PETA-Approved Vegan Certification

We are happy to announce that all of our products are now certified PETA-Approved Vegan. No Gods No Masters and Defend Animals joined over 1,000 other companies approved by PETA for this certification.

Similar to PETA’s “Cruelty-Free Bunny” logo, the “PETA-Approved Vegan” label allows clothing companies to let customers know that they can shop here without worry, never having to question if any animals were harmed or killed for the products being sold. All companies that use the logo must sign PETA’s statement of assurance verifying that their product is vegan.

Through this partnership, No Gods No Masters and Defend Animals are donating $5000 on 5 years to PETA.

To learn more about PETA-Approved Vegan or to see the list of members, please visit the PETA website.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. It was founded in 1980.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

It’s here! Announcing the launch of our newly redesigned website

We are pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website, No-gods-no-masters.com. Featuring a brand new look, more information on our products and simplified navigation.

This is the first major website redesign in 10 years, needless to say, the old version was long due for an update. We don’t use a third party software to run this website – we built our own. Our cooperative requires very specific needs so our website was entirely built from scratch by our web developers who have been working on tirelessly for over 1 year to make this possible.

We hope you like the changes and find it easier to find what you’re looking for quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know by e-mailing us.

 

New donations will be announced soon.

$5,000 donated to animal rights charities

Last year, we launched Defend Animals, a new shop where you can find more vegan t-shirts and animal lovers products. To pursue the tradition of donating money to the same causes expressed on our t-shirts, we decided that the theme of our yearly donations would be animals rights charities.

We recently donated a total of $5,000 USD to animal rights charities. Here are the organizations that we supported:

We invite you to visit the websites of these charities to learn more about what they are doing and how they make a difference. 

 

Humane Society statistics

 

DefendAnimals.com – Cruelty-free clothing for animal lovers and vegan activists

DefendAnimals.com is a new shop built by the same team behind No Gods No Masters. You can find our classic Animal Liberation t-shirts collection along with many new vegan clothing.

To celebrate, we are offering free worldwide shipping on all orders from 29 Mar to Apr 2

 

ACTIVIST SHOP – We donate to animal rights charities and activist causes – your purchases contribute to build a better world and protect the animals! We already donated over $3000 to animal rights charities.

ETHICAL CLOTHING – All of our clothing is socially responsible and certified ethical by different fair labor certifications. We’re committed to bringing you sweatshop-free clothing with absolutely no forced labor.

100% VEGAN & CRUELTY-FREE – We exclusively use 100% vegan products and inks, with no animal-derived ingredients and no animal testing. We also offer organic t-shirts certified Vegan by PETA. Shop without being complicit with animal cruelty!

WIDE PRODUCTS RANGE – Hoodies, tank tops, long sleeves, organic t-shirts, hang bags, caps, mugs, accessories, custom products and more!

https://www.defendanimals.com – Free worldwide shipping available

 

$2,000 donated to Refugee Community Kitchen and the Anti-Fascist Defense Fund

In response to the rise of alt-right and fascists during 2017, and considering the events across the United States following the election of Donald Trump, we’ve felt the need to donate an additional $2000 to anti-fascist and pro-refugees causes. In times like these, we can’t stress enough about the importance of organizing against fascism, racism, and hate.

Our $2000 USD donation was shared between the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund and Refugee Community Kitchen.

During 2017, Antifa went from being an obscure movement of people willing to actually stand up and defend their communities from white supremacist terrorists to being the topic of the summer. This was largely because of the unprecedented wave of violence and killings committed by racist extremists this year.

Last year, we contributed $3000 to anti-fascist causes and also donated $1000 to refugees charities previously. We are happy to reiterate our solidarity this year again for these very important causes and we will continue to show support in the future.

 

About the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund 

The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund is one of the only means of support and solidarity that anti-fascists and anti-racists can count on to have their back when they put themselves on the line against hate and have to deal with the consequences.

Modeled on the defence fund run by the Anti-Racist Action Network in the late 1990s/early 2000s, The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund accepts proposals for support from anyone.  Decisions are made by a crew of individuals and groups who have donated more than $20U.S./€20/£15. Those decisions are arrived at by consensus whenever possible and by a simple majority vote in situations where consensus is not forthcoming.  The Fund publishes quarterly reports on its activities here.

As of December 2017, The Defence Fund is now donating an average of $2200USD per month to support anti-fascists and anti-racists.  This, of course, means that the fund needs to raise $2200USD every single month just to sustain the level of support it’s currently providing, and that’s assuming that things don’t get any worse than they are now.

Last quarter report (December 2017):

Click here to donate to the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund

 


 

Refugee Community Kitchen – Feeding 2500 refugees every day

Refugee Community Kitchen was created in the winter of 2015 to provide nutritious food for the refugees in the Calais and Dunkirk camps.

After months of fulfilling our mission and supplying up to 2500 meals a day at the height of winter 2016, we still find ourselves maintaining the supply of 2500 hot, healthy and nutritious meals a day, every day in the Calais and Dunkirk area.

Spring 2016 saw us embarking on building communal kitchens, supplying food ingredients, which allowed the residents in the camps to cook their own food giving the dignity of feeding and providing for their own families.

Presently (October 2017) Calais and Dunkirk are now worse than ever, the refugees have no shelter, they are sleeping in the woods, in the ditches, and under the flyovers. Refugee Community Kitchen is needed more now than ever, as it is the only hot food source in the area and is a vital lifeline.

Since December 2015 RCK has:

  • Cooked every day, 7 days a week since 1st of December 2015
  • Cooked over 1.5 million meals for refugees
  • Served over half a million tonnes of food
  • Built industrial kitchen in L’Auberge des Migrant warehouse, Calais
  • Created cold food distribution facility in L’Auberge des Migrant warehouse, Calais
  • Supported all the Community kitchens in Calais camps with food and equipment
  • Designed and Built 7 communal kitchens in the Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
  • Built free shops and sheltered communal areas in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
  • Built and equipped the Kurdish Community kitchen in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
  • Designed and built food storage facility supplying Kurdish Community Kitchen in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp
  • Fully equipped functioning Community bakery in Grande Synthe/La Linere Camp including tandoor ovens
  • Organised and stocked containers with essential food items for Syria
  • Delivered food and aid to volunteer groups on the ground in Paris

Click here to donate to Refugee Community Kitchen

Website: http://refugeecommunitykitchen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RefugeeCommunityKitchen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RefugeeCKitchen
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1zQNyx8KWaEKvvH89wXW7A

Advantages of our 100% organic t-shirts (PETA Approved Vegan)

We offer Econscious t-shirts made of 100% organic cotton, bringing you eco-friendly products manufactured with the highest possible environmental and vegan standards, in combination with our 100% organic and vegan print inks. Our organic cotton is also GMO-free and certified by USDA and GOTS. Moreover, the t-shirts are certified vegan by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

 

Organic and vegan certifications

Our organic t-shirts are certified 100% organic and approved by the USDA under strict production and labeling requirements, including annual inspections by the certifier. The cotton is also certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Control Union (SKAL). Cotton clothing is only organic if it is certified to an organic cotton standard – we guarantee no greenwashing!

Shop without being complicit of animal cruelty – Our organic t-shirts does not use any animal-derived fibers and are not tested on animals. Econscious, the manufacturer of our organic products, has partnered with PETA Approved Vegan to get certified 100% vegan and approved by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

 

Our eco-friendly printing inks are also certified vegan and organic.

 

 

Why Organic? Here are the environmental benefits of organic cotton

Source: In 2014, Textile Exchange commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment on organic cotton and found significant, measurable environmental benefits compared to conventional.

 

Cotton facts – how non-organic cotton is destroying our planet

  • 20,000 liters of water is needed to produce a single t-shirt, according to WWF. 73% of global cotton harvest comes from irrigated land.
  • Cotton covers only 2.4% of the world’s cultivated land but uses 24% of the world’s insecticide and 16% of pesticides.  Cotton is considered the world’s most polluting crop due to its heavy use of pesticides, according to Rodale Institute and WWF.
  • Cotton agriculture is the second dirtiest industry in the world, second only the oil industry, according to Ecowatch.
  • 77 million cotton workers suffer poisonings from pesticides each year. Growing cotton is a toxic business; it uses a lot of pesticides – putting in peril the lives of women, men, and children in cotton farming communities. According to the World Health Organization up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries. In the US alone, more than 10,000 farmers die each year from cancers related to such chemicals. Eight of the top 10 pesticides most commonly used on U.S. conventionally produced cotton were classified as moderately to highly hazardous by the World Health Organization.
  • Cotton’s pesticides are killing bees. On top of polluting our water and soil, the chemical products used in cotton crops include Neonicotinoids, which were linked to bees deaths. The insecticides used on cotton also include dangerous chemicals called Organophosphates, which were originally introduced by Nazi Germany as nerve poisons during World War II, before it was transformed into a pesticide. Studies find that both Neonicotinoids and Organophosphates contributes to killing bees, which is a fact now also recognized by the EPA.
  • Birds decline – Pesticides used in cotton crops, like Neonicotinoids, are also killing at least 67 million of birds every year and are linked to birds decline, according to studies. It is estimated that of the roughly 10% of the birds exposed annually to pesticides on U.S. agricultural lands are killed. This staggering number is a conservative estimate that takes into account only birds that inhabit farmlands, and only birds killed outright by ingestion of pesticides. The full extent of bird fatalities due to pesticides is extremely difficult to determine because most deaths go undetected.
  • 90% of the world’s cotton is genetically modified. More than 270,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since the introduction of Monsanto’s GMO cotton in just 11 years in India. Monsanto has pushed up prices of seeds by more than 8,000%, pushing the farmers to debt and financial ruin.

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We boycott cotton from Uzbekistan’s forced labor

Our t-shirts are made of cotton ethically produced in the United States. The cotton used by our manufacturers is grown in the United States, including even for our standard t-shirts and imported products. US cotton farmers are required to adhere to strict US labor laws and regulations. These regulations are most likely some of the most stringent in the cotton growing industry globally. They provide workers with ethical workplaces and because cotton is regulated as a food crop, workplace health and safety conditions mirror those of the vast majority of the foods we find on our tables.

Click here to learn more about our US cotton.

 

Slavery-like practices are used in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields

Every year since 1989, the Government of Uzbekistan, one of the world’s largest exporters of cotton, forces over 1 million of Uzbek citizens to leave their regular jobs and go to the fields to pick cotton for weeks in arduous and hazardous conditions. Many people have died almost every year in fields from extreme heat and accidents, including children who are also forced to work. According to several human rights organizations, slavery-like practices are used in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields.

Human rights organizations, such as the IHFHuman Rights WatchAmnesty International and others, define Uzbekistan as “an authoritarian state with limited civil rights” and express profound concern about “wide-scale violation of virtually all basic human rights”.

According to the human rights violations reports, the most widespread violations are torture, arbitrary arrests, and various restrictions of freedoms: of religion, of speech and press, of free association and assembly. It has also been reported that forced sterilization of rural Uzbek women has been practiced by the government. The reports maintain that the violations are most often committed against independent journalists, members of religious organizations, human rights activists and political activists, including members of the banned opposition parties.

Human rights campaigners have been threatened, beaten and detained while attempting to monitor conditions during the harvest. There is currently thousands of political prisoners in Uzbekistan and Human Rights Watch reported that Uzbek prison authorities routinely beat prisoners and use electric shocks, asphyxiation and sexual humiliation to extract information and confessions. Muslim prisoners have even been tortured for praying. According to a forensic report commissioned by the British embassy, some prisoners were boiled to death.

Uzbekistan also maintains the world’s second-highest rate of modern slavery, around 4% of the country’s population working as modern slaves. The only country with an higher slavery rate is North Korea. Recent reports on violations on human rights in Uzbekistan indicate that violations are still going on without any improvement.

The 2005 civil unrest in Uzbekistan, which resulted in over 1500 people being killed by the military. These events are viewed by many as a landmark event in the history of human rights abuse in Uzbekistan. A concern has been expressed and a request for an independent investigation of the events has been made by the United States, the European Union, the United Nations, the OSCE and other human rights NGOs.

Forced labor repeats every year during harvest. Provincial government offices order schoolteachers to close schools and enforce quotas in the cotton fields. The local authorities send government and private business employees in order to meet cotton production quotas. The Uzbek government combines these orders with threats, detains and tortures Uzbek activists seeking to monitor the situation, and refuses to address the problem of forced labor.

The forced labor system orchestrated by the government of Uzbekistan violates human rights, holds Uzbek citizens as modern slaves, and condemns future generations to a cycle of poverty. Only the high officials of the corrupt regime in place for more than 30 years, profits from the forced labor and the massive exports of cotton. We join Uzbek citizens in supporting the Call to Boycott Uzbek Textile organized by the victims of governmental persecution.

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Ethical Guidelines – Manufacturer’s Code of Conduct and working conditions

We take ethics seriously, bringing you sweatshop-free products without any child labor. All of our t-shirts use fair trade cotton made in the USA, including our regular t-shirts. The manufacturer’s working conditions are closely monitored through a transparent Code of Conduct and regular independent audits. This article gives details about our fair labor certifications, the manufacturer’s ethical guidelines and code of conduct, as well as the country of origin of the products and the cotton raw material.

Fair labor certifications

All of our products (including imported apparel) are approved by independent fair labor certifications and ethical seals such as :

The clothing is also environment-friendly approved by Oeko-Tex Certification Class 100

      

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Funds for Anarcho-Punk.net community

Anarcho-punk.net is an international community of punks united against capitalism, racism and authoritarianism. The website features discussion forums and is hosting the biggest online database of anarchist punk music albums downloads.

The community is collectively self-managed by its users using an anti-authoritarian moderation system. The decisions are voted through a direct democracy decision-making process involving all active forum members, which makes this community really unique of it’s kind.

In order to be able to offer thousands of downloads for free, the community had to find a way to pay its operating costs, without resorting to ads or asking for members donations. Since 2009, No-gods-no-masters.com is donating money every year to pay 100% of the fees associated to Anarcho-Punk.net’s development, web hosting, server administration and software licenses.

In addition to this, during 2017 we donated a significant sum of money to help the community with a very big website upgrade that was required in order to provide support for modern devices. It allowed the community to rebuild the website with much better system. This year alone, a total of over $2000 has been donated to Anarcho-Punk.net in order to buy new software licenses, hire developers, upgrade the server and add many custom features.

Supporting the scene since 2009

At the time of publication of this article, over 17,000 members are registered on Anarcho-Punk.net forums and have posted nearly 100,000 posts. Over 5,000 downloads are provided for free through this platform.

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$3,000 donated to anti-racist causes and the International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund

The sales of our anti-fascist t-shirts have made it possible to donate over $3000 USD to different anti-racist fundraisers during the last year. 2016 was a year where the upsurge of racism and extreme right was felt in different countries which means that now more than ever, the struggles against the rise of fascism must be a priority.

Causes we donated to :

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