There is still so much that you don't know about the clothes on your back or the brands you support~
We will never forget April 24th, 2013, the day that witnessed the death of over 1.1K factory workers in the collapse at the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh due to unacceptable negligence, lack of oversight, and simply, corporate and consumer apathy.
This overwhelming homicide--for which we all share blame--cannot remain ignored or go without a fight.
One year has passed, and we continue to wait for justice.
Justice not only for those affected by this disaster (who have still not received their full promised financial compensation) but still for the millions of garment workers around the world, slaves to corporate greed and our materialism, who continue to endure harsh working conditions that are physically and mentally intolerable. They are the living dead, the invisible producers of our clothing whose faces we cannot see, whose voices we cannot hear, and whose scarred hands we cannot hold. They are stuck behind closed doors... literally.
Below is a screenshot I took from an undercover CBSNews investigation where you can see just how accessible one of the only fire exits is in this garment factory that produces clothing for Wrangler, Walmart, and Asics:
You can watch the full clip (only about 4 mins) here: http://youtu.be/W1mvcFuiTts
And today, one year after this horrible tragedy, with justice unserved and policies mostly unchanged, we come together to demand transparency in the production of our clothing and call for an end to the exploitation that plagues this industry; enough is enough.
An industry that is focused on the exterior needs to start looking inward.
"Perhaps one of the most surprising aspects of the Rana Plaza disaster was that, even a week later, many brands did not know whether or not they had been producing clothing within the building. The theme for the first year brings the consumer to the forefront and tell brands that they want to know who made their clothes."
You've already read my rants before about the Fashion Industry's Inconvenient Truth, so no need to retell those nightmares. Instead, in honor of the 1100+ garment workers who lost their lives to make our clothes, I want to push just 5 positive actions you can do today, right now:
Okay okay this one is less of a "you can do it right now today" and more of a lifestyle choice to be more conscious in your shopping, to questioning and research labels and brands, and to refuse to monetarily voice your support of unethical fashion! You can find a list of the top violators of human rights on my boycott list, here: bit.ly/joojooazadboycott
2. Join the Fashion Revolution
Our friends at the Fashion Revolution urge us to ask ourselves "Who makes our clothes?"
They have put together a beautiful website filled with information, resources, and events! Take a look around here: bit.ly/1ihm66w
And today, they are declaring a day of action to wear your clothes inside out, take photos, and send the brand whose clothes your wearing a tweet/facebook post asking them "Who made your clothes?" Be sure to include the hashtag #InsideOut and tag @fash_rev! (optional: tag me @hodakatebi and I will retweet you for extra agitation teehee!)
On that note, nothing beats a good ole-fashioned twitter agitation! Fellow ethical blogger friend Ms.Wandas has put together a twitter vigil that you can join here: bit.ly/1nI2SMC! (Regardless of if you join the vigil or not I highly recommend you take a look at her blog--she's a big inspiration of mine!)
4. Sign the Petition
Demanding companies "To invest 1% of profits to end abuse in fashion!"
Takes less than a minute to sign--you can do that right now! chn.ge/1nqEp13
5. Spread the Word
Educating yourself and others is just as important, if not more important, than the above actions! Write your own post on facebook, a blog, twitter, etc, talk with your friends, family, frenemies, enemies, pets, neighbors--spread the word! (Crunched on time? Feel free to share this post using the links below:)
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Together we can make a difference. Join the revolution and take a stance to end the injustice, exploitation, and gross violation of basic human rights that is happening because of our apathy.
For more information check out: FashionRevolution, Ms.Wandas, The Fashion Industry's Inconvenient Truth, and The Real Monsters in Your Closet.
Vow never again and join the global movement.