Conscientious shopping is great, but—let's be honest—it's not going to change the world unless we couple it with real activism. Here are some ways to get involved in creating a humane economy.

Anti-sweatshop/workers' rights

  • United Students Against Sweatshops. Working and educating to end ultra-exploitative work conditions in the US and abroad.
  • Campaign for Labor rights. The grassroots mobilizing department of the U.S. anti-sweatshop movement.
  • Sweatshop Watch, a coalition of over 30 labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's, religious and student organizations, and many individuals, committed to eliminating the exploitation that occurs in sweatshops.
  • Boycott the Bell. Find out why the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has called for a boycott of Taco Bell, and then join the boycott until the Bell takes responsibility for the deplorable work conditions of those who pick its vegetables.

The big-box retail blight

  • Big boxes in Blacksburg? Find out about Walmart's plans for our home town.
  • Sprawl-busters. Information and resources for stopping big-box retail in your town.
  • and the Church of Stop Shopping. You are the cast, and the streets are the stage. Drama to take back our towns.

Fair trade

  • Oxfam's fair trade campaign. Sign the "big noise" petition.
  • IFAT - The International Fair Trade Association.
  • Parecon - the participatory economics project. A new economic vision based on participatory democracy.