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UCSC is in Violation of their Code of Conduct

On October 5, UC Santa Cruz students, workers and Santa Cruz community members held a rally in the Baytree Plaza to raise awareness about the sweatshop-made uniforms purchased for dinning hall workers and the sweatshop-made UCSC apparel. After the rally in the Baytree Plaza, we marched to the office of Chancellor Denise Denton which is in the same building as the McHenry Library.
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Verification: It shall be the responsibility of each University licensee to ensure its compliance with this Code, and to verify that its contractors are in compliance with this Code. - University of California, Code of Conduct for Trademark Licensees, 2000
It was not a surprise that Chancellor Denton was no where to be found. Instead, the chancellor's assistant, Ciel Benedetto, was presented a list of ways that UCSC can respect workers rights without perchasing from sweatshops.

Why is it that the University of California purchases goods from sweatshops and then marks up the retail price so high?

Why is it that the university can justify paying numerous police officers, Dan Wood from UCSC's demonstration response team and the guy in charge of campus labor relations to escort the demonstration?

Wednesday's action was organized by AFSCME, Comercio Justo and the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice, as part of a national campaign sponsored by United Students Against Sweatshops, UNITE HERE! and Global Exchange.
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Social justice activists with the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice explain that the UC purchases from sweatshops.
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Two UC police officers were peering down on the rally in the Baytree Plaza
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Juan is interviewed by a reporter from Univision, a spanish language news network
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i wonder if any english language corporate media will cover this story?
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What's the difference between creating poverty and fighting it? 25 cents.
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an organizer with the Student and Worker Coalition for Justice gets people fired up for the march
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made in Lesotho
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retail price is $42.99
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made in Mexico
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made in Pakistan
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a brief pause on the road to the Chancellor's office
 
 


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