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Worker Justice in the Global Apparel Industry

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
 
Join us for a brown bag lunch!
 
Around the world, workers in the apparel industry are raising their voices and organizing for safe jobs, a living wage, and the right to form unions and collectively bargain without retaliation. Hear about the advances and challenges in the Bangladeshi garment industry two years after the Rana Plaza building collapse, and learn about the unionized Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic, which pays a living wage.
 
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Meet-Up for Childhood Freedom with 2014 Nobel Peace Price laureate Kailash Satyarthi

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 4:00pm

2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, is joining supporters to celebrate freedom for the world’s children — freedom from slavery, labor, childhood hunger, trafficking and illiteracy. This peaceful gathering will honor the collective work being accomplished combined with a reminder of the significant work ahead to make childhood freedom a priority on both national and international agendas.

2015 Conference: Hasta La Victoria! Farm Worker Justice in Global Supply Chains

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
 
The world is fed through the hard work of farm workers and their families. Yet in many countries around the world, including the United States, farm workers are excluded from fundamental labor protections and denied their rights at work. The global agricultural sector is plagued by a litany of problems, including denial of the right to collectively bargain, low wages, reliance on an exploited migrant workforce, threats to worker health and safety, child labor and debt bondage. 
 

Better Wages and Corporate Accountability to Workers in the Global Supply Chain

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:15am

Two years after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, sweatshop abuses continue. Workplace sexual violence is widespread; poor wages and wage theft are common; and survivors of fires and factory collapses, many of them children, have few options.  What alternatives are there to divestment and boycotts, which threaten workers’ jobs? What progress has been made in getting accountability from employers and governments on both ends of the supply chain? 

Global Day of Action: Remembering Rana Plaza

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Friday, April 24, 2015 (All day)

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, housing five garment factories, came crashing down. At least 1,138 people lost their lives. Many were killed instantly.  Many more were buried alive under eight stories of concrete and machinery, among the remains of the garments that they were producing for global corporations.  Thousands were injured and severely traumatized. Some people were forced to amputate their own limbs in order to escape this concrete grave.

Bangladeshi Worker Speak-Out & Fundraiser

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join International Labor Rights Forum and United Students Against Sweatshops and for an evening with Aleya Akter, the president of the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation, and Reba Sikder, a survivor of the Rana Plaza building collapse. As Aleya and Reba finish up a series of college campus speaking events, they're in DC to share their experiences working in the garment industry in Bangladesh and to talk about their ongoing fight for workplace safety. Come meet Aleya and Reba the evening before they head back to Bangladesh!