Carceral Labour and Sweatshop Abolition Panel Discussion
September 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday September 17, 2021
7pm EST/ 6pm Central/ 4pm PST
Online on ZOOM
Please join us for a lively Zoom panel discussion, Carceral Labour and Sweatshop Abolition, with Hoda Katebi of Blue Tin Production, Marissa Nuncio of the Garment Worker Centre and Homework4Health, a garment worker from the Garment Workers Center (TBD), moderated by Minh-Ha T. Pham. They will discuss the concepts explored in Pham’s recent paper “A World Without Sweatshops: Abolition and Not Reform”. Pham explains “to bring forth a world without sweatshops, we have to accurately identify the sources of sweatshops… sweatshops aren’t the results of individual brands behaving badly but a broad configuration of state, capital, and cultural political interests that I classify as sweatshop or free market feminism. Without a serious critique of the sweatshop’s structural reality, any efforts to make fashion more ethical can only be what prison abolitionists call “reformist reforms.” Reformist reforms pursue gentler and more inclusive forms of labor and resource extraction rather than the abolition of this extractive industry altogether. The discussion concludes with examples of sweatshop abolition in practice: the garment worker collectives called Homework4Health (Los Angeles) and Blue Tin Production (Chicago).
A World Without Sweatshops: Abolition and Not Reform is available to read HERE*.
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Accessibility: Live automatically generated captions will be used during the event. A video recording of the panel will be posted on our website with corrected captions after the event takes place.