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Tell Nike: Don't Support Forced Labor in Uzbekistan ACTION

World  (tags: Daewoo, ethics, business, corruption, Nike, humanrights )

- 1859 days ago -
Every year, during the cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, over a million children and adults - including teachers, nurses and doctors - are forced to work in the cotton fields and meet daily picking quotas enforced by the Uzbek Government.

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 6:37 pm

Thanks for taking action!
Signed and tweeted

Gina Caracci (219)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 6:38 pm
there shoes are ugly anyhow..just another reason not to buy them

good one Nancy

Christeen A (368)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 6:41 pm

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 6:55 pm
noted and signed

Erin R (181)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 7:26 pm
n & s

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 7:55 pm
Signing now Nancy and will share this cheers

alicia m (97)
Wednesday April 17, 2013, 11:12 pm
noted, signed, gracias y gracias david

Faye Swan (23)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 1:26 am
Signed and noted - thank you!

Elizabeth O (94)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 11:02 am

Gene Jacobson (290)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 12:30 pm
Nike will not listen. They were the first American company to begin outsourcing jobs. They go to a developing country, pay slave wages, use child labor and make their $200 shoes for a pittance, which goes into the pockets of Phil Knight and his corporate henchmen and, of course, every freaking athlete who sells their soul to wear that ugly swoosh on their gear and apparel. I wouldn't buy anything with the Nike brand on it for any reason. I learned all this when I was a new runner, 35 years ago, that's how long Nike has been at this. And that's why the U of Oregon pickets them every day. New Balance is the only shoe company to still make its products here, I patronize them and have since I discovered what Nike was doing. All these years and as soon as people start to complain or organize, they just move on to another poor country, they've been hopscotching around Asia for more than 3 decades. One of the ugliest corporate "citizens" out there. No petition will ever change them, only thing that will is no one buying their products. Boycott them, that hits them where they care, they don't give a fig about people, but they do love money. I boycott their stable of paid athletes too, many of whom came from poor circumstances only to completely forget what that was like when Nike dangles cash in front of them. No souls there either. Ick.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 4:51 pm

Joe R (190)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 5:42 pm
Thanks Nancy. Signed and noted.

Helen P (57)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 7:05 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks Nancy for bringing to more people's attention this ongoing issue.
It is good to read from the site the article is from that there are other corporations that are cutting ties with slave cotton companies.

Robert O (12)
Thursday April 18, 2013, 8:41 pm
Gladly signed. Thank you Nancy.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday April 19, 2013, 12:52 am
Thanks for sharing this... noted, signed and distributed.

Ancil S (175)
Friday April 19, 2013, 1:02 am

Caroline S (78)
Friday April 19, 2013, 3:59 am
I will boycott their products.

Lynn D (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:31 am
Thanks --- will go sign!

. (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:11 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing. They should make their products themselves and not rely on slave labor.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Friday April 19, 2013, 8:20 am
Signed and noted thanks

S S (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 10:38 am
Signed, thank you.

Cinzia Palamara (26)
Friday April 19, 2013, 12:22 pm
Noted a& signed. Thanks for sharing Nancy

James E (16)
Friday April 19, 2013, 1:22 pm
As so often is the case. corporate profits trump human rights.

Really make Nike and Daewoo feel the pain, boycot their products whenever possible.

James E (16)
Friday April 19, 2013, 1:23 pm
Signed of course.

Beatriz Blauth (36)
Friday April 19, 2013, 1:55 pm
I've being boycotting Nike for a lot of time already. Signed!

Friday April 19, 2013, 1:55 pm
Signed, thanks.

Mike S (86)
Friday April 19, 2013, 2:05 pm
SS&N. Thank you Nancy.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday April 19, 2013, 2:12 pm
Message sent. Noted. Thank you, Nancy!

iolanda grappa (12)
Friday April 19, 2013, 2:53 pm
Signed, and shared !

Gillian M (218)
Friday April 19, 2013, 3:32 pm
Signed, noted & shared

Birgit W (160)
Friday April 19, 2013, 3:39 pm
Signed, thanks

janet f (29)
Friday April 19, 2013, 3:48 pm
What can you say about a company that signed Michael Vick AFTER his conviction for the heinous things he did to those poor dogs?

Gene Jacobson (290)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:25 pm
Janet? You can say they are a terrible corporate "person" made up of 1%er's who don't care about anything except money. Their motto, unstated, is the same as so many, dollars before people. It turns my stomach every time I see Phil Knight feted at anything. He started all this so many years before other American companies followed his example. And it isn't only slave labor they use, it has been in MANY countries, child labor as well, children working 14 hour shifts, 6 or 7 days a week, for literally pennies per hour. These are among the most despicable people on the planet. We, or our ancestors, drove the "wealth makers and job creators" to decency in this country by organizing and demanding fair wages, no child labor, safe working conditions, weekends off, over time by banding together and forcing the robber barons to mend their evil ways. Phil Knight showed them another way - outsource to poor countries where they can do to them what they did to us in the late 19th and early 20th century. They'll be at it until the day comes when they realize we are ALL one, and what they do to the least of our children, they do to themselves. They've heard the lesson, they just haven't memorized it and put it into action yet. My goal is that one day they do. Then we will be on our way to becoming a civilization.

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Friday April 19, 2013, 4:44 pm
Signed, thanks Nancy!

Fran F (118)
Friday April 19, 2013, 6:48 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks very much, Nancy!

Charlene B (4)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:09 pm
Don`t buy Nike.

Patsy Olive (0)
Friday April 19, 2013, 7:27 pm
Hey,have any of you ever picked cotton ? I have I wasn't forced to do it my sister always gave me a bad time
because she c,ould beat me she picked 300# a day I did good to pick 75 and hot I feel so sorry for those people. noted.signed, tweeted & Google

Ludger W (71)
Friday April 19, 2013, 11:21 pm

Jaime Alves (52)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:06 am

Solitary Eagle (324)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:43 am
Signed and noted.

Diane B (275)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:47 am
shared and signed dear

lee e (114)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:57 am
S+N - So glad Gene is filling me in on the various companies - I've been very negligent in keeping up with shoes - since I have very very wide "duck" type of feet - I can only care about which brand fits - and of course it's New Balance - thank goodness they're one of the kinder corporations - but if they weren't I still would have no choice! :)

. (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:14 am
message sent

. (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:15 am
Signed and Noted.

Bartlomiej T (296)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:44 am
Signed and noted. Thank you, Nancy.

cynthia l (207)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:02 am
signed End Slavery

Craig Pittman (52)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:51 am
Signed. Thank you Nancy.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:29 am
Signed. Thanks, Nancy.

Danny M (83)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:37 am
Signed. Thanks, Nancy!

Florence Eaise (132)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 12:15 pm
why iis it the bigger a corporation is the more they exploit people? Noted signed tweeted and shared thanks Nancy

. (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:24 pm

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:14 pm
Signed, thank you Nancy

Esther Z (94)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:04 pm
Noted and signed.

Esther Z (94)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:11 pm
I also wanted to say that Gene Jacobson is spot on regarding corporate exploitations. The very worse of this equation is these evil corporations/ international conglomerates are powerful due to the profits made with OUR money. The bottom line is, WE created these corporate monsters! If we created them, we can also make them irrelevant by not buying any of their products or services!

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:55 pm
Let's not pretend that Nike does not make enough money, to make certain that workers are paid a fair wage, please.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:14 pm
We are entering an age of freedom in which there is no place for slavery of humans or animals.

Susanne R (235)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:54 pm
Signed and noted.

Nike is absolutely shameless, and so are the people who know about this inhumane situation but choose to purchase their products in spite of it. Is a stupid "swoosh" really worth the blood, sweat and tears of citizens, especially children, who are forced to labor for pennies under brutal conditions --especially when athletes are making millions for simply endorsing them? As far as I'm concerned, Nike doesn't exist.

Judy C (97)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:19 am
Signed. I would never buy this company's products. Thanks, Nancy.

P A (117)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:44 am
Sue - you deserve yet another star, but I have just given you a star for another comment - sorry! Green star to Esther and of course, to Gene Jacobson for his excellent comments!

There used to be a book (maybe still is) called 'Who owns Whom' and it was an absolute eye opener to see that (say) Granpa Whoosit's Garden Flower Seeds with a lovely old label were owned by a multinational primarily concerned with oil processing - and Grandma Thingummy's Old Fashioned Cakes were the same - I have made my own things wherever possible ever since and rarely believed a label!


Beth M (138)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:08 pm

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:48 pm
Done !! Good to know ... thank you !!

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Monday April 22, 2013, 9:28 am
noted and signed, thank you for sharing

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 11:12 am
Noted, Gladly Signed and Tweeted.
In my opinion Fair Trade came back to kick us in the teeth - send the materials to a country, where they hire people for hardly any pay (and even children), in terrible conditions in factories, and import the finished product back to sell at ridiculous prices - the makings of Big Corps - they can't help but make money. In the meantime for years now in the USA and Canada we hardly have any factories making clothing, shoes etc - even furniture, there was a huge loss of jobs right here. Makes no sense to me, but then I don't own a company and I am not greedy.

. (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 1:09 pm
done. So much for slavery being a thing of the oast

. (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:31 am
Signed and noted - thank you so much for this Nancy

Melania Padilla (122)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 3:20 pm

Carol H (229)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 3:34 pm
signed and noted

Rehana VN (0)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 10:42 am
Nike has long been known for "sweatshops" slave labour. This has been going on for decades. Their products are junk just as any other made in china so purchasers pay an exhorbitant price only for the name. Nike together with a good couple other slave driver companies have been off my list a long long time ago. Dead & Buried!!
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