Tom Harkin and This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize

Tom Harkin and This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize

On Dec. 10, anti-child labor crusader Kailash Satyarthi (with Malala Yousafzai) will step onto a storied stage in Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, while here in the United States, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) winds down 40 years in the Congress and Senate....
The Cost of Cheap Chocolate

The Cost of Cheap Chocolate

One Halloween, my husband persuaded our kids to give away most of the candy they’d just collected while trick-or-treating. They were preschoolers and the house we were renting then had previously drawn teens with haunted tours. We’d run out of candy when a stream of...
Briefing: World Day Against Child Labor

Briefing: World Day Against Child Labor

Child domestic servitude is a global human rights challenge affecting millions of children – mainly girls – who are forced out of classrooms and into private households to cook and clean, and in many cases, care for other children and the elderly. Many...
The Spooky Side of Chocolate

The Spooky Side of Chocolate

This Halloween, many of the chocolate goodies handed out to American children dressed as goblins and witches will have a ghoulish history of their own. In the cocoa fields where many of these chocolates originate, West African children work grueling hours — some...

We the People are the 99 Percent

Maceo, who is 11 years old, shares his thoughts on child labor and holiday shopping. We are the 99 percent, and we run this town. We are the 99 percent, and we own this city. We are the 99 percent, and the CEOs are the 1 percent – not us, not now, never will we...
Food of the Gods

Food of the Gods

A prominent part of holiday festivities is chocolate, one of our most adored comfort foods. Chocolate is made from the beans (actually the seeds) of the pods that grow on the trunk and main branches of the cocoa plant. In a fitting tribute to the Mayan (and later the...
Labor Lessons Through the Lens of Liberia

Labor Lessons Through the Lens of Liberia

Firestone Tire and Rubber, the American icon, has violated the rights of workers, abused child labor, and destroyed the environment with dumping of toxic wastes in Liberia, West Africa since their operations began in 1926. Liberia remains the largest rubber operations...
Film: The Dark Side of Chocolate

Film: The Dark Side of Chocolate

Join Tiffany Williams, Advocacy Director for the Institute for Policy Studies’ Break the Chain Campaign and Emira Woods, Co-Director of the Institute’s Foreign Policy In Focus project as we present a screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary...
Chocolate: Bitter or Sweet?

Chocolate: Bitter or Sweet?

As you are enjoying your summer weekend, maybe stopping for a chocolaty treat after a day out with family or friends, think of 14 year old Yacouba Darria. Take a moment to question how that chocolate you’re enjoying was produced and whether it required Yacouba,...