Tell Urban Outfitters to Disclose the Addresses of their Factories

Tell Urban Outfitters to Disclose the Addresses of their Factories

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Alison Bazel started this petition to Urban Outfitters and

Clothing has always played a pivotal role in our lives. We need it to stay warm, to express ourselves, and for many other reasons. However, it is important to realize how our wellbeing impacts others wellbeing. Many well-known industries that produce much of the clothes we wear today produce their products through unfair, forced, abusive labor. They use the worker's income as a bribe to not stand up against the system. Jim Keady, an active protester against Nike's terrible working conditions, lived as a sweatshop worker in one of Nike's factories for an extended period of time. Once the factory owners discovered he was trying to spread awareness about the disgusting conditions these people must work and live in, they basically made it illegal to interact with him. 

But Nike isn't the only company that treats their workers with such disrespect and abuse -- in fact, they are one of many. While some companies have come out and disclosed the addresses of their factories so that they are able to be investigated, not all of them have. Urban Outfitters is one of many of these companies.

As said by the website takepart.com, "'Now imagine what that heat might feel like with no ventilation,' said Maria, who did not give her last name for fear of retaliation. She does not have to imagine what it’s like working in a factory that’s 15 degrees hotter than the already-scorching outdoors—she’s one of the more than 43,000 people employed by the garment industry in Los Angeles, making clothes for some of the world’s most fashionable brands." This is currently occurring in California -- the United States of America. The article mentions that Urban Outfitters is one of the companies these people make products for.

If these terrible conditions exist in a country with regulations for workers, imagine what happens in a place with zero regulations. Basically, since we have no idea what happens in these factories third-world countries, it is safe to assume that it's abusive because of the way employees are treated in a country with regulations.

If it is proven that what goes on in these sweatshops is anything like what goes on with these Californian workers, it is an obvious violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Article 23 states that everyone must work under conditions that promote human dignity, making what occurs in these factories illegal. 

We, the general public, deserve the right to know what happens behind these walls. Without this knowledge, workers could potentially face discrimination, abuse, no worker's compensation, extremely long hours, extremely low wages, and more. 

It's important that we don't wait in oblivion while workers suffer. Even though workers don't have the power to stand up for themselves, we do. We must give them a voice, and the first step is finding out what really happens in these sweatshops.

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