Say “NO” to Forced Labor this Labor Day


FF_PalmOilEverywhere_pepsi_v2.pngAs the Labor Day holiday in the United States approaches, many of us will take time to reflect upon and celebrate the achievements of American workers. But living in a globalized economy where many of the goods we use everyday are produced elsewhere, we should also take time to consider workers worldwide and what we as consumers must do to demand fair labor conditions for all.Palm oil touches most of our lives everyday, and yet the living and working conditions of the people who harvest palm oil are foreign to most of us. Millions of people work in the global palm oil industry, and thousands toil under inhumane conditions, including child labor and conditions of modern day slavery.Companies like PepsiCo are buying palm oil without guaranteeing that the rights of workers making that palm oilare respected and upheld. Instead, PepsiCo has launched its ironic summer marketing campaign calling on consumers to just #LiveForNow and continue consuming PepsiCo products,rather than worry about the children and adults thatare forced to work under inhumane conditions to produce palm oil for PepsiCo products.This Labor Day, help us make sure that PepsiCo knows we won’t #LiveforNow by letting labor abuses and modern day slavery persist in PepsiCo’s palm oil supply chain. If you haven’t already, please join our Twitter campaign to make sure PepsiCo hears your concerns today.

Here’s how:
1. Download your own sign, get a photo of yourself holding the sign in front of any Pepsi display, product, or logo.
2. Tweet the photo at @PepsiCo with your personalized Labor Day-inspired message, remembering to include #LiveForNow and #LaborDay.

Not sure what to write? Feel free to use the ideas below:

  • This #LaborDay I am asking @PepsiCo to ensure no slavery is in its #PalmOil supply chain, not just #LiveForNow
  • Hey @PepsiCo celebrate #LaborDay by ensuring slavery-free #palmoil in your products, don’t just #LiveForNow
  • .@PepsiCo #LiveForNow means protecting workers in your #palmoil supply chain #LaborDay
  • .@PepsiCo make #LaborDay everyday – ensure your #palmoil is slavery-free #LiveForNow
  • .@PepsiCo #LiveForNow shouldn’t mean [your personal message here] #LaborDay

With your help, we can stand in solidarity with global palm oil workers and send a clear message to PepsiCo that cheap gimmicks won’t fool us to only #LiveForNow. PepsiCo has already responded to our campaign by releasing a new forest policy and palm oil commitment — a step in the right direction but not enough to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil. We know we’ve got the attention of PepsiCo executives, but we need your help to keep the pressure up and push PepsiCo to go all the way to eliminate slavery and protect the rights of palm oil workers in its supply chain.

Together, we can make PepsiCo understand that #LiveForNow means ending modern slavery and labor abuses in the palm oil industry.

In solidarity,
Robin Averbeck
Senior Campaigner
Rainforest Action Network

P.S. Not on Twitter yet? Don’t worry, it’s simple to get setup and tweeting in minutes.

5 Minute Guide to Twitter Activism:

Most people have heard about Twitter, but not everybody has an account. Here’s a quick and easy guide to getting setup to Tweet your outrage over Conflict Palm Oil in less than 5 minutes.
2. Create a Tweet! (Be sure to upload your photo by clicking the Camera icon).
3. Post your feelings on PepsiCo’s Conflict Palm Oil use! Use the hashtag #LiveForNow in your Tweet so others can find it.

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An Update on the Economy, Iraq, and Ukraine


At the White House yesterday afternoon, President Obama made a statement on a number of important issues ahead of his attendance at the NATO Summit in the United Kingdom next week.

The President first talked about the American economy, noting that it’s growing “at a stronger clip” than predicted, and that we have more work to do to continue this momentum. He then discussed the current U.S. operations in Iraq, reiterating his commitment as Commander-in-Chief to “always do what is necessary to protect the American people and defend against evolving threats to our homeland.”

President Obama concluded his statement addressing the situation in Ukraine, noting that the evidence is clear: “Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine.”

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ICYMI: The REAL Nina Turner


 

TeamTurner-Did you see this email from our campaign manager?As you celebrate Labor Day this weekend, remember that the REAL Nina Turner stood with Ohio’s working families and was one of the leading voices in the fight against Senate Bill 5.  She will continue to stand up for collective bargaining rights and prevailing wage laws because she knows how important strong unions are to a vibrant middle classs.

Stand with Nina now by making a contribution today.

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

Thank you, and have a great weekend!

-Liz Shirey, Finance Director

 

From: Angelique Roche
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:16 PM
To: Team Turner

Subject: The REAL Nina Turner

Team Turner,

The Ohio GOP says State Senator Nina Turner is too partisan to hold statewide office, and her opponent recently claimed, “there are two Nina Turners – the one I deal with on a professional level and the one who goes on the Al Sharpton show…and starts saying outrageous things. It’s hard to know which is the real Nina Turner.”

Donate $10, $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can now to send a message to our opponent that you aren’t the least bit confused about who the real Nina Turner is!

If our opponent wasn’t so busy making it harder to vote, he would know Nina Turner is exactly the same Nina Turner whether she’s being interviewed by Ed Shultz on MSNBC, sharing a meal with her family, speaking with a group of small business owners, or defending collective bargaining rights on the Senate floor.

Nina isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right no matter the political or personal cost, and frankly, she is one of the most dynamic and authentic voices in politics today.

Show your support for the REAL Nina Turner today with a contribution of $10, $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can.

The REAL Nina Turner understands the time constraints on working class Ohioans and is fighting to bring back weekday evening early vote hours.

The REAL Nina Turner values women’s work and is fighting for legislation that guarantees equal pay for women in Ohio.

The REAL Nina Turner believes, no matter your gender, race, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status, we ALL have the right to make our voices heard at the ballot box.

The REAL Nina Turner wants a thriving economy that works for ALL Ohioans, and, as Secretary of State, will transform the Business Services division into a resource center for Ohio businesses.

Help the REAL Nina Turner win her race for Ohio Secretary of State by donating whatever you can today. 

Thank you so much for your continued support.

– A. Angelique Roche, Campaign Manager

P.S. ICYMI, last week the REAL Nina Turner was highlighted as one of MSNBC’s 30 Women to Watch in 2014 and became the first Secretary of State campaign ever to be endorsed by Daily Kos!

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