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"Sweatshop Workers Speak Out" THIS WEEK in OH, PA, MD, and DC

Join us for the "Sweatshop Workers Speak Out" Speaking Tour

Featuring a Bangladeshi garment worker who sews uniforms and a representative of home based workers in Pakistan who stitch soccer balls, the tour aims to build solidarity between U.S. communities and workers that produce for our government. Each tour event will focus on action steps that are relevant for local sweatfree organizing, whether to help ignite a new campaign or bring an active campaign to the next level.

More info about the speakers and events is below and online at (

April 26: Columbus
Bridge of Learning Hall at Capital University at 6:30pm
Contact: Karen Hansen, [email protected]
Sponsored by: Ohio Conference on Fair Trade, Columbus Jobs with Justice

April 27: Pittsburgh
August Wilson Center at 7pm
980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Contact: Kenneth Miller, [email protected]
Sponsored by: Pittsburgh IWW, Black Political Empowerment Project, State Senator Jim Ferlo, William Robinson Consulting, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, National Labor Committee, Western PA Jobs with Justice, Freedom Unlimited, Steel Valley Printers/USW Local 3403

April 28: Philadelphia
Studio 34 at 7pm
4522 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Contact: Nathaniel Miller, [email protected]
Sponsored by: Philadelphia IWW

April 29: Baltimore
University of Maryland Baltimore County Library Gallery at 6pm
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250
Contact: Sarah Solomon, [email protected] or Mike Pesa, [email protected]
Sponsored by: UMBC Solidarity, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Red Emma's Coffeehouse and Bookstore

April 30: Washington, DC
American Federation of Teachers Headquarters at 1pm
555 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC, 4th Floor
Contact: Trina Tocco, [email protected]
Sponsored by: International Labor Rights Forum and Coalition of Labor Union Women

Kalpona Akter, end_of_the_skype_hia former child factory worker, from Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity which was established in 2000 by garment workers and other workers struggling for their rights. The Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) is a non-profit, non-political women’s organization that works for the empowerment of working women, the rights of children, and the security of working families and communities. BCWS promotes workers’ negotiating power, gender equity, and social justice for the working class.

Zehra Bano is the General Secretary of the Home-Based Women Workers Federation of Pakistan. Zehra has been an outspoken leader in the fight for recognition of workers’ rights for women in Pakistan. She is in her mid-30s and has developed various training modules. Zehra has intimate knowledge of the plight of soccer ball workers especially related to home-based and stitching center workers.

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