Are you a member of an organization — a school, an activist group, an ethical non-profit, a community sports team — that is looking to buy shirts in bulk? Are you particularly interested in supporting ethically-made, sweatshop-free t-shirts? Would you like to support economic development outside the United States in your choice?
Until this [...]
In tomorrow’s Washington Post, James Loewen writes a succinct refutation of the notion that the South seceded from the Union and sparked a bloody war 150 years ago because of its dedication to the principle of states’ rights. Loewen points out that the Southern states’ written declarations object to Northern states’ autonomous decisions to:
Nicholas Kristoff says the best thing Americans can do for poor people living in the Third World is to buy crap made in sweatshop factories where people don’t make enough money to support their families, because even though they’re exploitative jobs, they’re better than the alternative — no jobs at all or sex slavery — [...]
Three and a half years ago, I contacted Democratic Underground to ask them why, given their stance at the time against sweatshop production in factories, they were selling shirts many of which were likely made in sweatshops.
Three and a half years later, I haven’t heard a word back from Democratic Underground on this.
No, they’re not the Earth Scouts. But if you compare the Girl Scouts of America to the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts come out ahead is some important respects. The Girl Scouts of America do not mandate that kids swear an oath before God; the Boy Scouts of America do. The Girl Scouts [...]
The hand towels featured the official logo of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, and the logo of Reese’s, which makes candies with chocolate that’s harvested by child slaves in Africa. The towel itself was manufactured not in the USA, but in India, where textiles factories have a long and consistent history of using child labor, paid pennies a day to work in dangerous sweatshop conditions, if the children are paid at all. [...]
Do you believe that workers who make materials for the U.S. Government should work under the following conditions?
(i) the right of association; (ii) the right to organize and bargain collectively; (iii) a prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor; (iv) a prohibition on discrimination which has the effect of [...]
I hate the word “hoodies.” I’m always looking for the accompanying blowfish.
But Skreened is adding to its line of sweat-free made in the USA American Apparel clothing today, and yes, you could call the new addition a “hoodie.” I prefer to think of these as hooded sweatshirts with zip:
But tomayto or tomahto, [...]
Alta Gracia brand shirts are unique in the world of collegiate gear for their transparently ethical production. They aren’t made in the USA, and in fact are made in the Dominican Republic, which in the past has signified sweatshop production. But Alta Gracia shirts are made under an arrangement between student activists, rigorous independent inspectors [...]
At the Union Fair this year, the Knox County Republican Party paid for a tent placed prominently on the midway. Over the course of the last three days the Knox County GOP tent has been uniformly staffed by one person and often by two people engaging in animated conversation with passersby. Lawn signs have [...]