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According to Tristram Stuart, an international authority on food waste, the 40 million tons of food Americans waste each year (which includes retail, households and food services) could feed the world's hungry - every man, woman and child.
if we are to have a government worthy of the America Jimmy Stewart described in his famous role as Senator Jefferson Smith, we'll need champions in government that will protect those who are the weakest and most vulnerable among us - our children.
All over the world indigenous communities suffer land grabs by moneyed interests - weaknesses in the legal system of land tenure open the door to unscrupulous transnational companies.
Not a day goes by that my Inbox doesn't have a story about human suffering in some corner of the world; droughts in northern Africa, refugees fleeing civil war, children dying from HIV and other preventable diseases, hunger and malnutrition taking a toll on one third of the world's populace. In each case, human need dwarfs the international community's willingness or capacity to respond.
It really is past time for the United States to join the rest of the world in ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
I think of how we treat all children when I measure justice in the world. My heroes are normal people who show their compassion by taking action.
I was in DC to tape an interview at the Supreme Court and looked outthe window of my luxury suite, within view of the Capitol Rotunda, I noticedseveral mothers with babies in tow, hovering below.
If we can imagine a world where a tiny tax on financial transactions generates hundreds of billions of dollars every year to be used to alleviate poverty, it would be fair to ask, "Who gets this money", "How do we deliver money and services to the poor?" and, "How can we be sure the aid won't be stolen or wasted?"
For the past twenty years, I have filmed children all over the world in every conceivable form of poverty and abuse, from global child labor (Stolen Childhoods, 2004) to the struggles of street children (Rescuing Emmanuel, 2009). The Same Heart is the third film in this trilogy, and it confronts one of the central issues of our time: growing inequality and poverty with its impacts on children in the U.S. and abroad.
The playground appeared perfectly normal with students clustered here and there laughing and enjoying their lunch break. But if you looked closely, you’d notice another group milling about or sitting alone, the students with empty lunch pails.
Len Morris is interviewed for Worldview on WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Radio about The Same Heart.
Director Len Morris, Reid Maki of the Child Labor Coalition and Dr. Mariana Chilton of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities discuss a plan to invest in the basic needs of poor children by raising a financial transactions tax.
"We all know education provides power, enlightenment, growth, prosperity and opportunity, but 59 million children in the world are not in school," says 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. He's got an idea what to do about that.
17-year-old Lilian tells the story of fleeing death threats in El Salvador and coming to the United States alone.
Violent crime perpetrated by the “maras”, as the gangs are known, has claimed the lives of 7,500 young Salvadorans since mid-2014. Tens of thousands of Salvadorans, among them large numbers of unaccompanied minors, feel they have no choice but to flee the country.
Thousands of children in Indonesia, some just 8 years old, are working in hazardous conditions on tobacco farms.
Millions of children risk pain, sickness, injury, and even death to produce goods and services for the global economy.
Central American children fleeing serious threats face formidable obstacles in applying for asylum in Mexico.
Human Rights Watch has documented wide discrepancies between Mexican law and practice. By law, Mexico offers protection to those who face risks to their lives or safety if returned to their countries of origin. But less than 1 percent of children who are apprehended by Mexican immigration authorities are recognized as refugees, according to Mexican government data.
“We do live in fear, and that’s violating our rights too. Nobody should live in fear. Not having the DREAM Act right now is affecting a lot of people. And it’s affecting our human rights, and I feel that the government might not realize that. Or maybe it does, but I don’t know why it hasn’t been passed, if that connection is made. It’s inhumane.”
Filming in Kenya in late 2012 we interacted with hundreds of children; at their schools, in their homes and as we crisscrossed the country in our production van. The filming had gone on for weeks and it was depressing to see these bedraggled babies, with their rags and obvious malnutrition. We wished a major charity was in the van, handing out food aid and clean water but we settled on lollipops, thousands and thousands of lollipops.
We'd see a group of children by the side of the road and stop and prepare for a lollipop moment, a way of giving love with no strings attached.
The United States government and tobacco companies are failing to protect teenage children from hazardous work in tobacco farming, Human Rights Watch said today, in a report and video.
The financial industry has cost the U.S. economy trillions of dollars in lost value and misallocation of resources, value that could have been invested in more socially useful ways.
The North America Regional Report ties together the ways that the travel sector and child sexual exploitation intersect, because sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism happens in the United States and Canada too.
The Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism is the most thorough, up-to-date and authoritative look at the issue of sexual exploitation of children in many years.
Nigeria is the latest target of multinationals establishing palm oil plantations on community lands and nature preserves. This Friends of the Earth report details Wilmar International's blatant disregard of best practices in consulting communities.
The focus of the 2016 World Day Against Child Labour is on child labour and supply chains. This ILO brochure details what businesses are doing to clean up their supply chains.
Central American children fleeing serious threats face formidable obstacles in applying for asylum in Mexico, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
2,018 young men who spent their formative teenage years in the UK care system have been sent back to Afghanistan over the past 9 years, often to very precarious and dangerous situations.
Since March 2014, RSN has been systematically monitoring what happens to former child asylum seekers who have been forcibly removed to Afghanistan after turning 18.
Humanitarian action is at the core of UNICEF’s work, encompassing effective preparedness, early response and recovery to save lives and protect child rights. Of particular interest is the section on funding shortfalls on page 11...
Teenage children too young to legally buy a pack of cigarettes are getting exposed to nicotine while they work on US tobacco farms. The US government and tobacco companies should protect everyone under 18 from hazardous work in tobacco farming
All but one of the world's nations have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. All but the United States. It's time to change that. Read the Unicef overview of the CRC.