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L.A.’s Sweatshops



In Out of Sight, I discuss how consumers need to understand how their clothes are made and the tremendous costs of not knowing that information. Of course, much of this is because clothing production has been outsourced to the Bangladesh, China, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, etc. But as I point out in the food chapter, there’s plenty of hidden production within U.S. borders too that we don’t emphasize. Although most apparel production and all the apparel unions have been eliminated from the United States, there is still clothing being made here that we could do something about. It’s in the sweatshops of Los Angeles, many of them operating underground. We don’t do anything. It’s not part of our national conversation about inequality and exploitation at all. That has to change. This podcast will help you contribute to that change. Listen and propagate.

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  • Crusty

    For once, a feel good story about jobs coming to America, not leaving.

  • Thom

    On a much smaller scale, there at least used to be sweatshops in San Francisco’s Chinatown, that I used to see walking by them in the 1980s. But maybe the soaring cost of real estate has displaced them.

  • Wildly off topic, but my wife went down to see Bernie Sanders at the Albany Armory at 10:30 and she texted me to state that the line was already tripple wide and stretched around the block. In Albany, during a work day, in the rain.

    She just texted me say that they may already be turning people away because the venue is full.

  • Gregor Sansa

    I’d bet that that woman in the foreground is Guatemalan. She may be from Chiapas or Oaxaca or Honduras or Salvador or the Yucatan or Tabasco, but I doubt it.

  • DrDick

    Those are also found in NYC and elsewhere. Many rely on undocumented laborers held in near slavery.

    • Ronan

      Interesting link, thanks. ( also for the included bibliography)

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