USAS Press Release
USASUnited Students Against Sweatshops
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Patrick L. Powell
United Students Against Sweatshops
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
AGAINST MONOPOLIES AND SWEATSHOP APPAREL COMPANIES, JOIN USAS
Ohio State University’s planned, potentially exclusive contract with Silver Star Merchandising, a company known to use sweatshops, would be the end of all locally made OSU apparel.
“A monopoly deal will destroy OSU’s leverage to fight against sweatshop labor abuses,” says Tim Singratsomboune, the secondary leader of United Students Against Sweatshops.
USAS members’ fight to stop this apparel contract is a beginning step in their plan to get students’ voices heard, to stop OSU’s affiliation with companies that use sweatshops, and to help maintain the presence of local businesses in the OSU apparel market. According to Singratsomboune, a third-year international studies student, USAS hopes to ensure that one day all decisions, such as racism policy, tuition hikes, and labor rights, will be made with the inclusion of the students’ ideas and opinions.
“I believe that we fight all forms of oppression through fighting for workers’ rights,” says Wilfredo Santamaria, a 20 year old senior and the primary leader of USAS.
According to Singratsomboune, the good news is that USAS has been able to help with stalling this contract, originally slated to have gone through in June 2011, for more than 520 days now.
“Our organization’s philosophy is borrowed from Martin Luther King Jr.,” says Singratsomboune.
In the steps of Martin Luther King Jr., your involvement with USAS will include only non-violentactions, such as the “quick action” at Bricker Hall, Oct. 22. In this protest, USAS gathered and marched together to OSUPresident, E. Gordon Gee’s, office and demanded to know if Gee was going to speak out against the deal with Silver Star Merchandising.
If protests are not for you, USAS meets every Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Thompson Library, in room 204. With a core group of 10 to 12 members at these meetings, protests that can exceed 70 USAS activists are planned.
Join USAS now and you can help in the fight to stop the contract with Silver Star Merchandising from going through, and to get the students voices heard for generations to come.
About USAS- United Students Against Sweatshops is a student run organization at Ohio State University that fights for labor rights for anyone affiliated with OSU. Aside from their plans to end unfair labor practices, such as the use of sweatshops to make OSU apparel, USAS plans to ensure that OSU students are included in all decisions that bear consequence on their lives.