Forward of an Original Message ----- From: email@example.com [ed: this post refers to local Los Angeles events, but many of you might be interested in the sweatshop organizing information in the announcement.] From: Reminder: Anti-Sweatshop activist Charles Kernaghan will be in the LA area for several talks next week: Monday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., UC-Santa Barbara Tuesday, Oct. 26, 11:30 am, Occidental College, Thorne Hall (see press release below) Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3-5 pm, LA County Federation of Labor Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 pm, USC Wednesday, Oct. 27, noon, Cal Poly Pomona ANTI-SWEATSHOP ACTIVIST CHARLES KERNAGHAN TO SPEAK AT OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE For immediate release For information about Kernaghan's talk contact Professor Peter Dreier (323) 259-2913 For directions to Occidental College contact Mona Ortega (323) 259-2677 Charles Kernaghan, the anti-sweatshop crusader whose expose' of the working conditions in factories producing Kathie Lee Gifford and Wal-Mart clothing brands became major national news, will speak at Occidental College in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 26, at 11:30 a.m. in Thorne Hall on the Eagle Rock campus. He will discuss, "The Global Campaign to End Child Labor and Sweatshops." Kernaghan, the executive director of the National Labor Committee, a non-profit group that supports workers and human rights around the world, made national headlines in the spring of 1996 when he testified in Congress revealing that 13-year old girls in a Honduras factory were being forced to work 13-hour shifts, under armed guard, for 31 cents an hour, sewing pants for Wal-Mart and Kathie Lee Gifford labels. Kathie Lee Gifford responded on her television program, crying and threatening to sue Kernaghan. The case exploded into a major press story and the issue of child labor and sweatshop abuses was finally on the national agenda as never before. Kathie Lee soon pledged to help eliminate sweatshops in factories around the world, including those producing her brand. Last month this controversy erupted in the news again when workers in El Salvador were fired, and received death threats, for trying to organize a union in a factory making clothing for Kathie Lee Gifford's Wal-Mart clothing label. The Kathie Lee Gifford controversy is only one of NLC's many successful efforts to draw attention to the problem of child labor and sweatshops. The New York Times has referred to Charles Kernaghan as "the labor movement's mouse that roared," while Women's Wear Daily observed that, "Charles Kernaghan and his anti-sweatshop battle have been shaking up the apparel industry like nothing since the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire." Kernaghan has led numerous fact-finding missions to Central America, the Caribbean, and China. The NLC has sponsored delegations of U.S. university and college students to investigate working conditions in sweatshops in Mexico, Central America, and elsewhere. The NLC has hosted U.S. tours of workers from Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti and China. At his talk at Occidental, Kernaghan will be accompanied by two garment workers from El Salvador who have worked in sweatshops making apparel for major U.S. labels and American universities. NLC has published numerous research reports, produced several documentary videos, and run a number of highly successful international campaigns to draw media and public attention to sweatshops and to what consumer, religious, student, and labor groups can do to bring pressure on clothing companies that utilize child labor and violate workers' rights. The NLC now works with over 10,000 religious, labor, student, women's, human rights, solidarity and community groups across the country. Kernaghan became involved in the struggle to defend international labor rights after participating in a peace march through Central America in December 1985. He became the director of the NLC in 1990. The National Labor Committee (NLC), founded in 1981, operates by establishing direct ties with non-governmental organizations around the world. It organizes fact-finding tours to investigate human rights and labor abuses; publishes reports based on these tours; and initiates international emergency response campaigns to protect lives of endangered trade unionists and human rights activists. More information about NLC can be found on its website: www.nlcnet.org. Kernaghan has an undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a master's degree from the New School for Social Research in New York. He has spoken at hundreds of college and universities, high schools and religious, labor and human rights events. He also appeared on many radio and television programs and in more than 100 newspaper articles. He has taught at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and at SUNY's Harry Van Arsdale Labor College in New York City. Kernaghan's talk at Occidental, which is free and open to the public, is part of the college's Intercultural Speakers Series. Occidental is one of more than 100 colleges and universities around the country that have adopted a Code of Conduct for manufacturers of clothing with the college's name and logo. Occidental's code, adopted earlier this year, requires manufacturers to pay a living wage and to publicly disclose the location of factories producing the college's clothing. #### ***************************************************** Peter Dreier Dr. E.P. 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