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TOMAR JACKSON : This Season of Hate
MARION DeVOS : The Other Spring
Walk Free.Org : Uzbek Slavery
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This Season of Hate
I hate thinking of you every time I see a beautiful sunset I hate hearing your favorite song I hate wondering if you knew how much I love you I hate not knowing if you are finally at peace I hate hoping your essence is near I hate looking for your face in every crowd I hate when I feel you close I hate it when I can't feel you at all I hate wondering, where are you, really I hate missing your voice I hate loving you more than I love myself I hate not knowing if you are enjoying your afterlife I hate getting angry at you because you knew I didn't want to live without you I hate my pain I hate my tears I hate your final choice I hate lying in my warm comfy bed remembering that your cold body is in a box I hate that you were afraid I hate that you felt like you had no one to turn to I hate that you felt abandoned I hate that you died alone I hate that you left your 13 year old son to figure out how to be a man just like you had to figure it out I hate the bullet that killed your body because it critically wounded my spirit I hate lying in this puddle of pain and regret I hate wanting to see you, I hate that I am afraid to die I hate that I am forced to accept your choice I hate that you're gone I really hate this season because I hate to let you go

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The Other Spring
There it is again that flicker of fear when branches burdened with abundant bloom wrap you, in their unbearable scent, showing off shameless fertility. You find, among dandelions, the broken shell of a hatched sparrow egg, the finest pastel blue, you 've ever seen. Anticipation tastes better than fulfillment. Spring does not fit any longer. Inside seeds of loss sprout. You feel inadequately barren.

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You may think forced labour in cotton fields has been consigned to the history books, a relic of the transatlantic 
slave trade.

But in Uzbekistan every year over a million children and adults are forced into the cotton fields 
by their government to meet daily picking quotas during the harvest season. Doctors are dragged from hospitals. 
Some colleges stand empty as teachers and students are forced to work the fields.

And it doesn't end there. In Uzbekistan's last cotton harvest, eleven citizens forced to pick cotton lost their lives, 
including Tursunali Sadikov, a 63-year-old farmer who died of a heart attack after being beaten by an official of the 
Department of Internal Affairs.1

Surely no company would want to be associated with this despicable trade? Unfortunately there are some pretty big 
customers for Uzbekistan's slave-picked cotton -- Daewoo International being the biggest.

Daewoo has continued doing business in Uzbekistan even after publicly acknowledging that the Uzbek
government uses forced labour to produce the cotton it buys and processes.2 If Daewoo were to stop 
operations in Uzbekistan and publicly pledge its opposition to the Uzbek government's forced labour system, 
Daewoo would send a strong message to the Uzbek government that forced labour cannot continue.

Tell Daewoo to stop doing business with Uzbekistan until the government has ended the use of forced labour in its cotton industry.
The Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan is one of the largest producers of cotton globally. While the Uzbek authorities and companies like Daewoo continue to rake in the profits from the cotton trade, children and adults subjected to this state- orchestrated system of modern avery miss out on education or their wages, and many citizens are threatened and beaten. Well over 100 apparel companies from all over the world have taken a stand and pledged not to buy Uzbek cotton, to push the Uzbek government to end its slave labour system. Whilst these companies are sending a strong message, Daewoo continues to do direct business with the government of Uzbekistan, undermining the commitments undertaken by well-known retailers. In return, Daewoo benefits from a discounted price for Uzbek cotton and tax incentives from the Uzbek government. Tell Daewoo to stop doing business with Uzbekistan until the government has ended the use of forced labour in its cotton industry. Thank you in advance for your support. In solidarity, (the Walk Free team)
Walk Free is a movement of people everywhere,
fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: Modern slavery.

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TOMAR JACKSON : This Season of Hate
MARION DeVOS : The Other Spring
Walk Free.Org : Uzbek Slavery

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