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On November 13, 1970, Jeon Tae-Il, a Korean sweatshop worker, burned himself to death in protest over the sweatshop conditions of he and his fellow workers. This is the foundational moment in South Korean labor history and also representative of the horrible oppression that any workers around the globe face in the sweatshops that still […]
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I want to take you back, perhaps in the Wayback Machine, to the lost age of 2013. If we can open the creaky vaults of our memories, we might recall that 1,138 workers died to make your clothes and clothes for other westerners at the Savar building in Bangladesh. I know, that might be a […]
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Five years after Rana Plaza, basically nothing has changed for south and southeast Asian sweatshop workers. American consumers effectively don’t care. The left doesn’t actually take trade policy seriously except for knee-jerk rejections of trade agreements. I oppose most of those agreements too, but to reform this system, the left has to have actual, concrete […]
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Life in the Sweatshops

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On September 28, 2017
This is a good look at the utter brutality of Indian sweatshops. “We have no expectations from the city. Not even sunshine. Breathe, sleep, f*ck, work, shit, whatever you do, do it here with no light. Absence of sun makes you depressed.” A migrant worker told me this in 2015 when I had gone to […]

Sweatshops Kill

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On September 27, 2017

I am far from surprised that a sizable number of the deaths in the Mexico earthquake are sweatshop workers toiling in an unsafe building. In Mexico City, social movements and working people are in mou

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