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NEW: The IRS "Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft" describes what tax-related identity theft is, how it happens, and what to do about it. It also links to a list of state tax agencies' websites.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

"Greenpeace ranks 17 leading consumer electronics companies based on sustainability"

New York Times op-ed on climate change provides a number of positive actions, but says by far the most effective thing an individual can do is fulfill their transportation needs in a fuel-efficient vehicle. United States drivers have a disproportionate effect on global warming, due to the number of miles driven and poor average miles per gallon of its cars, but have a wide variety of new vehicle options that do much better.

Google Transparency Report: check on safe browsing status of a website

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Network of investors working on public policy and education on such things as divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting in more sustainable energy.

What's Green with Betsy "Simple Steps That Make a Difference" to help the environment

U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor

Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for help enforcing laws that protect consumers, monitoring financial markets, understanding mortgage disclosure laws, researching consumer behavior, etc.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: "Tracking the positive and negative impacts of over 5100 companies worldwide"

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Be cautious about ceramic cookware, such as crockpots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says 15% of ceramics tested have lead and/or cadmium contamination. "Emphasis should be placed on those items designed to hold liquid foods."

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Tech companies Tesla, Blue Apron, and Amazon accused of working conditions that sacrifice worker well-being for profit

Tesla was accused of racism, "excessive mandatory overtime", and constant pressure to work faster. "In 2015, Blue Apron appeared to violate a litany of OSHA regulations, ranging from wiring to chemical storage", which it claims to have quickly rectified. Amazon warehouse employees say hours are long, breaks few, and fulfillment demands high.

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Good and Cheap food: a cookbook developed to meet nutritional needs for people on food stamps, but with great ideas for all budgets. Emphasizes fruits and vegetables, innovative variations, and frugality that allows for a bit of luxury along with a lot of fun and great eating. The entire book is free online. To enlarge text, hold down the ctrl key while pressing the plus key.

Green America's National Green Pages: Special offers on green gifts

Animal-friendly products and companies: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals "Proggy" award recipients.

Games, dolls, puppets from Taraluna: Socially responsible toys, gifts for children

Paintings and prints by Marlene Bell

Human Rights

Links to Human Rights Organizations

World Food Program
With so much media attention focused on wars and natural disasters, it is easy to overlook other desperate human needs. For a tiny fraction of what has is spent on one major war, the UN World Food Programme could save millions of people in Africa and other parts of the world from starvation. International aid from nations, organizations, and individuals is needed.

UN Global Compact on corporate social responsibility.

American Civil Liberties Union
Founded in 1920 when civil liberties we take for granted today were often thoroughly trampled upon, this organization works to preserve individual rights and liberties under the Constitution, with particular attention to the Bill of Rights. ACLU advocates for respect for civil liberties at all times, including times of national emergency.

Amnesty International
Large and highly influential organization devoted to promoting human rights, political freedom, and fair labor practices around the world. Organizes campaigns to free political prisoners and end torture.

Amnesty International China
AI's page detailing human rights in China. Since China is huge in terms of population, exports of consumer goods, impact on the world economy, and land mass, it is a major focus of

Anti-Defamation League
Founded in 1913, the ADL works to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry in all forms.

Bill of Rights
The first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, enumerated on the website of Cornell University's Legal Information Institute. Links to other ammendments to the Constitution, Table of Contents and Amendments, and Overview of Full Constitution.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Nonprofit with offices in London and New York; regional researchers in "Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Japan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Senegal, South Africa, UK, Ukraine and USA"; website in seven languages; and a large, diverse board active in the "strategy and the accountability of the management team". As you might expect from such ample resources, the website offers a huge amount of information, but its content and visual navigation are well organized so you can zero in on what you want.

Green America (Formerly Co-op America)
Non-profit organization that provides information and news about sweatshops and workplace conditions, as well as the environment and socially responsible investing, personal finance, products and businesses. Responsible Shopper, one of Green America's programs, allows you to compare many companies and industries on the bases of workplace, environment, and willingness to disclose information to the public. Responsible Shopper also notes things companies have been criticised and praised for, such as environmental practices, sweatshop labor, community and labor relations, diversity in the workforce, and charitable contributions.

Human Rights Watch 
Human Rights Watch is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that provides a wealth of information and breaking news on human rights around the world.

Institute of Race Relations
London based organization devoted to research and analysis that informs the international struggle for racial justice.

International Committee of the Red Cross
English version, with links to French and Spanish versions. Relief agency founded in 1863 to provide aid to victims of war and violence on a strictly humanitarian, impartial basis. Also promotes humanitarian law and principles.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
From the History page of the site: "Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization".

United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
News about how this United Nations agency is helping children affected by poverty, natural disasters, etc.

United Nations Home Page
Links to editions in six languages.

United Nations NewsCentre
Brief descriptions of current news, with links to full stories. These stories give vital information that is not always widely covered in major news media. They enable readers to understand world events from a point of view that is much more broadly based than that of a single country.

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Links to full text of the resolution in many languages. The Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948, which is now celebrated as Human Rights Day.

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Simplified
BBC summary, in plain language, of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

United Nations News and Commentary in the New York Times

Current and past articles about the United Nations published in the New York Times.

United States Government Accountability Office

Independent, nonpartisan agency that evaluates for the U.S. Congress the effectiveness and appropriateness of executive branch agencies in spending taxpayer dollars. Human rights issues are often involved in the GAO's reports.