Saturday's rain did not deter United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), union members, and other community members from their protest at the Georgetown Nike store. The demonstration featured chants, speeches, and a street theatre performance. While students and community members in 25 different cities in the US showed solidarity with the garment workers overseas, the garment workers at 10 different factories abroad held protests as well. The Global Day of Action Against Nike was in response to massive union busting and systematic workplace abuse that has been ongoing at Nike factories all over the globe. USAS has been pressuring Nike to allow the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an independent workers' rights monitoring organization, into their factories for over two years. Before the protests even took place, Nike put out a statement saying that the WRC and USAS do not represent the multi-stake holder approach Nike believes in which can be found here.
photo by Kendell Long; report by Mack Miller
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