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Campaign for Labor Rights
1247 E St.
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 1-202-544-9355
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.campaignforlaborrights.org
     "Mobilizes grassroots support throughout the US to promote economic and social justice by campaigning to end labor rights violations around the world."
     There is a long list of links that pertains to other organizations that campaign for the same cause. One can also easily subscribe to the labor alerts via email. -FRH

Clean Clothes Campaign                             
Postbus 11584
1001 GN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-20-412-2785
[email protected]  
Website: www.cleanclothes.org
     "We aim to improve working conditions in the garment industry worldwide."
     A European sweatshop information website. -SLN
     One can read the latest Clean Clothes newsletter. There are links to several different campaigns throughout the world. -FRH

Free The Children Campaign
233 Carlton St.
Toronto, Ontario  M5A 2 L2
Phone: 1-800-203-9091
[email protected]
Website: www.freethechildren.org/
     "Free the Children is dedicated to eliminating the exploitation of children around the world, by encouraging youth to volunteer in, as well as to create, programs and activities that relieve the plight of underprivileged children.
     "Free the Children believes that all children have the right to full intellectual, physical, emotional and social development. Included in these basic human rights are the right and the responsibility to participate in finding solutions to problems affecting them and other children around the world."
     This site focuses on the use of child labor specifically. It is one that I highly recommend visiting, mainly because it deals with all aspects of the use of child labor, including industrial, domestic, and child prostitution.-SLN
     A very informative website that shocks people to see how much children are  abused even today.- FRH
     There is a lot in this site that is
not directly related to sweatshirts, but other children's sweat issues too. -SCP

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Maquila Solidarity Network
606 Shaw Street
Toronto, Ontario M6G 3L6
Phone: 1-416-532-8584
[email protected]

Website: maquilasolidarity.org/
     "A Canadian network promoting solidarity with groups in Mexico, Central America, and Asia organizing in maquiladora factories and export processing zones to improve conditions and win a living wage. In a global economy it is essential that groups in the North and South [developed and developing countries] work together for employment with dignity, fair wages and working conditions, and healthy workplaces and communities."
     This organization deals primarily with the concerns of the workers along the border between Mexico and the United States. -SLN
     This site is also available in Spanish. - FRH

National Labor Committee
540 West 48th St; 3rd Floor
New York NY 10036
Phone: 1-212-242-3002
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.nlcnet.org
Our mission is to educate and actively engage the U.S. public on human and labor rights abuses by corporations. Through this education and activism, our goal is to end labor and human rights violations, ensure a living wage tied to a basket of needs, and help workers and their families live and work with dignity."
     Provides information about human and labor rights abuses around the world. The site also describes current campaigns and internship and membership opportunities at the National Labor Committee. -SLN
     There are categories to choose from to learn more about the labor crisis throughout the world and in different companies. -FRH

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Stop Sweatshops: A Partnership for Responsibility
275 7th Ave.
New York, NY  10001
Phone: 1-212-265-7000
[email protected]
Website: www.behindthelabel.org/
"Since its founding, has fought aggressively for workers' rights, taking a lead in organizing new workers, fighting against sweatshops and corporate greed. The merged union, which represents workers in Canada, the U.S. and Puerto Rico, is also the largest industrial union in the metropolitan New York area and in the Southeast U.S."
     This site gives readers valuable information about sweatshops and provides numerous ways for college students, high school students, and religious and community leaders to take responsibility against sweatshops. -JFW
This site includes an archive of many articles on unfair treatment of workers. -FRH
     Much variety on this site. A collection. -RPR

1612 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington D.C., 20006
Phone: 1-800-58-GREEN or 1-202-872-5337
     "Does your morning cup of coffee support pesticides and sweatshops... or people and the planet?"
     A clearinghouse for activism, boycotts, and sweatshop-free products. -SLN
     Site offers an interesting piece on how retailers score concerning their abuse in factories. -FRH.
     "This site show the abuse that the factories protray. -SCP

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Sweatshop Watch
310 Eighth Street, Suite 303
Oakland, CA 94607
[email protected]
Website: www.sweatshopwatch.org/
     "Sweatshop Watch is a coalition of labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's, religious & student organizations, and individuals committed to eliminating sweatshop conditions in the global garment industry. We believe that workers should be earning a living wage in a safe and decent working environment, and that those who benefit the most from the exploitation of sweatshop workers must be held accountable."
     There is a newsletter archive that one can access to learn more about sweatshop activity. -FRH

United States Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 1-866-4-USA-DOL (toll free)
E-mail List:
Website: www.dol.gov/index.htm
     "The U.S. Department of Labor is charged with preparing the American workforce for new and better jobs, and ensuring the adequacy of America's workplaces. It is responsible for the administration and enforcement of over 180 federal statutes."
     This website contains a search feature which is almost necessary in this information-filled site. Sign-up for its e-mail list to receive updates and alerts. The website has an extensive archive of information on many different labor issues. -JWF
      One can see the government's point of view on assorted labor issues. -FRH
     This site gave a very reliable look at the labor issues both nationally and internationally. -RPR

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United Students Against Sweatshops
1150 17th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 1-202-NO-SWEAT
     "United Students Against Sweatshops is an organization of students and community members at over 200 campuses. We are part of a movement that supports the struggles of working people and challenges corporate power. We work to build power on campuses, we develop solidarity with workers. The energy and lessons from those campaigns have deepened our commitment to support the rights of working class people everywhere."
     Primarily a student operation, but anyone can participate. -SLN
     A great organization that encourages students to become involved in a serious problem. -FRH
      A strong movement of young people, very inspiring. -RPR

Vietnam Labor Watch
815 15th Street, NW Suite 921
Washington DC, 20005
Phone: 1-202-518-8461
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.vlw.org/
     "Despite its progressive image in the United States, Nike is a very different company in Vietnam and in other Asian manufacturing operations. Reports of physical abuse, sexual abuse, salary below minimum wage and a debilitating quota system are confirmed by CBS News as well other NGOs."
     " In response to these reports, Vietnam Labor Watch, an alliance of ordinary people, has joined the Nike protest started by the Working Group on Nike."
     This site states the abuses committed by Nike and provides ways to take action against human and worker's rights violations. A few ways to take action that are detailed in the site are by joining the Vietnam Labor Watch, joining protests, and writing letters. -JWF
     While the site is not aesthetically pleasing, it does the job of showing people the fact that Nike is indeed a company that allows abuse to continue in Asian countries. -FRH
     I completely agree with the above. -RPR

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Workers Rights Consortium (WRC)
5 Thomas Circle NW, Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 1-202-387-4884
Fax: 1-202-387-3292
Email: [email protected] 
Website: www.workersrights.org/index.asp
"The WRC works with labor rights experts in the United States and around the world to investigate factory conditions. We report our findings to colleges and universities and the general public."
     This website is easy to follow, containing information about current news and links to other similar sites. The WRC works with many different colleges to improve factory conditions around the world. -OCC
     I agree. -FRH

No Sweat
PO Box 36707
London SW9 8YA
07904 431 959
Email: [email protected]/
Website: www.nosweat.org.uk/
     "No Sweat is an activist, campaigning organization, fighting sweatshop bosses in solidarity with workers worldwide."
     This site includes information about upcoming events pertaining to this topic and information about current situations at hand around the world. You can also buy No Sweat merchandise online to express your support for the cause. -OCC
     This site has an incredibly informative and interesting 26-page pamphlet on sweatshops. -FRH

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4th Floor
130 Little Collins Street
Melbourne 3000
Phone: 03 9251 5270
Fax: 03 9654 2136
Email: [email protected]

Website: fairwear.org.au/engine.php?SID=1000031
     "FairWear works to eliminate the exploitation of outworkers in the Australian clothing industry. Recognizing that sweatshops are just as much of an issue at home as abroad, the Fair Wear campaign actively encourages Australians to think critically about where the clothes we wear are produced and under what conditions."
     This site strives to end the use of sweatshops specifically in Australia. The site contains information about current campaigns and how to buy merchandise in support of the cause. You can also read about a person who has worked as an outworker and learn through his experiences with the system. -OCC
     I agree. -FRH

Jobs with Justice
501 Third St NW,
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 1-202-434-1106
Fax: 1-202-434-1477
Email: [email protected]

Website: www.jwj.org/index.htm
     "JwJ's core belief is that in order to be successful, workers' rights struggles have to be part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice. To that end, JwJ has created a network of local coalitions that connect labor, faith-based, community, and student organizations to work together on workplace and community social justice campaigns."
This site is easy to navigate and contains a lot of interesting information. You can learn about protests, upcoming events in your area, the student labor action, as well as many other issues. -OCC
     One can easily make donations to help the cause. The site is also available in Spanish. -FRH

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