Take Part in International Day of Action to End Death Traps

by , 06/28/13   filed under: Worker Rights

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Labor activists are tired of Gap and Walmart’s “public-relations games.” In response to the companies’ failure to sign the legally binding Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, students, workers, consumers, and community members are coming together on June 29 to mark the first-ever International Day of Action to End Death Traps in cities across the globe. Orchestrated by a consortium of anti-sweatshop groups, including Labour Behind the Label, Maquila Solidarity Network, United Students Against Sweatshops, International Labour Rights Forum, and the Bangladesh Garment & Industrial Workers Federation, the event will demand “real, long-overdue action” from Gap and Walmart regarding fire and building safety in Bangladesh, organizers say. “Instead of ensuring the safety of its workers, Gap and Walmart have been playing public relations games to undermine the accord, they say in a statement. “Too much is at stake for Gap and Walmart to continue their business-as-usual approach to fire and building safety.”


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10 Responses to “Take Part in International Day of Action to End Death Traps”

  1. radcatalyst says:

    The irony of this article is there’s an ad for Forever 21 right below it.

  2. Jasmin Malik Chua says:

    The ad algorithm is based on your cookies and browsing history. We don’t control it.

  3. buffalorach (@BuffaloRach) says:

    To an extent you can. True, Google ads appear different for all viewers based on cookies and other algorithms, but you absolutely can tell Google what you do NOT want appearing on your site.


  4. radcatalyst says:

    What I asked in my email to you, Jasmin, still stands.

    Why not ask ethical labels to advertise on your site instead of google ads? That way everyone wins (you get some side income to keep the site going and the designers get to show off their wares).

  5. radcatalyst says:

    Just a heads up that the Adchoices banner you have installed is blocking your byline and the headline of this article. I’m using Chrome.

  6. Jasmin Malik Chua says:

    We try to maintain a church-and-state separation between editorial and advertising; I’ll forward your concerns, but if you want to talk to the advertising folks directly, you can email advertising@ecouterre.com.

  7. jill says:

    Hi Radcatalyst-

    There aren’t enough small ethical business advertisers out there to support the running of our website. We’ve been doing this for years, believe me we’ve tried. Google ads is the only sustainable revenue source to support the operations of this website. The irony of your comment is that if you’re seeing a Forever 21 ad, it means you’ve been browsing the Forever 21 website. (Not saying you shop there but you’ve been looking at their website for some reason). Google ads are based on the cookies that viewers pick up from websites they visit.

  8. radcatalyst says:

    Hi, Jill

    Thanks for addressing this.

    As for the Forever 21 ad, you’re absolutely right that it came from my cookies as I was looking to see what kind of things people are wearing right now. But are you saying that BuffaloRach is wrong and that you can’t control the type of Ads that Google shows (like fast fashion such as Gap, Walmart, and Forever 21)?

  9. Jill Fehrenbacher says:

    Hey Radcatalyst-

    Buffalorach is right in that we can block ads from individual urls, so we could block gap.com and forever21.com We can discuss internally whether or not we can block those individual brands. Unfortunately, while we can block certain individual urls, since the majority of fashion brands out there are engaging in the third-world-labor “fast-fashion” thing, it would be impossible to block every garment brand that engages in developing country labor. But we’ll try to block the most obvious and problematic brands, (ie the ones who won’t sign the Bangladesh safety accord), such as Gap.

  10. radcatalyst says:

    Yeah, I definitely understand that it’s not just the big fashion brands that use sweatshop labor and that unless there is some sort of transparency, you’re not sure how a garment or accessories are made. It bothers me that there isn’t an international fair trade seal yet for clothing (but I understand the politics behind that, too) but yes, I believe blocking the big brands right now makes the most sense. Do you know if Target signed the pledge (since those are the predominant ads that are showing up for me right now on your Adchoices banner and side ad)?

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