APRIL 2002
Web Resources

• Immigration and Naturalization Service

• The New York City Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services

• Citizenship NYC

• New York Immigration Hotline

• National Immigration Forum

• Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area

Other Recommendations:

• ACLU Immigrants Rights Project

• America Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Law Foundation

• Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force

• Glossary

• The New York Immigration Coalition,

• Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society -

• Archdiocese of New York Immigrant and Refugee Services

• Asian American Federation of New York

• Chinese Progressive Association, and the American-Bangladeshi Friendship Association

• New York Alliance for New Americans

• CARECEN-N.Y.

• Alianza Dominicana

• National Coalition for Haitian Rights

• Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

• Asian Americans for Equality

• National Association of Korean Americans

• Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York

• Emerald Isle Immigration Center of New York

PAST ISSUES

• August 2001
• December 2001
• January 2002
• February 2002
• March 2002

 

 

No More Sweatshirts From Sweatshops

From World Journal
March 25, 2002

The New York State Assembly is proposing a bill to prohibit the State University of New York and the City University of New York from giving contracts to garment companies associated with sweatshops when they purchase garments with college logos.

The new bill is hoped to bring more businesses back to the unionized garment factories in Chinatown, which suffered a major economic downturn after September 11.

In many college bookstores, it is common to find garments with imprints of college logos or names made by famous garment manufacturers such as Nike or Reebok. A T-shirt is often priced at $31 while a sweatshirt with a hood is sold at $48.

However, some of those garments are made in Puebla, Mexico, where workers get paid 65 cents an hour. Sweatshop workers are constantly mistreated by their supervisors, and some even get fired when they complain about their meals.

Workers Rights Consortium, a non-profit organization, is working to gather 84 colleges to boycott sweatshops. With their efforts, the New York State Assembly is preparing to legislate to prohibit 64 SUNY schools and 20 CUNY schools from purchasing from those manufacturers.

According to the proposed law, any school under SUNY and CUNY can disqualify companies that operate sweatshops overseas when they place their bid for contracts even if they offer low prices.

Meanwhile, many members of the State Assembly have voiced their support for the bill.

State Assemblyman John McEneny said the new bill will allow schools to say no to companies that operate sweatshops because they are not qualified. He added that boycotts by students would bring economic pressure to those companies.

Ithaca College, a SUNY school, has refused to do business with companies associated with sweatshops since 1998. Peggy Williams, president of Ithaca, said the college has been promoting the concept of social screening to prevent any association with products that involve violation of human rights.

Translated from Chinese by Larry Tung.



Back to The Citizen page!

This website is brought to you by Citizens Union Foundation and is made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and viewers like you.