Samsung using Child labor in China

My name is Li Qiang and I lead a group called China Labor Watch that investigates and exposes worker exploitation. As a rights lawyer committed to knowing every detail of China’s labor laws — and how they’re ignored and broken — I was shocked when I learned what’s happening in the Chinese factories supplying electronic giant Samsung.

Children as young as 14 years old work 11 hour night shifts, 28 days a month and are denied medical care and even pay.

The exploitation of workers at Samsung’s supplier factories must stop now — and I’m confident that if enough people speak out, the tech giant will be forced to respond just like Apple had to earlier this year.

I started a petition on Change.org calling on Samsung to end worker abuse in the factories making its products. Click here to sign my petition now.

When 14-year-old Xiaofang (an alias, for her protection) got hurt after she fell down a flight of stairs at the factory, the owners and managers wouldn’t even let her see a doctor. They wouldn’t give her sick leave to recover and docked 6 days of her pay. Then, she was fired without any compensation.

Our investigators heard dozens of similar accounts from employees at the factory — even workers being hit by managers or forced to stand all day as punishment for a mistake. In addition to laboring in dangerous conditions every day, we discovered that children like Xiaofang working in this Chinese factory are paid only 70% of what adults are paid.The factory owners know it, but create fake IDs for the children and exploit them with lower pay and part-time hours so the authorities won’t find out.

A few months ago, I saw the tremendous impact that a petition on Change.org had when it called for Apple to improve conditions in a supplier’s factory. More than 250,000 people signed that petition, started by an Apple customer in Washington, DC. It was also covered by worldwide news media extensively. And in the end, Apple listened. When we found out about the horrific working conditions at Samsung’s supplier factory, I knew we had to start a petition on Change.org right away.

I’m confident we can make a difference in the lives of these workers and in the way Samsung’s products are made. Please click here and sign my petition calling on Samsung to stop labor abuse in factories making its products now.

Thank you.

- Li Qiang
Executive Director, China Labor Watch

A Prayer For Children

Ina Hughs

 A Prayer For The Children

We pray for the children who sneak Popsicles before
supper, who erase holes in math workbooks, who can
never find their shoes. And we pray for those who stare
at photographers from behind barbed wire, who can’t
bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, who
never “counted potatoes,” who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions, who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money. And we pray for those who never get dessert, who have no safe blanket to drag behind them, who watch their parents watch them die, who can’t find any bread to steal, who don’t have any rooms to clean up, whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser, whose monsters are real.

We pray for children who spend all their allowance before Tuesday, who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food, who like ghost stories, who shove dirty clothes under the bed, who never rinse out the tub, who get visits from the tooth fairy, who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool, who squirm in church and scream in the phone, whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those whose nightmares come in the daytime, who will eat anything, who have never seen a dentist, who aren’t spoiled by anybody, who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep, who live and move, but have no being. We pray for children who want to be carried and for those who must, who we never give up on and for those who don’t get a second chance. For those we smother and…for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

Someone sent this prayer to us many years ago in an email message. We recently learned it was written by Ina Hughs, a newspaper reporter for the Knoxville News. The prayer reached a worldwide audience when it was read aloud during UNICEF’s World Summit For Children.

empowering young girls

About the Foundation

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Empower Nepali Girls, originally established as the Madhav Ghimire Foundation in 2001, was created to help provide educational opportunities for the most neglected children of Nepal, especially young girls from the lowest caste who would otherwise be unable to attend school and how may be at greatest risk to be sold into domestic or sex slavery. The guiding mission of the Empower Nepali Girls is to raise funds from individuals and organizations to assist and mentor girls with the greatest potential to transform their communities and country. Girls are selected based on financial need, as well as academic potential and performance.
It costs so little money to sponsor a child’s education, just $100 per year, which provides fees, school uniforms, books, and supplies for one year in primary or secondary school. It costs $2,500 per year or more to support a girl in higher education. Most of our girls wish to become doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers, and even enter politics. Since the founders and administrative staff volunteer their time and expertise, there are few administrative costs and little overhead–three-quarters of all money donated goes directly to the children’s education. We are currently supporting close to 200 children in 11 different villages and almost every region of the country.
Empower Nepali Girls is tax exempt charitable organization that is supported totally from contributions and volunteer efforts. It is registered in both Nepal and in the United States as a 501(c)(3).
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it will be a great day….

 

transforming nonviolent movements

“Transforming nonviolent movements do not start in Washington or state capitols or with politicians — they start with individuals like us in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, parent and civic associations, congregations, schools and in Freedom Schools which teach and model social justice, empower children and young adults to make a difference, and spark a love of learning, service, and civic activism for life.” – Marian Wright Edelman

Children’s Defense Fund

“The ultimate test of American democracy is whether we can protect our voteless, most vulnerable group – children – without whom there is no future.” Taylor Branch #CDFcon2012 http://bit.ly/A4AiL2

sometimes a heavy heart but still finding the beauty of my own heart

Lately,

I’ve been feeling a lot of anger at the injustices I see in this world; disregard of women & girls’ fundamental rights over their bodies, the out of control greed by corporations, politicians that seem to only care about the status quo, the abuse and neglect of children, indigenous people, animals, this earth,…I can make a very long list of the the things that enrage me and sadden me about this world. I am becoming more outspoken about these injustices, but I can also feel overwhelmed.

So today I am focusing on those people and organizations that are defending the innocent, standing up for human rights & animals rights. I would like to give a big shout out to and express my deepest gratitude and love for all the courageous people that stand up and speak out. To those that listen to the truth of their heart…lately I feel as though I am finding the beauty of my heart.

So there are many people and organizations to thank

Hendrick Boards, A Loving Goodbye.org, opt4.wordpress.com, LuckyPupRescue, RockTheSlutVote, Aisfor.org., PawInHandUnitedWeStand.org, Upworthy.com, AwakeningTruth.org, The AgendaProject on Facebook, Eleventh HOur Rescue-on Facebook-rescuing animals on death row,  Jezebel.com, Naomi Wolf, Thefeministwire.com, buddhistGeeks.com, TheIdproject.org, Againstthestream.org,MindBodyAwarenessProject, LetsSpreadcompassion.wordpress.com, Resurection.wordpress.com and I know there are more…. this is the beginning of my list.

 

Why aren’t you a feminist?

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