Anti-Sweatshop Movement: Activism
Progress of the National Sweat-Free Campus Campaign Movement.
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Student activism around sweatshops has been incredibly
successful. At hundreds of campuses, students have been
educating and informing other students about the issue
of sweatshops, and calling on their universities to adopt
Codes of Conduct. Through petitioning and other creative
forms of activism, students have been able to put a great
deal of pressure on both their universities and the companies
that produce college apparel.
- National Labor Committee
The NLC's mission is to educate and actively engage the
U.S. public on human and labor rights abuses by corporations. Working with
a strong network of local, national, and international groups, the NLC builds
coalitions that use campaigns to pressure companies to adhere to labor and
human rights standards.
- Global Exchange www.globalexchange.org
Global Exchange is a non-profit research, education, and
action center dedicated to promoting people-to-people ties around the world.
Since its founding in 1988, they have been striving to increase global awareness
among the U.S. public while building international partnerships around the
- Sweatshop Watch www.sweatshopwatch.org
Sweatshop Watch is a coalition of labor, community, civil
rights, immigrant rights and women's organizations, attorneys and advocates
committed to eliminating the exploitation that occurs in sweatshops. They
believe that workers should be earning a living wage in a safe and healthy
working environment, and that those who benefit the most from the exploitation
of sweatshop workers must be held accountable. Their work includes public
education, policy advocacy and coalition-building.
- Students Against Sweatshops
United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is an international
coalition devoted to stopping sweatshop labor.
- Campaign for Labor
Campaign for Labor Rights mobilizes local support in the
United States and Canada for the campaigns of their partner organizations.
They build bridges between local activists and many of the major organizations
around the world.
- Clean Clothes Campaign
The Clean Clothes Campaigns aim at improving working conditions
in the garment industry, world-wide. The campaigns are coalitions of consumer
organizations, trade unions, researchers, solidarity groups, world shops
and other activists.
- UNITE www.uniteunion.org
Representing 250,000 members in North America, Union of
Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) is known for aggressive
organizing and fighting for workers' rights. Members work in apparel, garment
and textile industries.
- American Federation
of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) www.aflcio.org
- The Rugmark Foundation
A nonprofit organization working to end child labor in the
carpet industry through monitoring, consumer labeling, and rehabilitation
and education of former carpet children in India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
- Get Behind the Label
A multimedia online news magazine covering the global apparel
College and the Movement
Apparel Research Initiative (CARI) in Indonesia
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