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Campaigns and Victories

Campaigns and Victories

Here are the victories and achievements of our Members and Member Organizations.

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http://www.movetoamend.org.
New Coalition Responds to Citizens United Decision with a Call to Amend the U.S. Constitution to Overrule the Supreme Court’s Activist Expansion of Corporate “Rights”
Victory! Yoplait does the right thing
OCA
Their advance word is below – note that they said they were doing this in response to customer demand. (Also note that they say they’re the first leading yogurt brand to go rBGH-free. This will undoubtedly come as a surprise to Stonyfield, Brown Cow, Cascade Fresh, Nancy’s and all the all-organic brands)
Victory! Earth Justice Stops Phosphate Mine in Wetlands
Earthjustice
Earthjustice scored a major win today when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended a permit that gave Mosaic Phosphate the go-ahead to destroy 480 acres of high-quality wetlands within the Peace River watershed.
NOA's Organizer Respite Awards 2008-2009
NOA
Nominate a community or labor organizer (or nominate yourself). Give the basic facts about the person: name, address, phone numbers, email, job and place of work. We do ask that the person be a member of NOA.
Disney Go Green! Campaign Updated
CHEJ
It has been two years since The Center for Health, Environment and Justice launched its Disney Go Green! campaign. Since day one, we have been asking The Walt Disney Company to create a Green Cleaning Purchasing Policy for all Disney World parks, hotels and restaurants, phase in safer certified green cleaners within one year, and use only staff trained in green cleaning procedures to ensure their proper use.
VICTORY!A Decade of Consumer Pressure Is Driving Monsanto's Bovine Growth Hormone off the Market
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_14008.cfm
Monsanto announces its selling its posilac division that makes bovine growth hormone. St. Louis-based Monsanto announced today it is selling the division that produces bovine growth hormone, also known as rBGH or rBST.
VICTORY! International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
The Government of India has announced that it will take legal action on the civil and criminal liabilities of Union Carbide and Dow Chemical for the ongoing disaster in Bhopal, India.
VICTORY! Appellate court orders Cintas to pay hundreds of northern California workers more than $1.18 million in unpaid wages and interest
Unite Here!
The California Court of Appeal ordered the Cintas Corporation to pay more than $1.18 million in back wages and interest to hundreds of Northern California workers for violating the city of Hayward's Living Wage Ordinance. This historic judgment, affirming a September 2005 Alameda Superior Court ruling, is believed to be the largest living wage award in U.S. history.
VICTORY! Burger King does the right thing, Florida Growers Exchange tries to fight
St Petersburg Times Online
Unfortunately, there is still one major hold-out. The Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, which represents 90 percent of the state's growers, has taken an intransigent position against the penny-per-pound program. At one time the exchange had threatened any grower who participated with a $100,000 fine, although the threat reportedly has now been withdrawn.
Landfilling food and paper is heating the planet.
Grass Roots Recycling
As communities work to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, the first place to look is in the garbage can.
Nurses take action on unnecessary Hormone RBGH in Dairy Products
Health Care Without Harm
Nurses Work Group of Health Care Without Harm, announced the release of an rBGH-free Dairy Toolkit in conjunction with National Nurses Week, May 6th – May 12th. The rBGH-free Dairy Toolkit is a collection of resources to help nurses across the country advocate for rBGH-free dairy products in their hospitals, for their patients and in their homes.
VICTORY! Court expert smacks Chevron with up to $16 billion
ChevronToxico.com
Chevron is also Accused of Lying To Shareholders Over the $16 Billion Damages Claim In Ecuador Rainforest Case By Amazon Defense Coalition
VICTORY!Strong Scholastic Paper Policy Commits to 25% Recycled Content
As You Sow
As You Sow congratulates Scholastic Inc., the largest publisher of children’s’ books, for adopting an industry-leading environmentally preferable sourcing policy, including strong commitments to recycled content, supply chain certification, and clean production methods.
VICTORY! Sears / Kmart become latest retail giants to phase out toxic PVC plastic, major source of lead, pthalates, and dioxin exposure!!
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Sparked by a national campaign led by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ), together with a coalition of health and environmental organizations, today Sears Holdings (Sears and Kmart) has announced its plans to begin phasing out products and packaging containing the toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, commonly known as vinyl
VICTORY! Canada to protect over 25 million acres of boreal forest wilderness
International Boreal Conservation Campaign
Today the Government of Canada announced one of the biggest land conservation agreements in North American history, protecting 25.5 million acres in the heart of the Canadian Boreal Forest, an area approximately equal in size to 11 Yellowstone National Parks.
VICTORY! Target Commits to Systematically Reduce PVC!
by Sara Schaefer MuńozWall Street Journal
Amid pressure from consumer, health and environmental groups, Target Corp. said it is reducing its use of the plastic polyvinyl chloride in packaging and children's products, such as lunch boxes and bibs.
VICTORY! House passes 1872 Mining Law reform
Earthworks
Earlier today, for the first time since 1993, the House of Representatives voted to pass real mining reform of the 1872 Mining Law -- HR 2262, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007. It passed on a 244 to 166 vote.
VICTORY! LANDMARK SWEATFREE RESOLUTION PASSES
by DON McINTOSHNorthwest Labor Press
Portland’s Sweatfree Procurement Resolution unanimously passed yesterday with the three present commissioners. Over 130 sweatfree supporters crowded City Hall, including union representatives, a former sweatshop worker, and community members to testify in support of the Resolution. Speakers included, Rev. Lynne Smouse Lopez, Ainsworth United Church of Christ; State Senator Brad Avakian; State Rep. Brad Witt; former GAP sweatshop worker Chie Abadj; James Hester, President of the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU); Carol Stahlke, President of AFSCME 189; Heidi Carlson, President of Foundation Garments, Inc.; among many others.
VICTORY! As You Sow gets Coke to Reuse 100% of PET bottles in US & builds Largest Recycling Plant
As You Sow
On September 5, 2007 Coca-Cola announced a series of commitments related to environmental sustainability for product packaging that respond to requests in shareholder proposals filed in recent years by As You Sow and Walden Asset Management and other shareholders.
VICTORY! Starbucks Agrees to Hold the Hormones For Good
Food and Water Watch
Starbucks Coffee Company has already made a New Year's resolution! Today Starbucks committed to make 100% of the chain's milk supply free of artificial growth hormones by December 31, 2007. The Starbucks announcement follows nearly two years of pressure from Food & Water Watch, which launched the Hold the Hormones Campaign in 2006, asking consumers to demand the company buy better milk.
BEN MEMBER PRESS RELEASE: Wal-Mart Continues to Benefit from Economic Development Subsidies.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is often accused of growing at the expense of smaller retailers, continues to benefit enormously from state and local government economic development subsidies, including 39 deals worth more than $200 million in just the past three years.
VICTORY! Exxon-Funded Climate Deniers Lose Over $1 million
After almost two years of campaigning, Exxpose Exxon scores a victory after verification that oil giant ExxonMobil has cut almost one-third of its annual funding, or $1.4 million to groups that deny the overwhelming evidence on global warming.
'Victory: Coca-Cola Pulls Funding for Animal Tests!'
PETA Latest News
May 22nd, 2007
On the heels of rival PepsiCo's decision to drop funding for animal tests, multibillion-dollar beverage-industry giant Coca-Cola has agreed to end its animal tests!
VICTORY! Coalition of Immokalee Workers Wins Agreement with McDonald's
After fighting for more than two years to get fast-food giant McDonald’s to pay better wages to workers who pick the tomatoes for the corporation’s burgers, the workers scored a victory today.
VICTORY! Student Activists Hail Victory in Class Rings Campaign
No Dirty Gold student activists celebrated a huge victory for the Class Rings Campaign in February when Commemorative Brands and Jostens endorsed the Golden Rules. Together these two companies account for about 80 percent of the $700 million class rings market.
VICTORY! The University of California (UC) Passes Green Purchasing Guidelines for Electronic Products
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, UC students across the state, and other environmental organizations commend the UC for becoming the first university in the country (and it won’t be the last!) to adopt guidelines for buying greener electronics and recycling them responsibly. The UC will now purchase electronics with less toxic materials that last longer and are easier to recycle. They will also encourage manufacturers to take-back old products and require that all UC e-waste be recycled responsibly without exporting it to impoverished countries or sending it to prisons to be dismantled.
VICTORY! Court Upholds the Clean Water Act Kensington Mine's Tailings Plan Illegal
An appeals court recently announced that it would strike the mine permit that would have allowed Coeur Alaska to dump waste from the mine directly into Alaska's Lower Slate Lake.
BEN MEMBER NEWS: Today is World Water Day!-Click here to Find Events in Your Area!
"As global water scarcity looms, corporations are trying to take control of public water resources and systems, which is making the problem worse. Globally, corporations promote water privatization under the guise of efficiency..."
Company removes Kimberly-Clark Products From All Facilities and Renames Ski Run to Keep Kleenex from Clearcutting Canada’s Boreal Forest
In a letter released today, Aspen Skiing Company, host to the World Cup ski circuit, notified paper giant Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) that it has removed the company’s tissue products from all Aspen ski mountains, hotels, restaurants. The company also removed all references to the “Kleenex Corner” ski run on Aspen Mountain which has been in place for over 40 years.
Members of Congress Announce Bipartisan Bill to Curb Illegal Timber Trade
Today Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Robert Wexler (D-FL), and Jerry Weller (R-IL) joined the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and a broad coalition of supporters from conservation, industry, and labor groups to announce the introduction of the Legal Timber Protection Act, which bans the use of illegally-harvested timber and wood products.
VICTORY! New Mexico Enacts Nation's Strongest Landowner Protection Law
EARTHWORK's Oil Gas & Accountability Project
Thanks in part to the letters/calls of OGAP/EARTHWORKS activists, New Mexico has the nation's strongest landowner protections against irresponsible oil & gas development. New Mexicans can go to sleep soundly knowing that they won't wake up to an oil rig in their front yard the next morning.
VICTORY! House Passes Employee Free Choice Act in Spite of Hostile Campaign Resembling Unionbusting
PR Newswire
House members got a taste of the relentless attacks workers endure every day when they stand up for themselves and support unions...
BEN MEMBER PRESS RELEASE: Consumer Protection Agency Covered Up Risks from Lead in Children’s Lunchboxes
FOIA reveals CPSC testing showed lead lunchbox risk, yet the agency manipulated tests and misled parents on lunchbox safety
BEN MEMBER IN THE NEWS: Should You Trust Your Makeup?
by Natasha SingerNew York Times
February 15th, 2007
But some environmentalists are pressing for a deeper analysis of the possible long-term effects of exposure to these chemicals. Some have formed a group called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to publicize their concerns, using the Internet to highlight ingredients and manufacturers. Their efforts have raised the possibility that the cosmetics industry eventually could be subject to greater government regulation, with perhaps mandatory testing and product approval.
BEN MEMBER PRESS RELEASE: Environmental Coalition Statement On Governor Corzine’s Executive Order On Global Warming
State PIRGs
Global warming is the greatest and most urgent environmental challenge of our time. Governor Corzine rose to the challenge today by establishing a firm, far-reaching, science-based commitment to reduce New Jersey’s global warming emissions. Further, his support for policies needed to achieve steep reductions will ensure New Jersey tackles this problem head-on and sets a vital precedent for strong national action.
BEN MEMBER ACTION ALERT: Why We Need the Employee Free Choice Act
American Rights at Work
With the new Congress in office, we have before us an unprecedented opportunity to take a stand in support of workers’ rights and the creation of a system that strengthens labor standards in the U.S.
BEN MEMBER PRESS RELEASE: Greenpeace locks down Kleenex headquarters
Four Greenpeace activists have locked themselves down in the offices of Kleenex manufacturer Kimberly-Clark, demanding that the company stop destroying Canada’s Boreal Forest. Others are broadcasting chainsaw noises and spreading woodchips in the corridors to further disrupt operations at the American company’s Canadian headquarters.
BEN MEMBER PRESS RELEASE:Your Valentine’s Day Chocolate: The Sweet and the Bitter
International Labor Rights Fund
Has the chocolate industry made any progress toward ending child labor in its cocoa supply? The problem of trafficked child labor in cocoa harvesting surfaced in 2001 and consumers have been demanding reform since that time.
New Rail Security Rules Leave Communities at Risk
by Chris WeissFriends of the Earth
December 15th, 2006
Possible Action Against BP for Gasoline Trading Violations Shows Need for Congressional Oversight of Oil Industry
by Tyson SlocumPublic Citizen's Energy Program
December 14th, 2006
"Oil giant BP on Wednesday admitted in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff “notified BP on November 21, 2006 that they intend to recommend to the CFTC that a civil enforcement action be brought against BP … alleging violations … of the Commodity Exchange Act in connection with its trading of unleaded gasoline futures…"
Mitch McConnell - Out of Touch with Kentucky and America
by Erich PicaFriends of the Earth
December 13th, 2006
VICTORY! Janitors' Victory in Houston Sparks Hope for New Era of Economic Gains for Families
by Lynda TranService Employees International Union (SEIU)
November 20th, 2006
L.A. Building Owners and Managers Agree to a Fair Process for Security Officers to Form a Union to Improve Working Conditions
by Terence Long Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
November 15th, 2006
Bush Administration Suppressed Global Warming Report, Conservation Groups File Suit Former U.S. climate change official sounded alarm on "the central climate science scandal of the Bush administration"
by Julie Teel, Center for Biological Diversity, Danielle Fugere, Bluewater Network/ FoE, Christopher Miller, Greenpeace
November 14th, 2006
All Charges Against Coke Protesters Dropped
November 1st, 2006
"In Mehdiganj, the marchers joined with thousands of local villagers and called for Coke's bottling facility there to be shut down..."
Global Tobacco Treaty Action Guide
Corporate Accountability International
September 1st, 2006
"This Guide is a tool for the global tobacco control and corporate accountability communities, to strengthen our collective work to challenge the tobacco industry’s interference in health policy. We hope to reinforce the courageous work of those in parliaments, legislatures, and government ministries—those on the frontlines of advancing public health policy in the face of an enormously powerful industry..."