Olympia Joins SweatFree Consortium

November 17, 2010 at 8:36 am 2 comments

After an incredible weekend at the National SweatFree Summit, we are thrilled to announce that Olympia has officially joined the Sweatfree Consortium! For over 9 years, the South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign, a coalition of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey students, union members, people of faith, and concerned citizens have been working to raise awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenge individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices.

At Olympia’s final City Council meeting in 2009, the council voted unanimously to join the Consortium. Now the official papers have been signed and Olympia will join cities and states throughout the country as members of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium which “assists member governments in meeting their goals for responsible sweatshop-free purchasing.  It meets a critical need for information about supplier factories by providing expertise and pooling resources to monitor working conditions and enforce “sweatfree” procurement standards”.

This weekend Marigold staff joined over 50 sweatfree activists throughout the country gathered in Olympia for a series of workshops and strategy sessions.

Pictured here is Liana from Sweatfree Communitites, Trina from Intl Labor Rights Forum and Reynaldo Corporan Donastorg, FEDOTRAZONAS Union, Dominican Republic.

Entry filed under: Events, Sweatfree, Uncategorized.

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  • 1. yanhuadeyao  |  July 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    “The way people look, dress bridesmaid dressess, and act reveals their attitudes and interests. You can tell much about a society’s ideas and values by observing the beach wedding dresses and behavior of its people.” The speaker asserts that one can catch on a society’s ideas and values through observing the wholesale wedding dresses and behaviors of its people. I find this assertion to be one-sided. As far as I am concerned, while necessarily through observing the Wedding dresses and behavior can we find out their attitudes and interest which can reveal the social values, in order to thoroughly evaluate the values and ideas of a society, further investigations concerned with the culture and politics are indispensable.I concede that by observing one’s cheap wedding dresses and behavior we can find out  his or her interest and attitude in some degree and learn about the values of the society through repeating this observation. After all, one choose what he will  wear and what he should do by his personal preference and value which might also be used in other aspects in his life, such as his attitude toward different ideas, even in the social life. Here is an interesting and supportive example to illustrate my point—-the comparison of Frechmen and Germans. French people tend to wear fashionable and well designed cloth and their behaviors are more open, while at the same time Germans would like to wear traditional and formal cloth and pay much attention about their manner. These significant differences of beach wedding dresses and beheviors illustrate that France is a nation that pursue freedom and is full of imagination while Germany tend to more strict and have rigid principles.However, while observation of people’s beach wedding dresses and behavior can be beneficial, but it is far from sufficient because in modern world this kind of difference is not that obvious. With the trend of globalization, one style of  cloth can be found in every corner of the world and  the beach wedding dresses of different people is becoming more and more similar. As a result, one can hardly tell that one kind of typical prom dresses represents which social attribute. In addition, under the pressure of serious social competition, current people are more likely to hide his or her primary purpose and behave in a entirely opposite way. Thus, the behaviors may not truly tell us what one thought. Facing with this shortcoming, other method to complement the understanding of social value is obligatory.Necessarily through a thoroughly investigation of the culture and mainstream thinking can we achieve a comprehensive understanding of the social ideas and values. After all, these can directly reveal the real thoughts in one’s mind and can hardly be imitated. As a typical example, literature, a significant part of social culture can directly unearth the value of a society. Just as the Lost Generation, a literary genre named after a book of Hemingway, which is very popular in America after World War I, reflected the confused feeling of younger generation who witnessed inhumanity in the war. To sum up, observation of wedding dresses and behaviors is an useful method to appraise the value and idea of a society though having some weak point, but not sufficient. Only when this method combines with the investigation of the culture and mainstream thing can we achieve a thoroughly understanding of the social values.

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