imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

USC Student Activists Step up Pressure, Administration Responds In-Kind

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

Harsh response to anti-sweatshop sit-in threatens to obscure campaign details at a critical time: Breaking with a norm of accommodation of student protesters, the University of Southern California last week dramatized their willingness to evade responsibility for the repercussions of their business practices.

USC Student Activist...
1atthedoor.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x640

On Tuesday April 10, thirteen members of the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE) were threatened with immediate suspension if they did not leave Bovard Hall just minutes after it closed to the public at 5pm. The letters even stipulated that the students would have to vacate their dorm rooms by 9am the following morning. The students were occupying the waiting room outside of President Steven B. Sample's office in an effort to force a meeting on USC's policies for contracting with apparel companies.

SCALE wants the university to switch to an independent regulatory agent called Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), and independent monitoring group that they say provides accountable, non-biased assessment of the subcontractors utilized by each clothing company. Instead, the university is affiliated with the Fair Labor Association (FLA), an alternative monitoring organization whose Board of Directors includes representatives from the companies being reviewed.

SCALE also wants USC to sign on to an initiative of the WRC, the Designated Suppliers Program (DSP), which obligates universities to contract with supplier factories that respect the rights of their employees to organize unions and be paid a living wage.

Instead of meeting with the students about these policy questions, the Administration spent time and resources making threats and even calling their parents, a move that students found manipulative and unethical.

The university community seemed to agree, and indignation has been widely expressed in the aftermath of Tuesday's actions. Some have even called for the resignation of Michael Jackson, the Director of Student Affairs who delivered the threat. But SCALE member Teresa Cheng says this is distracting. "A lot of the attention we’ve gotten has been focused on defaming the university, but I think it's important that we don't turn this into a sidetrack or a tangent. These sorts of actions are nothing new."

According to Carlo Cattaneo Adorno, the students have been requesting a meeting with President Sample for 8 years, with absolutely no luck. During this year alone, he said, they have requested a meeting every single day, in the form of a written correspondence. Each day SCALE sends a letter that reiterates this request and includes a different "fact of the day" regarding the exploitation of workers in the global south who make USC's apparel.

The students have met with lower-level administrators, including Director of Trademarks and Licenses Liz Kennedy. But the students say this is inadequate, and note that Kennedy serves on the board of the FLA.

According to movement documentarian Liza Featherstone, it is thanks to student actions of exactly this sort that the WRC exists at all. The monitoring group was developed cooperatively by student activists and workers' advocates here and in the developing world, following a surge in protests coordinated by United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). 168 colleges and universities have since signed onto the WRC, thanks to pressure brought by the students' efforts. (Read Featherstone’s Report)

Featherstone says last week's actions are "part of a likely wave of sit-ins on US campuses, as students are escalating a campaign for basic human rights for the workers, mostly young women, who make clothing bearing school logos." See reports from: University of Washington and University of Michigan.

Much of this action will be focused on the Designated Suppliers Program (DSP), which actively secures contracts for factory suppliers who monitoring has shown to be respecting workers rights. "The DSP is a step beyond adopting an independent factory monitor," explains Cheng. "It would really blaze a trail in supporting workers rights. It's really essential for schools like USC to sign onto this in order for it to be implemented effectively." So far, 31 schools have adopted the DSP, including the entire UC system.

Despite the escalation of administrative resistance, SCALE plans to keep up the pressure on USC and President Sample. "Regardless of whether we win this campaign, everyone in our group is resolved to never stop challenging our university, because we’ve really experienced the degree to which it will go to avoid doing the right thing," says Cheng. She clarified that SCALE is not supporting a boycott of university apparel, which some independent voices called for last week an attempt at solidarity with the protesters. Cheng says this is a misunderstanding of the campaign's goals. "If the workers called for a boycott, we would support them," she said. "But they’re not calling for a boycott. Our camping is not about not buying clothes, it's about supporting workers -- and right now there’s no correlation between not buying clothes and supporting workers."

More Information: Daily Trojan Coverage & Discussion | Annenberg TV News | www.uscwatch.org

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


keeping the beat

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

keeping the beat...
2keepingthebeat.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x640

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


usc sweat free!

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

usc sweat free!...
3uscsweatfree.jpg, image/jpeg, 394x551

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


waiting outside President Sample's office

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

waiting outside Pres...
4waiting.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


we love higher wages

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

we love higher wages...
5welovehigherwages.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x640

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


say no to exploitation

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

say no to exploitati...
6sayno.jpg, image/jpeg, 364x510

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


to protect who?

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

to protect who?...
7toprotectwho.jpg, image/jpeg, 640x480

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


SCALE t-shirt

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

SCALE t-shirt...
8shirt.jpg, image/jpeg, 480x640

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


who makes your pants?

by Amy L. Dalton Monday, Apr. 16, 2007 at 5:22 AM
ald[[at]]riseup[[dot]]net

who makes your pants...
9whomakesyourpants.jpg, image/jpeg, 441x617

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Families Protest Abusive Foreclosure Practices of Wells Fargo Bank A26 10:37AM

How is CCSA's Ref Rodriguez hiding his billionaire and ideologue contributors? A21 12:08PM

What drives charter profiteer Ref Rodriguez? A21 12:04PM

Los Angeles Artist Threatens 40 Million Dollar Law Suit for Public Storage Illegal Auction A20 4:08PM

RAC-LA Community Center Grand Opening A20 1:44PM

KPFK and Pacifica- woes unrelenting... A19 4:20PM

RAC-LA Community Center Badly Needs Your Support A14 10:09PM

Meet Green elected school board members, Sunday, March 29 in LA - 4pm M26 2:36AM

Californians Shame Regulators For Teaching Big Oil How To Skirt Law and Pollute Our Water M25 5:28PM

Next "Star Wars" to score in Los Angeles for First Time in Franchise History M25 10:43AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Global March Against Monsanto Day M23 2:44AM

Endless Nakba M22 11:37AM

Jail torture trick M22 8:56AM

Obama's War on Yemen Rages M22 7:02AM

Heading Toward Financial Maidan in Ukraine? M22 4:01AM

The Shortwave Report 05/22/15 Listen Globally! M21 5:25PM

Mad men of government driving good men to distraction M21 3:13PM

Ukraine Provoking Confrontation with Russia M21 11:17AM

Saudi Arabia: Headed Toward Becoming Nuclear Armed and Dangerous? M21 7:27AM

Foreclosure Victims Occupy Senate Stump Speech of Kamala Harris M21 4:58AM

Israeli Defense Minister Threatens to Nuke Iran M21 2:31AM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) M20 11:17PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) M20 11:04PM

Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp Aug 4-8, 2015 M20 3:53PM

Kiev to Prosecute Two Russian Nationals As Terrorists M20 9:43AM

Kiev Reneges On Its Debt Obligations M20 9:14AM

Ukraine: A Cancer in Europe's Heartland M20 5:05AM

‘Remember al Nakba,’ too Israel celebrates its ‘Independence Day’ in May M19 6:56PM

Rewriting the Rules for the American Economy M19 4:46PM

Demand The Permanent Closure Of A Taxpayer Funded "Meat Animal" Research Center in Nebrask M19 1:34PM

Netanyahu Appoints Hardline Peace Negotiator M19 10:32AM

Video: Humans Need Not Apply, 15 min M19 6:41AM

UK Whistleblower Says Britain's Nuclear Deterrent a Disaster Waiting to Happen M19 6:36AM

Washington Wants War on Donbass M19 4:25AM

LA Nakba Anniversary protest at the Israel Consulate M19 12:56AM

Broken Prmises, 12 pp M18 2:41PM

Freedom Flotilla III Heads for Gaza M18 10:08AM

Israeli Security Force Thugs Attack Russian Journalists M18 7:48AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy