May 21, 2013 - 9:30am
End Sweatshop Death Traps! Since 2005, more than 1,800 Bangladeshi garment workers have been killed in fires and building collapses while sewing clothing for companies like Gap, JC Penney and Walmart. Many of these deaths could have been prevented, but companies are refusing to pay 10 cents more per garment for factory building repairs.
May 21, 2013 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street at 27th St., Oakland
$15 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Book
May 29, 2013 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Make It Happen! Choose Fair Trade
Carmencita "Chie" Abad will discuss the horrible working conditions she endured in the U.S. territory of Saipan while making clothing for the Gap. In her struggle to unionize workers, she was forced to leave the island and is now working to educate Americans about inhumane factory conditions occurring worldwide, including on U.S. soil. Chie will tell her audience what they can do to help eliminate sweatshop abuses occurring worldwide.
May 29, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Guatemala is located in Central America and is populated by over 13 million people. After its independence from Spain in 1821, it was ruled by a succession of dictators until 1944 when a coup led to a civilian, democratically elected government. In 1954, the CIA led the overthrow of this government. From 1960-1996 Guatemala became caught up in bloody civil wars and genocides as did other countries in Central America. Since the mid 1990's Guatemala has become a representative democracy.