ACTIVISTS CHOICE AWARD: Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine

BENNY Awards

Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine was a campaign that successfully convinced mining companies Rio Tinto and Anglo American to withdraw from a massive copper/gold mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay that would have caused irreversible harm to the world’s largest wild salmon fishery and the communities that rely on it. The lead groups were Earthworks and Nunamta Aulukestai. Support groups were Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association and NRDC.  Continue Reading →

ACTIVISTS CHOICE AWARD: Raise the Bar, Hershey’s!

BENNY Awards

Raise the Bar, Hershey! is a campaign that pressured the largest chocolate company in the United States to address child labor in its supply chain.The lead groups were Green America, Global Exchange, and the International Labor Rights Forum. Support Groups included U. Roberto Romano’s groundbreaking film entitled The Dark Side of Chocolate, along with dozens of student  and religious groups. Continue Reading →

TOP CAMPAIGN AWARD: Making Change @ Walmart

BENNY Awards

The Making Change @ Walmart Campaign wins this year’s BENNY for taking on the largest corporation with some of the worst labor practices in America. The campaign is anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union with key support from Jobs with Justice, Interfaith Workers Alliance, Color of Change, Action Network, AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, National Organization for Women and dozens of other federal, state, and local groups. Continue Reading →