This week on Sew & Tell, we examine the lack of transparency within fashion production, and how that’s changing in the wake of April’s tragic factory collapse in Bangladesh. I’m joined by Kaytee Riek, Campaign Manager for an organization called Sum of Us, who generate campaigns to hold global corporations accountable for their business practices. Kaytee will talk about the fast fashion’s fundamentally broken production system, the Bangladesh Safety Accord vs. the Gap/Walmart alliance, and what consumers can do to pressure brands into cleaning up their act.
Plus, Dane’s back to dish about last Sunday’s Mad Men Season 6 mega finale, and we’ll hear a bunch of great new music from Mavis Staples, The Stranglers, Lightning Dust, and more! So tune in and wisen up – we’re tackling fashion transparency here on BTR!
*Take action with Sum of Us by signing their petitions to specific retailers, urging them to join the Bangladesh Safety Accord. If you can, consider a donation to help fund Sum of Us and fuel their efforts!
More info on the tragedy in Bangladesh:
*Read an insider’s account of working conditions at the factory.
*The Wikipedia page for the Rana Plaza collapse has additional details.
*A recent article from International Business Times reveals the number of accord signatories are at 63, with only 5 from the U.S.
*What do you think of Gap and Walmart’s $50 million in funds? A sign of lasting change to come, or a temporary band-aid?
(Photo by Marcia Resnick, circa 1976)
Aug 12 – Royal Albert Hall – London, United Kingdom
Aug 23 – 25 – Galtres Festival – York, United Kingdom
Sept 12 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
(Photo by Ila Meens)
July 24 – Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club – Calgary, Alberta
July 25 – Brixx – Edmonton, Alberta
July 31 – The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA
Aug 1 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Aug 2 – 4 – Pendarvis Farm – Happy Valley, OR
Aug 6 – Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Aug 7 – Constellation Room at the Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Aug 8 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 9 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
Sept 3 – Amigo’s Cantina – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Sept 4 – Park Theatre – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Sept 6 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Sept 7 – Englert Theatre – Iowa City, IA
Sept 8 – Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
Sept 10 – The Drake Hotel – Toronto, Ontario
Sept 12 – Il Motore – Montreal, Quebec
Sept 13 – Church of Boston – Boston, MA
Sept 14 – Pianos – New York, NY
Sept 15 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 16 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
Sept 17 – DC9 – Washington, D.C.
Sept 19 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
Sept 21 – Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO
Sept 22 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
(Photo by Chris Strong, courtesy of ANTI-)
June 28 & 29 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
July 4 – 7 – Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival – Portland, OR
July 21 – Weesner Amphitheater @ Minnesota Zoo – Apple Valley, MN
Aug 10 – Market Hall – Brecon, United Kingdom
Aug 13 – Nasjonal Jazzscene – Oslo, Norway
Sept 6 & 7 – Hideout Block Party – Chicago, IL
Sept 25 – War Memorial Auditorium @ Tennessee Performing Arts Center – Nashville, TN
Sept 27 – The Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA
Nov 7 – Calvin Theatre & Performing Arts Center – Northampton, MA
Nov 16 – South Orange Performing Arts Center – South Orange, NJ
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