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Which Messages Go Together? Ties in Liberal Political Gear from Zazzle

Because Irregular Times receives a significant number of readers for the tens of thousands of articles that have accumulated here over the last 18 years, just paying to keep the website going costs a significant amount. Because none of us who write for Irregular Times was born with a trust fund, we’ve got to get [...]

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 [...]

What the CafePress Merch Meter Didn’t Predict for the 2012 Elections… And Why

Direct-to-Garment printer CafePress has a “Cultural Barometer” of sales records it’s been using to track trends of support for 2012 Republican presidential contenders. Here are the CafePress Barometer’s readings from November 14 through December 31 of 2011.

Just a few days after the point of last tracking, the 2012 Republican Caucuses in Iowa reported [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Another International Microgrant to the Village Enterprise Fund

Every time we sell a sweatshop-free made in the USA t-shirt through Skreened, we pledge to donate a dollar toward the cause of sustainable international development. Sadly, a number of supposedly “friendly” t-shirt brands made in third world countries turn out to actually be exploiting third world workers, and that’s why we source our shirts [...]

Hamilton, Oberlin, Vassar and Wesleyan Lead Colleges on Sweatshop-Free Front

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 [...]

Lifewear or Alta Gracia or Anvil: Yes, You Do Have a Choice

Last year I carried on a conversation with a printer in Florida who sells his own line of Democratic Party and “progressive” apparel. After I asked him where his shirts were made, he admitted that they were made in the Caribbean by workers who were probably mistreated and paid a dirt-cheap, grindingly low minimum wage, [...]

Now Anybody Can Sell Sweatshop-Free, Living Wage Alta Gracia Shirts

This month, the Knights Apparel company is introducing an Alta Gracia line of t-shirts and sweatshirts and paying the workers who make them 338% of the minimum wage of the Dominican Republic plus benefits in a unionized environment.

Initially, they were to be sold only to the collegiate market. But now Knights Apparel announces [...]

Environmental Information Donation: SkyTruth

Every time someone buys one of our our sweatshop-free t-shirts, we set aside a dollar to donate an organization carrying out liberal-minded activities for the greater good.

This time around, we’re donating to SkyTruth, an non-profit organization that collects, develops and disseminates images that document the impact of human development on the Earth. Based [...]

5 Most Popular T-Shirts of May 2010: All About Immigration

The following were the five most popular t-shirt designs we sold on Skreened during the month of May 2010:

Each of these five most popular designs has to do with the issue of immigration. Interestingly, none has to do with the issue of oil spills, another contender in the public imagination for salience. [...]