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

 


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Donating an additional $2000 to the Anti-Fascist Defense Fund and Refugee Community Kitchen

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)

Since September 2017, we are offering Econscious t-shirts made exclusively of 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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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$3000 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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Discounted t-shirts for non-profit organizations (at production cost)

For around 10 years, we have been providing merchandise at the production cost to a significant number of activist organizations around the world to help fund their activities. We believe in activist solidarity and sharing of the means of production, so our principle is to help our comrades without making any profit.

 

We print, you sell

  • Items at production cost with free shipping anywhere in the world
  • Offer intended for non-profit organizations, associations, unions or other activist groups
  • Minimum order of 25 items
  • Up to 40% off with printing on demand (any items in our inventory)
  • Up to 60% off screen-printing wholesale (minimum 30x the same design)
  • Possibility to print the logo of your association
  • We offer you the services of our graphic designers for free

 

Procedure:

  1. Contact us first to confirm your eligibility for the campaign by providing some information about your project and the group you represent
  2. After we confirm your eligibility, you can place the order on our website using the promotion code provided in the e-mail instructions. This will give you an initial 15% off on your order.
  3. After checkout, forward us a copy of the invoice and then you will receive the rest of the discount through a PayPal transaction.

Note: Please follow the e-mail instructions carefully. You MUST enter the promotion code to apply the first 15% discount.

 

Sell your t-shirts on our website

Do you prefer to launch a fundraising campaign by selling t-shirts without having to manage the sales, the inventory, the website and all the technical aspects involved? Submit your project and if accepted by our team, we could sell your t-shirts in our shop.

No financial implication needed on your side! Printing on demand avoids the financial investment normally required to produce t-shirts and the risk of not selling them all. Plus, your t-shirts take advantage of the visibility of a well-established cooperative store.

Our system allows you to track sales and statistics by logging into the site via our simple interface. This allows you to see at any time all of the revenue generated by your sales. The profits are then paid to you at the chosen frequency.

With this partnership, we can provide t-shirts at production cost, even in small quantities. Ideal for smaller campaigns.

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Offered services :

  • Graphic design optimization and preparation for sale
  • Managing international sales and payments
  • Printing and shipping of items (dropshipping)
  • Customer service team 7 days a week
  • After sales service and returns management
  • Computerized accounting – you are able to track your monthly sales statistics
  • Free promotion service

 

Note: we receive a large number of offers and unfortunately we can not accept all designs submitted to us.

R.I.P. Erik Petersen from Mischief Brew

Our deepest condoleances goes to the family and friends of Erik Petersen from Mischief Brew who passed away recently. A gofundme campaign has been setup to help the family – we have donated to the fundraiser and encourage you to do the same. Future sales of our Mischief Brew t-shirts will be used to help the family of Erik.

Make a donation: https://www.gofundme.com/mischiefbrewfund

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