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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 […]

The Ravening

Ravening:

Hybridized noun, a feeling of desperate, predatory hunger, such as that felt by a monstrous raven, looming over a subdued animal that it intends to enjoy as its next meal.

Ravening is also a t-shirt, featuring a graphic image to fit this irregular definition.

The shirt is made in the U.S.A. because, although we […]

How to Order Sweatshop-Free Alta Gracia Shirts for Your Group

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 […]

Loewen: The Slaveholding South was AGAINST States’ Rights

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:

1) […]

Irregular Times Microgrant: Village Enterprise Fund

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 — […]

Update: Democratic Undergound Still Selling Sweatshop Shirts

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.

Three […]