant, has avoided more than £1 billion in tax since it went private six years ago through taking on excessive debts, profit shifting and corporate restructuring. This report, Alliance Boots & The Tax Gap, published by War on Want, Unite the Union and Change to Win, exposes the full scale of Boots' tax avoidance for the first time.  

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Tags: campaigns | tax | tax dodging | tax havens | tax justice

   

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Video: Rana Plaza sweatshop disaster survivors: "We need compensation"

11 October 2013

Please watch and share this video of the workers and families in Bangladesh who have been abandoned by the companies that sourced from the factories in the Rana Plaza, to ensure that they are not forgotten.

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Tags: bangladesh | campaigns | LFHS | love fashion hate sweatshops

   

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End persecution of Honduran indigenous leaders

07 October 2013

Berta CaceresWar on Want has written to the Honduran government in solidarity with the human rights defenders Berta Cáceres Flores, Aureliano Molina Villanueva and Tomas Gomez Membreño, leaders of the Honduran Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras- COPINH). According to Amnesty International, the three leaders are being criminalised because of their role defending the human rights of the Lenca indigenous population and are facing unfounded criminal charges.

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End Attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo! Stop the shootings! Free Bandile Mdlalose!

04 October 2013

Yesterday evening War on Want, the World Development Movement (WDM), Abahlali baseMjondolo Solidarity UK and a number of people who have been inspired by our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo, protested outside South Africa House following the attacks on Abahlali.

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Open letter to President Zuma - end the violence against our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo

02 October 2013

To express our grave concern about the killing of a 17 year old girl and the arrest of Bandile Mdlalose, the Secretary General of our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo, War on Want has sent the letter below to the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.

War on Want calls for

  • the release of Bandile Mdlalose and for all charges to be dropped
  • an urgent and thorough investigation to be conducted into three murders that have taken place in Cato Crest, KwaZulu-Natal
  • an immediate end to the violence in Cato Crest

We call on all our supporters to show solidarity to our partner by coming to the demonstration on Thursday 3 October and sharing the information on facebook.

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Tags: abahlali | activism | events | evictions | human rights | informal economy | overseas news | programmes | right to the city | south africa

   

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East London Teachers Association condemns G4S contract with Israel’s Prison System

30 September 2013

War on Want welcomes the principled motion passed by the East London Teachers Association (ELTA) condemning G4S complicity in Israel’s prison system and calling on the Local Authority to end contracts with G4S. ELTA is the Tower Hamlets association of the National Union of Teachers representing 70% of classroom teachers in Tower Hamlets.

War on Want, working in partnership with Palestinian child and prisoners’ rights organisations, has been campaigning to end G4S complicity with Israel’s prison system – the ELTA motion is an important, practical step forward in this campaign. In 2007, the British security company G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems and other services for major Israeli prisons. G4S provides equipment to prisons, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners.

Join the Stop G4S campaign: take action here.
Watch video of latest action at G4S Annual General Meeting.

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Colombian protests show cracks in disastrous economic model

20 September 2013

Colombia bore witness to a remarkable uprising in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale farmers, miners, students, health workers, lorry drivers and teachers staged a national 'agrarian and popular strike' for almost 3 weeks, despite facing a military response by President Juan Manuel Santos' government which left at least twelve protestors dead and over 200 injured.  The strike was the latest, and largest, in a wave of protests across different sectors which have engulfed the country this year. The unrest is only set to get deeper as the country's disastrous bilateral trade agreements increasingly impact upon a population already suffering two decades of neoliberal economic policies.

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Colombian protests show cracks in disastrous economic model

18 September 2013

Colombia bore witness to a remarkable uprising in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands of small and medium scale farmers, miners, students, health workers, lorry drivers and teachers staged a national 'agrarian and popular strike' for almost 3 weeks, despite facing a military response by President Juan Manuel Santos' government which left at least twelve protestors dead and over 200 injured. The strike was the latest, and largest, in a wave of protests across different sectors which have engulfed the country this year. The unrest is only set to get deeper as the country's disastrous bilateral trade agreements increasingly impact upon a population already suffering two decades of neoliberal economic policies.

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