sweatshops

anonymous asked:

They don't care about the conditions of the women in sweatshops overseas making their precious bras. They would rather them "magically appear cheap" and not consider the workers who make the materials, craft the bras, clean and maintain the buildings/equipment, transport the bras, and the sell the bras. And that's only a fraction of the type of workers involved.

The cost of living is different in other countries, but anyway, this is mostly just spoiled brats wanting name brand for nothing, and if you’re morbidly obese start losing weight.

The food you eat or brush you’re using may have been made by a worker earning less than a dollar an hour — not in the developing world, but in the invisible workforce inside America’s prisons. Share this if you oppose prison labor for profit.

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The owners and investors in private for-profit prisons (a substantial and growing sector of the American prison system) make millions of dollars off the of the unpaid or underpaid labor of prisoners. Why should a tiny minority of already-super-rich capitalist assholes be allowed to make even more money off of the slave-labor of poor people and people of color (i.e., the majority of prisoners), most of whom are locked up for nonviolent offenses such as drugs or petty theft?!

If you can’t see what’s wrong with a system that lets a tiny handful of rich people directly financially BENEFIT from – and therefore have an interest in perpetuating – the imprisonment of millions of Americans, then you are truly beyond hope.

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Please help the garment workers in Bangladesh. The Global North is wreaking havoc on the Global South in the name of globalization, and the victims, largely, are the women of the Global South, women who need money.  If these women don’t migrate to the Global North (the first world) for domestic work, or if they aren’t forced out through trafficking schemes, they’re largely stuck working in free trade zones or sweatshops. They’re stuck in deplorable conditions. They’re being paid starvation wages. They’re beaten when they don’t meet absurd production targets. They’re hired young and fired young. They’re, on average, paid 11 cents an hour. They work 14-20 hours a day, seven days a week, with an average of two days off a month. Often their wages are withheld for no reason. They sleep between shifts, curling up next to their sewing machines. The air is contaminated, the bathrooms unsanitary. There’s little to no ventilation in these factories, and they often set on fire. With no safety exits, women perish. 

This isn’t just happening in Bangladesh. This is happening worldwide. Your beloved Disney contracts factories like that of the Shah Makhdum factory in Bangladesh. Walmart. Gap. Old Navy. Sears. Corporations of the Global North are robbing the Global South and then exploiting them as labor sources.

What can you do? You can be aware. You can pressure companies to improve conditions. You are a consumer, you have the power. But don’t pressure these companies to pull out, as this will leave these women with no source of income. Pressure them to improve conditions. Threaten to boycott if they do not. If they claim they have, ask for proof, ask for follow up, ask to see the funds. Make sure the women working at these factories are making more than starvation wages, for when they do, they can afford medicine, rent, water, food. They can move on from their factory jobs.

Please help. Please watch this documentary,“The Hudden Face of Globalization”  x, by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. Visit their website, familiarize yourself,

Research the factory collapses, the factory fires, the human rights atrocities. Please remember to also research corporations inaction when regarding these tragedies. 

Support the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.  Donate.

Visit the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety’s website.

Remember this is worldwide. Remember you have the power. Remember these women.

The dark history behind the company that makes #TheDress

According to the Boston Globe, as the Internet argued over the visual illusion, sales of the Roman Originals dress skyrocketed by 560%, while the website saw a 2,000% increase in Web traffic. “It’s pretty phenomenal,” creative manager Ian Johnson told the paper. “We’re absolutely ecstatic about how well the dress has been received by the world!”

It sounds like Roman Originals is poised to make a lot of money. But eight years ago, Roman Originals was, knowingly or not, propping up its profit margins with forced child labor.

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Reality Show Puts Fashion Bloggers To Work In A Sweatshop

Sweatshop Deadly Fashion is just about as ominous as it sounds. The premise includes a group of fashion bloggers — Frida, Ludvig, and Anniken — who are placed far outside their comfort zones, and challenged to live and work in a sweatshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for a month. Right off the bat they’re exposed to some of the harsh realities that keep workers caught in a vicious cycle of poverty: low, low wages; insane working hours; and insufficient living conditions. That’s all within the first couple episodes.

As expected, some of the Sweatshop scenes are difficult to watch. This type of first-hand experience puts faces and names to the factory horrors we usually only read about, and gives us a look inside the homes and personal experiences we’re not typically privy to.

All the episodes are available online on Aftenposten with English subtitles. Watch the trailer above and click over for the full season.

Some good learnin’ right there. There are barely any factories in the US or developed countries, so there are generations of young people who cannot imagine doing manual labor along side their parents and neighbors.

I worked in two sweatshops when I was a teenager - Hasbro and Slater Dye Works, big factories located in Pawtucket Rhode Island. At Hasbro, 12 of us would stand on a long assembly line/conveyor belt and build thousands of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads, G.I. Joes, baby toys, etc. The factory was loud, hot, and full of illegal immigrant women. Factory managers would inspect our lunch boxes and bags for stolen toys. Not fun, but I needed to work at the time. Slater Dye was also a large, dirty, brick factory in RI. I was a ‘wide-tube operator’ and inspected huge rolls of fabric. The rolls were about 15 feet wide, held thousands of square feet of printed fabric, and were moved around the factory by special forklifts. The rolls were hooked up to a machine that would unroll the roll over a wall where I could inspect for burns, holes, and misaligned screen prints. The fabric would be shipped to secondary factories (like Ralph Lauren) where the material was cut and sewed into curtains, sheets, clothes, and other items. Anyway, factories are intense.

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Why It's Impossible To Shop Ethically
Consumer boycotts don't stop sweatshops any more. This might.
By michael-hobbes

in the past 25 years, the apparel industry, the entire global economy, has undergone a complete transformation. The way our clothes are made and distributed and thrown away is barely recognizable compared to the way it was done in the ’90s. And yet our playbook for improving it remains exactly the same.

This year, I spoke with more than 30 company reps, factory auditors and researchers and read dozens of studies describing what has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago. All these sources led me to the same conclusion: Boycotts have failed. Our clothes are being made in ways that advocacy campaigns can’t affect and in places they can’t reach. So how are we going to stop sweatshops now?

Definitely an interesting weekend read. And not quite as hopeless as it sounds. The rest is here.

— rw

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On March 25, 1911, a match was dropped and a factory exploded with fire, resulting in one of the highest losses of life from an industrial accident in the US. 146 people–mostly women–were burned alive, succumbed to smoke inhalation, or were forced to jump from the eighth, ninth, and tenth stories of the Asche Building* in New York City. Factory owners had locked the doors to stairwells and fire escapes to stop the women from taking unauthorized breaks and to stem the theft of the materials and products from the factory floor.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which led to legislation to improve industrial safety standards for workers and the founding of the American Society of Safety Engineers, remains a stark reminder of the harsh conditions under which workers, including women and children, were forced to toil before workplace safety initiatives were widely employed in the US. Read more at pbs.org.

The two images above depict a view of the Asche Building interior after the fire and a demonstration of protest and mourning held several weeks after the fire.

See the entire set of powerful images from the National Archives and Records Administration collection here.

*Now the Brown Building, a part of the campus of New York University (NYU). It is located at 23-29 Washington Place, between Greene Street and Washington Square East in Greenwich Village, New York City. More.

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Regulation: Understanding Milton Friedman

For the immigrants that were welcomed by this statue, America truly was a land of opportunity.

They poured ashore in their best clothes, eager and expecting, carrying what little they owned.  They were poor but they all had a great deal of hope.  Once they arrived they found, as my parents did, not an easy life but a very hard life.

There were many rewards for hard work, enterprise, and ability.  Life was hard but opportunity was real.  There were few government programs to turn to and nobody expected them.  But also there were few rules and regulations.  There were no licenses, no permits, no red tape to restrict them.  They found in fact a free market.  And most of them thrived on it.

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