Brooklyn anti-gentrification protester in downtown Brooklyn. Too many working class people are being pushed out of their homes and are being replaced by luxury buildings and venues. Brooklyn has undergone radical changes and many people of color, immigrants, and the poor can no longer afford to live in their homes.
Every Garment Has A Name: aimed
at raising awareness about workers rights and the garment industry. Following
the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013 which killed 1127 workers, MADE came
together with organisations across the UK to take action against poor working
conditions and to bring corporations to account.
The fashion industry turns
over around $3 trillion a year, yet many garment workers across the world earn
less than £25 a month (despite working 15-17 hours a day), the fast fashion
industry has caused an immense amount of human suffering as well as
environmental degradation. It is for these reasons it remains vital to question
and take action against an industry that is the cause of so much injustice and
global inequality. This campaign seeks to question where our clothes come from,
in what conditions they were made and the solutions Islam offers.
Every Garment Has A Name
derives from prophetic traditions, The Prophet’s relationship with his clothing
was one that truly embodied the Qur’anic exultations of the (spiritually) noble
status that is conferred on clothing. Abu Sa’eed Khudari narrates, “When
Rasulullah put on a new garment, he would in happiness mention that garment’s
name,” and then recite the following du`a’ (supplication):
“Allahumma lakal hamdu kama
kasauw- tanihi, as-aluka khayrahu wa-khayra ma-suni’a lahu wa-a’udhubika min
sharrihi wa-sharri ma-suni’a lahu.”
“O Allah, all praise and thanks to You for clothing me with this (garment). I
ask You for the good of it and the good of what it was made for, and I ask Your
protection from the evil of it and the evil of what it was made for.”
This campaign aims to bring
us back to some of the fundamental values found in Islam, those of justice,
moderation, dignity and integrity. It asks people to question where their
clothes came from and will encourage them to make more conscious decision as
You can get involved by using #EveryGarmentHasAname and #PeopleOverProfit on
your social media and questioning stores such as H&M online using the
hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes. Come along to film
screening of ‘The True Cost’ followed by speakers and discussion, on
Saturday 23rd April, 2.30pm - 5.30pm @ Central Working Whitechapel, 69-89 Mile End Rd, E1 4TT London, United Kingdom.
We currently live in the Neoliberal age of Capitalism. Social infrastructure is being privatized, wages are so low that people accumulate credit debt just to secure basic necessities, and people are continuously being forcefully displaced from their communities. All this so that corporations can continue profiting from the misery of those below them, and the State, as always, facilitates this process of exploitation through violence. What this essentially boils down to, is the placement of profit over people. This has always been the golden rule of capitalism.
Finally got a chance to take part in an Occupy march this morning! I have been to Occupy Orlando a few times over the last couple weeks, including almost the entire first day and still had managed to miss marching every time until now. So glad that I was able to be a part of this today, very powerful. Great people and good vibes. It is interesting how, while there are certain things that everyone is involved with and the movement agrees on to some extent, the ideas can also be extremely varied. It’s refreshing to see that people can bond over their similarities and address their differences with civility. I’m sure there are exceptions, but that is the approach I have seen every time that I have been there.
A lot of people criticize the Occupy movement because of a lack of focus. Sometimes, I agree with this, but I have to say that my opinion changes like the weather. However, I always will disagree with those that say there is NO POINT to all of the demonstrations, because to me it is important just to bring attention to the fact that there are very big problems around the world. It is important to demonstrate that we aren’t apathetic.
Between the late hour and the little sleep I had the night before I know this wasn’t exactly concise, but I really felt the need to write or ramble something before I turned in for the the night.
About 50 people with organizations including Code Pink, United Steel Workers, the International Socialist Organization and Occupy Dallas joined GetEQUAL protesters to shout for equality and ending discrimination, while a handful of protesters parodied the CEOs that make the choices and profit from ExxonMobil. (photo source)
Trade Justice NY organized a rally outside the Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, where secret meetings were being held to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TTIP would undermine democracy by granting corporations even more power and money.
Exploring West Africa || The Importance Of Fair Trade Regulation
As a YouTuber/Blogger who covers beauty, it’s easy to get caught up
in the results a product provides without (also) being mindful of the
people behind the brands, where their money is being invested and
whether or not their workers are being treated/paid fairly.
Follow my journey into West Africa, where I explored (firsthand) the
importance of Fair Trade. I show you the hard work that goes into the
products and ingredients we love and use, and the impact supporting
brands who place people over profit can make.
The “corporatization of America” during the past century has been an attack on democracy – and on markets, part of the shift from something resembling “capitalism” to the highly administrated markets of the modern state/corporate era. A current variant is called “minimizing the state,” that is, transferring decision-making power from the public arena to somewhere else: “to the people,” in the rhetoric of power; to private tyrannies, in the real world.
Noam Chomsky, Profit Over People: Neoliberalism And Global Order (1997)
What is called in a very biased terminology the substitution of the service principle for the profit principle would result in an abandonment of the only method making for rationality and calculation in the production of necessities. The profit earned by the entrepreneur is expressive of the fact that he has well served the consumers, that is, all the people. But with regard to the performance of [Government] bureaus no method for establishing success or failure by calculation procedures is available.
“What we’ve done is allowed one group of people, the people who pay corporate taxes, to decide what the rules are by buying politicians – or renting them – through the campaign process.” – David Cay Johnston
Recently we posted about six chains that are giving their workers Thanksgiving Day off to spend with their families and friends. Well, the list is growing! It looks like employers are starting to catch on that it is good business not to open on one of America’s major holidays. Here are 11 new chains that are putting people over profits this Thanksgiving. - Sahid Fawaz