Food Fight. Approximately 1,600 Palestinians in Israeli
prisons went on a hunger strike in mid-August, demanding
fair and humane treatment. Within days, they were joined
by other prisoners, bringing the number of protesters to
2,264, according to the BBC.
Fair Speech. Brazilians are turning off their televisions
for 30 minutes on Oct. 17 as part of a campaign against
degradation in TV programming. Organizers also hope to
promote more democratic access to communication media,
the publics right to ethical programming, and the
defense of a public television system, reported ALC news
Flagged Up. The Greater Taree city council in New South
Wales, Australia, voted six to four to begin flying the
Aboriginal flag alongside the Australian flag. Both
Anglican and Catholic bishops, with "Flags for
Unity," a group dedicated to ensuring public offices
fly both flags, supported the change.
God 1, Mammon 0. "We reject the current world
economic order of global neo-liberal capitalism,"
declared the general council of the World Alliance of
Reformed Churches at its international meeting in Accra,
Ghana, this summer. The members, who represent more than
75 million Christians in 100-plus countries, agreed to
adopt a faith-based stance against U.S.-style capitalism.
Google Green. While Googles IPO made its founders
billionaires, federal tax subsidies contributed more than
$9 million to their immediate $72 million profit,
according to a statement from Responsible Wealth, a group
concerned about growing economic inequality.