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25 Cents Makes a Difference: Wash Out the Sweat

Some more photos from the October 5 demonstration at UCSC demanding that UC Santa Cruz adhere to their own Code of Conduct which prohibits the purchase of apparel made in sweatshops.
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25 cents makes a difference!
for more information, check out these posts on SC-IMC

Students and Workers Demand a Sweat-Free UC

Rockin' the Boat: Students Rally for Sweat-Free Campus

UCSC is in Violation of their Code of Conduct
Wash Out the Sweat
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What is your comment for the Workers Independent News Service?
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the doors are locked and we are told that the chancellor is not on campus
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Julian presents Ciel Benedetto, the Chancellor's assistant, with a list of ways that UCSC can respect workers rights without using sweatshops
the guy in charge of campus labor relations
more cops... just standing around
a worker holds up a sign that reads, "Wash Out the Sweat"
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Juan speaks to Ciel Benedetto about the injustice of sweatshops and the responsibility of the UC to adhere to their own Code of Conduct
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Commit to the Code of Conduct
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after the demonstration, a short decompression meeting was held to reflect on the movement for a sweatshop-free UC and talk about future actions
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it should not require thousands of people to get the UC to comply with their own Codes of Conduct... UCSC, teach what you preach!

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Lesson from a child

Beautiful photo documentary. THANK YOU for getting out the word and to students and workers of UCSC for organizing this.

Even though we don't know the people whom this may affect, it is incredibly important.

My young daughter is lucky enough to have a grandmother who has made a couple of items of clothing for her. In an effort to get her to wear them, I've made a point of asking her, "Who made this?" She gets really exicted and then yells something like, "Grandma! Yeeahh!"

My child has now started picking up everying she sees or finds and asks me, "Who made this?" It is a moral challenge to me, knowing how much I love and value my own child. It reminds me that mere children -- children that are loved just as much as my own child -- are forced into what amounts to slavery in order to produce cheap textiles. And for what? So UCSC students can get their sweatshirt for $25.95 instead of $35.95? That makes no sense.

I'm thrilled that someone is bringing this important issue to light. I support you, compadres!

Surprising fact about retail costs

It is heartwarming to hear of a child so interested in where her clothes come from. That is truly the shift in thought we hope to induce by raising awareness about sweatshop made clothing on our own campus and it's wonderful that it starts so young with your daughter. And in fact it must start at a young age.

I would like to add that providing workers around the world with fair wages and working conditions would cost the brands a relatively arbitrary amount. If wages were doubled for a worker making a UCSC t-shirt, the largest increase to the consumer would be 25 cents, from $20 to $20.25. But brands should absorb that cost anyway. Only 2%-4% of the retail cost goes to the worker who made the shirt, so raising wages and working conditions is not asking for much. Don't be fooled when people tell you that respecting the rights and wages of workers would significantly raise the cost to the consumer, it's a lie. But madre de tierra is right, UCSC clothes must not be made by children like her daughter forced into slavery so that we can enjoy the luxury of buying a t-shirt at $20.00 rather than $20.25.

Thank you for all your hard work UCSC, keep it up!


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