Monthly Archives: May 2013

5/11 Tell Gap: End Deathtrap Factories!

Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 12:00pm GAP, 200 State St. (Faneuil Hall GAP – Map) Boston, MA Many of the 5000 garment factories in Bangladesh fail to meet basic safety standards. Workers in these deathtrap factories are at risk every day they go to work. The Gap and its subsidiaries are among the largest producers in Bangladesh. Since 2005, close to 1,400 Bangladeshi workers have died in entirely preventable factory fires and building collapses. Gap is a major producer in Bangladesh and factory workers and their unions are urging Gap to sign on to the legally-binding Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement. This agreement would hold Gap accountable to the workers who make their apparel as well as their relatives who fear for the lives of their family members on a daily basis. Join us on Saturday to call on the Gap to sign on to the Agreement and show respect to the factory workers who produce its apparel! Sign the petition and learn more at

Thursday 5/9 “Jobs for All” discussion at Boston DSA Activist meeting

Thursday 5/9/2013 Boston DSA Executive Board & Activist Meeting 2nd Thursday of (almost) every month. 7:00 to 8:00 pm Business meeting (Exec. Brd mtg – members welcome) 8:00 to 9:00 pm Activist meeting (all are welcome)

Presentation at activist meeting (8:00) Marguerite Rosenthal on Jobs for All


Jobs for All – the Struggle Continues

The UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, December 10, 1948 states, in part that “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment…, to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself [sic] and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.” The struggle in the U.S. for a full employment economy has been a long one, hampered by policy “trade-offs” that accept high unemployment as an antidote to inflation, and that privilege the profits of the few over the well-being of the many.    One of the current battlefields in the struggle center around US Representative John Conyers’ office in relation to his bill, HR 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act. (So far,  Jim McGovern is the only member of the Mass. Congressional delegation to endorse the bill.) At our May 2013 meeting, Marguerite Rosenthal will discuss the current state of joblessness in the US, how the bill would help, and what can be done about it. Marguerite Rosenthal retired from teaching and chairing the social policy curriculum at Salem State University’s Masters of Social Work program in 2008.  She is a long-term member of DSA and is on the Executive Committee of the National Jobs for All Coalition ( Encuentro 5/TecsChange 9B Hamilton Place, Ste 2A Boston MA 02108 (map) Park St T Stop – Hamilton place is the alley with the Orpheum Theatre at the end of it – one block toward Govt. Ctr beyond Winter St. 2nd buzzer from the bottom

It’s time for the Gap to end their deadly negligence!

Vigil & Picket

For over 300 Bangladeshi workers killed in the April 25th Rana factory collapse

4:00: Vigil at Harvard Sq. T Station (Pit) 4:30: Picket outside Gap store (15 Brattle St. Cambridge)

Justice for Bangladeshi Workers!

What happened:  Over 300 garment workers were killed and 2,000 impacted by a building collapse in Bangladesh last week, after being forced to work in a condemned building. Since 2006, 900 apparel workers have died in preventable factory fires. What can be done here:  Gap, Walmart and other major brands produce clothes in Bangladesh factories knowing these factories are death traps.  PVH/Tommy Hilfiger and German retailer Tchibo have signed a legally-binding fire safety agreement that calls for independent fire inspections of all Bangladesh factories they use, requires them to pay for safety measures, and gives workers a say in how to accomplish it. Gap and Walmart refuse to join that agreement. It’s time for Gap and Walmart to address their history of deadly negligence. Sponsored by MassCOSH.  Boston Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed this event.