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Crushed to Make Our Clothes ! PLEASE SIGN ! !


Society & Culture  (tags: humans, humanrights, protection, women, children, fashion, environment )

Cher
- 597 days ago - secure.avaaz.org
People are being forced to make *our* clothing in outrageously dangerous buildings -- sign on to make them safe, and forward this email widely.



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Carol Bischoff (399)
Monday May 6, 2013, 11:47 am
Noted and signed.
 

Nicole W. (644)
Monday May 6, 2013, 12:32 pm
signed and shared, thank you Cher
 

Bee S. (208)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:12 pm
Signed.
 

Henrik Thorsen (28)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:20 pm
Signed.
 

Joe R. (190)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:25 pm
Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.
 

Mary T. (321)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:27 pm
Signed the petition. thank you Cher
 

Mike S. (86)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:52 pm
Signed. Thank you Cher.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:03 pm
petition signed
 

Barbara D. (79)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:39 pm
NS&S. Thanks for taking action!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:22 pm
signed
 

Pat B. (355)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:36 pm
TY,Cher.Done.
 

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Monday May 6, 2013, 4:46 pm
Signed and Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:49 pm
Already signed and shared, thanks Cher
 

Patricia E. G. (56)
Monday May 6, 2013, 5:03 pm
There is an American woman who has started a movement, to have clothing made
in America again. The first factory will open in Brooklyn New York.
Thank you Cher
signed
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Monday May 6, 2013, 5:07 pm
Signed & posted
 

Lynn D. (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 5:24 pm
done!
 

Ro H. (0)
Monday May 6, 2013, 5:31 pm
ty
 

Patricia Long (1)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:03 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Bill and Katie D. (90)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:38 pm
Signed and hope this tells these companies something!
Thank You
 

Constance F. (431)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:13 pm
Thanks for taking action!
 

Erin R. (173)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:58 pm
n & s
 

Jude Hand (59)
Monday May 6, 2013, 8:22 pm
Noted and signed with two emails.
 

AniMae Chi (434)
Monday May 6, 2013, 8:32 pm
3 signatures
 

Marie W. (67)
Monday May 6, 2013, 8:52 pm
S&N
 

Vicky P. (466)
Monday May 6, 2013, 9:25 pm
noted and signed
 

Julie E. (371)
Monday May 6, 2013, 10:07 pm
Thanks for taking action!
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday May 6, 2013, 10:24 pm
Thanks for taking action!

Gladly signed. This should've never happened!
 

Fran away F. (117)
Monday May 6, 2013, 10:58 pm
Thanks for taking action!

And now the clothing brands involved are trying to decide whether or not to support a strong safety code. That they should even have to decide is evil!
 

Joan McAllister (1064)
Monday May 6, 2013, 11:02 pm
Noted & Signed. Thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 3:52 am
S&n thx Cher:)
 

Donna Hamilton (152)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 4:18 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Cher.
 

Ana R (220)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 4:18 am
Gladly done...
Thank you, Cher.
 

Emma S. (228)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 4:37 am
Done! Thanks, Cher.
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 4:58 am
shame on us
 

Silvia Gonzalez (34)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 6:55 am
noted. Already signed.
 

Sara P. (62)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 8:27 am
'Thanks for taking action!' ......and thanks to you Cher.
 

Stephanie Reap (192)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 8:37 am
done!
 

Beverly M. (90)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 8:50 am
Noted and signed ~ Thank you Cher!
 

. (0)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 10:55 am
Signed and noted - thank you dear Cher
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 10:55 am
Noted & Signed
 

Natalie S. (9)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 11:01 am
Signed with pleasure. Such a dreadful tragedy could have been avoided hadn't it been for greed. Thanks for alerting us to it.
 

Cheriann P. (17)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 11:24 am
Noted & signed. Peace ☮ L♥ve.
 

Lisa sick Windsor (149)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 11:37 am
Done!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 12:20 pm
Signed and noted, thanks.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 12:57 pm
Signed, thank you.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:10 pm
Signed.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:18 pm
Big brands are in crisis meetings to decide whether to sign a strong code that can stop clothes makers dying in unsafe factories.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:21 pm
Sorry, I copied the wrong thing, yes, I signed.
 

Christeen Anderson (552)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:52 pm
Signed.
 

M. (Moo) Prince (16)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:26 pm
Signed & noted
 

Mariette G. (152)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:32 pm
Signed, thanks Cher!
 

bilja c. (48)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:33 pm
signed 2x.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 3:07 pm
Signed. Noted. Thank you.
 

Natalie V. (27)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 3:25 pm
noted / signed
 

Ken L. (74)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 4:51 pm
Signed and noted , Thanks
 

Angeles Madrazo (293)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 5:14 pm
Signed!
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 5:43 pm
N&S
 

Rhonda Maness (583)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 6:41 pm
signed
Thanks Cher
 

Debbie G. (311)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 7:59 pm
Walmart won't own up to responsibility, but some other companies have. I do not and never will shop at Walmart. As far as I'm concerned, Walmart is the epitome of evil.
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 8:32 pm
S+N
 

April W. (1)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 11:23 pm
Signed and shared
 

valda p. (13)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 11:40 pm
signed.-These greedy firms that go over seas to make money -lose in two ways -the quality of their product is not the same and they lose their once good name -Quantity does not equal -Quality. shame on those who do not care about the safety of their employees and who do not provide a safe work place for them-- remember their names.
 

Ben Oscarsito (357)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 2:05 am
Signed this morning...
 

Arwen Woods (207)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 2:26 am
I signed this a couple of days ago. Gladly noted and shared.x
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 5:30 am
AVAAZ - posted since May 3rd - 688,536 have signed./ Let's get to 1,000,000 !

Signed, of course, & stories posted: one in the comments of the first:

href="http://www.care2.com/news/member/597720583/3576047">"California Congressman Asks: 'Which Fashion Brands Accept Blood on Their Labels?' ": "It is rare that a member of Congress calls out a major industry, especially one with a powerful presence in his home state.

It is rarer still that a senior member of Congress, with a ranking position on a powerful committee, does so.

But Congressman George Miller has gone after a fashion industry that relies on low-wage workers in unsafe factories to produce clothing with “blood on their labels.”

The California Democrat is speaking to the heart of the matter.

As the death toll at the Bangladesh garment factory that produced clothing for US stores passed 650, the powerful California Democrat who has for the better part of forty years made workplace safety his congressional brief did what few in Congress or the media have the guts to do.

He explained in blunt, unapologetic language, who was really responsible.

“The reason factory managers keep their workers in unsafe buildings on the verge of going up in flames or collapsing is fear,” declared Miller. “Fear that the Western brands and retailers will take their orders elsewhere because of a missed day of production, late delivery or a minuscule increase in production costs. The brands know this. That’s why I believe they bear the ultimate responsibility for these horrendously unsafe working conditions.”

The senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce minced no words. And he made his statement in a forum where the fashion industry could not miss his message: a Monday morning column in Women’s Wear Daily, the industry “bible.”

To their credit, the editors of WWD placed Miller’s remarkable statement front and center, making it the top story on the publication’s website.

Though he comes from a state where many apparel firms are located, Miller offered a stark assessment not just of the horrors that have already been reported in a factory that served global brands but of the horrors to come if action is not taken. .../... .../... "


This AP article has been out on the Net since April 26, 2013, "Big brands Rejected Bangladesh Factory Safety Plan", but a lot of people still hadn't heard until they found the statement in my illustration for the above post. [It was carried by several news sources, eg. HuffingtonPost, the Democratic Underground, & CNBC -- ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/26/retailers-reject-bangladesh-factory-safety-plan_n_3162093.html ; http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014466807 ; http://www.cnbc.com/id/100679902 ) -- ... BUT CNBC CHANGED THE AP TITLE (!!!) into, "Big Brands Face Scrutiny Over Factory Safety After Bangladesh Collapse" ]

The following excerpt starts about a third through the AP piece & doesn't continue to the end (see onsite for the whole thing) :

".../...Labor groups argue the best way to clean up Bangladesh's garment factories already is outlined in a nine-page safety proposal drawn up by Bangladeshi and international unions.

The plan would ditch government inspections, which are infrequent and easily subverted by corruption, and establish an independent inspectorate to oversee all factories in Bangladesh, with powers to shut down unsafe facilities as part of a legally binding contract signed by suppliers, customers and unions. The inspections would be funded by contributions from the companies of up to $500,000 per year.

The proposal was presented at a 2011 meeting in Dhaka attended by more than a dozen of the world's largest clothing brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart, Gap and Swedish clothing giant H&M - but was rejected by the companies because it would be legally binding and costly.

At the time, Wal-Mart's representative told the meeting it was "not financially feasible ... to make such investments," according to minutes of the meeting obtained by The Associated Press.

After last year's Tazreen blaze, Bangladeshi union president Amin said he and international labor activists renewed a push for the independent inspectorate plan, but none of the factories or big brands would agree.

Siddiqur Rahman, former vice president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, denied the factories are responsible for killing the plan, saying the problem was that buyers did not want to pay for it.

"We welcome anything that is good for the garment industry and its workers here," Rahman said. He also disputed several union groups' figures of dozens of factory fires since November, saying there had been only one.

Global Solidarity, the AFL-CIO group, said its staff in Bangladesh compiled the list of 41 "fire incidents" from local media and counted any incident that caused injury or evacuation as an indication of compromised safety.

This week, none of the large clothing brands or retailers would comment about the proposal. .../..."
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 5:32 am
Scrwed up the link to my post: "California Congressman Asks: 'Which Fashion Brands Accept Blood on Their Labels?' "
 

Carlene V. (203)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:29 am
Done and thank you
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:45 am
Signed.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 10:33 am
Signed
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 1:25 pm
SIGNED & NOTED
 

alicia m. (100)
Friday May 10, 2013, 6:47 am
noted, already signed, gracias
 

Farah Hage Ali (161)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 7:18 am
noted and signed, thank you for sharing
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 11:40 am
signed and noted
 

Evelyn B. (79)
Friday May 31, 2013, 8:14 pm
Noted and Signed Tks. Cher....
 
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