IN TWEET: AS THE DEATH TOLL IN THE BANGLADESH GARMENT FACTORY COLLAPSE SOARS PAST 500, IT’S TIME TO TAKE A STAND.
We all love a bargain (myself included) and most Americans own at least one article of clothing that was made in Bangladesh. There’s no room here to get on a soap box or write holier-than-though missives. Bottom line, we are ALL part of a supply chain that shows a remarkable lack of respect and compassion for the millions of hard-working, talented and grossly underpaid people who make the clothes we wear.
Taking a stand starts with awareness. Awareness that human hands make the garments that touch our bodies. We take a little bit of these folks with us every day. Like us, they laugh, they love and they are real people. Like us, they deserve dignity, a living wage and the security of a workplace that won’t collapse out from under them and bury their hopes and dreams in tons of rubble.
Awareness starts with facing the facts of this latest tragedy in Bangladesh. Read the articles posted here, look at the images shot in the aftermath of the collapse and then visit the Worker Rights Consortium website and start taking a stand of your own. It’s the least we can do.
- CLICK HERE for coverage of the Rana Plaza collapse and a look at the ultimate price of bargain basement clothing prices, from Huffington Post.
- CLICK HERE for a list of the clothing companies with links to this and past factory disasters in Bangladesh, from Time. Is there blood on your shirt?
- CLICK HERE to read about the Walt Disney Company’s decision to halt manufacture of licensed merchandise in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Venezuela, Belarus and Pakistan, from CNN Money.
- CLICK HERE for more images and coverage of the Rana Plaza collapse, from Democratic Underground.
- CLICK HERE or on any image in this post to visit the Worker Rights Consortium site.