Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has the opportunity on Tuesday, December 9, to become a real hero, a real role model. With very little effort, he could change the way the fashion industry produces its products, and make a lasting dent in the cycle of sweatshops in the developing world -- and you can help make it happen by showing up at a rally in Manhattan at 5pm.
I have heard that the National Labor Committee's conversations with P. Diddy's Sean Jean clothing company have already been productive and show great promise. This is a winnable campaign! With a strong showing outside the Sean Jean flagship store in Manhattan, we may be able to persuade the hip-hop maverick that he can change more than just trends and tastes - he can change people's lives!
HELP SEAN COMBS END SWEATSHOPS AND CHILD LABOR!
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 5:00 p.m.
RALLY IN FRONT OF SEAN COMBS' NEW STORE AT 41ST ST. & 5TH AVE. IN MANHATTAN--RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE NY PUBLIC LIBRARY
RALLY AND MARCH TO SEAN COMBS' NEARBY OFFICE TO SEEK A MEETING
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS NEEDED TO JOIN ORGANIZING AND OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Expect plenty of high school students, significant press attention, and lots of peaceful fun and excitement.
It takes a large and powerful person to rock the global economy, demanding an end to sweatshops, child labor, and extreme exploitation. Sean Combs could be the man, the hero. He doesn't have to run and hide. He can step up to the plate and lead this struggle for social justice and equality in the global economy--which should become the next great civil rights movement of our era.
Similar actions will take place across the country in front of record stores and outlets selling Sean Combs' "Sean John" clothing line.
THIS IS A WINNABLE CAMPAIGN! If Sean Combs stands with these poor women garment workers in their struggle to gain respect for their most basic rights, and to earn at least enough so they can climb out of misery and into poverty, we can establish a precedent for human rights which will be heard around the world.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS NOW?: It has been more than a month since Sean Combs was alerted to these sweatshop abuses, yet despite repeated appeals no meeting with Mr. Combs has taken place. Meanwhile, in Honduras women who sewed Sean Combs' clothing remain fired and blacklisted for daring to ask for their rights. The workers are still paid just 15 cents for every $40 Sean John T-Shirt they sew; endure mandatory pregnancy tests; obligatory overtime, often without pay; limited and monitored bathroom visits; excessively high production quotas; abusive supervisors, and the constant threat that if the workers organize the factory will close and everyone will be thrown out on the street penniless. SEAN COMBS CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!
PLEASE HELP: SEND US YOUR IDEAS OR CALL US TO HELP WITH ORGANIZING AND OUTREACH!
Send us your ideas, or join an organizing committee with the National Labor Committee, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and the high school Student Committee Against Labor Exploitation (SCALE).
Topic : Sweat Shops Posted By : Anita Posted On : December 9, 2003
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