The Common Good
June 2005
Quiver Power.
  • Quiver Power. Nottingham, England, best known as the home of Robin Hood, the legendary outlaw who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, will no longer sport a jaunty rainbow-colored archer with an oversized bow as its logo. A haute couture fuchsia "N" is the town’s new brand.
  • Jubilee Now! For every dollar that goes into sub-Sahara Africa as aid, $1.50 goes out for international debt repayments, according to Noreena Hertz, author of The Debt Threat.
  • Guard Duty. Forty percent of U.S. troops in Iraq are National Guard or reservists, and 55 percent of married Guard members and reservists report income loss over their civilian jobs as of May 2004, according to a National Public Radio report.
  • Divest U. After juniors at Harvard University waged an online divestment campaign and seniors refused to contribute to the senior class gift, the administration finally sold its stock in PetroChina, a company with a history of selling arms and forced labor to Sudan. Harvard owned 67,200 shares of PetroChina stock, valued at $4.4 million.
  • Agitprop. Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, is providing free billboard and bus shelter ads for Oakland mayoral candidate Ignacio De La Fuente’s anti-prostitution initiative, dubbed "Operation Shame." Clear Channel owns the world’s largest billboard company.
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