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Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

John Oliver and Keinejad Jeans, Made in Los Angeles

Ira Israel | Posted 05.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Ira Israel

"Invest in the casinos!" Nonetheless, once a year for the past twenty years I meet my childhood friend Rob Lefko in Las Vegas for a weekend of high-powered meditation.

Obama's Next Action: Empowering Low Wage Federal Workers

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The sad reality is that the United States government remains the country's largest low wage job creator. All those Senators tromping through New Hampshire promising to rebuild the middle class are part of a Congress that doesn't pay the workers who serve them enough to lift a family out of poverty.

Fashion Revolution Day: A Day to Ask #WhoMadeMyClothes?

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 06.22.2015 | Style
Lee-Sean Huang

April 23 is Fashion Revolution Day -- an opportunity for us to reflect on the welfare of the workers who make the clothes we all wear.

Women and the Sidewalks of New York

Kim Dramer | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Kim Dramer

In Chalk, volunteers use colored sidewalk chalk to inscribe the name and age of each woman on the pavement in front of her home. A small sign is taped to her building, asking New Yorkers to remember her life and the continued fight for economic justice for all women.

Tom Hayden, 75, Is Still Rocking the Boat

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Throughout his remarkable career, Hayden has been both a prophetic voice and a political strategist, a rare combination. No single figure embodies the spirit of the generation that came of age in the 1960s than Hayden.

Kim Bhasin

Can You Make Clothes Without Sweatshop Labor? This Dominican Factory Is Trying

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

Somewhere in the south-central Dominican Republic, on a stretch of land in a town called Villa Altagracia, sits a unique little clothing factory. The ...

An Open Letter to UNC President Ross and Chancellor Folt: Commit to the Bangladesh Safety Accord

Nadia Dawisha | Posted 07.11.2014 | Education
Nadia Dawisha

I am writing as a blogger and graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill to express my concern about UNC's current unwillingness to join with other private a...

Dave Jamieson

Rana Plaza Survivor Compensated With Paltry $519 So Far

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- When Reba Sikder reported to work on April 24 last year, she found a group of her colleagues milling about and chatting anxiously outsid...

Dave Jamieson

How Clothes Sold By The U.S. Military Have 'Blood All Over Their Labels'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After American clothing brands scuttled a similar effort last year, Democrats and labor groups are trying to pressure the military into ...

Ryan Grim

Gotta Serve Somebody: Bob Dylan Hails Asian Sweatshops In Bizarre Super Bowl Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

The icon of the 1960s counter culture sang Sunday night in praise of sweatshops, the logical if absurd extension of the journey that generation has un...

The U.S. Government Uses Sweatshops, Too

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Michelle Chen

While consumers may have been shocked to learn of The Gap or Benetton's latest designs strewn amid the wreckage of "death trap" factories, they might have missed another bit of debris: the label of the U.S. government.

Shopping Free or Slave? Nelson Mandela and Freedom as a Choice

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

This holiday season, I am wondering if it is possible to feel good about the workers in our "free trade" world. I was picked up and driven to the trai...

Dave Jamieson

AWKWARD: U.S. Companies' Labor Standards May Be Too Weak For The U.S. Military

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As Congress tries to hash out a military spending bill for next year, lawmakers are considering a provision that would give preferential...

Black Friday: The Perpetual Pursuit of Happiness

Kanene Holder | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Kanene Holder

Thus when we purchase new clothes, shoes, televisions, couches, they are clean, look good and make you feel good, but we do we ever see or feel the blood, sweat, tears and fears of the workers assembling and packaging our presents?

Snowden Revelations: Shining a Spotlight on Canada, Washington's Junior Partner in the Americas

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Ottawa has been steadily deploying all of the resources at its disposal, including spying and corporate influence, to ensure its hegemony over some of the hemisphere's poorest and most oppressed nations.

Portrait Of A 9-Year-Old Sweatshop Worker

The Toronto Star | Raveena Aulakh | Posted 12.12.2013 | Business

Some days are good for Meem, others she likes to forget as quickly as possible. The first time I saw Meem, which was also my first day at work at a...

Dave Jamieson

How Did Old Navy Jeans End Up In A Factory Employing 12-Year-Olds?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Faced with footage of Bangladeshi girls as young as 12 working on jeans with "Old Navy" labels, Old Navy's parent company, Gap Inc., say...

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh's Labor Reform Puts Profits Before Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 07.25.2013 | World

In the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse that claimed 1,129 lives, the Bangladeshi government announced earlier this month that it had made doz...

Your "Distressed" Jeans Are Wearing Out Workers' Lungs

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

"Distressed" jeans are designed to make that wear-and-tear look seem oh-so-effortless, but it can be the result of someone's body taking a real beatin...

The Psychology of Sweatshop Labor

Neeru Paharia | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business
Neeru Paharia

It seems if consumers really cared, there would be more demand for sweatshop-free products and more opportunities for companies to profit from such products.

From Dhaka to Broadway, Protests Target Bangladesh Factory Death Traps

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.28.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

The United States may lead the world in some measures of national wealth, but it is fiercely regressive when it comes to protecting the workers whose ...

Empowering Young Women Economically Through Fashion

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
G(irls)20

Fashion goes beyond glossy magazine pages; if used well, it introduces girls to policy issues, entrepreneurship, and science - some key skills for the modern female pioneer.

Oklahoma Sweatshop Tells One Story of Labor's Challenge

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

All justice-loving citizens need to support regulatory and legislative efforts to more equally balance the playing field between employers and workers who -- like Dan Lee and his co-workers -- seek to turn today's sweatshops into decent, productive and family-sustaining places of work.

Thinking of Whoever Sewed My Drawers

Jarid Manos | Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices
Jarid Manos

With the catastrophic clothing factory collapse in Bangladesh, I'd read about the question of why making clothes wasn't more automated, and somebody saying, "Nothing beats human hands."