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July 2013 Donation: International Labor Rights Forum

Stop buying your clothes at Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, The Gap, and Sears.

In the face of a massive factory disaster that has killed more than eleven hundred Bangladeshi garment workers this year, these corporate apparel chains have refused to sign on to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh that would create safer working conditions for the workers who make these corporations’ profitable lines of clothes. Instead of guaranteeing the safety of their underpaid workers in Bangladesh these corporations have started an astroturf campaign to make it look like they care while they continue to prioritize profit over the lives of third world sweatshop workers. These corporations would rather that people die in their factories than engage in practices that would raise the price of a fake-rock-band t-shirt from $7.99 to $10.99.

Do you agree with those corporations’ moral calculus? If not, then stop buying your clothes at Walmart, Target, J.C. Penney, The Gap, and Sears.

If you have a few dollars to spare, you can do more, too. Consider a donation to the International Labor Rights Forum, a non-governmental organization that has been exerting pressure on multinational apparel corporations for years to treat their sweatshop laborers with more safety and respect while paying them a livable wage. Right now, staff at the ILRF are organizing people in multiple countries to stop corporate intransigence and attain agreement on the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh. It would be a practical, positive step, and the more resources the ILRF has, the more the ILRF can do.

Here at Irregular Times, we’ve just chipped in as part of our ongoing donations program. Will you do the same?

Check out the work of the International Labor Rights Foundation, then make a donation. Your help will make just a bit of difference, but that’s a whole lot better than no difference at all, and if we all made just a bit of difference, we’d be astonished to see how all those little bits can add up.

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