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Garment Workers–Demonstration Against Forever 21 & Sweatshops

by Marcus Monday, May. 31, 2004 at 5:24 PM

In front of the Santa Monica Mall, Saturday May 29th between 3 PM and 4 PM more than 50 garment workers protested against Forever 21 labor practices and sweatshops. Below find 13 pictures, a 70 seconds video, and the content of a Garment Worker Center’s flyer.

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FOREVER 21 IS SOOOO CHEAP by www.garmentworkercenter.org

Garment workers who sewed clothes sold by Forever 21 were paid less than the minimum wage and worked in sweatshops in downtown L.A. with rats and cockroaches. Forever 21 refuses to pay these workers their owed wages while it estimates earning over 0 million in sales this year alone.



SHOP WITH A CONSCIENCE! BOYCOTT FOREVER 21! by www.garmentworkercenter.org

Call Forever 21's President Do Won Chang at 1-800-966-1355–Tell him to pay these workers and take responsibility for the conditions in the factories that sew the clothes he sells in his stores. www.garmentworkercenter.org




At the bottom of this page find the name of nine companies which have demonstrated a commitment to improve the wage and working conditions of their employees.

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 2

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Garment Workers protest against Forever 21 unfair labors practices and sweatshops 2

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A 70 SECONDS VIDEO

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A 70 SECONDS VIDEO 3

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 4

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 5

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 6

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 7

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 8

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 9

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 10

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 11

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 12

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Garment Workers--Demonstration in Santa Monica, California, Saturday, May 29th at 3 PM 13

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Shoppers on 3rd Street Promenade 75 Minutes After the Demonstration

by Marcus Monday, May. 31, 2004 at 5:24 PM

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99% of the price tag of a “glamourous” blouse goes into Forever 21's pockets, its manufacturers’, and their contractors’. 1%, or 19 cents, of that went to the garment worker who sewed the entire blouse!



SHOP WITH A CLEAN CONSCIENCE by www.garmentworkercenter.org

You’ll have peace of mind by buying from these companies, cooperatives, and organizations. Employers can either treat workers with dignity by paying respectable wages, or they can exploit the labor of workers and create hazardous and unfair work environment for them. We see these favorites as doing the former.

Whenever you shop, remember that the following companies have demonstrated a commitment to improve the wages and working conditions of their employees. Shop with a conscience. Help workers by supporting these union shops, worker cooperatives and fair trade products.

Sweatshop Watch Gifts

Be among the first to sport Sweatshop Watch’s hip new t-shirt or environmentally friendly totebag. The shirts are union made and the totes are from a women’s cooperative. Both are , plus shipping. See www.sweatshopwatch.org for ordering details.



Global Exchange

Global Exchange features unique gifts from around the world as well as educational resources about human rights issues. Artisans create each of the Fair Trade crafts using designs passed down for centuries. Check out: store.glovalexchange.org



Union Mall

Union Mall is the first shopping mall where you can’t find a stitch that was made in a sweatshop. Every merchant in this mall sells only union made clothing. Shop around in good conscience at: www.nosweatshop.com



Maggie’s Organics

Maggie’s Organics is one of the few companies in the apparel industry that offers 100% organic clothing. They have created a very unique commitment to women’s sewing cooperative in Nicaragua to ensure fair labor standards are met. Contact them at www.organicclothes.com or 1(800) 609-8593.



Justice Clothing

Justice Clothing is a one stop-shop for union-made & non-sweatshop apparel! For every item of clothing, you can learn who made the clothes, where and under what conditions, and even what independent labor union represents the workers. Visit them at www.justiceclothing.com

Powell’s Books

Powell’s Books is a legendary independent bookstore with an all union workforce in Portland, Oregon. Their inventory is expansive, and their website can handle orders from across the nation. Visit: www.powells.com



Fuerza Unida

The former Levi’s workers in San Antonio, Texas, formed a unique women’s sewing cooperative that makes and silk screens t-shirts, canvas bags and flags. Call (211) 927-2294 to make your orders today.



Fair Trade Federation

Fair Trade Federation is an association of wholesalers, retailers and producers whose members are commited to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantageed workers and farmers worldwide. Look at the FTF website at www.fairtradefederation.org



Market Place India

Market Place India is a nonprofit organization that sells products made by women artisans in India. It began with low-income women who chose to make hand-made textiles as a means to provide women with employment in Bombay, India. To order a catalog call 1 (800) 736-8905 or order on-line at www.marketplaceindia.org

Please visit our websites at www.sweatshopwatch.org and www.garmentsworkercenter.org to find out what else you and your loved ones can do to put an end to sweatshops.

Garment worker Center










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