99 Pickets

NYC Worker Solidarity

Press Release: U.S. Clothing Brands Must Compensate the Victims of Garment Tragedies in Bangladesh



Contact: 99pickets@gmail.com

When: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6pm

Where: Lincoln Center, New York Fashion Week

What: 99 Pickets, in collaboration with Bangladeshi photojournalist Ismail Ferdous and filmmaker Nathan Fitch, will demonstrate outside of New York Fashion Week to demand that brands whose clothing was made at Rana Plaza or Tazreen pay full and fair compensation to the workers who were injured and to the families of workers who were killed.  The Rana Plaza factory collapse killed at least 1,135 workers in April 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  The Tazreen factory fire killed at least 112 in November 2012 in Savar, Bangladesh.

Among the brands which have failed to compensate victims are: Children’s Place, Walmart, JCPenney, and Mango. The group will also call on all apparel companies that have not yet signed onto the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to sign immediately.  Among the companies that have not signed on to the Accord are VF Corporation – the largest apparel company in the world – and Gap Inc., which owns the brands Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Athleta.  More information about the Accord, which has over 130 company signatories from 20 countries, can be found at: http://www.bangladeshaccord.org.

The protest will include a public, visual component outside of the Lincoln Center followed by a march to several area retailers.  Ferdous and Fitch’s documentary work recording the Rana Plaza tragedy and its aftermath can be found at:http://costoffashion.org/.  99 Pickets, a group originally from Occupy Wall Street, seeks to help build a mass workers’ movement in New York City and beyond.  They aim to revitalize the picket line—a tactic with a long and rich history—within worker-driven, creative solidarity actions to draw attention to the common struggles of people across the city.  More information about 99 Pickets can be found at: http://99pickets.org/