When I first visited Green Party presidential candidate Alan Augustson’s campaign webshop, I was dismayed to see that a number of the shirts he offered with his campaign logo on them were originating from overseas production with questionable ethics in sourcing (such as Hanes, which to this day has serious ethical problems with the treatment of workers at its overseas factories). So I wrote Augustson a note informing him of the issue and asking how he might resolve it.
Augustson wrote back within minutes:
I’m not interested in profiting from sweatshop labor. I would very much like to weed out all (definite or probable) sweatshop-made items from the catalogue.
And then he removed those items from his shop. Immediately. This is the kind of responsiveness and consistency that has been missing from a number of so-called “progressive” outfits (Hello, Democratic Underground!). And I think it’s important to reward that kind of responsiveness. So, with that in mind, I’d like to pass on a kind promotion of the ethically-produced American Apparel shirts featured on Augustson’s campaign webshop:
Augustson 2008 Camisole
If, after reviewing his stands on the issues, you find yourself sympathetic to Alan Augustson’s presidential campaign with the Green Party, please consider purchasing one of these shirts and wearing them about town as a public show of joint support for his candidacy and ethical apparel production.