Posted by Lindsay Beyerstein on Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Sarah Maslin Nir has won the June Sidney Award for exposing rampant abuses in the nail salon industry in New York City. The 13-month investigation included interiews with well over a hundred nail workers from around the city. Only one in four reported being paid minimum wage. Some earned day rates of just $10, and trainee manicurists not only didn't get paid, they had to pay their bosses to learn the trade.
Read more about the winning series and its impact in The Backstory.
Posted by Lindsay Beyerstein on Monday, June 8, 2015
Survivors of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, the deadliest industrial accident in history, will be fully compensated, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Clean Clothes Campaign and its allies. A fundraising breakthrough from an anonymous donor has pushed the Rana Plaza Donor's trust to its $30 million goal:
The Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is delighted to announce a major campaign victory with the confirmation that the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund has finally met its target of $30 million, following a large anonymous donation.Continue reading...
Posted by Lindsay Beyerstein on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Rosa Goldensohn, the latest winner of Hillman's award for social justice reporting at CUNY J-school, has a new longform piece in 219 Magazine called, "John and Ken," it's the story of twin brothers. One became a prison guard at Rikers' Island, and the other became an inmate.