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#OpBangladesh justice for garment factory workers

Discussion in 'Projects' started by schock, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. schock Member

    (Cross posted from http://piratepad.net/OpBangladesh)

    #OpBangladesh: Justice for garment workers who died in the Savar Building Collapse, Black Wednesday, 25 April 2013
    Chat: http://irc.lc/indymedia/bangladesh
    Citizens of the World:
    More than 300 people are dead, with hundreds more missing, and thousands injured, in the wake of the garment sweatshop collapse in the Savar area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Black Wednesday, 25 April 2013. The collapse left more than 300 dead, with many more injured and missing.
    > Workers trapped inside are heard screaming for oxygen and asking for their limbs to be cut off so that they can get out.
    >Warnings were issued previously about the lack of building safety, and visible cracks appeared in the building the day before, but the factory owners forced anxious workers to show up for work with threats of no-pay and termination.
    Thousands are protesting now in Dhaka and across Bangladesh to have their voices heard, and are being heavily repressed by the police. How many more have to die before the global clothing Brands, Bangladeshi government and the Factory owners behave as human beings? Sadly, this is nothing new. The mass death of sweatshop workers has been an increasingly common occurence in Bangladesh as globalized capital runs unregulated over the broken bodies of Bangla workers.
    More background: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/04/25/hundreds-killed-trapped-as-factory-building-collapses-in-savar/ | oxfam reports - http://oxf.am/USp | Asia Floor Wage Alliance http://www.asiafloorwage.org | Vijay Prashad article http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/26/the-terror-of-capitalism
    OpBangladesh is in its early stages. We will use this pad to begin to coordinate our response.
    There are many possible targets.
    The factory owner [name, dox] should definitely fucking expect us.
    The brand name clothing manufacturers, little known contractors, and other firms in the global garment chain should expect us as well. Especially the ones that don't sign the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement: http://laborrights.org/sites/defaul...esh Fire and Building safety MOU-2012-Nov.pdf [list known names, scroll down for more.]
    The Bangladeshi government officials responsible for oversight of factory conditions, if they've been corrupted to look the other way, might want to take another fucking look, lest they expect us.
    Retailers, especially the largest and most powerful, like Walmart: yeah.
    We are Anonymous.
    We are Legion.
    We do not Forgive.
    We do not Forget.
    Expect us.
    DRAFTING SPACE FOR ACTIONS
    Key Demands:
    Accountability from the factory owner [insert name, link to DOX]
    All manufacturers must sign the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement: http://laborrights.org/sites/defaul...esh Fire and Building safety MOU-2012-Nov.pdf
    More info: http://www.cleanclothes.org/media-inquiries/press-releases/stop-the-killing-act-now
    List of Protests
    • (is there a standalone list, map, or DB of these?)
    • add more
    Petitions
    • add more
    Donations
    • Send Matt Yglesias (slate reporter who wrote an absurd article supporting the benefits of high risk factory work immediatley after the collapse) to Bangladesh to work in a garment factory (lulz) http://www.gofundme.com/2q5biw
    • Banglalink users can donate tk 10 to Savar victims, SMS-HELP to 1010
    Volunteer
    Brainstorm
    • @balmig: 'boycott blood clothing, like we boycott blood diamonds'
    • Don't boycott, kills jobs; instead, force manufacturers to be responsible
    • Support creation of/existing Garment Worker Cooperatively owned shops (do any exist in Bangladesh already? links)
    • I agree that boycott is not the way to go here. The idea would be to support initiatives by Bangladeshi workers and their organizations for safer working conditions. This would cost most companies very little--the ILFR standards would cost approximately 10Cents/garment. Compare to compensation to top execs in companies like Children's Place--in the tens of millions/year.
    Other Actions in progress (please add links to more as they develop):
    1. Clothing brands must sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Memorandum: Support callout from Asia Floor Wage Alliance Members (http://www.asiafloorwage.org ): All clothing brands, starting with those who we know were buyers from the Savar Building, must sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Memorandum: http://laborrights.org/sites/default/files/publications-and-resources/Bangladesh٪20Fire٪20and٪20Building٪20safety٪20MOU-2012-Nov.pdf
    [This is a static pdf. Is there a full text version of this?
    Has anyone set up e-petition specific to this demand?
    No not yet but we should. I can be in touch with the AFW folks to get their ok. (please do! and add to list of petitions above, we can promote it more)
    Twitter bomb @ the brand names to get them to sign. See below for list of brands, and let's help gather their twitter handles below]
    This would be great.
    > Various sources list 27 main Western buyers such as: [please help find sources, let's get a better / more complete set of the buyers, and find twitter handles for each. ]
    @benetton @Primarkjobs @Mango @Matalan @jcpenney @walmart
    Primark, @primarkjobs
    JC Penney, @jcpenney
    Dress Barn,
    Mango, @mango
    Benetton, @benetton
    Primark,
    Matalan, @matalan
    Bonmarche,
    C&A,
    Walmart, @walmart
    Cato Fashions,
    The Children's Place,
    Loblaw Inc.,
    Joe Fresh.
    H&M
    >
    > The supplier factories are:
    Ether Tex,
    New Wave Bottoms,
    New Wave Style,
    Phantom Apparels
    and Phantom Tac.
    Five brands have confirmed current or recent production: Bon Marche (UK), El Corte Ingles (Spain), Primark (UK/Ireland), Mango (Spain) and Joe Fresh (clothing line at Loblaw’s, Canada’s largest supermarket chain).
    A number of other brands are linked to the factory through import data, labels and other documentation found at the site by local activists of other brands producing in one of the factories, including Benetton (Italy), Cato Fashions (USA), Children’s Place (USA), Carrefour (France). So far all deny production or failed to respond.
    3. Support #WallMartStrikers
    [how?]
    4. Help Build a memorial site for those who died:
    (use Remembers memorial generator? http://timenesia.org:8000/
    • Include link to 'Take Action (link to who?)
    • include link to Fund
    5. Help gather data re: garment industry
    Industry structure, branders, suppliers, subcontractors and contractors involved, dox for building owners, regulators, etc
    • See initial list below of Western labels that are buyers, as well as the supplier factories.
    • Explore Sourcemap.org to see if there's more info, or if useful?
    6. Brand Correction / Ad Hacking
    Take imagery from the clothing labels identified as buyers from these sweatshops, and remix them with images from the Savar tragedy. For example: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/321560_368414886596952_1288271004_n.jpg
    7. Add more ideas here!
    other orgs to contact for support
    http://somo.nl/?set_language=en and http://www.schonekleren.nl/
    More info:
    > Dear Asia Floor Wage Alliance Members, Endorsers, Supporters & Discussants:
    >
    > Black Wednesday unfolded in Bangladesh yesterday, April 24, 2013.
    >
    > Savar Building, originally an 8-storey high bulding, that was then illegally extended to 11 stories, which housed 5 garment factories, collapsed. 3122 garment workers worked in these factories. Death toll is climbing, workers are still trapped inside and hundreds are seriously injured.
    >
    > Various sources list 27 main Western buyers such as: [can we find sources, and can we get a better / more complete set of the buyers? ]
    Primark, JC Penney, Dress Barn, Mango, Benetton, Matalan, Bonmarche, C&A, Walmart, Cato Fashions, The Children's Place, Loblaw Inc., Joe Fresh.
    >
    > The supplier factories are:
    Ether Tex,New Wave Bottoms, New Wave Style, Phantom Apparels and Phantom Tac.
    >
    > Workers trapped inside are heard screaming for oxygen and asking for their limbs to be cut off so that they can get out. Rescue operations continue. Warnings had been issued earlier about the lack building safety, but the factory owners forced anxious workers to show up for work with threats of no-pay and termination. Thousands of garment workers are protesting in all kinds of ways to have their voices heard, across Bangladesh. How many more have to die before the Brands, Bangladeshi government and the Factory owners behave as human beings?
    >
    > The Asia Floor Wage Alliance holds directly responsible the Brands that continue to ignore the intentional killings of workers in the interest of maintaining their profits and production.
    Demands
    From Asia Floor Workers Alliance: WE DEMAND that ALL Brands sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Memorandum It does not matter who sources from which factory. All Brands source from Bangladesh, that is seeing an epidemic of factory fires. The Memorandum is here: http://laborrights.org/sites/default/files/publications-and-resources/Bangladesh٪20Fire٪20and٪20Building٪20safety٪20MOU-2012-Nov.pdf
    More info
    Asia Floor Workers Alliance: http://www.asiafloorwage.org
    Wikipedia:
    LibCom: http://libcom.org/news/hundreds-tho...orkers-strike-after-factory-collapse-26042013
  2. Anonymous Member

    History repeats
    Triangle Fire 1911
    Working conditions
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    Triangle Fire
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    This is what worked
    View attachment HBO-documentaries-triangle-shirtwaist-factory-fire
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  3. Anonymous Member

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  4. Anonymous Member

    http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2...e_canadian_companies_find_safe_factories.html
    I have to wonder if Joe Fresh really didn't know or was turning a blind eye to work outsourced to non certified safe factories.
  5. We do not who is your local conact in Bangladesh, but your list is missing some main culprits.
  6. Fraun Member

    Your post is missing some information. There are a lot of projects taking place, At the moment. Expect us.
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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Journalists Find 12-Year-Old Girls Making Old Navy Jeans for Gap in Bangladeshi Factory

    October 18, 2013

    Al Jazeera’s Anjali Kamat discusses her recent investigation into the state of Bangladeshi sweatshops following the November 2012 fire at the Tazreen factory that killed at least 112 people. Al Jazeera uncovered factories where Old Navy pants are being worked on by children as young as 12.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2013/10/18/journalists_find_12_year_old_girls
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  8. Anonymous Member

    Those bastads

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