Campaigns and Victories
Here are the victories and achievements of our Members and Member Organizations.
Victory! Yoplait does the right thing
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)
NOA's Organizer Respite Awards 2008-2009
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
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! House passes 1872 Mining Law reform
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 McINTOSH
, Northwest 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! 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.
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! 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.
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.
BEN MEMBER IN THE NEWS: Should You Trust Your Makeup?
by Natasha Singer
, New 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: 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.
Possible Action Against BP for Gasoline Trading Violations Shows Need for Congressional Oversight of Oil Industry
by Tyson Slocum
, Public 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…"
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