The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood helps you tell the Girl Scouts of the USA not to partner with Mattel to promote Barbie dolls to their young Scouts. What's the big deal, you ask? Because Barbie dolls promote highly-sexualized stereotypes -- for Ford's sake, the doll was just in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. And Barbie dolls promote commercialism -- the new Barbie patches essentially begin the long process of turning Girl Scout uniforms into NASCAR outfits. (And unlike Lindsey Graham, who was the 41st vote against cloture on the DISCLOSE Act on more than one occasion in 2010, I can use that metaphor without being a hypocrite.) In short, getting with the impossibly slim, impossibly perky non-person Barbie does not exactly further the Girl Scout mission to "build girls of courage, confidence, and character." Or, to let Troop Leader Christie Parker tell it: "Girl Scouts should be a safe place for girls to be who they are and not be fed images of corporate falsehoods on who they should be." Amen, sister.
Meanwhile, while big retailers like The Gap have unilaterally pledged to raise their base rate to $10/hour, WalMart hasn't yet said what it'll do. WalMart did say it would "review" the matter, and has made positive noises about wage hikes in the past -- no, I mean "positive" beyond "yikes why can't any of our employees afford milk and bread could it be because they don't make enough money?" WalMart supported the 2007 minimum wage hike, but you know they could do a lot better by their 1.3 million workers; certainly they could do well enough by them that they don't need government assistance, meaning our assistance, to get by -- not that we would refuse them, of course, but we didn't make $17 billion in profits last year, or spend over $7 billion buying back WalMart stock so it would goose up stock prices; WalMart did. And now WalMart not only faces bad PR karma but also potential prosecution from the National Labor Relations Board, for their treatment of courageous striking WalMart workers. Hence CREDO helps you tell WalMart to pay its workers more.