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The Plastic Bank: Turning Trash into Cash for People in Need

A bank that helps people in poor communities exchange plastic for basic goods has the potential to help solve two urgent gobal issues at the same time.

How Long Could You Survive on $1.25 a Day? Play This Game and Find Out.

A new game confronts you with the dire choices that must be made every day by people living in extreme poverty. How long could you survive?

World Day of Social Justice: Last Dash to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals

On the World Day of Social Justice, the UN renews its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals to halve extreme poverty and improve other global issues by 2015.

National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage Follows DC Council's Passage of Living Wage Law

July 24, 2013 has been declared a National Day of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage by a broad coalition of organizations including the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.  July 24th was chosen because it marks the date when the federal minimum wage was last raised four years ago — to a "measly $7.25 per hour"  — which will buy you much less than the minimum wage did in 1968

World Fair Trade Day

 

Every second Saturday of May, supporters of global fair trade celebrate World Fair Trade Day.  This year, the observance will take place on May 11, and will encompass a series of events and activities across the globe and in the United States.

 

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UN International Day For The Eradication of Poverty

from UN.org

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries, particularly in developing countries