Friday, May 24, 2013

More Important Politics, Also from Japan

The toxin pushing honeybees to extinction is having a devastating effect across the
Tell Home Depot, Lowe's and other retailers to stop stocking bee-poisoning neonicotinoids.
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Scientists hot on the trail of the cause behind the massive global bee die-off have
unearthed a slew of evidence on the devastation across the food chain caused by the
most widely-used pesticide on Earth, neonicotinoids.
 Once they enter the water supply, neonicotinoids wipe out dragonflies, snails and
other waterborne life. The few hardy species that survive are left so toxic that
they're killing birds -- and
Lowe's and Home Depot are putting this toxic product right in our back yards.
The European Food Safety Authority just imposed a two-year ban on neonicotinoids.
 It's a bold step taken to avert a new Silent Spring. With up to a third of all honeybees
vanishing each winter,
beekeepers are saying that we are "on the brink" of not being able to pollinate all
our crops
Lowe's and Home Depot still stock their shelves with neonicotinoid pesticides
, spreading the ecosystem-destroying toxin to homes and gardens across the United
States. As consumers, we need to demand that these retailers pull the devastating
pesticides from the shelves.
Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to stop stocking neonicotinoids.
Bayer and other pesticide manufacturers are shoveling cash at lobbyists in order
to continue selling their poisonous products. But
we're not here to protect corporate profits, we're here to protect our ecosystem
to ensure our future.
 The first thing we need to do is take this devastating toxin out of our own neighborhoods.
One of the reasons these pesticides are so toxic is that they don't simply coat the
surface --
neonicotinoids are absorbed into the plant itself
. Scientists believe honeybees that stop by later to pollinate the crops accrue a
lethal dose in their systems as they wander from flower to flower. Research suggests
 the neurotoxin scrambles their system of navigation and other critical parts of
the bee's brains.
 Even when it doesn't kill the bees outright, neonicotinoids alter immune system
function in bees, making them more vulnerable to parasitic infections that are spreading
through bee populations like wildfire.
Major retailers don't care what type of pesticides they sell, only what type of pesticides
their customers will buy.
 If we send Lowe's and Home Depot, the nation's two largest home-and-garden superstores,
a loud, clear message, we can get these toxic products off their shelves and out
of our back yard
s -- and get smaller retailers around the country to follow suit.
Tell Home Depot and Lowe’s to get rid of the bee-killing neonicotinoids.
Thank you for being one of us,
Claiborne and the team at
More information:
The Independent:
'Victory for bees' as European Union bans neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for destroying bee population
, 29 April 2013
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation:
Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees? (PDF)
, 2012
American Bird Conservancy:
Birds, Bees, and Aquatic Life Threatened by Gross Underestimate of Toxicity of World's Most Widely Used Pesticide
, 2013
Mother Jones:
3 New Studies Link Bee Decline to Bayer Pesticide
, 29 March, 2013
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in signing it:
Prada: Drop your lawsuit against former-employee Rina Bovrisse
By Ayako B.
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Rina Bovrisse, a former employee at Prada in Japan, was shocked when her boss told
her to fire scores of coworkers because they were
“old, fat, ugly, disgusting or did not have the Prada look.”
 When Rina spoke out, she was fired.
Now, Prada is suing HER for $780,000 for allegedly damaging the Prada brand even
though they don’t deny their discrimination.
Prada Japan hired Rina, a Japanese national, in April 2009 as Senior Retail Operations
Manager and tasked her with overseeing 500 Prada employees. She moved to Japan with
her two year old son, excited about the opportunity ahead.
Almost immediately, Rina began observing evidence of discrimination in Prada’s HR
department. She recalls the company’s CEO ordering the demotion and transfer of fifteen
female employees (many of them long-serving, top saleswomen) because they were “old,
fat, ugly, disgusting or did not have the Prada look.”
When she spoke out against this injustice, Rina was criticized for her own appearance,
offered a demotion to an entry-level sales staff position, and then urged to resign.
In 2010, Rina and two of her Prada colleagues decided to take a stand. They filed
a lawsuit against the luxury fashion label, arguing that Prada’s appearance-based
discrimination and harassment violated Japanese law.
But in 2012, the judge ruled that Prada’s demonstrated discrimination was acceptable
for a luxury fashion label and that a well-compensated female employee should be
able to withstand a certain level of harassment.
Now, Prada is taking the outrageous step of countersuing the single mother to the
tune of $780,000 for speaking out about the company’s discrimination.
 It's bad enough Prada is discriminating this way, but to SUE a woman who fought
back? That’s unacceptable and Prada must drop the suit.
As a woman and a mother in Japan, I have experienced gender discrimination in employment
too. It’s a huge problem in my country where none of the top companies are led by
women. Rina has become the symbol of this injustice in Japan and if we let a major
company like Prada bully her, other women will be afraid to stand up against discrimination
Join me in standing for gender equality by calling on Prada to stop bullying Rina
and to drop its suit against her.
Sign Ayako's Petition

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