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The Children’s Place = The Orphans’ Place. Why?

Why is the International Labor Rights Forum calling for Americans to boycott and picket The Children’s Place on April 24 2014?

Why? Because a year earlier, on April 24 2013, the rickety Rana Plaza apparel factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people. Those people were paid dirt-poor wages in dangerous conditions to make [...]

International Donation: Foundation Beyond Belief Relief for Super Typhoon Haiyan

To keep Irregular Times going up on the web, we sell t-shirts with political messages we believe in. We refuse, however, to sell shirts made in sweatshops that profit off the exploitation of third-world people, which is why we only offer made-in-the-USA shirts. An indirect consequence of this, however, is that capital investment remains within [...]

Reason #62 not to Sell on CafePress Marketplace: Must You Sell CafePress to your Friends?

For some time now, we have recommended that conscientious Americans stop selling items on the CafePress Marketplace. Why? The online print-on-demand venue takes the image you have created and reserves the right to sell it on sweatshop-made crap — without telling you. Say it three times: “CafePress Marketplace = Sweatshop Crap.” Two more times now [...]

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 [...]

Firing Workers for Organizing: One More Reason to Boycott Walmart

Need a reason to boycott Walmart? How about this: the corporation has fired 11 of its workers for organizing fellow workers to advocate for better pay and working conditions — a legally-protected activity. Dozens more have been punished by Walmart without losing their jobs.

Is that not enough? Do you need another reason to boycott [...]

Skater Socks: Going Strong After Three Years

Putting hardly-paid kids through a garment fire so you can wear those 70s retro socks just isn’t worth it.

Fortunately, you don’t have to make that choice. As I mentioned back in 2010, Skater Socks makes those stripey tube socks in all kinds of colors right here in the USA, so you know that your [...]

Oh, Look! Furniture that Rots!

Send me a catalog I didn’t ask for, and I’ll mock you for your rotting furniture:

More importantly than that, the supplier of this catalogue acknowledges that its rattan furniture is imported from Asia. There is no evidence that this particular producer uses sweatshop labor, because the producer of this catalog does not publish [...]

U.S. Gov’t: If You’re Wearing Clothes from Vietnam, you may be part of the Child Slave Trade

Since 2001, the U.S. Department of Labor has been required by law to disclose the names of industries in various countries that use child labor or slave labor in the production of goods you might buy here in the United States. On September 27 2012, the Department of Labor’s latest disclosure includes a determination based [...]

International Donation: Foundation Beyond Belief Horn of Africa Crisis Fund

To help pay for the costs of the Irregular Times website, we sell a few liberal t-shirts through the Ohio printer Skreened. The shirts we print on are made in the USA because clothing factories in the U.S. are regularly inspected and meet some basic ethical standards for the compensation and safety of workers. This [...]

Young Communist League skimming Capitalist money off Exploitive Overseas T-Shirts

Meet the Young Communist League USA.

Meet the Young Communist League’s new t-shirts for sale.

These “Smash Capitalism” shirts are sold on Zazzle’s “Value T-Shirt,” which is not made in the USA with associated worker protections but rather in an inexpensive third world factory where workers are paid pennies an hour. That’s the only [...]

Recommended: Ken Silverstein on T-Shirt Jobs vs. the Sex Trade in Cambodia

If you are considering buying a shirt made in Cambodia — or any shirt on a webpage like this one at CafePress where country of origin is obscured to keep you in the dark — I encourage you to read Ken Silverstein’s recent article on women who enter the sex trade to escape the worse [...]