On March 26, I sent the following e-mail message off to First Freedom First, a non-profit organization advocating for religious liberty in America under the First Amendment:
My name is James Cook, I’m a resident of Columbus Ohio (who is looking forward to attending the simulcast tonight), and I have a question regarding the Online Shop First Freedom First has set up through CafePress.
I notice that FFF is selling shirts, some of which are made overseas by subcontractors to corporations that have a history of sweatshop labor. Would FFF consider selling shirts with a less questionable ethical history? CafePress offers a set of American Apparel shirts which are made domestically in an above-board factory situation. Skreened (at skreened.com) offers a yet-wider selection of American Apparel shirts. Also, Zazzle (at zazzle.com) offers American-made union shirts as well as American Apparel shirts — as well as the interesting Edun Live shirts made in Africa through a factory system set up with the help of Bono.
I am not an employee (or family member of an employee) of any of these online companies. I just am interested in FFF taking its ethical lens on the world and applying it to its own sales system. Is FFF willing to investigate a change in this regard?
I said at the time that I’d be sure be sure to share any response I get with you.
Well, I’ve waited for a month and a half and I’ve gotten absolutely NO response from the organization whatsoever.
Please, if you’re interested in the issue of ethical shirt production and if you believe FFF should be too, contact First Freedom First at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask them what they intend to do about their shirt ethics problem.