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Students Against Sweatshops


Liza Featherstone and United Students Against Sweatshops









180 Verick Street New York, NY 10014





Since 1997, students have been protesting the horrifying conditions in the collegiate apparel industry, demanding better wages and working conditions for the workers who make hats and sweatshirts bearing their school logos. At the time of the books publishing, anti-sweatshop activists were arguably the most powerful and visible progressive presence on campus since the South African divestment movement in the 1980s. This book provides a brief history of student anti-sweatshop activism, and of its primary organization, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). This book explores the movement's major successes and challenges, as well as its inextricable relationship to its setting in the corporate university. It also explores the relationship between USAS and struggles involving such movements as feminism and US labor, as well as racial and social justice. The book is outlined as follows: Introduction: Why a student movement against sweatshops? 1. "They kick you in the teeth": anti-sweat activism, 1996-97 2. "I'd rather go naked": student protest and the worker rights consortium 3. Student activists versus the corporate university 4. "Afraid of the movement": the backlash 5. "It's just like SDS!" USAS and participatory democracy 6. "Not so cure any more": USAS and the politics of race 7. "Where's your activism?" USAS and feminism 8. "Si, se puede!" USAS and solidarity 9. Beyond the horror stories: fighting everyday inequality Coda Timeline Sources United Students Against Sweatshops From the back cover: "United Students Against Sweatshops heads a wave of anti-sweatshop organizing that has reached over two hundred American college campuses in the past four years. From the northeast to the southwest, at public and private, large and small universitites, their campaigns have wreaked havoc on the corporate campus and ruffled multinational companies whose profits depend on young consumers; they have also led to a more broadly based engagement with issues of social justice and provide a potential model for transnational student/worker solidarity."




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